This Chocolate Earthquake Cake is so good. It will melt in your mouth. They call it earthquake cake because it will crack in the middle in some recipes. This one does not crack because I do it a little different. I can’t leave this cake alone when I make it because I love chocolate and this is a chocolate lovers dream.
1 cup nuts (I use walnuts. Pecans would be good, too)
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 regular chocolate cake mix or can use German chocolate cake mix
1 cup milk
1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the dish. Layer the coconut on top of the nuts. In a separate bowl prepare the cake mix according to package directions except use the 1 cup of milk in place of the water called for in the directions on the box. Spread half the cake mixture over the coconut. In a microwave safe glass bowl melt the butter and cream cheese. This takes about 2 minutes in my microwave. Whisk the powdered sugar or mix with mixer into the cream cheese and melted butter. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the layer of cake mix in the baking dish. (You can drop it by spoon fulls if you want) Spread the other half of the cake mix on top of the cream cheese and sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Note: You can make this cake with other cake mixes, too. I like to divide the cake mix because I think it makes a much prettier cake. You can just put in all the cake mix and put the cream cheese mixture on top and bake. The photo below is of one of these cakes made with a spice cake mix and using butterscotch chips. Everything else is the same as the recipe above.
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Cake.
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