Earthquake Cake

If you like German Chocolate Cake, it’s time to shake it up a bit. This cake has some serious magnitude!

Sprinkle 1 cup of coconut and 1 cup chopped nuts on the bottom of a 13×9 greased pan.

Mix a German Chocolate Cake Mix according to package instructions.

Pour the batter into the pan over the coconut and almonds.

Cream well together butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Drop creamed mixture in globs on top of the cake batter, avoiding the sides of the pan.

Sprinkle with 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. It will crack on the top and appear undone.

Never fear…it’s done! Cool on a cooling rack.

Just wanted you to see the fault lines…

this ooey-gooey cake rocks and rolls…beware of aftershocks!

Earthquake Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Sprinkle on the bottom of a greased 9×13″ pan:
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
3. Mix a German Chocolate Cake Mix according to package directions. Pour it over the nuts and coconut in cake pan.
4. Cream:
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick) softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

5. Spoon creamed mixture on top of cake mix in globs, making sure not to touch the sides of the pan.

6. Sprinkle with 1 cup of chocolate chips.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 34 minutes. It will crack on top and appear not done. Cool on a cooling rack in pan.

You’ll feel the earth move under your feet… Sending seismic energy your way!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Julie Harward

    YUMMY…this looks so good to me…I will make it this weekend for sure! Thanks! Come say hi 😀

  2. Always Nesting

    I think I just had a mini stroke while trying to eat my monitor 🙂 Wow, does that look delicious!! You have such awesome recipes. That would sure be a crowd pleaser in my house. Thanks for linking this to Woo Hoo! Wednesday.

  3. Petie

    Ummmm! That looks delish 😉 Love the photos and step by step directions. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. The Sewing Loft

    Oh my goodness! That looks absolutely yummy! I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.


  5. The Girl Creative

    You should have seen my mouth drop open! LOL I love german chocolate cake so i definitely HAVE to try this!

  6. Tiffanee

    Oh WOW! This sounds amazing. I agree with the previous comment that my mouth dropped open at the sight of this. This is a must try in my house. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    I so love german chocolate cake. I haven’t had it in ages though! This looks heavenly, thanks!

  8. Stacey 18

    I’ve never had german chocolate cake before, but it makes me want to try one. I like that it looks all gooey. Have a great weekend!!

  9. Sailing Simply

    Thank you so much for your nice comments on my bakers rack. I love your blog, and am going to follow. I like your layout,background,and photos. I am really loving this recipe..I will have to try it! Have a great weekend!

  10. Joyce

    Cute title for this post. Lovin the fault line and will have to shake things around in my kitchen and repeat your recipe. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I can feel my hips getting larger after I force myself to have seconds of this one!

  11. Sarah @ Dream in Domestic

    That looks to die for and super simple as well! I need to try this! I need a little more ooey and gooey in my life! 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. ButterYum

    LOL – love the 9.9 reference.


  13. Marie

    Hello! I’m a new follower of your blog via The Inspired Room! Oh my I’m really drooling over your photos of this awesome recipe! I’m a chocolate lover…and that creamy gooey goodness is just fabulous! Thank you for sharing!


  14. Kate @ The Gaines Gang

    Oh my! My husband LOVES German Chocolate cake! Can’t wait to make this for him. I look de-lish!

    Thanks so much for sharing and I love the title!

  15. Sarah

    Yummy! Thanks for passing that along! 🙂

  16. Pilgrim Days

    could you tell me what a cube of butter is? thanks

  17. Lori E

    Oh you are killing me here, seriously this is so decadent. This will beef up my super-hostess standings for sure.

  18. carishepard

    In the US and wondering — what exactly is meant by a cube of butter. Our butter comes in sticks that equal 1/2 cup of butter per stick.

  19. gnee

    Sorry everyone, after two comments regarding “a cube of butter,” I will change my recipe to 1/2 cup, or 1 stick of butter! Does anyone else use a cube of butter? Anyway, try not to get too shook-up over this Earthquake Cake…I promised after-shocks!

  20. Em

    Oh yum. We had german chocolate cake at our wedding-this may do well for our anniversary!

  21. Jerri

    This reminds me of my dad’s German chocolate upside down cake. Yum!! Thanks for linking for Friday Favorites!

  22. Sarah @HarriganHowdy

    Oh, wow!! I’m so going to try this one out. Thank you for sharing.


  23. Ruth H.

    Oh, I am drooling on my keyboard! This looks really delicious. Sounds perfect for a potluck. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  24. Mikey

    In the words of Rachael Ray–Yummo! This reminds me of the cheesecake brownies they used to have at Mrs. Fields/Great American Cookies……mmmm…can’t wait to try this!

  25. Amanda

    I tried the cake this weekend with my extended family and they all loved it. My SNL even called her mom and told her about it and she called to ask us to save some for her b/c she’s coming up today. thanks a bunch.

  26. Gremma

    I don’t think I ever told you how good this is! I had you bookmarked and wanted to make it today so I found you again. This is sooooooo good! And I love that it frosts itself. Thanks so much!


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