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Earthquake Cake Recipe

Earthquake Cake is loaded with chocolate goodness, chocolate ganache, and tropical coconut! Each bite is a celebration of texture and flavor!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Earthquake Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 874kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening for the pan
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix plus ingredients to listed on the package mix
  • 8 ounces chocolate chopped and melted
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Coat a 9"x13" pan with vegetable shortening and set aside.
  • Spread the pecans and coconut flakes in an even layer on the bottom of the pan.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
  • Stir in the melted chocolate into the cake batter.
  • Pour the cake batter over the coconut and pecans.
  • Add the cream cheese to a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the melted butter and beat until combined.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture and beat on low speed until combined, with no lumps.
  • Take dollops of the cream cheese mixture using an ice cream scoop and distribute them evenly on top of the cake batter.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the cake.
  • Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until the cake has set.
  • Cool completely before topping with the ganache.
  • Add chopped chocolate into a bowl.
  • Microwave the cream until just hot, pour it on top of the chopped chocolate, and let stand for 1 min. Stir until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  • If desired, garnish with more chocolate chips or sprinkles.
  • Let fully cool before cutting into squares to serve.



Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 4mg