German Chocolate Earthquake Cake in a baking pan

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

If you love chocolate and coconut, make this easy German Chocolate Earthquake Cake! With rich chocolate and cream cheese swirls, you'll never believe this starts with a box cake mix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword box cake mix recipe, chocolate cake, coconut cake, cream cheese cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 488kcal


  • 1 box of German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 pan with a non-stick spray.
  • Start by layering the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans on the bottom of your prepared pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, eggs and water until combined. Pour the cake mix batter over the top of your layers in the pan and lightly spread around.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese on the stovetop. Pour the butter and cream cheese mixture into a large bowl and add in the powdered sugar. Using a mixer, mix together the powdered sugar and butter until a creamy consistency has been reached.
  • Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the top of the cake mix layer in your pan. Then, swirl a knife around the cake pan to create a swirling pattern between the cream cheese and cake mix. Don’t mix too much, just enough to combine the two with a pretty pattern.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  •  Cool completely before cutting if you want clean slices. If you don’t mind a dump style cake and want to eat it warm you may do so. It's delicious served with ice cream!



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2.3mg