Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a yummy and entertaining cake! My son loved having an erupting cake on his birthday. The best part was that it tasted great as well.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) box devil's food cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or adjust to follow directions on box)
  • 13 cup oil (or adjust to follow directions on box)
  • 12 cup water (or adjust to follow directions on box)
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 6 graham crackers (finely crushed)
  • 1 (6 ounce) packageblue Jello gelatin (prepared & partially set)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 12 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 2 ounces boiling water
  • 14 lb dry ice


  1. Mix cake mix according to package directions, blending with eggs, oil & water. Spoon the cherries from the pie filling into the chocolate cake mix. Set the remaining cherry pie filling sauce aside for later. Bake in a greased 2 quart glass bowl according to temperature on box-- additional baking time may be necessary. Be sure cake is firmly set.
  2. Remove cake from oven and cool completely. When cool, invert cake onto a 9x13 pan. Crush graham crakers well and sprinkle around the cake (volcano) as beach sand -- leaving an area off to the side for the blue ocean water.
  3. In the water area, spoon the partially set prepared blue jello into place. It should be solid enough not to run everywhere.
  4. Using a glass candle votive holder (or a shot glass), press down into the top of the volcano to create an area for the dry ice to sit. Leave in place.
  5. Spoon remaining cherry pie filling sauce onto the top of the volcano (around the edges of the votive holder but not into it) and let drip down the sides, for a lava-looking effect. Store cake in fridge until ready to serve.
  6. Just before serving, prepare the lava for eruption. Scrub the egg shell of the egg until it is clean and towel dry. Separate the egg white and discard yolk. Beat the white with the powdered sugar and red food coloring until peaks form.
  7. Place a couple small chunks of dry ice (handle dry ice using gloves at all times!) into votive holder on top of cake. Pour 2 oz. of boiling hot water into egg mixture. Pour that hot liquid (the watery part -- not the chunks of whipped egg) onto the dry ice, but don't overflow the votive. The dry ice will cause the egg frosting to bubble out and over the cake. Your eruption will last about 5 minutes and you can repeat if desired!
Most Helpful

Very nice scratchbook!! I did a volcano cake for a school project once and used vanilla pudding as the molten lava (orange tinted of course!) I love the use of blue jello and graham crackers and the little umbrellas are hysterical! Good for you and your kids! They are lucky little ones with such a creative mom!! Heather

Kiwiwife February 07, 2008