By peppermintkitty on May 21, 2003
Photo by Bobtail
Photo by Bobtail
"I got this from a SW cookbook some time ago. It gets its name because the cake is cracked with crevices on top when done. If you love German chocolate cake, but hate the time consuming process,,,this cake is wonderful!! It reminds me of my grandma's 3 layer German chocolate cake. It's too rich for just the two of us, so hubby looks forward to family gatherings and holidays or his birthday, smile. I love this because I love cream cheese and German chocolate and the fact that it is super easy!"
Serving Size: 1 (171 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
"A friend of mine introduced me to earthquake take a long time ago and it's absolutely fab... Every party I've ever taken it to has RAVED about it. I use butter instead of margerine and I heat the butter and cream cheese in a small pan and whisk until smooth before adding the powdered sugar which is far easier... also makes it easier to pour onto the cake instead of trying to spoon in large globs... It basically makes a cream cheese frosting that's baked into the center of the cake.
Here's the thing though... I consider it more of a method than a recipe... you can literally use ANY boxed cake mix prepared to box instructions and any "fillers" you want. So far I've made the following variations:
Pina Colada Earthquake Cake: Coconut Cake with Dried Pineapple & Coconut Flake filler
Almond Joy Earthquake Cake: Devil's food Cake with Almond & Coconut filler
Symphony Bar Earthquake Cake: Devil's food Cake with Toffee Bits & Almond Filler
Butterfinger Earthquake Cake: Chocolate Cake with Crushed Butterfinger Filler
The possibilities are endless! :)"
"I've been making this recipe for years and love it. Now I have a new reason to give it 5 stars. It is almost impossible to screw up. Yesterday I made it and was out of oil and had to use melted butter in the cake mix. I forgot to put in the third egg. I had 7 ounces instead of 8 of cream cheese. And I only had 2 cups of powdered sugar. I also forgot to add the vanilla. Oh...and I was out of German chocolate cake mix and used regular chocolate. It was still delicious!"
"Everybody loved this cake! Loved that it doesn't need frosting. Thanks for posting! I forgot the stars!"
"A very good cake. My dollops also sank into the cake but it tasted so good - who cares. This is definitely a keeper. I agree that its almost like an upside German Chocolate Cake. Will put this in my computer recipe program and give it 5 stars. Of course peppermintkitty will get the credit."
"I received this recipe from a co-worker almost 10yrs ago and make it every holiday as request by family. It is so good, but I like it the most when it is cold. YUM!!!!"
"I am giving this cake 5 stars for the taste, but baking it actually frustrated me. Beware...50 minutes may not be enough time which was my case. I took it out and it was still very thin in the middle. I had to put it back in the oven for at least 15 more minutes. For me, the cream cheese mixture sunk like someone else mentioned. My cake never actually cracked. However, the taste alone and knowing what to next time will make me bake this again."
"great cake. you don't need to change a thing."
"Deeeeeeeelicious cake and I am so glad I found it!"
"I have issues with this recipe! I made it as stated - iced it for overkill, and only got one piece!!! My guests begged to take it home with them...sigh, what's a girl to do?"
"Very good but very sweet. It turned out sort of like a German Chocolate upside down cake. All of my cream cheese dollops sank to the middle of my cake, so they made a creamy filling rather than a topping. Will definitely make this again."
"this was really good. great combo of flavors and so easy to make. will make this one often, thanks"
"This is a GREAT recipe! It was the hit of our Easter dinner.....everyone said it was a definite make again. I did as one reviewer suggested and sprinkled chocolate chips over the top and it was a great addition. This was rich, chocolately and really yummy!"
"This cake was DELICIOUS!"
"very very tasty - wouldn't change a thing."
"Delicious! This is the perfect answer for those times when you need a dessert that is super easy to make! Who would think a recipe so easy would make for not only an empty pan but recipe requests as well! I made as posted and watched the dollops (thanks for the tip MysteryGirl) Thank you Peppermintkitty for another of your recipes that we have enjoyed! Its a keeper. "
"this is by far my all time favorite choc. cake. I have taken this to pot lucks at work and have seen seven people stand in line for a piece of this wanderful cake."
"High 5's for this cake! This is delicious! Moist, gooey, coconutty chocolate! Please do heed MysteryGirl's advice about the dollops. Make sure there is cake batter between the dollops and the side of the pan! If you are worried about how it looks when you serve it, just put your servings with the earthquake side down, then the gooey coconut layer will show! Thanks peppermintkitty!"
"I baked this recipe for the first time last night and it was fantastic. I cannot wait to bake it for the Christmas Holidays. My husband who is my biggest critic, loved it. Don't get impatient, it really takes over an hour to bake this cake. I did sprinkle chocolate chips over the cream cheese dollops and it enhanced the taste.(Not that it needed any help), but I love to experiment and try to make things better. Try it, you will love this cake!"
"Kitty, my Dear, this one takes the "cake"! Absolutely delicious! And how much easier can it get? I used a little larger rectangular roasting pan, and it raised right up there ... didn't form deep crevices like I thought it would. No problem, it turned out gooey, chocolatey, and yummie, no matter what! And, with all the good stuff in the middle, it definitely is moist! Great recipe, Hon! I will make this one again! Thanks for sharing, Laudee"
"This is soooo rich and gooey. I will warn people to not put the cream cheese dollops too close to the edge of the pan as they will poof up and over the sides if you're not careful. Very tasty. "