Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

This Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture which gives it the “earthquake” look!Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

This my friends is a Pumpkin Earthquake Cake. If you aren’t familiar with Earthquake Cakes they are generally just a cake batter with a cream cheese mixture swirled throughout.

When it bakes it makes huge crevasses that are reminiscent of the aftermath of an earthquake.

I’ve only seen chocolate earthquake cakes and I’ve been dreaming of a pumpkin version. Even ask my husband.

This is all I’ve talked about for a week…is this cake. We’ve done different versions and this is the winner my friends!!

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

What you don’t see underneath the cake batter is coconut and pecans on the bottom.

Feel free to leave them out if you’re not a fan but the pecans give it a little crunch!

This cream cheese swirl – who are we kidding? It’s basically frosting, melted and swirled throughout. Genius, right? Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

I like milk chocolate but you can definitely use semisweet.

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comAs you see after it bakes and cools it has these cool little canyons of filling throughout earning its name as an Earthquake cake.Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Look how absolutely divine this looks and trust me, it tastes even better. If you like this, you’ll definitely like this Pumpkin Cake, these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars, and these Pumpkin Scotchies.

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Pumpkin Earthquake Cake
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
For the cake:
  • 1 (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Filling:
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Topping:
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the coconut and pecans evenly over the bottom of the dish.
  3. For the cake: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, pumpkin, water, oil, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until well combined and pour over the coconut and pecans.
  4. For the filling: Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and microwave for about a minute or until it's really soft. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Add the powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
  5. Place dollops of the filling all over the top of the cake batter and then using a knife, gently swirl it through.
  6. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for 30-40 minutes. Because of the filling the cake will not look completely done but will as it cools. Serve warm. Great with ice cream too!
Recipe Notes
Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Pumpkin Earthquake Cake - a moist pumpkin cake with coconut, pecans, and swirled with a cream cheese mixture. You want to make this for fall! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. I need this cake in my life right now! It looks amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. I’m down with any cake that has “canyons of filling.” Yeah baby.

  3. This Lake Powell family LOVED this for family night tonight! Huge hit Christy! We even used a gluten free cake mix. This recipe is going to be a regular. Thanks! Tell the fam ‘Hi’!

  4. Whoa. That’s the only word that comes to mind right now. This cake seriously looks to die for!! Bound to be a hit in my house!

  5. Why hello, my new favorite fall dessert in the history of ever!! LOVE!

  6. This looks like the perfect go-to dessert for fall this year. Thanks!

  7. Looks great!

  8. Hi Christy!

    Should I used sweetened coconut in this recipe?

  9. What brand of cake mix did you use? I’ve seen other recipes that won’t set up if they use the kind with pudding in the mix. Thanks

  10. can you use cake from scratch for this

  11. I was very disappointed with the results of this cake! It said to cook this for 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven, ok I Cooked mine for almost an hour and when we cut into it , it was not cooked thru! ๐Ÿ˜ž

    • Penny,
      Because we’re literally pouring melting frosting and swirling it through it may appear to not be cooked all the way through but will firm up as it cools. Did you let it cool?

      • I had a similar problem and I think it may have to do with the cake mix. I plan to try it again using Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines. I initially used Trader Joes vanilla cake mix.

  12. How much pumpkin did you use,I want to make this it looks amazing

  13. Rachel Jaggers says:

    Hi! Do you think I can omit the pecan/coconut layer? Sounds amazing to me but some of my guests are coconut adverse…

  14. what do you think would be good in place of chocolate chips

  15. Definitely going to try this. Especially because I wont need beaters..love that you mix it by hand…

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