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This Earthquake Cake recipe is perfect for special occasions or just because you feel like indulging in a sweet treat.

a slice of Earthquake Cake recipe on a small white plate

Are you ready to shake up your dessert game? Today, I’m thrilled to share with you an amazing Funfetti Earthquake Cake Recipe!

This cake is not your normal cake – it’s a fun cake that’s a bit of a mess, but in the most delicious way possible.

Imagine a moist cake with swirls of creamy, tangy cream cheese and pockets of melted white chocolate chips. Sounds heavenly, right?

It’s super easy to make, thanks to a boxed cake mix, and the result is a dessert that looks and tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen.

Be aware! This cake is VERY SWEET, and a little goes a long way. Maybe keep a glass of milk on hand, haha!

One of the best things about this cake is how the cream cheese layer creates gooey pockets throughout the cake.

When you take a bite of this earthquake cake recipe, you get a yummy mix of textures and flavors – from the moist chocolate cake to the creamy, sweet cream cheese.  

Earthquake Cake recipe in baking dish on a wooden table top

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Easy to Make: Using a boxed cake mix makes this recipe quick and straightforward.
  2. Delicious Flavors: The combination of chocolate cake, cream cheese, and white chocolate chips creates a rich and indulgent dessert.
  3. Fun and Unique: The “earthquake” effect with the swirled cream cheese layer makes this cake a showstopper.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Funfetti cake mix
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
ingredients needed to make Earthquake Cake recipe

HOW TO MAKE EARTHQUAKE CAKE RECIPE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Mix cake according to package directions.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chips.
  5. Mix the cream cheese, melted butter and vanilla together until combined.
  6. Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated
  7. Spoon dollops of cream cheese mixture over the cake, and swirl gently with a knife.
  8. Add the remaining chocolate chips on top
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired.
collage of images showing how to make Earthquake Cake recipe

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

This cake is ooey gooey, thanks to the decadent cream cheese filling and pockets of melted chocolate chips.

It’s the perfect gooey earthquake cake that everyone will love.

You’d have to be a little bit crazy not to love this one.

This cake is best served warm with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream.

It makes the delicious cake even more fabulous and satisfying.

Definitely have a glass of milk with it.

Maybe some fresh strawberries on the side.

a slice of Earthquake Cake recipe on a spatula being held in air

​Hey, some cocoa powder would make an awesome chocolate earthquake cake. How about it?

  • Coconut Flakes: Add coconut flakes to the bottom of the pan for a tropical twist.
  • Crunchy Pecans: Sprinkle chopped pecans on top for a crunchy texture.
  • Chocolate Sauce: Drizzle chocolate sauce over the top of the cake for extra decadence.
  • Strawberry Sauce: Add a strawberry sauce drizzle for a fruity contrast.
  • Caramel Sauce: Drizzle caramel sauce for a sweet and salty combination.
  • Peanut Butter Chips: Mix in some peanut butter chips for a nutty flavor.
  • Milk Chocolate Chips: Use milk chocolate chips instead of white for a different chocolate experience.
  • Almond Extract: Add a hint of almond extract to the cream cheese filling for a nutty aroma.
  • Raspberries: Add fresh raspberries to the top of the cake before baking for a burst of tartness.
  • Chocolate Sprinkles: Sprinkle chocolate sprinkles on top for a fun decoration.

Want to use a chocolate cake batter? Go ahead! Cake mixes are super easy to swap out.

Keep hold of that recipe card!

  • Funfetti Cake Mix: Use a regular chocolate cake mix, a devil’s food cake mix or a strawberry cake mix for other awesome flavors.
  • White Chocolate Chips: Substitute with semisweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.
  • Cream Cheese: Use low-fat or full-fat cream cheese based on your preference.
  • Unsalted Butter: Substitute with margarine or a dairy-free butter alternative.
  • Vanilla Extract: Replace with almond extract or rum extract for a different flavor twist.
two slices of Earthquake Cake recipe on serving plate with whipped cream

Refrigerator: Store the Earthquake Cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make sure to warm it up in the microwave for 15-30 seconds before serving to enjoy that gooey goodness.

Freezer: You can freeze the cake by wrapping it in plastic wrap and placing it in a freezer bag.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator and then warm it in the microwave.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Serve Warm: This cake is best served warm, so make sure to heat it up before serving.
  • Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Swirl Gently: When swirling the cream cheese mixture, be gentle to create beautiful swirls without mixing it all together.
  • Toothpick Test: The toothpick test doesn’t work well for this cake because of the gooey filling. Instead, look for a golden brown, set top with a slight jiggle.
  • Smaller Slices: This cake is very sweet, so smaller slices are perfect for serving.
  • Add Fun Toppings: Use whipped cream and sprinkles to make the cake extra festive for special occasions.
a slice of Earthquake Cake recipe with a bite taken out to see the interior

This Earthquake Cake recipe is a delicious and fun dessert that’s sure to impress.

With its ooey gooey texture and rich flavors, it’s perfect for chocolate lovers and those who enjoy a sweet treat.

Make this cake for your next gathering or just because, and watch it disappear in no time. 

If you’ve tried this EARTHQUAKE CAKE RECIPE, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Funfetti Earthquake Cake Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
This Earthquake Cake recipe is perfect for special occasions or just because you feel like indulging in a sweet treat.
Servings 15 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Mix cake according to package directions.
    1 box funfetti cake mix
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chips.
    2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Mix the cream cheese, melted butter and vanilla together until combined in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth.
    2 cups powdered sugar
  • Spoon dollops of cream cheese mixture over the cake, and swirl gently with a knife.
  • Add the remaining chocolate chips on top
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired.
    whipped cream for serving, sprinkles for serving

Notes

Nutrition is calculated without additional toppings.
  • Serve Warm: This cake is best served warm, so make sure to heat it up before serving.
  • Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature for easy mixing.
  • Swirl Gently: When swirling the cream cheese mixture, be gentle to create beautiful swirls without mixing it all together.
  • Toothpick Test: The toothpick test doesn’t work well for this cake because of the gooey filling. Instead, look for a golden brown, set top with a slight jiggle.
  • Smaller Slices: This cake is very sweet, so smaller slices are perfect for serving.
  • Add Fun Toppings: Use whipped cream and sprinkles to make the cake extra festive for special occasions.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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