Sunday, July 15, 2012

Earthquake Cake

Better late than never seems to be a theme for birthdays at our house. The kids always get around to having cake with the family...eventually.

And, to be honest, this year I did a whole lot better than I did last year for Little B's birthday: celebrating his June birthday in September!

This year, we put off his party and the kids headed to Flint Creek Watertown in Mississippi. Fun with cousins. complaints from Little B!

And then a day in New Orleans...Munching on beignets at Cafe du Monde and seeing the city. Turns out Little B loves music and recently started playing the trumpet. So this was pretty awesome for him, all around.

Once we were home, it was finally time to have cake. For a special treat, I made an Earthquake Cake. It gets it's name because it looks like there are fissures all through the cake. I've had this recipe for years and pull it out on special my youngest son turning 11.

The traditional recipe for this calls for German Chocolate. I changed it up this year and used Red Velvet. mmmmm

Earthquake Cake

  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package cake mix (German Chocolate, Red Velvet, Fudge)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease the bottom and sides of one 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. Layer coconut in the bottom of pan.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions and pour over coconut.
  4. Combine cream cheese, butter or margarine and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. (TIP: Add the confectioners' sugar 1 C at a time in order to avoid a HUGE mess!) Pour over cake mix.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes. Toothpick will not come out clean.

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  1. Oh boy this looks yummy. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

  2. I'd never heard of earthcake cake until now but it sounds and looks delicious!

  3. OMGosh!!! That looks amazing!! I think I just drooled a little on my keyboard.... LOL

    I found you through the linky party at Mom on Timeout! :)

  4. I've never seen an earthquake cake before! Great idea swapping German chocolate for red velvet. Looks fab!

  5. I've never seen an earthquake cake. What fun!

  6. We have a traditional family birthday cake that we call earthquake cake, too! It looks nothing like this,at least until it cracks and falls apart :) I just posted about it a few days ago! :)


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