Introduction: How to Make a Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Fall time just screams out pumpkin, or at least it does for me. I love this time of year because it gets me into the baking mood, I love keeping up with the traditional holiday foods but I also love to change it up and try new things. Today I am showing you how to make this absolutely fantastic Pumpkin Earthquake Cake, it is a bit different than your average pumpkin pie but it screams fall and it is really good (just don't let the sweetness scare you away). Just follow my step by step instruction to make your own Pumpkin Earthquake Cake or follow along with my video below:


Step 1: Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 box yellow cake
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (you can use regular milk/semi-sweet chocolate chips instead)
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Step 2: Preheat Oven and Spray Baking Dish

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and sprinkle coconut in the bottom of the pan, set pan aside.

Step 3: Add Cake Mix to Large Bowl

In a large bowl add the cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

Step 4: Mix

Mix with a hand held mixer on low for 30 seconds or until almost all the dry bits are incorporated. Increase the mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Pour the cake batter on top of the coconut mixture and smooth the top so it is even.

Step 5: Melt Butter and Cream Cheese

Place the cream cheese and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, melt the mixture together, the mixture might look curdled but that is ok.

Step 6: Add to Powdered Sugar

Remove the butter mixture from the heat and add it to the powdered sugar, stir the mixture until smooth.

Step 7: Dollop Powdered Sugar Mixture Onto the Cake

Dollop the powdered sugar mixture on top of the cake batter.

Step 8: Add White Chocolate Chip

Sprinkle the white chips evenly on top and add pecans if desire. Using a knife, lightly swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter (don't allow the bottom of the knife to go all the way to the bottom and don't over swirl it).

Step 9: Bake

Bake the cake for 45 minutes. The edges will be set and the center will be slightly loose. Allow the cake to cool for about 30 minutes and slice and serve this gooey cake!

Step 10: Enjoy!

You can enjoy this cake warm or cool!

Step 11: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!