Gooey Chocolate Earthquake Cake

This post is sponsored by Walmart+.

I don’t know when I first heard about Earthquake Cake but I’ve been making it for about seven years and it’s a potluck favorite. It’s such an easy, yet delicious crowd-pleasing dessert. For a recent event, I used my beloved Walmart+ membership to order the ingredients for pick up so that I could scoop them on my way home.

baking dish with gooey chocolate earthquake cake on a blue and white striped table cloth

Shopping with Walmart+

By now, you know how much I love my Walmart+ membership. It saves me so much time because I can order groceries ahead of time and not have to spend additional time in the store. I use my Walmart+ membership all the time. It’s especially convenient at times like this when you need to pull together a last-minute dish or even a last-minute gift.

One other thing I love about Walmart is that I can add groceries and other items to my cart like this deep dish Pyrex. I wanted a Pyrex dish with a lid so when I placed my order for the cake ingredients I threw in the Pyrex dish as well.

A great benefit to the Walmart+ membership is that you can receive unlimited free same-day delivery on fresh groceries & more ( $35 order minimum & restrictions apply – check your zip code for availability)

Additional benefits include:

  • Free delivery from store – no delivery fees on in-store products at the same low prices are ($35 minimum, restrictions apply)
  • Free shipping, no order minimum (excludes most Marketplace items, location & freight surcharges)
  • Receive six months of Spotify Premium for free – a nearly $60 value (Not available to W+ trial members or Spotify users who have tried Premium)

There are no markups on items. You get the same low prices that you receive in-store when you order online.

You can learn more about how to get a Walmart+ membership and a list of its benefits here.

My regular routine is to keep a running list of products we need to order from the Walmart app and then about once a week I place an order.

gooey chocolate earthquake cake - chocolate cake with cream cheese icing in the middle on top of a white plate.

What is an Earthquake Cake?

Earthquake Cake is a gooey, chocolatey, delicious treat that is full of chocolate, pecans, coconut, and cream cheese icing all in one yummy bite. I’m not sure how the cake got it’s epic name but I suspect it’s because of the quake-y ripples on the top of the cake.

How to Make an Earthquake Cake

The cake begins with a box of chocolate cake mix. My preference in the Triple Chocolate Fudge mix but Devil’s Food, and German Chocolate work well here too. After the box mix is prepared according to the directions you start to prepare the cake. There’s a layer of pecans, a layer of shredded coconut, and then the chocolate cake batter is poured over the top. Next, you add dollops of the cream cheese frosting made with butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Lastly, you sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top and pop it in the oven.

When the cake comes out the chocolate cake bakes around those dollops of cream cheese frosting and gives you beautiful layers of pecans and coconut, rich chocolate cake, and cream cheese frosting. It’s gooey and delicious. Prepare to share the recipe because everyone will want to make this cake!

Make sure you grab your Walmart+ membership, save some money, and add the chocolate earthquake cake ingredients to your Walmart order! You’re family and friends will be so impressed.

Other recipes you might like: homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls and cinnamon swirl bread.

Chocolate earthquake cake - slice of gooey chocolate cake

Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Ooey, gooey, rich chocolate cake with pecans, coconut, and cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 10


  • non-stick spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 box triple chocolate fudge cake mix
  • oil, water, eggs according to the cake mix box
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
Sprinkle pecans and coconut shreds in an even layer on the bottom of the pan.
Prepare the cake mix according to the box instructions and pour the cake batter over top of the pecans and coconut.
In a medium sized bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. 
Add the powdered sugar to the butter and cream cheese mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat on medium speed until smooth.
Plop dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake batter.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is set.

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