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Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    45 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour

  • Yield:
    10 servings

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This Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is hands down probably the greatest pumpkin cake recipes ever! It’s soft and moist with a crackly top, swirled with buttery cream cheese and coconut!


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and sprinkle coconut in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice on low for 30 seconds. Increase the mixer speed to medium and blend for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Pour the cake batter on top of the coconut mixture.
  5. Place the cream cheese and butter in a medium saucepan over medium- low heat. Stirring continually, melt the mixture together. Remove from the heat instantly and whisk in the powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Drizzle this evenly on top of the cake batter. Sprinkle the white chips evenly on top. Using a knife, lightly swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter.
  7. Bake the cake for 45 minutes. The edges will be set and the center will be barely loose.
  8. Allow the cake to cool for about 30 minutes and slice and serve for a gooey cake. You can even allow the cake to cool entirely before serving.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. I know this cake has cream cheese in it, so if you prefer to store in the fridge, allow it to come up to room temperature, or warm before serving.

You can omit the coconut if you prefer, and you can even use chocolate chips or nuts in place of the white chips.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 524
  • Sugar: 51.6 g
  • Sodium: 169.2 mg
  • Fat: 31.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.2 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 123.8 mg