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Strawberry Earthquake Cake


To make this delectable Strawberry Earthquake Cake, you will need:

For the Cake:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kitchen Equipment

You’ll need the following equipment to prepare this recipe:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer or hand mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 9×13-inch baking pan
  • Spatula
  • Knife and cutting board


  1. Prepare the Cake Mix:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
    • Prepare the strawberry cake mix according to the package instructions.
  2. Layer the Ingredients:
    • Spread the sweetened shredded coconut and chopped nuts (if using) evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
    • Pour the cake batter over the coconut and nuts. Sprinkle the chopped strawberries evenly over the top.
  3. Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling:
    • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, melted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the Filling:
    • Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over the top of the cake batter. Use a knife or spatula to swirl the filling slightly into the batter.
  5. Bake the Cake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The cake will have a cracked, earthquake-like appearance.
  6. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan before slicing and serving. Enjoy the delicious layers of coconut, cake, strawberries, and creamy filling.

Tips and Tricks

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature for a smooth filling.
  • Swirling Technique: Don’t over-swirl the cream cheese mixture; a few swirls will create a beautiful marbled effect.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Fresh strawberries provide the best flavor, but you can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. Just thaw and drain them well before using.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To enjoy, let the cake sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving, or warm individual slices in the microwave for a few seconds.


Strawberry Earthquake Cake pairs wonderfully with:

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • A dollop of whipped cream
  • A glass of cold milk or hot coffee


Q: Can I use a different cake mix flavor? A: Yes, you can experiment with different flavors like lemon, vanilla, or chocolate for a unique twist.

Q: Can I add other fruits to the cake? A: Yes, feel free to add other berries like blueberries or raspberries for added flavor and color.

Q: What if I don’t have shredded coconut? A: You can omit the coconut if you prefer or substitute it with an equal amount of chopped nuts.

Q: Can I make this cake ahead of time? A: Yes, this cake can be made a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before serving.

Q: How can I make the cake more decadent? A: Drizzle melted chocolate or a strawberry glaze over the top for an extra touch of sweetness and decoration.

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