🍓🌋 Strawberry Earthquake Cake 🌋🍓

Strawberry Earthquake Cake is a delicious and visually stunning dessert that combines layers of strawberry cake, creamy cheesecake, and a rich coconut-pecan filling. The “earthquake” effect happens as the layers shift and crack during baking, creating a unique and delightful treat.

📋 Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 🍓 1 box (15.25 oz) strawberry cake mix
  • 🥛 Ingredients listed on the cake mix box (usually eggs, oil, and water)
  • 🥥 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 🥜 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 🧀 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 🧈 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 🍬 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 🌿 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 🧀 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 🍓 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced (optional, for garnish)

📝 Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  1. Prepare the Cake Batter:
  • Prepare the strawberry cake mix according to the package instructions. Set aside.
  1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer:
  • In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until well combined and smooth.
  1. Assemble the Cake:
  • Sprinkle the shredded coconut and chopped pecans evenly over the bottom of the greased baking dish.
  • Pour the prepared strawberry cake batter over the coconut and pecans, spreading it out evenly.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Use a knife or spatula to swirl the cream cheese mixture into the cake batter, creating a marbled effect.
  1. Bake:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The cake will have an uneven, cracked appearance, which is what gives it the “earthquake” effect.
  1. Cool:
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the baking dish.
  1. Serve:
  • Before serving, sprinkle the top of the cake with the additional shredded coconut.
  • Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries if desired.
  • Slice and enjoy your delicious Strawberry Earthquake Cake!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 400 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • For a richer flavor, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the cake batter.
  • This cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature for the best texture.
  • Feel free to experiment with other cake mix flavors, such as lemon or vanilla, for a different twist.

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