Get ready to experience a culinary earthquake with this mouth-watering Strawberry Earthquake Cake recipe. This dessert is an absolute must-try for anyone who loves layers of heavenly flavors and textures that burst in your mouth like a seismic wave.

Aptly named, the Strawberry Earthquake Cake recipe is perfect for anyone looking to shake things up in their baking routine. Imagine a sweet little bluebird’s simple strawberry cupcake recipe combined with the decadence of German chocolate cake, and you have the essence of this amazing dessert. The result is a show-stopping cake that will leave you in awe and wanting more.

This super easy-to-make cake requires just a few basic ingredients, making it an ideal recipe for those busy weeknights or when last-minute guests pop over. So why not give into temptation, grab your apron and mixing bowl, and let’s get ready to make this delicious cake? With each bite you take, you’ll be transported to dessert heaven!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Strawberry Earthquake Cake
Strawberry Earthquake Cake

There are countless cake recipes out there, but none come close to the heavenly taste of a Strawberry Earthquake Cake. The key to its deliciousness is the unique combination of creamy cream cheese, decadent chocolate, and juicy strawberries in every bite.

But what truly sets this cake apart is its moist and tender texture. Thanks to the addition of an angel food cake mix, this dessert is light and fluffy, yet still rich and indulgent. Plus, with the added crunch from shredded coconut and chopped pecans, your taste buds will be in for an all-out flavor explosion!

What I love most about this recipe is how super easy it is to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment or lengthy preparation steps. All you need are simple ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store, a mixing bowl and a baking dish. You need around 15 minutes of active prep time and minimal clean up.

Whether you want to impress your dinner guests with a stunning dessert or simply treat yourself to a sweet little pick-me-up, this Strawberry Earthquake Cake has got you covered. Trust me, once you take your first bite, it will become your go-to recipe for special events or simply because it’s Monday. It’s that good!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to experience an earthquake in your mouth with every bite of this delicious strawberry cake!
Get ready to experience an earthquake in your mouth with every bite of this delicious strawberry cake!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this super easy and simple strawberry earthquake cake:

For the Cake:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Plus ingredients called for on pkg (8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, 4 eggs, and water)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  • Shredded coconut for layering on bottom of baking dish
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

This ingredient list includes everything required to cook up a decadent dessert with a classic burst of strawberry taste and a creamy topping. The best part is that most of these ingredients are readily available in your pantry, making the task much more convenient.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't believe how easy it is to make this show-stopping dessert!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this show-stopping dessert!

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s start baking our Strawberry Earthquake Cake. This dessert is incredibly easy to make, and the result is a dramatic display of strawberry and sweet cream cheese, nestled within a chocolate cake mix.

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish or line with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients Together

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, water, and melted unsalted butter until well combined. Pour this mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking dish.

Step 3: Cream Cheese Mixture

In a different bowl, cream together (use a mixer if preferred) 1 box of confectioners’ sugar with 8 oz of softened cream cheese. Add in 2 tsp. of vanilla extract, and continue mixing until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Strawberry Puree

Mash 2 cups of fresh strawberries with a fork or food processor until they form a chunky puree. Do not overblend because we want some texture to the puree.

Step 5: Mix It All Together

Spread your cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Pour dollops of strawberry puree on top of this mixture with an icing spreader or small spoon. Swirl these ingredients together using a toothpick or a knife to create an earthquake look.

Step 6: Layer Shredded Coconut & Chopped Pecans

Add on top of it those shredded coconut and chopped pecans. Both are optional ingredients but they can bring an additional texture to this super-moist cake.

Step 7: Bake!

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the edges pull away from the pan and the center is set when you insert a toothpick in the middle. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy your beautiful Strawberry Earthquake Cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet strawberries, cream cheese, and cake - it's a match made in heaven!
Sweet strawberries, cream cheese, and cake – it’s a match made in heaven!

The great thing about this Strawberry Earthquake Cake recipe is that it’s versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences. Here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations:

– Instead of using a strawberry cake mix, try using a white or chocolate cake mix. You can also use a German chocolate cake mix for a richer flavor.

– If you don’t have fresh strawberries, you can use frozen strawberries or strawberry preserves. Make sure to thaw the strawberries before using them in the recipe.

– For an extra chocolatey version of the earthquake cake, add some chocolate chips or cocoa powder to the cream cheese mixture.

– If you’re not a fan of coconut, you can leave it out or substitute it with chopped pecans or almonds.

– To make a Pineapple Upside Down Earthquake Cake, simply use a can of crushed pineapple instead of strawberries and top with maraschino cherries.

– Swap out the cream cheese frosting for whipped cream or vanilla buttercream frosting.

– For a Red Velvet Earthquake Cake, substitute the strawberry cake mix with red velvet cake mix and top with cream cheese frosting.

No matter which variation or substitution you choose, this Strawberry Earthquake Cake recipe is sure to impress your taste buds and leave your guests asking for another slice.

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs a regular cake when you can have an earthquake cake?
Who needs a regular cake when you can have an earthquake cake?

Now that you have baked the super moist and delicious Strawberry Earthquake Cake, it’s time to serve it up! This cake is perfect for any occasion – from a simple family dinner to a backyard barbecue or even a birthday party. It’s a dessert that will impress your guests, no matter the occasion.

One way to serve this cake is by simply cutting it into generous pieces and placing them on a plate. Garnish each serving with sliced fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of shredded coconut or chopped pecans. The combination of strawberry and coconut flavors adds an extra dimension of flavor to the cake.

If you are looking for something extra special, you can drizzle chocolate sauce over each slice or top the cake with chocolate-covered strawberries. The rich chocolate flavor will contrast beautifully with the sweet strawberry base, making for a truly decadent dessert.

The Strawberry Earthquake Cake pairs well with a cup of hot coffee in the morning, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an afternoon treat. It’s also perfect as part of a dessert spread, paired with other sweet treats such as cupcakes or brownies.

In conclusion, this simple yet impressive recipe makes for a fantastic dessert that will leave everyone asking for more. With its many pairing options and versatile serving possibilities, the Strawberry Earthquake Cake is guaranteed to become one of your go-to desserts for any occasion!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to boring desserts and hello to this vibrant, delicious cake!
Say goodbye to boring desserts and hello to this vibrant, delicious cake!

One of the best things about this strawberry earthquake cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later. If you have a busy schedule, you can bake the cake a day or two in advance and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

To make sure the cake stays moist, cover it with plastic wrap or foil and place it in an airtight container. You can also freeze the cake for up to three months without any problems. When you are ready to serve the cake, simply defrost it for a few hours in the refrigerator.

When reheating the strawberry earthquake cake, there are two options: microwave or oven. For a quick fix, microwave individual slices for 10-15 seconds until they are warm but not hot. But if you want to preserve the structure and texture of the entire cake, reheat it in the oven by wrapping it tightly in foil and baking at 300°F for about 15-20 minutes.

A word of caution: whenever there is cream cheese involved, you must be careful when reheating because overheating can cause separation and spoilage. Also remember that storing cream cheese in general is tricky since it has a short shelf life, so try not to leave the cake at room temperature for more than two hours.

So now that you know how to store and reheat this fantastic dessert, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bake one right now!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with a dessert that looks as good as it tastes!
Impress your guests with a dessert that looks as good as it tastes!

Getting the perfect Strawberry Earthquake Cake can be a bit tricky, but with the right tips and techniques, it’ll come out beautifully moist, flavorful and stunning. Here are some tips to help you get that perfect cake:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Before starting the mixing process for your cake, make sure your ingredients such as cream cheese, butter and eggs are at room temperature. It will give you a smoother batter without any lumps.

2. Do Not Overmix: When mixing the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture or the cake batter mixture, avoid overmixing. Over-mixing can cause a tough texture to the cake. Stop mixing once everything is evenly combined.

3. Avoid Overbaking: When baking the cake, keep an eye on it as it can quickly over bake due to its density. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check if it is done before removing it from the oven.

4. Add Fresh Strawberries: The flavor of fresh strawberries can elevate this cake recipe. However, they may also leak water during baking and result in soggy spots in your cake. To prevent this from happening, add fresh strawberry slices throughout the inner layers of the cake just before serving.

5. Let It Cool: Allow your cake to cool completely before cutting into it – this will ensure that all layers have cooled uniformly and aid in clean cut pieces.

6. Use a Serrated Knife: When preparing to cut your beautiful Strawberry Earthquake Cake use a serrated knife with long teeth. This will help cut through all layers without creating a drag on each layer which could ruin the presentation of your masterpiece.

7. Store Correctly: Keep leftover cake stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days refrigerated or up to 3 months frozen.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll achieve fantastic results that are tender, moist and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Strawberry Earthquake Cake Recipe is a delectable dessert that combines the flavors of juicy strawberries, creamy cream cheese, and rich chocolate in one tasty treat. This simple and super easy recipe is perfect for any occasion and will be loved by everyone who tries it. So why not try this recipe today and taste the sweet little bluebird tornado cake that everyone has been talking about? With its versatile nature, you can even make substitutions and variations to suit your preferences. Don’t miss out on this wonderful dessert!

So go ahead and gather all the ingredients, preheat your oven, grease and flour your baking dish, and follow the steps for the perfect cake. Trust us when we say that you won’t be disappointed with the end result. You’ll love the amalgamation of flavors in every bite of this strawberry earthquake cake.

Whether you are planning a birthday party or looking for a sweet treat to serve at your next gathering, this delicious dessert recipe is sure to impress. So give it a try today and let your taste buds do the rest of the talking! Happy baking!

Strawberry Earthquake Cake

Strawberry Earthquake Cake Recipe

Quick and easy recipe from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Berries, Candy, Coconut, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Nuts, Strawberry
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 397.6kcal


  • 1 cup fresh strawberry
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (18 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1/3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 1/3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces cream cheese


  • Mix cake according to package instructions.
  • Grease and flour 9x13-inch cake pan.
  • Layer approximately 1 cup or more of coconut on bottom of pan.
  • Pour 1/2 of the mixed cake batter over the coconut.
  • Cream together the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, and 1 cup mashed fresh strawberries.
  • Drop cream cheese mixture in large dollops over cake mix.
  • Pour remaining half of cake mix over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 28-30 minutes.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Sweetened fresh strawberries can be poured over top as desired.

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Serving: 134g | Calories: 397.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.1g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 20.1g | Saturated Fat: 8.1g | Cholesterol: 20.8mg | Sodium: 375.3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39.6g

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