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Earthquake Cake Is the Southern Sweet So Delicious It Will Knock You Off Your Feet

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Welcome to the delicious world of the earthquake cake; let us tell you about this delicious new discovery you’re about to make. For those of you who have never heard of this glorious confection, it’s essentially a German chocolate cake upgraded with a cream cheese swirl–but much more magical than just that.

This cake starts off simple enough, but the oven transforms it into something positively jaw-dropping. The coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips standard in German chocolate cake are placed in the bottom of a pan and topped with the cake batter before the whole thing gets a silky cream cheese frosting layer. Under the influence of the warm oven, though, the coconut and chocolate chips drift up into the cake batter, and the cream cheese sinks in–as if the whole thing went through an earthquake.

The seriously delicious aftermath is a moist, gooey chocolate cake with luscious ribbons of cream cheese filling that taste almost like cheesecake. Now that’s a shakeup to be happy about!

Get the full recipe and step-by-step directions for the classic version from The First Year.

Don’t like pecans? No problem! Opt for the nut-free recipe from Oh So Delicioso.

Indulge your sweet tooth with this cake that’s peanut butter and chocolate rather than German chocolate with the recipe from I Wash You Dry.

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