Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is the best pumpkin cake recipe and so easy!

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is hands down one of the best pumpkin cake recipes ever! It’s soft, pumpkin cake with that signature crackly top, swirled with buttery cream cheese and coconut!

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is a favorite holiday cake recipe!

I am not sure what took me so long to create a pumpkin version of my Earthquake Cake. That cake recipe, just begs to be adapted with all sorts of flavors…I’m thinking Red Velvet Earthquake Cake, Mint Chocolate Earthquake Cake…I could go on and on…

But I got busy doing the obvious today, and couldn’t wait another second to share this AMAZING Pumpkin Cake recipe with you guys! I thought my Pumpkin Dump Cake couldn’t be topped, but this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake might cause a tie in the race for best pumpkin dessert recipe. Yep, I said it.

My Pumpkin Earthquake Cake recipe is a soft easy pumpkin cake.

How to Make Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

This is one of the easiest, and most delicious pumpkin recipes around, if I do say so myself. I am quite sure you will agree. Not only does it have a place in my Best Pumpkin Cake rolodex, it’s a crazy easy pumpkin cake recipe.

  • It starts with a yellow box cake mix. While you could certainly go to the trouble of trying to create a scratch cake version of this, I don’t think it’s necessary. I am all about taking a shortcut when it works, and this is a fantastic doctored up cake mix recipe.
  • This Pumpkin Earthquake Cake recipe calls for coconut. I know a lot of you have strong feelings about coconut and would prefer to leave it out. Well, you can. AND not only that you don’t have to worry about subbing in anything for it!
  • I use white chocolate chips in my cake recipe. If you don’t prefer white chocolate, you could use milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. OR you could use butterscotch, which would be fantastic! You could even add in some nuts if that’s something you would like.
  • If you wanted to get creative you could use a Spice Cake Mix for this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake instead of yellow! If you choose to do this, I would leave out the pumpkin pie spice the recipe calls for.
  • This Pumpkin Earthquake Cake recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to get creative with anything you would like to add in!

Making Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Such an easy pumpkin spice cake recipe!

  • Just sprinkle some sweetened flaked coconut on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Mix up your cake mix according to my recipe and spread that on the coconut.
  • Melt together butter and cream cheese, and mix in some powdered sugar. Sprinkle with some white chocolate ships and swirl that into the cake batter!

The crackly top is the signature of my pumpkin earthquake cake!

The Pumpkin Earthquake Cake will be set on the outside while, slightly loose on the inside. It’s a pumpkin cake that is AMAZING served warm, but just as good at room temperature!

Easy Pumpkin Cake is always a favorite and this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is THE BEST!

I can’t get enough of that crackly swirled top on this earthquake cake! It’s just so so pretty!

Now, this Pumpkin Cake is AMAZING on it’s own…it’s a soft, gooey, cream filled cake…

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake will be an instant family favorite pumpkin cake recipe.

But topped with ice cream and caramel sauce…OMG!!

Pumpkin Dump Cake is deliciously sweet easy pumpkin cake recipe swirled with cream cheese and coconut.

This Pumpkin Earthquake Cake Recipe is OUT OF CONTROL delicious!

If you bring this pumpkin cake to a party, make SURE you have the recipe to give out to your friends! AND if you make this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake make sure to post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #cookiesandcups so I can see all your creations!


Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is hands down one of the best pumpkin cake recipes ever!


  • 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 mix 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 constantly, melt the mixture together. Remove from the heat immediately 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 slightly loose.
  8. Allow the cake to cool for about 30 minutes and slice and serve for a gooey cake. You can also allow the cake to cool completely 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 refrigerator, allow it to come up to room temperature, or warm before serving.

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

Keywords:: pumpkin, pumpkin cake, cake mix, recipe, pumpkin pie spice, cream cheese

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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10 Responses
  1. Debra

    I rated this cake before I made it —’cause I KNOW how delicious this is going to be! It’s already pinned and planning on adding it to my holiday desserts!
    Thanks, Shelly, for another awesome recipe…I’m a big fan!

  2. Stacy

    Hi Shelly,
    Pumpkin cake is baking as I type this and smells amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. One question I have is how long do you heat the cream cheese-butter mixture? Mine got very nice and smooth when melted but sort of congealed a bit when I added the 4 cups of powdered sugar. I’m wondering if that was too much? It tasted good just wasn’t a pourable consistency. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Shelly

      Hmm, that’s strange! Usually when you add the powdered sugar it turns into a thin, smooth frosting consistency. If you heated it too much I would guess the only thing that could happen is it would boil and then burn. Please let me know how the cake comes out!

  3. Florence

    I just put the earthquake in the oven. We are to bring our favorite pumpkin recipe to a meeting tomorrow. I haven’t tasted it yet but how could it be anything but the winner! I put in two smaller cake pans cause everyone at home wants it. LOL

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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