Earthquake Cake

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They say this is called earthquake cake because the top is cracked, much like the surface of the earth in an earthquake. I’m thinking the name was born more from the sheer need of this cake during an earthquake! The absolute definition of comfort food right there…..

 

1 c sweetened coconut

½ c chopped pecans

1 box chocolate cake mix

1/2 c vegetable oil

1 1/3 c water

3 eggs

½ c butter

8 oz. cream cheese

2 c powdered sugar

1 t vanilla

1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle coconut and pecans in bottom of pan. In separate bowl, mix cake mix, oil, water, and eggs until smooth. Pour over coconut and nuts. Set aside. In medium pan, melt butter over low heat. Cut cream cheese into chunks and add to butter. Whisk until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Pour over chocolate cake and use knife to swirl. Top with chocolate chips. Bake at 350ºF for 38-45 minutes. Cool and serve.

 

Source: Tip Hero

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