Hurricane Cake


An easy and delicious hurricane cake, also known as earthquake cake. Coconut and pecans are baked under a German chocolate cake mix, with a cream cheese mixture on top that sinks into the batter as it bakes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 9x13-inch pan


  • 1 cup margarine, divided

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix

  • 1 ¼ cups water, or as needed

  • ½ cup vegetable oil, or as needed

  • 3 large eggs, or as needed

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 3 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt and spread 1/2 cup margarine in the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle coconut and pecans evenly over the bottom of the pan; set aside.

  3. Prepare cake batter by adding cake mix, water, oil, and eggs together in a large bowl. Stir until combined. Pour batter over coconut and pecans in pan.

  4. Melt cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup margarine in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar until mixture is smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture randomly over top of cake batter.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool and serve from the pan.

Editor's Note:

The directions for making the cake mix are based on a Betty Crocker German Chocolate Cake Mix. Follow instructions on the box regarding any differences in oven temperature, added ingredients, and cooking time if using a different brand.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

752 Calories
50g Fat
74g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 752
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 622mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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