Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there! Today I am giving you one of my mother’s favorite cakes. This cake came about when I was about ten years old and I am not exactly sure where my mother got the recipe, but this became the cake that I “trained” on. I can tell you now, that I rarely ever have boxed cake mix in my house, it’s just not something that I keep around, because I know how to make homemade versions of all the cakes made on box mix form. What got me there truthfully is my mother and boxed cake mixes…
Earthquake Cake gets its name from the deep cracks created when the cream cheese mixture sinks into the center of the dessert while cooking in the oven. The middle becomes a gooey delicious treat surrounded by chocolate cake with a coconut pecan layer that becomes toasted in the oven. Mmmm…
When I was younger, sure my mother made cakes from scratch while I watched, willingly, in anticipation. At the age of 10 or so, my mother knew it was time for me to start baking a little on my own, so she gave me training wheels, ie boxed cake mixes. I’m not sure, but I think she knew that if I was successful at cooking ventures early on, that I would continue to be interested later. She would have me bake this delicious earthquake cake dessert to bring to church and social functions, with all the older people gloating over my creation and my chest would fill with pride. My cooking became reinforced and I grew and grew and grew.
So I wanted to give all the moms out there a simple dessert that you can share with your children to get them interested in cooking. If you have a little aspiring chef, let them try their hand at this. The cake mix makes it foolproof and it really is simple to put together.
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 ½ cups shredded coconut
1 box chocolate cake mix (prepared by box instructions)
½ cup butter
1 8oz cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan. Combine pecans and coconut. Sprinkle in bottom of pan. Pour prepared cake mix over pecan mixture. Melt butter and cream cheese together in sauce pan.
Add powdered sugar, mix well. Pour mixture over cake mix batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake center tests done. Remove from oven and cool and cut into squares. Yields 16 squares.