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German Chocolate Dump Cake

We make this for Sunday lunches when the whole family gets together. The cream cheese topping is so good, it doesn't need frosting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans, divided
  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Sprinkle coconut and 1 cup pecans into baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth; beat in confectioners' sugar. Stir in chocolate chips and remaining pecans. Spoon over batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 479 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • azlowney
    May 16, 2020

    Could you make this as a bundt cake? Pour in half of batter, swirl the cream cheese. And the coconut and nuts on top then add rest of batter. I only have a convection oven in an RV and it cooks bundt cakes very well.

  • sebc46
    Feb 16, 2020

    This is really good. Made this for Valentine's Day and used German chocolate cake mix instead of the Devil's food mix. It's good either way, just a matter of preference.

  • vsmith8403
    Jan 6, 2020

    This cake was soooo good. It’s kind of addicting! It’s not too sweet and very moist. It was a huge hit in my household. I’m usually not a German chocolate cake fan but THIS was very good. Will make again and again. I did have to cook a bit longer bc I felt the middle needed to be cooked longer but other than that, I followed the recipe as written.

  • Sharon
    Oct 17, 2019

    I also have this recipe in my most frequently used cake recipes. I know it as earthquake cake as well. It uses box of German Chocolate cake mix instead of devils food. Swirling the cream cheese batter with knife might help resolve the jiggle. I cut back oven temp by about 10° once it starts browning in order to get the cream cheese batter more set before I get it out of oven

  • tsuop
    Oct 15, 2019

    I k now this cake as Earthquake cake. Love it!!

  • Patrica390
    Oct 9, 2019

    I made this for our annual Oktoberfest party. I did bake it longer because of the middle jiggle, about 15 min. more all in all. A very moist cake. Easy to make, it's a keeper! Delicious cake.

  • elks94
    Oct 5, 2019

    Amazing!!! Made this for a family reunion. It was so moist and rich. fyi, the batter in the middle will have some jiggle but should firm up once removed from the oven and cooled.

  • eaburns01
    Jun 29, 2019

    This cake is easy to make and is delicious!

  • delowenstein
    Jul 15, 2017

    I made this cake and it came out beautifully! The only change in preparing the batter was that I'd used buttermilk in place of the water called for on the package of cake mix. Everything else was what the recipe called for! delowenstein, TOH Volunteer Field Editor