Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake!
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Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake, AKA earthquake cake, has a coconut pecan frosting on the bottom, and gooey butter filling on top – gooey perfection!
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Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
Hold on to your seats, I’m about to blow your mind with this Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake. This dessert is gooey, oh so moist, and super simple to throw together.
Not Your Average German Chocolate Cake
We’ve been making this twist on the traditional German Chocolate Cake for 20+ years. It’s a combination of a Gooey Butter cake and German chocolate cake….but upside down!
The coconut pecan frosting is on the bottom, with a gooey butter filling spooned over the top of the cake before it goes in the oven. As the cake bakes, it creates a filling. leaving a moist, gooey, and delicious dessert.
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Earthquake Cake – A Twist on German Chocolate Cake!
I always just called it an upside down german chocolate cake because to me that’s basically what it was, and it made sense.
It wasn’t until recently I found out this cake had a different name too – Earthquake Cake. As soon as I heard this I had to look it up because there was no way I went all these years making this cake without knowing this different name.
Well, sure enough as soon as I took to google I realized I had been fooled this whole time! I can’t disagree with the name though. Each bite of this cake is like an earthquake of flavor, and I’m all about it.
An Easy Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
This cake may not be pretty, but where it lacks in good looks, it more than makes it up in the yummy department! Trust me, no one will care what it looks like 😉
Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake uses a box cake mix, so it couldn’t be easier to make! But you can certainly use your favorite German Chocolate Cake recipe if you prefer. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious.
How to Make An Earthquake Cake
All you do is sprinkle coconut and pecans on the bottom of a greased pan and pour the cake mix over top. Then beat cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar to spoon over top and put it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen!
My mom and sister-in-law request this cake for their birthday every year! It’s a great cake to take to potlucks, but be prepared to give out the recipe…..everyone will ask for it!
A German Chocolate Cake Everyone Loves!
My favorite part of blogging is getting to share my favorite recipes with all of you. What’s even better than that is seeing all the reactions, and how much you all love the recipes.
The reviews were so lovely on this recipe I thought I’d share some with you guys!
“Made this tonight, just tried it still warm. Taste great!!!!!” – Gerald W
“Oh my goodness is this cake ever delicious! It’s so simple to make and I always have these ingredients on hand. I have only had one piece so far but I already know it won’t be long before this whole pan is empty! SO GOOD. Thanks for this awesome recipe!” – Shelby N
“I am seriously loving this cake! Upside down, German Chocolate…. what’s not to love?” – Jasey
Thanks so much for all the love!
An Irresistible Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
If you know someone who likes German Chocolate Cake (and even those who don’t), make them a Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake and watch their eyes roll back as they scarf down a piece….or two!
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You may never make a traditional German Chocolate Cake again. You do know, everything tastes better upside down don’t you?
Need something different to take to the next potluck or any gathering? I can’t recommend this upside down cake enough!
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An easy delicious twist on the traditional German Chocolate Cake. Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake has a coconut pecan frosting on the bottom, with a gooey butter filling on top. Creating a gooey delicious dessert everyone loves.
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 box German Chocolate Cake mix, *prepared
- eggs, water, and oil as directed on cake mix package
- 4 cups (or 1 pound box) powdered sugar
- 1 (8ounce) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 9×13 cake pan.
- Sprinkle coconut and pecans over bottom of the cake pan.
- Prepare cake mix per package instructions on box (or you can use your favorite German Chocolate Cake recipe)
- Pour cake batter over coconut and pecans.
- Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl until well blended, slowly add powdered sugar and continue beating until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon cream cheese mixture over cake batter - do NOT mix in.
- Bake on middle rack in oven for 50-55 minutes.
- Cool completely in the pan before serving To serve, cut into serving-size pieces and, using a spatula, remove from the pan and turn upside-down on plates and enjoy!
- feel free to double up the coconut and pecans for even more deliciousness!
- there is no need to invert the whole cake before serving. Leave the cake in the pan; cut into individual pieces and serve with coconut and pecans on bottom, or invert each piece as you plate it.
- store left over cake on the counter or in refrigerator.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.
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