The Hard Truth About Earthquake Cake, One Of The Most Popular Desserts On Pinterest
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It should’ve been easy, but it was everything but. My cake looked nothing like the crazy-looking swirled earthquake confections that dominate Pinterest. Not during the first round of testing, or the second, or the third. To be fair, some of the magic that is promised did happen, and all “failed” attempts were happily devoured. But you should know what yours may look like.
The first problem with Earthquake cake recipes is the German chocolate cake mix requirement. After searching countless grocery stores in NYC and coming up short, we had to buy it in a different state (albeit Jersey). If you can’t find it, save yourself the trouble and use chocolate cake mix instead. Trust me, it works the same.
Then there’s the issue of the cream cheese, which is supposed to sink to the bottom while the coconut and nuts (if you’re using) rise to the top. The cream cheese mixture sinks, alright. But not in a cool, crackled way that you see on Pinterest. And the chocolate chips and coconut never rise to the top. At least from our experiences.
Biggest lesson learned though: It doesn’t matter. The sunken cheesecake-like bottom mixed with the pecans and coconut tastes like German chocolate frosting. It’s glorious. And when you cover the whole things with a blanket of rich fudge, you won’t care that there’s no swirl on top. Richter scale: 0.5. Taste: 10.0.