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San Antonio Earthquake Cake

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German Chocolate Cake Mix the basis of this Earthquake Cake.

An earthquake near San Antonio is an event — and should be observed San Antonio style: with food!

We found this recipe at, and adapted it by adding some SA touches. Let’s not make light of earthquakes – and let’s hope this morning’s geological event wasn’t just a pre-shock.


San Antonio Earthquake Cake

1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted
1 (18-ounce) German chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups water (or as called for by the cake mix directions)
3 eggs (or as called for by the cake mix directions)
1/2 cup oil (or as called for by the cake mix directions)
2 teaspoons ground canela or cinnamon
1/4- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, if you like it hot)
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Spray 9-by-13-inch pan with oil and set oven to 350 degrees. Spread the coconut and pecan pieces evenly on the bottom of pan. Prepare the cake mix according to directions on box, adding the cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Mix and pour over the coconut and pecan pieces.

Mix well together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and powered sugar. Spoon over cake in dollops, no need to spread evenly. Bake for approx 40-50 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness.

Cake will be cracked on top, but should be moist.

Recipe adapted from

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