German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake


Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Patti received the ultimate compliment for this dessert. Ken said it was so good he’d go out for some if he had to and it was after midnight. A version was made for his birthday by our good friend Linda Engle and we made a variation. It was so rich with chocolate, coconut and almonds.

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes at 350 degrees (177c)
Grill: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Pellets: Lumberjack Maple

Ingredients: German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1lb. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Directions: German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Grease 9×12 baking pan
Cover bottom of pan with the almonds and coconut.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour over almonds and coconut.
In medium bowl mix remaining ingredients until well blended. Spoon over batter.
You cannot test for doneness with a toothpick; it will appear sticky even when done.
Bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees (177c) then remove from grill and let rest for 30 minutes.

 German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Cover Bottom of Pan with Almonds and Coconut

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

 Pour Cake Mix over Almonds and Coconut

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

 Spoon Remaining Ingredients over Batter

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

 Is It Time Yet?

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

 Let’s Eat!

 Cooking Directions: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Cooking on the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven is a snap. If you are going to use the smoke box fill it up first with either wood chips or pellets. I like Lumberjack pellets because there are so many different kinds and low ash. (Easy clean up.)

Turn on the propane tank. Open the oven door so you can see and hear when the burner lights. Turn the control knob to the high position and hold it in. At this time press the igniter button. You’ll be able to hear and see the burner light. Continue to hold the control knob for about 10 seconds for the burner to get hot.

Close the door and preheat the oven to your desired temp. You may have to adjust it up or down until you reach your temperature. But, once you hit it the oven will hold it. We did 55 minutes at 350 degrees (177c).


The bottom stone and it gets “HOT” so you need to stay right with it or you will burn what your are cooking. I only use heavy cast iron or baking dishes here. For most things I have found that it is better to use the middle shelf. You can use a stone here or not depending on your cook.

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….


Live your Passion,
Ken & Patti