Strawberry Earthquake Cake




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Introduction

Indulge in the sweet and fruity delight of a Strawberry Earthquake Cake. This scrumptious dessert combines the flavors of fresh strawberries, creamy cream cheese filling, and a moist cake base topped with coconut and nuts. It’s a simple yet satisfying treat that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re a fan of strawberries and cream cheese, this cake is a must-try. The combination of strawberry cake, fresh berries, and a rich cream cheese filling creates a deliciously unique dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Plus, its eye-catching "earthquake" appearance makes it a fun and impressive dessert to serve to family and friends.

How to Make Strawberry Earthquake Cake

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
    • 1 box strawberry cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
    • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
    • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • For the Cream Cheese Filling:
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Prepare the Cake Mix:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
    • Follow the instructions on the strawberry cake mix box to prepare the cake batter.
  2. Layer the Ingredients:
    • Spread the coconut and chopped nuts on the bottom of the greased pan.
    • Pour the cake batter over the coconut and nuts, then sprinkle the chopped strawberries on top.
  3. Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, melted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Add the Filling:
    • Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter and swirl slightly with a knife.
  5. Bake the Cake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan before slicing and serving. Enjoy the layers of flavors and textures in each bite.

How to Serve Strawberry Earthquake Cake

Serve this delicious cake at room temperature or slightly chilled. It pairs perfectly with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How to Store Strawberry Earthquake Cake

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, wrap the cake well and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Tips to Make Strawberry Earthquake Cake

  • Ensure the cream cheese is softened for a smooth filling.
  • Use fresh strawberries for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t overmix the cake batter to keep it light and fluffy.

FAQs

  1. Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones? Yes, but be sure to thaw and drain them before adding to the cake.
  2. Can I use a different type of cake mix for this recipe? Yes, you can experiment with different flavors like vanilla or chocolate for a unique twist.
  3. How can I customize the toppings on this cake? Feel free to add other fruits, such as blueberries or raspberries, or swap out the nuts for a different variety like almonds or macadamia nuts.

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