Gluten-Free Earthquake Cake

gluten-free earthquake cake recipe

Have you ever had an Earthquake Cake? They are amazingly delicious! Coconut, pecans, and molten cream cheese lava bursting through the fissures in the chocolate cake. One of my friends describes this cake as a “chocolate love bomb”. If you haven’t had Earthquake Cake before, you want to put it on your to-try list.

GlutenFree Earthquake Cake (425x312)

Earthquake cakes are usually made by doctoring a packaged cake mix, but I decided to make a Gluten-Free Earthquake Cake from scratch by adapting my gluten-free chocolate cake recipe, because the only way to  improve on this cake would be to make it entirely from scratch! The first layer is coconut and pecans. You pour the chocolate cake mix over the coconut and pecans.

Earthquake Cake - gluten-free recipe (425x260)

Drop tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture onto the cake mix and then run a knife through it to spread it through out the cake mix.

Gluten-Free Earthquake Cake recipe with coconut, pecans and cream cheese filling (425x283)

The finished product isn’t exactly pretty. In fact, we sometimes call this a volcanic explosion cake. But what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for with the flavorful combination of ingredients.

Gluten-Free Earthquake Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
  • ¾ cup white rice flour
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup milk (or rice milk)
  • 1 teaspoon gf vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. of butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 Baking Dish.
  2. Mix the coconut and pecans together. Sprinkle the coconut mixture on the bottom of the baking dish:
  3. In a large bowl combine white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, guar gum, and sugar.
  4. Place cocoa in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over the cocoa.
  5. Add oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla to the cocoa mixture.
  6. Add the liquids to the flour mixture and beat for 2 –3 minutes on high.
  7. Pour over the coconut mixture.
  8. Blend the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together.
  9. Drop by the tablespoon full on top of the cake mix:
  10. I take a knife and run it between the lumps of the cream cheese mixture.
  11. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan placed on top of a wire rack.

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This recipe is shared at Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Allergy-Free Wednesday.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. What an amazing looking cake, Alea! I don’t care if it’s super pretty; it looks absolutely decadent! :-) It’s definitely a “must try”! I just featured this recipe over at All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time. :-)


  2. This sounds so delicious! I’ve always hesitated to make it because of the cake mix, so this will be a fun recipe for me to try :)

  3. This looks amazingly good, Alea. I’ve never had an earthquake cake–gluten free or otherwise. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  4. Hi. Thanks this looks amazing! Question, can the
    •¾ cup white rice flour
    •¾ cup tapioca flour
    •¼ cup potato starch
    •1 teaspoon guar gum
    Be replaced with a gf all purpose flour, if so how much? And I would still need the baking powder right?

    • You should be able to replace the white rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch and guar gum with 1 3/4 cup gf all-purpose flour. You would still need to add baking powder. I hope you enjoy the cake!

  5. Wowsers! I am so excited to try this! It looks like the kind of sneaky delight that my Dad would love and never know it’s Gluten Free. Thanks!

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