Strawberry earthquake cake is a delicious dessert with tiers of cake, cream cheese, and strawberry pie filling. Yellow cake mix, cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar are layered in a baking dish to make the cake.
The cake batter is topped with strawberry pie filling. Whipped cream or cold whip and crushed nuts finish the cake.
The cake’s uneven surface and flaws resemble an earthquake, hence its name. The strawberry flavor makes the cake a popular dessert for birthdays, holidays, and family events.
Easy Strawberry Earthquake Cake
I’m always trying new dishes. Strawberry earthquake cake is a new favorite. It’s easy to make this delicious dessert for any event.
This blog post includes my step-by-step instructions for making the perfect strawberry earthquake cake, as well as commonly asked questions and serving and storing tips.
Strawberry Earthquake Cake Ingredients:
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 can (21 oz) strawberry pie filling
- 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping or cool whip
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
How To Make Strawberry Earthquake Cake
Prepare the Cake Mix Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside. Next, prepare the yellow cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Once the cake mix is ready, pour it into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, softened butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture over the cake mix layer, and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
Add the Strawberry Pie Filling Open the can of strawberry pie filling and pour it over the cream cheese layer, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
Bake the Cake Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is cooked through and the top is golden brown. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
Add the Whipped Topping and Nuts Once the cake has cooled, top it with a layer of whipped topping or cool whip. If desired, sprinkle the top of the cake with chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.
Tips for Serving and Storing the Cake
- The cake is best served chilled, so be sure to store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- For an extra touch of sweetness, you can drizzle some caramel or chocolate sauce over the top of the cake before serving.
- If you’re serving the cake for a special occasion, you can decorate the top with fresh strawberries or other fruit.
Strawberry Earthquake Cake Faq’s
Can I use a different flavor of pie filling?
Yes, you can use any flavor of pie filling that you prefer. Some popular alternatives include cherry, blueberry, or peach.
Can I make this cake ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the cake ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Can I substitute the whipped topping with whipped cream?
Yes, you can substitute whipped cream for the whipped topping if you prefer. Just be sure to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks before using it to top the cake.
Strawberry Earthquake Cake Variations
Chocolate Strawberry Earthquake Cake: Use a chocolate cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix, and top the cake with a layer of chocolate chips before adding the cream cheese and pie filling layers.
Pineapple Earthquake Cake: Use a pineapple pie filling instead of a strawberry pie filling, and top the cake with crushed pineapple before adding the cream cheese layer.
Lemon Earthquake Cake: Use a lemon cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix, and top the cake with lemon zest and a layer of lemon curd before adding the cream cheese layer.
Blueberry Earthquake Cake: Use a blueberry pie filling instead of a strawberry pie filling, and top the cake with fresh blueberries before adding the cream cheese layer.
Cheesecake Earthquake Cake: Skip the cake mix and instead use a layer of graham cracker crumbs for the base. Top the crumbs with a layer of cream cheese and sugar mixture, followed by the pie filling and whipped topping.
Strawberry Earthquake Cake Serving Ideas
Be sure to refrigerate the cake until serving. Serve cake pieces on a plate.
Add whipped cream or cool whip to each piece of cake for a creamier texture.
Before serving, drizzle caramel or chocolate syrup over the cake.
For rare occasions, decorate the cake with fresh strawberries or other fruit. This gives the cake color and taste.
If you like your cake warm, microwave pieces for a few seconds before serving. Overheating the cake can melt the cream cheese layer.
strawberry earthquake cake recipe
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 cups fresh strawberries hulled and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; stir until well combined.
- Stir in the strawberries. Pour batter into the prepared pan; bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving.
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