Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Indulge in the delightful flavors of Pumpkin Earthquake Cake, a heavenly dessert that combines the warmth of pumpkin spice with rich cream cheese swirls and white chocolate chips. This recipe offers a cozy and delicious treat perfect for fall gatherings or any time you crave a sweet indulgence.Why Make This Recipe

If you’re a fan of pumpkin-flavored treats and enjoy the creamy goodness of cream cheese frosting, this Pumpkin Earthquake Cake is a must-try. The combination of moist pumpkin cake, decadent cream cheese swirls, and sweet white chocolate chips creates a dessert that is both comforting and satisfying.

How to Make Pumpkin Earthquake Cake


  • 15 oz box Spice Cake Mix

  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree

  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk

  • 3 large Eggs (room temperature)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable Oil

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed)

  • Favorite chopped Nuts (optional)

  • 10 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)

  • 1/2 cup salted Butter (melted)

  • 4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips (or favorite flavors)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, buttermilk, eggs, oil, and brown sugar. Mix well.

  3. Fold in nuts (if using) and pour the batter into the baking dish.

  4. In a medium bowl, whip softened cream cheese until smooth. Add butter, spices, and powdered sugar gradually, mixing well.

  5. Dollop the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter and swirl with a knife.

  6. Top with white chocolate chips and bake for 40-45 minutes until fully cooked.

  7. Allow the cake to cool, then refrigerate any leftovers.

How to Serve Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Serve slices of this delicious cake at room temperature or slightly warmed. Enjoy it on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

How to Store Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Tips to Make Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

  • Use room temperature ingredients for a smoother batter and better texture.

  • Customize the cake by adding your favorite nuts or chocolate chips to the batter.

  • Ensure the cake is completely cooled before refrigerating to maintain its texture.


For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free spice cake mix and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free certified.


  1. Can I use a different flavor cake mix for this recipe?

    • Yes, you can experiment with different flavors like yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix for unique variations.

  2. Can I omit the cream cheese swirls in this recipe?

    • You can skip the cream cheese swirls for a simpler pumpkin cake with white chocolate chips on top.

  3. Can I use homemade pumpkin puree instead of canned?

    • Homemade pumpkin puree can be used, just ensure it has a similar consistency to canned puree for best results.

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