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Orange Creamsicle Earthquake Cake

By: Danielle Zimmerman, editor for
Updated July 27, 2023
Orange Creamsicle Earthquake Cake
Orange Creamsicle Earthquake Cake

Orange Creamsicle Earthquake Cake will certainly rock your world. Unlike a lot of other recipes with cake mix, this one tastes like it's completely homemade. An earthquake cake is a dessert made up of two parts: a regular cake mix and a powdered sugar cream cheese mixture.

The base is made of white chocolate that rises up a bit while baking. The cake batter is then poured on top of the white chocolate and then topped with the cream cheese mixture. As the cake bakes, the cream cheese mixture will settle a bit toward the middle of the cake so that, when it's finished baking and you're serving pieces, it looks like it exploded.

This earthquake cake recipe is unlike other recipes because it doesn't include nuts or coconut in the bottom layer, but feel free to add some. The flavor in this cake is so wonderful that it will take you back to your childhood. Don't be discouraged if this cake doesn't come out perfectly baked; it's supposed to be a disaster!


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time45 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch Baking Pan



  • 1 box white cake mix (use preparation instructions below, not the ones on the box)*
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • Orange food coloring (or yellow and red food coloring) (optional)
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (3 3/4 cups)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan or casserole dish.

  3. Sprinkle white chocolate chips on the bottom of the greased pan. Set aside.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix white cake mix with the oil, eggs, and water. It's most efficient to do so with a whisk. After your ingredients have been thoroughly combined, add in the orange extract and food coloring. There's no right or wrong amount of food coloring to add it. Feel free to add in as much or as little as you'd like.

  5. Pour the cake mix on top of the white chocolate chips in your baking dish. Set aside.

  6. In a saucepan, melt the butter and the cream cheese. As it's melting stir the mixture with a whisk to combine the two ingredients as best as you can. It's ok if the cream cheese and butter don't fully combine at this point.

  7. After your mixture has melted, whisk in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until the entire pound has been added. Stir the mixture until it's uniformly smooth.

  8. Spread the powdered sugar cream cheese mixture on top of the cake batter and swirl lightly into the cake mix using a knife. Don't swirl or combine too much, otherwise your cake will be overly gooey.

  9. Bake your cake for 40-45 minutes, or until done. Because the cake is supposed to be gooey and moist, the toothpick test won't work. Instead, shake the pan back and forth. If your cake wobbles, it needs to bake a bit more. Your cake will be finished when it no longer wobbles.


*In lieu of using white cake mix, orange extract, and food coloring, you can use a box of orange cake mix instead.

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Will be trying this Orange Creamsicle Cake. We love Creamsicles. This will be a 5 star for me.

Thanks for your comment! If you do decide to make it, please submit a picture. I would love to see the result - Chelsea, Editor

I'm pretty much in love with this dessert. The combination of powdered sugar and cream cheese was heavenly!

While I don't normally gravitate to things with white chocolate OR cream cheese, this beautiful cake was staring me in the face, so how could I refuse? Much to my surprise, I really liked it! The cake was terrifically moist, flavorful, and turned out to be the perfect mid-morning snack. I'll have to give this recipe a try at home. )

I LOVED this cake! I didn't know what to expect but it was fantastic. The orange flavor was light and refreshing. The cream cheese mixture in the center made it even better.


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