I wanted to make Earthquake Cake for Sunday family dinner today. I left it till very late in the day, and wasn't sure a full size cake would have time to cool. I was pretty sure I could figure out how to make my recipe into cupcakes, but again, I had no time to spare. I Googled 'earthquake cupcakes' and sure enough found this recipe.
I whisked the powdered sugar right into the pan with the melted cream cheese and butter (why dirty another dish?), and I stirred the coconut into the cream cheese mixture instead of putting it in the bottom of the cupcake liners. I left out the pecans altogether, since we have one who doesn't like nuts. I didn't bother swirling the cream cheese mixture in any way, just spooned a scoop onto the top of the cake batter; I was all about the quickest, easiest way today. I wish I had thought to sprinkle chocolate chips on top before baking, but nobody else missed them.
The cupcakes were very well received, and I will be making them again. Making them into cupcakes makes them a little more portable, say for a lunchbox, than a cut piece of cake.