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A Little Dirt…Cake Never Hurt Anyone

by on October 24, 2012

This is one of those desserts that’s easy to make and a lot of fun to eat. It’s also very versatile for the holidays and with Halloween approaching, you can make this culinary confection into a ghoulish masterpiece, just place the “cake” in a shallow grave and use a headstone instead of the flowerpot and trowel it calls for below. Or do what I do. Layer everything in a big bowl and hand the vultures…ahem kids spoons.

Dirt Cake

1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

1 cup powdered sugar

3 cups milk

1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)*

2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding

1/2 tsp. vanilla

gummy worms and/or other critters



Crush Oreos. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into a new, clean flower pot. Set aside.

Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.

Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.

Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.

Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the pot. Next, add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used.

As you’re layering the ingredients, decoratively place several gummy worms and critters in the “soil” so they will be seen emerging. If you have a toy (clean) garden trowel, a plastic daisy, or some edible flowers, these can also be used creatively to embellish the presentation.

Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.


*I use Heavy Whipping Cream that has been beaten to stiff peaks instead of the Cool Whip. Fold the Whipped Cream in AFTER folding the butter-cream cheese mixture with the pudding. This gives a lighter texture, but is just as good.


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  1. This sounds like something the grandkids will love!

  2. Ha! How disturbingly cute! Sounds delicious too. 🙂

  3. I ate dirtcake once at a party and it was really good. And it looks so easy to make that even I can do it.

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