Dirt Cake

Oreo dirt cake recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake (serves 8)

This dirt cake recipe is a fun cooking activity to do with the kids. It is easy to make (no baking or heating required), and the kids love the idea of eating dirt (really crushed sandwich cookies, like Oreos or any other chocolate cookie). Although you can make this dirt cake in any pan, it is fun to make it in a clean flower pot. It enhances the whole effect, especially topped with gummy worms. It's a whimsical dessert for birthday parties and unusual enough for Halloween.

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  • 2 (3.9-ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 (8- to10-ounce) containers whipped topping (frozen, thawed)
  • 2 or 3 gummy worms

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for oreo dirt cake
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  2. Wash a 7-inch deep by 9-inch wide flower pot with soap and warm water. Dry and line with plastic wrap. (If the flower pot has a hole at the bottom, place it on a clean dish. If you are using a regular dish, then you do not need to line it with plastic wrap.)

    Grease pot
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  3. Place chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor, fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until the cookies become coarse crumbs.

    Blend cookies
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  4. Whisk together the chocolate pudding and milk until thick and pudding-like. Chill while making the cream cheese mixture.

    Whisk together chocolate pudding
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  5. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy.

    Beat cream cheese
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  6. Beat in 1 container of thawed whipped topping until smooth.

    Beat
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  7. Add the cream cheese mixture to the chocolate pudding mixture, mixing until smooth.

    Add cream cheese
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  8. Place a layer of the cookie crumbs in the bottom of the lined flower pot.

    Place cookie crumbs in pot
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  9. Top with a layer of the chocolate pudding mixture.

    Top with pudding
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  10. Continue making layers of the dirt cake: the cookie crumbs, then the chocolate pudding mixture, until there is about 1 inch left at the top. (Note: Be sure to leave plenty of cookie crumbs for the top - you can't have a dirt cake without a lot of dirt!)

    Make layers
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  11. Spread the remaining container of thawed whipped topping over the last layer of chocolate pudding.

    Spread thawed whipped cream
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  12. Top with the remaining cookie crumbs and place a few gummy worms on the dirt cake. You could even bury them partially, making it look like they are crawling out of the dirt.

    Top with crumbs
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  13. Place a clean fake flower stem in the dirt to finish the effect.

    Place flower in
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Tip

  • This dirt cake can be made several hours before serving. Just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready, be sure to scoop into the layers so that everyone gets a little bit of everything.