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Dirt Cake Recipe

Dirt Cake Recipe

If using Oreo cookies, remove the cream centers and discard. Place cookies in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until the crumbs resemble dirt. Mix the cookie crumbs with half of the chopped chocolate. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk the pudding mix together with milk until it forms pudding. Let thicken.

In another bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar using a handheld mixer on medium speed for about 5-10 minutes, until smooth. Fold into the pudding.

In another bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream with a handheld mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Gently fold the cream and the remaining chocolate chips into the pudding mixture.

In a 8-by-4-inch cake pan, layer 1/3 of the cookie-crumb mixture on the bottom. Spread ½ of the pudding mixture over the cookie crumbs. Repeat with another layer of cookie crumbs, then the remaining pudding. Finally, top with the remaining pile of cookie crumbs and garnish with gummy worms.

Chill for at least an hour before serving.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 (20 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies with creme filling
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 15 gummi worms

Put the cookies in a food processor and process until they become fine crumbs. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter or margarine, cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. Beat on low speed to mix then beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the chocolate pudding mix and milk to the bowl. Beat on low speed to combine.

Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture with a rubber spatula.

Assemble in the ungreased 9x13 inch pan in layers as follows: first layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs second layer, 1/2 pudding mixture third layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs fifth layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs.

Tuck the ends of gummy worms in the cookie "dirt". Be sure to have a worm on each piece. Store in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving. Cut into 15 squares, or serve with a clean garden trowel or a toy sand shovel if serving in the flower pot.


Dirt Cake

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Dirt Cake is an amazing, creamy no-bake pudding cake with Oreo crumbs and gummy worms decorating it for a fun, kid-friendly treat!

This Cake Recipe is the perfect easy no-bake dessert. Unlike Classic Vanilla Cake, it’s made with a rich vanilla pudding and cream cheese mixture for its velvety base.

This simple Dirt Cake Recipe is the perfect party dish that’s a guaranteed hit with adults and children alike. The delicious dessert is made with an instant pudding base. Then it’s made more thick and rich with cream cheese and heavy cream. That creamy pudding is sandwiched between two layers of crushed Oreos.

The Oreo crumbs on top look like dark dirt, which is where it gets the name Dirt Cake. Then the gummy worms are added to go along with the dirt theme.

The simple ingredients and easy to follow directions make this Dirt Cake recipe the perfect potluck treat. It’s made in a big batch that’s perfect to share at a party, and easy to transport in a regular cake pan.

For a delicious addition, you can serve the dirt pudding with Homemade Cool Whip on the side. The dirt pudding will pair great with the easy, fluffy topping. But, it’s better to keep it on the side than put it directly on the cake. That way people can still see the “dirt” and “worms.”

You can also add more decorations to go along with the gummy worms. More gummy critters or plastic spiders will look great on the coarse crumbs and make it the ultimate no-bake dessert for Halloween.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 461
  • Calories from Fat 259
  • Total Fat 29g 44 %
  • Saturated Fat 13g 63 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 8.4g 17 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 31mg 10 %
  • Sodium 410mg 17 % Potassium 0 0 % -->
  • Total Carbohydrates 44g 15 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9 %
  • Sugars 33g 0 %

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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I have made this many times and never added peanut butter or chocolate pudding.

The sandwich cookies are they the cream filled Oreos? or the chocolate wafer cookies? If using Oreos is it the whole cookie or just the chocolate cookie not the cream inside?

Hi Jackie! - Yes, the sandwich cookies are any cream-filled cookies, like Oreos. You use the whole cookie in this recipe. :) Enjoy!

what could I substitute for the peanut butter---any other flavoring??

For a vanilla filling mix 1 cup whipped topping and a tsp of vanilla extract with cream cheese and confectioners sugar. It should be yummy!!

I will be making this for my grandsons birthday May 5th. thanks

If you don't have a spring form pan, can this be made in another kind of pan?

You could make the cake in an 8 or 9 inch square pan, but you'll have to cut slices and serve from the dish. The great thing about a springform pan is that the cake pops out so you can see the beautiful layers.

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For a fun twist, add gummy worms to the top of the dirt cake. This is always a huge hit and the kids go crazy over this. It is really neat if you make edible grass green food coloring.

We have even made this dirt cake in a sand bucket and used the shovel it comes with for serving. It was a huge hit at the birthday party!

Another fun idea is to make individual servings of dirt cake in small cups. I like to use the small clear cups and put a few gummy worms on top.

This is great for parties as well and everyone can just grab a cup. I love this idea because no one has to serve and makes for an easy party.

Once you try this dirt cake recipe kraft version, you will see why it is so amazing. We have also used a flower pot.


Why Don't You Go Eat Dirt (Cake)?

My birthday falls close to the Fourth of July, so some years, when I was a kid, my mom would make a seasonally respectful dessert, like a birthday flag cake topped with whipped cream, blueberries, and raspberries. Those years were OK. Much better, in my estimation, were the years when she made dirt cake.

The Secret to Perfect Cream Pie (Hint: It's in the Name)

Maybe you remember dirt cake, which in its classical presentation came served in a terra cotta pot, with gummy worms and a flower or two poking out of its surface? The ingredients were pure convenience—Oreos were a must, Cool Whip was de rigeur, and Jell-o vanilla pudding was often incorporated to lend a little heft—and pure satisfaction, too (there is literally no conceivable universe in which a mixture of Oreos, Cool Whip, and pudding could taste bad.) These components were layered in that flowerpot, a bed of crushed Oreos on top, of course, and that was the point: the cake looked like dirt and tasted like heaven. The thing was so delicious that it basically proved Tommy Werner's Theory of Store-Bought Ingredients.

Still: I've long wanted to make my own dirt cake, slightly fussy, everything from scratch—just to have a project, I guess. (Easier than having friends!) So recently I did. I took it to a party where both children and adults were in attendance, and I'm here to say—those adults were impressed as hell. The children were somewhat more taciturn, though to be fair most of them were babies.

What goes into it? Start with a recipe from the Epi archives—these chocolate shortbread cookies take the place of Oreos. Then make a pastry cream and let it chill. Cream softened butter with cream cheese, add the pastry cream, and beat to combine. Separately, whip some heavy cream and fold it gently into the pastry cream to lighten things a bit (regular readers will recognize this as a technique that I've been banging on about for some time).

Now comes the fun part! Get yourself an 8-inch flowerpot, preferably terra cotta. You could also do this in a trifle bowl if you wanted to undermine the spirit of the whole enterprise. (Martha Stewart, in her totally basic dirt cake recipe, likes to sterilize the terra cotta pot for several hours in the oven beforehand. Whatever, Martha!) Spoon some of the pastry cream mixture into the bottom, sprinkle a couple gummy worms over, top this with crushed chocolate cookies. Repeat until all your ingredients are gone, finishing with a layer of crushed cookies to resemble soil. Decorate like you're planting a garden, with flowers and a garden spade for serving.


Try making the best dirt cake recipe with gummy worms.

For a fun twist, twist gummy worms to the top of the dirt cake. This is always a huge hit and the kids go crazy over this.

We have even made this dirt cake in a sand bucket and used the shovel it comes with for serving. It was a huge hit at the birthday party!

Another fun idea is to make individual servings of dirt cake in small cups. I like to use the small clear cups and put a few gummy worms on top.

This is great for parties as well and everyone can just grab a cup. I love this idea because no one has to serve and makes for an easy party.

Once you try this dirt cake recipe kraft version, you will see why it is so amazing. We have also used a flower pot.

The ideas are truly endless! You can try different variations of this dessert recipe.

Chocolate lovers might want to substitute chocolate pudding for the vanilla pudding. It is super rich and decadent though.


Preparation

    1. Pulse cookies in a food processor until coarse crumbs form (or place in a plastic bag and pound with a rolling pin) set aside.
    2. Pour milk into a medium saucepan scrape in vanilla seeds and add pod. Heat over medium until just before boiling.
    3. Whisk eggs, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, pour half of milk mixture into egg mixture. (Putting a wet towel underneath bowl will help stabilize it.) Add egg and milk mixture to remaining milk mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until custard is thick and bubbles just a bit, about 7 minutes, then continue to cook 1 minute more.
    4. Strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl discard vanilla pod. Add 1/4 cup butter and whisk to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly on surface of custard, and chill until cold, about 3 hours.
    5. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and remaining 3/4 cup butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add chilled custard and beat until combined.
    6. Using electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip cream in a medium bowl until medium peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into custard to combine.
    7. Layer custard and cookie crumbs alternately in flower pot, inserting gummy worms at random, ending with crumbs. Stick a flower or two into cake to decorate, adding more worms on top of "soil" if desired.
    1. Custard can be made 1 day ahead keep chilled.

    Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe

      Chocolate Oreo cookies (20oz.) crushed

    Crumble cookies in a bowl and set aside.

    In a mixing bowl mix pudding mix and chilled milk according to directions on package.

    Cream sugar and cream cheese together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

    Fold in thickened pudding.

    Mix thoroughly and fold old in whipped topping.

    Assemble cake by layering cookie crumbs and pudding starting and ending with crumbs on top, in a container of your choice. (See a few suggestions Below).

    Place in refrigerator a for a couple of hours to chill thoroughly.

    Sand Pail Cake

    Line a child size, unused and cleaned sand pail, with tin foil.

    Layer pudding mix and crumbs as above.

    Wrap toys such as a toy rake and spade in plastic wrap or foil and insert in cake just deep enough for handles to stand up.

    Tie on a ribbon or bow (optional).

    For more fun, bury some candy wiggle worms in the pudding or attach them to outside of the pail.

    Flower Pot Cake

    Using an unused and cleaned plastic flower pot, line the bottom and sides with tin foil.

    Wrap artificial flowers in plastic or foil and insert into pot making a flower arrangement.

    Use a 13" x 9" oblong pan (or equivalent size) or glass dish and layer according to above instructions.

    Flower Garden Cake

    Mix 1 1/2 cups Angel Flaked coconut and a few drops of green food coloring to make a grass green color.

    Sprinkle over top of 13" x  9" cake.


    Stick various colored Jelly Beans on tip of green colored party picks and poke into top of cake, making it colorful like a beautiful flower garden.

    What child won't go wild over this?

    If the party picks are too long to stand up sturdy, snip one end off to the size that works/stands up, best.

    As you can see, this delightful and delicious Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe can be created to make many fun and easy desserts.


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