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The perfect spring party dessert: Dirt Cake!

Thanks for your guesses on my Easter ingredient photo, it was fun watching the answers pour in. For those of you who guessed crushed up Oreos, you’re right! For those of you who didn’t, I still liked your answers. The idea of affording that much caviar or vanilla beans was very exciting for me. But Oreos are a little more in the budget!

Have you ever had dirt cake? I know I made it with my mom as a kid, I also remember teachers bringing it in for parties in elementary school. It’s such a great dessert for kids (but adults love it too) they are absolutely fascinated when you tell them that this bucket of dirt and worms is really their dessert. My brother Jason kept opening the fridge to look at it and warned me that he’d be so hyper if he ate that many coffee grounds!

Eric’s grandpa was definitely the funniest reaction. I brought the bucket and said “Here’s dessert!” and he literally recoiled in horror! It was awesome. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was perfect for spring.

You can also make dirt cake in flower pots with some little fake flowers coming out of it, or make individual servingsin tiny pots or cups. It’s a good cake for spring birthdays, garden parties, Easter, etc. I also made it once when an exchange student in Hawaii wanted an “American” cake for her birthday. I thought a dirt cake would be perfect and her reaction was priceless. I brought the “bucket of dirt” and she was so polite that even though she was obviously disappointed, she thanked me and said it was very nice. Her eyes got huge as I started dishing it up (with a shovel of course), and she was so delighted once she tasted it.

I couldn’t find exactly the recipe I was looking for. I know I’ve used cool whip before, but don’t really like cool whip so ended up making whipped cream instead. Also, the other ingredients are so sweet, I didn’t include the cup or more of powdered sugar other recipes called for. If you need something to increase your risk of diabetes, feel free to add some ๐Ÿ™‚ This is one of those recipes that’s fun to make, serve and eat, so go have some fun!

Dirt Cake
serves 15


2 lbs oreos (just less than 2 packages)
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
3 TBS powdered sugar
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter
2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
gummi worms


Place the Oreos in a food processor and grind until finely crumbled and looking like dirt (include the cream).

Cream together the butter and cream cheese. In another bowl whip the whipping cream and powdered sugar until thick. In a third bowl, combine vanilla pudding and milk. Mix well for two minutes. Stir the whipped cream into the pudding. Add the creamed mixture and stir well.

Layer the cake in your bucket 2-4 hours before serving time. Place 1 1/2 – 2 inches of cookie crumbs in the bottom of the bucket. Then layer the same amount of pudding mixture on top. Continue layering them, leaving room for a layer of crumbs on top. Just before serving, top with crumbs and worms. Serve with a shovel.

(optional: You can also layer worms throughout the cake, or sprinkle a few on top of each serving)

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19 thoughts on “The perfect spring party dessert: Dirt Cake!”

  1. What a GREAT idea!!! I’ve never heard of dirt cake. Just in time as I start thinking about my son’s upcoming bday party. I’ll surprise him and his freinds. He would LOVE it! And I love that it’s easy to make. Oh, and I love your photo in the kitchen. Very cute!

  2. I had never heard of this cake before, it seems like a great idea. It is amazing how it really resembles dirt, would be great for children’s party.

  3. This is one of the most creative and yet cute ideas I’ve seen. I was really excited as I read all the description in your post.


  4. OMG – we’re totally on the same wavelength. I was going to feature what I call “Dishin’ the Dirt” on my blog for Easter but I never got around to making it. My mother-in-law’s recipe looks very similar to your dirt cake recipe. Nice job!

  5. I had a friend who loved Dirt Cake; it was always her number one dessert request. I had forgotten about it until I saw your recipe. I loved that cream cheese filling!

  6. This is exactly what I was looking for! My daughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make this, but Coolwhip is nowhere to be found in France…Thanks!

  7. This will be perfect for my son’s outdoor 6th birthday party next month. Can I ask one question? In the list of ingredients, the second line just says “1 1/2 cups” but it doesn’t say of what. From reading the recipe, would I be safe in assuming that’s the whipping cream?

  8. You all warmed my heart with your comments!

    Diana I can’t believe you’re the first to point out my typo! I’ll fix it right away.

    I hope everyone who made it had theirs turn out great ๐Ÿ™‚


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