Dirt Cake Recipe

Dirt Cake
Jane Bruce


  •   One 15-ounce package Oreos or chocolate cookies
  • 3 ounces  bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  •   One 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups  cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons  unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces  cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/2  cup  heavy cream
  • gummy worms, or more if desired, for garnish

This classic kids' dessert is easy enough to make, and doesn't require an oven. To jazz up the presentation, clean out tiny flower pots or sand pails for individual cakes. Or, if you're layering the cake in a standard cake pan like I did, freeze the cake and defrost it an hour before serving.

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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.


Note: If you prefer a more chocolate-y dessert, use instant chocolate pudding instead.


Calories per serving:

1,185 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Specific Carbs, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 268g 412%
  • Carbs 560g 187%
  • Saturated 134g 672%
  • Fiber 17g 69%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 421g
  • Monounsaturated 90g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 57g 114%
  • Cholesterol 522mg 174%
  • Sodium 4,136mg 172%
  • Calcium 987mg 99%
  • Magnesium 377mg 94%
  • Potassium 2,372mg 68%
  • Iron 55mg 308%
  • Zinc 8mg 52%
  • Phosphorus 1,918mg 274%
  • Vitamin A 1,743µg 194%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 79%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 140%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 61%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 325µg 81%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 51%
  • Vitamin D 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 68%
  • Vitamin K 135µg 169%
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