Dirt Cake Recipe

Dirt Cake
Jane Bruce

Ingredients

  •   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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Directions

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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

1,185 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

59%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 67g 103%
  • Carbs 140g 47%
  • Saturated 34g 168%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 105g
  • Monounsaturated 23g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 14g 29%
  • Cholesterol 131mg 44%
  • Sodium 1,034mg 43%
  • Calcium 247mg 25%
  • Magnesium 94mg 24%
  • Potassium 593mg 17%
  • Iron 14mg 77%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 480mg 69%
  • Vitamin A 436µg 48%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 35%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 15%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 5%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 81µg 20%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 42%
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