Dirt Cake Recipe

Dirt Cake Recipe
Staff Writer
Dirt Cake

Jane Bruce

Dirt Cake

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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Notes

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

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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
38g
54%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
66mg
22%
Carbohydrate, by difference
49g
38%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
196µg
28%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
127mg
13%
Choline, total
22mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
35µg
9%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
50mg
16%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
200mg
29%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
384mg
26%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
146g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Dirt Cake Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Dirt Cake Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.