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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4
Servings
909
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
  • 6 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
53g
76%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
91mg
30%
Carbohydrate, by difference
56g
43%
Protein
53g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
971µg
100%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
30mg
40%
Vitamin E, added
7mg
47%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
585mg
59%
Choline, total
106mg
25%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
12g
48%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
236µg
59%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
216mg
68%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
6mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
761mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
39µg
71%
Sodium, Na
692mg
46%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
6µg
40%
Water
75g
3%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

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.