Dirt Cake Recipe

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Dirt Cake Recipe
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
1153
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
62g
95%
Sugar
102g
N/A
Saturated Fat
32g
100%
Cholesterol
133mg
44%
Protein
16g
32%
Carbs
142g
47%
Vitamin A
438µg
49%
Vitamin B12
0.9µg
14.3%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.7%
Vitamin C
0.2mg
0.3%
Vitamin D
2µg
1%
Vitamin E
2mg
8%
Vitamin K
7µg
9%
Calcium
257mg
26%
Fiber
5g
19%
Folate (food)
25µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
96µg
24%
Folic acid
41µg
N/A
Iron
5mg
29%
Magnesium
101mg
25%
Monounsaturated
18g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
17%
Phosphorus
521mg
74%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
567mg
16%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
36.7%
Sodium
1238mg
52%
Sugars, added
54g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
20.2%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
16%

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