Throughout the years I have seen multiple versions of this recipe online, even some for variations that resemble Kitty Litter, but this was the recipe my mom used to make and I figure why mess with a good thing. My husband claims this is his favorite cake, so it was fitting that I made it for him for Father’s Day. If you have not had the pleasure of having dirt cake, you don’t know what you are missing! This is especially a big hit with the kids!
Speaking of kids… and I suggest you do this as well… while making this cake I managed to fool my oldest son into thinking it had REAL dirt in it. Once I got the cookies processed I took them in a bowl outside and announced that I needed to dig up some dirt for the cake. All he saw was me coming back in with the bowl of “dirt”. I explained to him that though the cake had a real dessert pudding type filling and gummy worms (because who wants to eat REAL worms?!) it also called for real dirt and that mixed together it tasted really good. Being a 6 year old boy, he was fairly easily convinced. Putting real flowers in the cake erased any doubt he might still have had (he didn’t know I used straws to keep them out of the cake). I am actually quite surprised he tried it lol. Of course once he had a bite he knew it was cookies.
Perhaps your kids won’t be fooled, but I promise they will love the novelty of this cake as much as the taste and it makes for quite an impressive presentation! It’s also quite easy to make! I will list out the things you need to make it look like a real dirt cake, but please know these are optional, and you can certainly make it and put it in any bowl if you don’t want to bother with the flowers/pot. For a fun and tasty variation my mom used to make this with chocolate pudding and thin mint girl scout cookies. And I can say that a lower fat version is still quite tasty if you are trying to watch your calories!
Things you will need :
- flower pot (my pot is about 9.5 inches wide at the top, and about 7.5 inches tall)
- real or fake flowers
- if using real flowers straws that fit the diameter of the stems
- foil or wax paper, or perhaps a bowl that fits inside the pot if you can find one (you just may want something to keep the cake from falling out the bottom of the pot depending on what type you have)
- 1 Family Sized Pkg. Oreos
- 1/4 C. butter
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 1/4 C. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 12 oz. cool whip, thawed
- 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- gummy worms
- In a large bowl whisk together pudding and milk for a couple of minutes, taking care to get out the lumps and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Add the pudding mix and combine.
- Fold in the cool whip and set aside.
- Using a food processor, pulse the cookies until they form “dirt”.
- To assemble, place a little dirt at the bottom of the pot (or bowl) and alternate between that and cream until you get to the top, which should be completely covered in dirt so you can’t see any of the cream.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to help set.
- If you are using fake flowers you can just stick them down in and you’re ready to go. If you are using real flowers however you are going to need to stick them into the cake using straws. What I do is stick the straw in, measure where I need to cut it, pull it back out (this is messy so be careful not to disrupt the cake) and then make the cut. You can likely cut them all to the same length at that point. I also found it easiest to insert the flower (I used Gerber Daisies here) into the straw before putting it back into the cake.
- You could decorate the finished cake with a couple of the worms, but I wouldn’t suggest putting them throughout the cake before serving because they could get soggy. I usually put a couple in each dish when serving.
Recipe from My Mom ♥