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Dirt Cake Recipe

Updated on August 23, 2008

Unique Dirt Cake Dessert

Photo Credit: Bethany King
Photo Credit: Bethany King

Dirt Cake Recipe Is Always a Fun Hit

A dirt cake recipe is always a fun idea for a garden party, kid's birthday party or an 'older than dirt' birthday theme. What's more, making a dirt cake recipe is easy, it can be made ahead of time, is inexpensive, and dirt cakes taste surprisingly good!

A dirt cake recipe can also be made as a sheet cake. Sheet dirt cakes look positively perfect for a Halloween party cake centerpiece. Make little tombstones and add plastic spiders to decorate Halloween dirt cake recipe.

Another variation on the typical dirt cake recipe is to use crushed vanilla sandwich cookies instead of chocolate cookies. Make the dirt cake in a beach pail instead of a flower pot, serve with a beach shovel, and you have a 'sand cake'. Great for kids' summer birthdays.

This is the easiest dirt cake recipe I have ever made. The recipes uses just a few ingredients, but still tastes great and looks very authentic. If you've ever wondered what a dirt cake was, here is how to make dirt cake.

Dirt Cake Recipe Ingredients- Makes about 12 servings

  • 2 lb package chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 (4 ounces each) packages instant chocolate pudding (already mixed and prepared)
  • 12 ounces thawed whipped topping
  • Gummy worms
  • New, unused plastic flower pot or beach bucket
  • Artificial flowers (optional)
  • New trowel (optional)

How to Make a Dirt Cake Recipe

Crush all of the sandwich cookies finely. This is the 'garden soil' for your dirt cake. Mix the crushed cookies with the melted butter. Use this mixture to make about a two inch layer crust on the bottom of the flower pot.

Next fold in the whipped topping with the prepared chocolate pudding. Spread this on top of the bottom layer. Add the gummy worms, but save a couple. Then top off with the rest of the crushed cookies mix. Place the remaining gummy worms into the top of the soil so that they are sticking out. Refrigerate at least 12 hours.

When you are ready to serve your dirt cake, you can place artificial flowers into the center of the cake. Be sure to cover the stems with foil or cling wrap. To really add to the effect, serve your dirt cake recipe with a garden trowel. Kids will love it!

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      Spencer 7 years ago

      Dirt cake

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      jaylene 9 years ago

      that dirt cake looks better than the other ones i've seen

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      Pam Pounds 9 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

      Hi Angela,

      Dirt Cakes are very cool. My first experience with one was at a party, where for the longest time I just thought it was the decorative centerpiece. It was in a clay flowerpot, similar to your photo. I about flipped when the hostess started to serve it!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California


      I have always loved the Dirt Cake recipe. I think the flower pot is so cute as well!