Ultimate Dirt Cake Recipe. Yum!

This is my go-to recipe for McKenzie’s birthday and other kid’s events, like her 4K graduation. It’s always a hit, and the kids (and parents!) love it. I get tons of compliments, too, because it’s so creative and fun! The options are endless: you can use pots, buckets, real or fake flowers, or even substitute blonde-oreos to make a sand-themed cake—and it’s a great center-piece! Enjoy. =)


Prep Time 1 hour | Serves 20+


  • 10-inch plastic flower pot (ceramic absorbs the moisture). **If you halve the recipe, use an 8-inch pot.
  • Trowel or small shovel to be used as serving spoon
  • Flowers (real or fake)
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover flower stems
  • Food processor
  • Mixer (Kitchenaid is perfect!)


  • 3 packages Oreos (regular, double stuff is too much cream)
  • 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese softened
  • 4 (3.5oz) instant vanilla pudding packages.
  • 8 cups milk (to make pudding)
  • 2 (12oz) containers Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 packages gummy worms


  1. Chop cookies in a food processor. The white cream will disappear. Set aside.
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, make pudding by following instructions on package.
  4. Combine pudding and whipped topping.
  5. Next, combine the cream mixture (step 2) and the pudding mixture (step 4) together until smooth.
  6. Place plastic or aluminum foil to cover the hole(s) at the bottom of the flower pot. (Note: If you think the pot will be too big, you can place a bowl upside-down to fill space.)
  7. Layer the combined pudding/cream mixture in flower pot, starting with cookies, cream, then gummy worms (about 3 per layer). Repeat layers. Try to wait as near to your party as possible to layer the mixture. The Oreos & worms can get soggy. You can always chill all the ingredients over night separately!
  8. Chill until ready to serve.
  9. Cover flower stems with plastic wrap and insert into the dirt cake! Add the trowel or shovel, and garnish with any extra gummy worms. You’re done!


Liza Thrift - August 6, 2013 - 6:53 pm

How many servings does this make?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 9, 2013 - 6:08 am

It serves 20+ people. To give you an idea, it served closer to 35 people at my daughter’s 4K graduation, including the kids, parents, teachers, & guests!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 11, 2013 - 9:00 am

The full-sized pot makes enough for 30-40, if you cut it in half, closer to 20.