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. =)
ULTIMATE DIRT CAKE RECIPE
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
- Chop cookies in a food processor. The white cream will disappear. Set aside.
- Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, make pudding by following instructions on package.
- Combine pudding and whipped topping.
- Next, combine the cream mixture (step 2) and the pudding mixture (step 4) together until smooth.
- 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.)
- 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!
- Chill until ready to serve.
- 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!