Dirt Cake Recipe
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Dirt Cake Recipe

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Dirt Cake is fun to serve at family gatherings, or to give as a gift. I've also taken it to church dinners. It not only tastes good but is unique.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (15-1/2 ounces) Oreo cookies
  • 2 clean new plastic flower pots, about 6 inches in diameter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Silk flowers, aluminum foil, gummy worms and clean new gardening tools, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 534 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. Crush cookies until they resemble potting soil. Divide half of the crumbs between the flower pots. Set pots and remaining crumbs aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping. Gently fold into cream cheese mixture until blended.
  3. Add filling to pots; top with reserved crumbs. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. If desired, wrap silk flower stems in foil; add to flower pots. Decorate with gummy worms and display with gardening tools if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Dirt Cake in Country Extra May 1990, p49

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Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"Exactly how I remembered it. You can have ANYTHING in moderation,especially when you try to add more natural ingredients. This is a dessert recipe!!! Its delicious!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Although this recipe is delicious - it's technically not a "Dirt cake" recipe. It's more a "sandbox" with the vanilla pudding. So if you're looking for a dark pudding underneath the oreo -- try a different recipe.

However, this was still delicious ..
I shared my experience at my blog here:

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"I love this cake from my childhood, but I don't like all the chemicals and weird stuff that is in most of these ingredients. I used organic Newman's own oreo-like cookies, organic cream cheese, local organic milk from pastured cows, and made my own whipping cream (I stabelized it with gelatin so it would last for the day). I was able to find organic instant pudding that didn't have chemicals in it, and I used organic unbleached powdered sugar (half the reccomended amount, so I ended up only using 1/4 cup. It was fine). If you use this sugar make sure to sift it before you use it, it's much clumpier than the bleached kind. I left out the butter. I halfed the recipe because no one really needs to eat more than a few spoonfuls of this stuff and we only had 10 people at the party, half of them were kids. I used organic, sugar free gummy worms made with fruit juice. And nasturtiums and pansies instead of fake flowers. Everyone loved it and there were no weird chemicals! A treat is ok once in awhile :) Not all Americans are obese."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I love this site."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"god that sounds utterly foul - no wonder Americans are all obese if you eat that sort of cack."

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