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.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) Oreo cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 container (12 ounces) non-dairy whipped topping
  • 2 new clay flower pots, about 6 inches in diameter
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Silk flowers
  • Plastic garden utensils, optional

Directions

Line flower pots completely with foil; set aside. Crush cookies until they resemble potting soil. Place 1 cup crumbs (or more) in each flower pot; set aside. Cream the cheese, margarine, sugar and vanilla together until blended; set aside. Combine pudding mix and milk; fold in whipped topping. Gently fold cheese and pudding mixtures together. Pour half the mixture into each flower pot. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Cover with foil; refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove foil; top with silk or plastic flowers whose stems have been wrapped in foil. Display with plastic gardening tools, if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Dirt Cake in Country Extra May 1990, p49

Nutritional Facts

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

  • 1 package (16 ounces) Oreo cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 container (12 ounces) non-dairy whipped topping
  • 2 new clay flower pots, about 6 inches in diameter
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Silk flowers
  • Plastic garden utensils, optional
  1. Line flower pots completely with foil; set aside. Crush cookies until they resemble potting soil. Place 1 cup crumbs (or more) in each flower pot; set aside. Cream the cheese, margarine, sugar and vanilla together until blended; set aside. Combine pudding mix and milk; fold in whipped topping. Gently fold cheese and pudding mixtures together. Pour half the mixture into each flower pot. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Cover with foil; refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove foil; top with silk or plastic flowers whose stems have been wrapped in foil. Display with plastic gardening tools, if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Dirt Cake in Country Extra May 1990, p49

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mlmartinez13 User ID: 1101921 201724
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!!!"

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poppiesea User ID: 7847793 40392
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."

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lmartin493 User ID: 7506616 42453
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I love this site."

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sddeck User ID: 7279512 69855
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"We made this for my sons birthday activity.

THE KIDS LOVED IT!!"

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Agirl User ID: 7234924 10525
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"My youngest son of 5, age 26, still loves Dirt cake! He called me yesterday from the grocery store & asked what he needed to make Dirt cake, then brought me the ingredients to make it for him. Love to please my sons with their favorite things :)"

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janalamar User ID: 5849756 14970
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"This cake is sooo easy and fun to make I used chocolate pudding instead of vanilla and my7 year old daughter made the whole thing and she was soo proud of herself and the cake tastes soooo good thank you for sharing this yummy recipe :)"

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judyfran User ID: 161769 14968
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I used 1 lemon sugar free pudding and 1 vanilla sugar free, which added a wonderful touch. I wouldn't think of chocolate and Lemon together, but it was a real hit."

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judyfran User ID: 161769 39523
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I have taken this dessert to two functions and people raved about it,asking for the recipe. One hostess requested I bring it to next years Christmas party."

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junejmg User ID: 6049176 13069
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"This is a keeper.Such a big hit with my family.I made it following the recipe also may it with chocolate, white chocolate, and btterschoch puddind mixes, just as good with vanilla cookies,even chocolate chip cookies.Very hard to put the soon down-that good!!"

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junejmg User ID: 6049176 40391
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"Great!!!Hard very hard to put the spoon down!The whole family just loved it.This is a keeper"

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