Posted by: Rachel | August 21, 2011

Dirt Cake

What is the attraction of dirt cake?  There’s something so primal in my adoration of crushed cookies and goopy pudding filling.

pudding part

Pudding filling. Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

The vanilla pudding gives the white part of the mix the sweet taste, the cream cheese brings the extra thickness of tongue-pleasing texture and the cool whip lightens the feeling just enough to keep the mixture from being overpowering.

The cookies are their own kick; they seal the deal.

You can even add gummy worms and put this in a flower pot to make the playground confetti idea look more authentic.

I like to put it in a glass bowl sans gummy worms and call it a masterpiece.


Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

Options: mix the crunch of the cookies with the smooth wetness of the pudding- OR -keep the layers separate and the cookie crumbles a little more dry.

Your dirt, your way.

Dirt Cake

(recipe from family friend, Miss Kerrie)


1 large bag oreos

1/2 stick butter

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups milk

2 small boxes instant french vanilla pudding

1 large tub cool whip


Blend cookies in food processor until crumbly.  If you’re not privy to a food processor, a rolling pin+plastic bag+a bit of aggression will work just fine.  Transfer to a bowl and crush large pieces.  Set aside.

Cream butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl.  Fold in cool whip.

Mix milk and pudding together.  Set aside until thickened then fold into cream cheese/cool whip mixture.

If you’re feeling really creative*, you can follow the directions below.  If not, and you’re just ready to eat the frickin’ stuff, layer it in a bowl (as I did, photo above) and gobble it up daintily serve yourself and others a plateful.

*Put top of cool whip cover into the bottom of an 8″ flower pot.  Layer each, beginning with the crumbs:

Layer of crumbs

Layer of cream cheese/cool whip mixture


Top with layer of crumbs and refrigerate for several hours.



  1. Mm, I’ve seen lots of dirt cakes, but not one like that. Fun.

  2. love this!! they are fantastic. i made some character cupcakes at the weekend, would love to know your thoughts?

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