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Friday
Apr082011

Get Dirty: Dirt Cake Recipe from Cake Gumshoe Sabrina

Have you ever heard of "Dirt Cake"? Well, neither had I, sweet friends, but Cake Gumshoe Sabrina was kind enough to share after I had what can only be described as a "Facebook freakout" after seeing her post pictures of this masterpiece online.

Here's the 411, from Sabrina:

According to your comment, I'm assuming you have never had the yumminess that is 'DIRT CAKE!' It is quite simple to make and makes for a happy tummy.

Dirt Cake

 

  • 1 regular-sized package of Oreos (or store brand)
  • 1 box of instant chocolate Jello pudding mix (the no-cook version)
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1/2 or 1 tub of whipped topping 
  • 1 package of gummi worms

Procedure

  1. Step 1: Crush your Oreos! I place cookies in a large ziploc bag, gently use a rubber mallet to break them down to smaller pieces/crumbs. HINT: You could also use a blender if you've got one handy, it's a lot faster. If you use one, break up the cookies a little bit beforehand to help w/ the process.
  2. Step 2: Make some mud. Prepare the package of pudding mix by combining 3 cups of milk and blending thoroughly. Add 1/2 to a full tub of thawed whipped topping (as found in the freezer section) and mix well.
  3. Step 3: Build! In a deep bowl, clear flower pot or several individual bowls, add a layer of crushed Oreos (aka dirt) then spoon a layer of your mud pudding, follow with another layer of dirt and repeat until you're out of both. I usually end up with 3 layers of cookie crumbs and 2 layers of pudding.  HINT: As you build your layers, feel free to drop a few gummi worms in!
  4. Step 4: Garish. Add gummi worms to the top of the 'cake' and refrigerate for several hours.  HINT: If you happen to have a sprig of fake flowers laying around, clean the plastic stem and stick it into the dirt cake. Sometimes the flowers can be too heavy or lopsided so this won't always work...but it definitely adds to the effect! 
Enjoy!

 

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I used to make dirt in junior high, back in the late 80s (yes, back then).

I used some plastic flower pots & lined the bottom with wax paper & put the gummy worms & plastic flowers in. People used to think it was real plant!

I also used vanilla pudding & layered with the crushed Oreos. Just gotta be sure you cover the top good so no vanilla peaks through.
April 8 | Unregistered CommenterJeanee
DIRT CAKE! <--- This is because of excitement because I haven't thought of dirt cake in ages and now I instantly want some. I used to eat this in middle school ten and fifteen years ago. You should look into Halloween variations--we always made this around then, with little tombstones and creepy-crawly gummies.

Just for reference, I'm from the Midwest. Maybe the recipe is creeping westward?
April 10 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
I grew up making a version that had rich vanilla pudding cream cheese custard as the base; it tastes delicious contrasted against the crushed oreos! Similar version here:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Dirt-Dessert
April 11 | Unregistered CommenterSally
I grew up making a version that had rich vanilla pudding cream cheese custard as the base; it tastes delicious contrasted against the crushed oreos! Similar version here:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Dirt-Dessert
April 11 | Unregistered CommenterSally
I remember having this at a Halloween Fair once and I have never had it again. Such a great idea. The topping of oreos is the best :)
April 12 | Unregistered CommenterGina
We make dirt cake for a Halloween treat -- we make it in a large, rectangular dish, and stick Milano cookies upright into the dirt for gravestones (we usually pipe "RIP" onto a couple of them with icing). We make ghosts out of whipped cream, and usually have a little pumpkin patch in the corner using pumpkin mellowcremes. :)
April 12 | Unregistered CommenterMaggi
I used to eat these all the time (Midwest shoutout too!). I recently made a 3 gallon batch from scratch (the pudding that is) and it is something I will never do again, boxed mix works just as well!
May 18 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

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