1 family. friendly food. » Dirt cake, version 2.0


I made dirt cake for the first time a few years ago when my son was 6 years old. I served it in beach buckets with shovels. It looked so real–—it was totally believable to be dirt–that my boy refused to try it even after he saw all of licking our fingers.

This year the cake made a come back by special request from the birthday boy. I think I took it to the next level, don’t you think? I even saved the card boxes from the nursery.

I thought I was a geniuos. I believed that since there is no baking involved this will take no time to make. Wrong! Collecting the pots, washing each and every one of them, purchasing supplies, preparing, assembling, etc, of 16 individual “plants” consumed a few good hours of my days. Thanks to my friend S who came to help with assembling and keep me company I did not lose my head spinning in the kitchen. (I rewarded her with Shakshuka for lunch!)

I didn’t keep track of what I was doing, I kinda winged it on the go, relying on the previous cakes I made, but my cousin asked for the recipe, so here goes…

dirt cake pot

For 16 “plants” (16 plastic cups that fit into 16 4-inch pots)

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 cups milk
2 boxes of vanilla instant pudding (2.8 oz. each)
1 teaspoon orange/lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons of sugar to between soft and firm peaks
2 boxes (16 oz. each) oreo* style cookies

For decoration:
16 sprigs of mint or any herb/edible flowers you have
16 plants tags
gummy worms
gummy mice (I put those at the bottoms of each cup, hidden by cookie crumbs)
chocolate “rocks”

To make the pudding: In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the milk, pudding powder, zest, and vanilla and mix. Transfer to a bowl and chill for a few minutes until it gets a bit firm. Then, gently fold the whipped cream with the chilled pudding.

Place the cookies in a food processor and grind until finely crumbled and looking like dirt.

Assemble the cakes: Put a layer of cookie mixture in the bottom of the cup, add a few spoonfuls of the pudding cream, and then another layer of cookie crumbs. Repeat with the other cups.

Chill for a few hours. Decorate with gummy worms, herbs and/or flowers.

* I used oreo style cookies that have no hydrogenated oils and no trans fatty acids. Look for brands free of those unhealthy ingredients.

dirt cake 9_13

For 9 * 13 inch pan

2 boxes of vanilla instant pudding (2.8 oz. each)
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons of sugar to between soft and firm peaks
1 box (16 oz.) oreo style cookies + 1 box vanilla wafer cookies (or whatever cookies you have in the pantry)

For decoration:
gummy worms
gummy mice
chocolate “rocks”
springs of herbs

Follow the same directions as above to make a 3 layers cake.

Be Sociable, Share!

Tags : , , , ,
Categories : Birthday cakes, Cakes, Recipes

Sorry! This article is unable to leave response!