Pumpkin Patch "Dirt" Cake


Crushed chocolate cookies and ice cream make great 'dirt' for this spooky treat! This recipe was adapted from Strange-1's original pudding cake.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (19.1 ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)

  • 2 (24 ounce) round cartons chocolate ice cream

  • ½ cup prepared vanilla frosting

  • 1 drop green food coloring

  • 30 mellocreme (candy corn) pumpkins


  1. Crush the cookies in 2 batches in a food processor. You'll need about 4 1/3 cups crumbs.

  2. Spread 1 1/3 cups crumbs over bottom of a 9-x-13-inch baking pan.

  3. Cut away cardboard packaging from 1 carton of ice cream with scissors. Slice ice cream crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds with a long knife. Arrange slices over crumbs, cutting smaller pieces to fill gaps. Cover ice cream with another 1 1/3 cups crumbs. Repeat with second container of ice cream, and top with remaining crumbs. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.

  4. Mix frosting with enough green food coloring to make it bright green, then transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Arrange 3 double rows of pumpkins on top of cake and pipe vines connecting pumpkins. Freeze until ready to serve.

Note from Allrecipes Magazine:

We loved Strange-1's "pumpkin patch" cake decorating idea! Her original recipe used a pudding-based layer; we adapted that part of the recipe so it uses just ice cream and crushed cookies, keeping it super simple.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

541 Calories
23g Fat
82g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 541
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 370mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.