Reviews for Dirt Cake
Phenomenal! Everyone LOVED it!!
THis was absolutly awesome. It brought alot of money for our bake sale. I can't wait to make another one. This recipe is one the kids can make with no problems.
i made this recipe for a halloween party my step-daughter was going to. my mom actually made a similar recipe for me when i was her age and going to a halloween party! this is a really cool desert that the kids always love. there are many ways to be creative with it and i did take some of the decorating suggestions from previous reviews and found them very helpful. we made our dirt cake into a little cemetary! the only negative thing i can say is that the butter flavor really did stand out and tasted a little odd. i think when i make it again i will use chocolate pudding to mask the butter flavor a bit. all in all, a great recipe!
i skipped the confectioners sugar and used chocolate pudding with halloween oreos... delicious and just like when we were kids!!
This is fantastic! I made this for my husbands 29th birthday and he loved every bite! It is the best dirt cake I have ever eaten. I doubled it thinking I would need more to feed everyone but this recipe makes a ton!
I made this (times 4!!) for my sons birthday party this past weekend. It fed about 50 people with just a little left over. I assembled it in a cute metal tub (kinda like an ice tub I guess) lined with foil and it worked great. We kept it in a cooler with ice around it until it was ready to be served since we had the party at a pool. It was quick to scoop out and pass around to all the kids. My mom used to make this when I was younger so I looked on here for the recipe. The only change I would recommend is to cut the butter maybe by half. I could notice the butter flavor which was a little strange. Other than that it's a wonderful recipe.
This has been my go to for 20 years
I used a pail and shovel for this dirt cake as I was taking it to a summer beach house party. It fit perfectly in a 9" pail and the kids went crazy over it. I would use chocolate pudding next time as the whipped topping lightened the vanilla pudding to an almost white color. definitely will make this again.
As a kid, I loved eating this dessert, however I am not a pudding lover. I use either 2 tubs of Cool Whip, or I make my own Dream Whip whipped topping, mix it in with chocolate pudding & make it a mousse. I definitely use chocolate pudding & leave out the butter & cream cheese. Sometimes I choose to not make a cookie layer in the middle. I always use gummi worms, even inside the bottom mixture. For an Easter dessert, use a plastic basket container (found at Wal-Mart), gummi worms, chick PEEPS, robin eggs & little plastic flowers. The best thing about this dessert is that you can totally personalize it.
We had so much fun making this for a friend's birthday! We bought a large flower pot and a real flower in pot, carefully wrapped the flower and pot in foil and embedded in the cake... A girl thougt iht was "only" a flower and put it away from the table just before we wanted to serve it ;-) For more realistic dirt pieces, we rolled round choco-cocos-rum balls in pudding and then in the "dirt". Everyone loved it and was laughing.
A great idea for a birthday. My son loves his dirt cake!
Everybody loves this recipe, kids and adults alike! Thanks!
I used 3/4 cup for the cookie layer and about 1 cup for the pudding layer to keep the layers even. Another idea is to top the flower pot with "moss". Put about 1 cup of flaked coconut in a baggie add 1 drop of green food coloring and voila! moss- or grass, whichever you prefer. A fun and easy recipe for kids or adults.
Always a family favorite, kids love it. Honestly had never tasted it until I made it myself. DELICIOUS!!! All these years I had just assumed it was just fun, I never thought it would taste so great too!
I've made the dirt cake before and it's always been a hit. Last time, however, I made it with a twist. For my son's beach birthday party I used white creme cookies instead of Oreos and put it in a sand bucket with a shovel for serving. I adorned with small plastic crabs found at the dollar store. Parents and children alike loved it!!
This cake was delicious and so easy to make. I took to a birthday party and this cake was more popular than the cake made by a famous bakery in town. I also made this a lowfat version using fat-free sugar-free cheesecake pudding, lowfat cream cheese, skim milk, and lite cool whip. Plus, I omitted the butter and it was not missed. Easy and I will be making again very soon.
Love, Love, Love this recipe!!! It taste good and looks fun to eat!!!
Wow!! This is incredible!! Thank you for sharing!
Very yummy! Just do it in small servings because it is kind of rich.
one word... YUMMY!
A little too rich for me, but kids would love it!
I followed this recipe to a T and it's awesome. Next time I will tweak it a bit but I think I'm actually going to do the oppposite of some reviewers. I'll either omit the butter or cut it down to 2-3T and add more whipped cream & maybe cream cheese. I had 2 twelve oz packages of oreos and that was the perfect amount. For those who have had trouble getting a good consistency or say it is too "cream cheesey" you really need to beat the heck out of the stuff with a mixer and get it good and smooth. Then I added the milk & pudding and added the whipped cream last. Then I beat it some more until it was really light & smooth.
Served this each year to my little science students. I always added a few gummy worms in each pot.
This was fantastic. I made if for my sons birthday for the family party and for school. The adults loved it as much, if not more, than the kids. His birthday is around halloween so I placed it into a small cauldron and had candy eyeballs and body parts lying on top. It was a hit!!
Really cute and keeps well. I made in a 8x8 and put a little dump truck on top. I made it Friday night. It's Tuesday afternoon and still great, not soggy at all. I skipped the butter, used real whippping cream, and 1 6oz package vanilla pudding (calls for 3 cups milk). Next time I will use lower fat ingredients as this is reeeeeaaaaally rich. This would be adorable as a graveyard cake for halloween or in a 9x13 with lots of little tractors, and also in a trifle bowl with fresh fruit. That would cut down on the richness too. You could also use any flavor pudding - chocolate or banana (or both!) would be good.
This recipe was great.The kids had lots of fun helping. I took and made individual servings in smaller flower pots with hidden gummy worms in the cakes for a kids party. It was a big hit.
Excellent recipe. Easy and tasty. Took it to work, came home with an empty container -- no better results than everyone enjoy it to the last bit.
You just can't go wrong with this dessert. It's easy, taste great and is perfect for the summer. My husband requested this for his b-day; minus the gummy worms. So I just put it in a trifle bowl and it looked so pretty and elegant!
I give it 5 stars because it was very simple and very fun to make. Can't wait to take it to the Halloween party. I am very proud of this one!
Delicious. : )
This recipe is definatly a keeper. It tastes awesome, and is attractive and fun as well. Adults and childen love this one!!
This isn't for two people, its for a party! I made it to have something cold and fun at Thanksgiving. Using the cheesecake pudding gives it a tasty zing. I am glad I am not the only one to put it in a plain glass bowl! Its great.
This was great.Presentation was excellent too. Everyone was impressed. Although I bought a fairly large terra cotta flower pot to make it in and I was afraid it would be way too big, but this cake makes so much it was almost full. I would suggest making this only when you have a large crowd as it is very rich and makes an awful lot. Also some of the reviews suggested omitting the butter with the cream cheese and I didn't because it was my first time making this cake and I didn't want to mess it up. But now after making this and knowing the results I think next time I would definitely leave it out as well as using low fat cream cheese and cool whip, etc.
I haven't tried this recipe yet. But i am curious to know if anybody has tried to make this with real heavy whipped cream instead of cool Whip? Thanks in advance for all answers... :)
You can't go wrong with this dessert. Even if you leave out the butter or the cream cheese this is still delicious. I've already used just pudding mix and cool whip and it was a hit. I did find this specific recipe to be the best so far so I didn't eliminate any ingredient. Again, still would've been very good even if I would've.
Great recipe! I made this recipe for my son's class party (he is 12). He said that it was gone in 30 seconds! He was able to try some and proclaimed it to be "gourmet"! I'm going to make it again so I can try it :-)
I made this recipe for my son's 3rd birthday party that had a construction theme. I made the recipe with chocolate pudding and about 20 ounces of Oreos, then I layered the cookies and pudding mixture in the back of a clean Tonka dump truck lined with Saran wrap. I topped off the dirt cake with small construction vehicles. The kids and the adults loved the idea and it tasted so good!
Great Dessert! I made this for a church supper. The adults were coming back saking for more. I made this with white chocolate pudding. Kinda taste like a melted ice-cream sandwich.
AMAZING!!! This was so easy to make and everyone loved it! Unfortunately I never got to taste it but I KNOW I'll make it again! Very scrumptious!
to die for.... i used choc. pudding instead and cut out the sugar and the butter.... it didnt seem that important. your crazy if you dont like this! or maybe you put too much in!
Delicious and fun looking! Make sure you serve it cold!
Yummy,yummy and YUMMY! I made this as a birthday cake for my one year old (perfect because it is soft) and it was the hit of the party! I added gummy worms in throughout the layers and got lots of eeeewwwws!!! I also made it in a plastic pot with a few fake sunflowers (stems wrapped in aluminum foil) and it was so cute - it tasted great, too!
this is such a cute recipe! I make these in individual cups to serve at school. Another idea to please those not into eating worms... Use vanilla pudding, vanilla crushed cookies for sand instead of dirt, and add a mini coctail umbrella and a square cut from fruit by the foot for a beach blanket. It makes a cute beach scene instead of a dirt and worm scene!
Made this for my son's bug birthday. Turned out really cute with gummy worms inside dish and plastic bugs around dish. Tasted great.
After reading a number of reviews I decided to try out this recipe. I used 2 packages of Oreos (All I had) and that certainly was plenty. I prepared this for a group of 10 and there was still some left over. Awesome Recipe - will certainly make again. Thanks for Sharing :-)
4 stars because the dessert isn't as visually appealing as, say, a strawberry and cream topped pound cake - folks were a little hesitant to dig in. But those who did all gave it 4 thumbs up and wanted the recipe. I lessened the sugar by just less than half (so I used somewhere between 1/4 and 3/8 C powdered sugar) but otherwise, recipe was great as is. Would have been fine with the full half cup but when you have all the Oreo and cream in there, you just don't need it.
I LOVE THIS STUFF. This was a big hit at our 4th of July block party. A must have.
Very fun! I remember eating this in Kindergarten and kind of had a lifelong craving for it since. When I made this, my hubby opened the fridge and said "Why is there a pot of dirt in my fridge?" I laughed and told him it was dessert. He said he had also eaten something similar in Kindergarten... Anyway we both loved it! I actually added less Oreos as others suggested and thought it needed more. So maybe about 1 and 1/2 the original amount would be good.
The yummiest dirt cake I've had. I didn't know this was so complicated, but it's worth the effort. DELICIOUS.
I made this for my 3 yr old's "dirt party" and put it in the back of a dump truck with candy rocks and gummi worms. It was huge hit with adults and kids! (I made one batch and fed about 11 grown ups and 11 kids)
Was GREAT!! Made it for 2 4th of July parties this weekend, and came home with the empty bucket both times. Was a HUGE hit! Could use more cookies though. The cookie to pudding ratio wasnt equal
Fun for the kids - a real show stopper. I put mine in a plastic dump truck. The taste of the cake is not outstanding, but the effect is awesome.
Too many cookies; starting the layer with the crushed cookies only left a lot of mess on the bottom of the pan, hard to scoop up. Might as well just make pudding and dump crushed cookies on top individually.
I love this recipe!
yummy - made this for EARTH DAY! I did use one package choc pudding and one vanilla pudding ... only change i made!!!
The butter was way too much. I really think it could be made without it. I didn't follow the directions exactly and my butter wasn't softened enough, so I had chunks of butter throughout. It was a little gross. I think if I left the butter out it would have been perfect. I love the concept and taste. My 4yo daughter thought it was hilarious.
very rich, this recipe made enough for about 25 people. a very interesting looking dessert, too decadent to have all the time, but it was a crowd pleaser, and great for spring!
although this is perhaps an unsophisticated recipe, desserts just dont get much better.
everyone loves this recipe! I use a whole cup of powdered sugar but otherwise, no changes. for a "sand" version I used 1 box of chocolate pudding and 1 of vanilla for a little something extra with golden oreos and it was very delicious. this is a great recipe for a picnic or bbq!
This was very good, but I think the butter and possibly the cream cheese are unnecessary. Also the amount of Oreos it more than needed, next time I think I would omit the butter and use only 1 package of Oreos (16oz) instead of 2 (32oz);. This recipe makes a lot, I made it in 13x9x3 (deep) dish, and it was overflowing. Don't forget to add some gummy worms between the layers!
I made this for my sons 2nd birthday. It was a construction theme-so the 'dirt cake' worked well in a pan. I used cheesecake pudding as someone suggested and wouldnt do that again. Wasnt near as tasty as vanilla pudding!
Yummy! Everyone loved it like usual. I made a double batch and it was enough to make a full 9 x 13 and a little round cake pan full too.
Very easy to do. I made this for a party tonight where there were alot of kids. The large bowl I had it in was completely empty. I put gummy worms throughout the different dirt layers...it went over well. Thanks!
I loved this, but as written it could used some tweaks. I left the butter out, because it just seemed completely unnecessary. Why add those extra calories when it tastes great without it? I used one package of oreos (14 oz.) and that was plenty. Also, I think the recipe should only call for an 8 oz. tub of cool whip; I used 12 oz. and it made way too much pudding mixture. I couldn't fit it all in the pot. A very fun, creative and yummy desert!
I used to make this for my shop when I was in the Navy. It was a huge hit throughout the squadron as a lot of people would say "I loved that stuff when I was a kid." People who have not tried it would wait outside the shop to see if there were any leftovers, and most ended up walking away empty handed unless I made an extra batch for that purpose.
I just finished making this recipe for a BBQ we are attending today. Makes a great impression, however, I didn't really see the need for the confectioners' sugar. Because there was already so much sugar in this recipe (from the cookies), I purchased sugar-free vanilla pudding. The consistency of the pudding/cream mixture turned out very sticky/gooey. I was thinking it would be more pudding-like? I ended up adding a lot more milk than the recipe called for to get it to be more smooth and creamy. Also, 32 ounces of cookies...is that an actual measurement, or do you go by the ounces on the package? If you measure out the Oreos, 1 package is 32oz. If you go by what the weight of the actual Oreo package, then you need 2 packages. I used 2 and I had enough. Same with the pudding. The biggest box I could find was 1.5oz. So, I had to purchase about 7 boxes to make 3.5oz. Again, didn't seem like enough milk for all that, considering the recipe on one 1.5oz. box calls for 3.5 cups of milk. Granted, you are adding cool whip, butter, etc., but without adding additonal milk, my mixture was too lumpy and sticky. All in all, I think it turned out okay with my tweaks. I thought there was a lot of fuss for what should be a simple recipe. You could just make instant pudding, add some cool whip and be done. No need to fuss with the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter...will try it that way the next time.
My youngest son, Patrick, graduated from high school last month. (June 2001) As we were planning the food for his party, he mentioned that the one item that he most wanted us to serve was "Dirt". As a child he loved it! It had been a while since I made it so I asked my son-in-law to check out All Recipes.com to locate the recipe. He printed all three that came up and we chose Tammy Hooper's to make. We purchased all the ingredients as listed except for the pudding...Patrick preferred chocolate pudding. We also used two large flower pots, trowels, and instead of artificial flowers, we found pinwheels in his school colors, red and white. Everything was perfect and the "Dirt" was truly the hit of his party! Two weeks later I made more "Dirt" for our block party...again, it was a big hit. In fact, my neighbor came over this morning to borrow the recipe and flower pot to use with her grandchildren this weekend! So, Bravo! to "Dirt", and thanks to Tammy for sharing her recipe!
I have made this several times for parties, showers... you name it! It is wonderful. I have never added the butter, but it turns out great every time!
Rich, high calorie. However super fun for the kids and adults alike! Uncle Allen said that he seriously thought it was dirt when he saw it and wasn't sure why I was shoveling it out into bowls. LOL.
Very yummy! I always had this when I was younger, brings back memories.
This was easy and delicious! Like others, I left out the butter and it was still awesome. Just don't miss that the recipe calls for 32 oz of oreos, not 32 oreos!
I made this for the first time yesterday for a BBQ. It was a big hit. I did take some others advice and used only half the butter and sugar.
I used chocolate pudding instead (i love chocolate)!! THE BEST DESSERT!!!! EVERYONE LOVED IT!:)
This was so much fun and easy to make. I used only one bag of cookies and added a brownie cake. I used real whipping cream, frozen. A 250 mL serving was the appropriate amount. The finished product was put into a teracotta pot plant with added accessories. My husband and his twin sister loved the birthday surprise, as much as our two infant daughters. Super sweet & rich!
Even though it is very rich, I really enjoyed this. It's simple to make and tastes so good. The only thing I may do differently next time is mix the cookies together with the cream, yet still top with some additional crumbs, rather than do the layers. I've had this served both ways and I think it would be easier to just mix them. Also, I think I'll leave the butter out because I personally didn't think it was needed.
I used this recipe for my son's first birthday. What better than a dirt cake for your first cake? The kids loved it but the parents RAVED about it. We ended up using a potato masher to crush the cookies with though because we don't have a food processor. It was a great cake!
i made this for my granddaughts 1st birthday party ( she lookeds so cute with dirt in her hair and all over her face and ....) but i know that some of the guest didn't like chocalate so i also made a banna one , i subed pecan sandies for oreo's and i sub banna crean puddin instead of vanilla puddin, in between layers i put a layer of slice bannas , i put in in a plastic beach pail and topped it with gummie bear laying on beach blankets( fruit rollups cut into the shap of hearts) with umberillas ( from the bar ).
I prefer Newman's Own organic cookies (instead of Oreos) to avoid consuming high-fructose corn syrup. And instead of frozen whipped topping (aka Cool Whip), I make cream from heavy whipping cream. Works just fine. If you don't have a blender or food processor, you can crush them in a KitchenAid stand mixer. I love this stuff.
This is heavenly!! I've never made a dirt cake before and I must say this was very easy and turned out WONDERFUL!! I didn't use 32 oz of cookies though. Probably 1 package to 1 1/2 is good enough. EXCELLENT!!!
This was so much fun and so good! I used a decorative pot, covered part of the stems of real cut flowers with plastic wrap and used as a centerpiece. I was concerned that it wouldn't be chilled enough so I froze it then arranged the flowers when it was soft enough, was plenty chilled when ready to eat. My guests got a big kick out of it.
Very tasty and different cake. But am not sure measurements are accurate. I had one huge cake!
Doubled this for a birthday request at school. Everyone loved it & it became the "talk to the teachers room". I used gummy worms & gummy bugs for decoration. Easy & delicious.
Everyone asked if it was edible because it was on the dessert table. Putting the oreos in the food processor got rid of the cream but left the cookies moist felling like real soil. Wonderful.
Delicious. We used this recipe and put it in a cake pan and used Vienna Fingers for tombstones and made cool whip ghosts for halloween. Big Hit!
This is just wonderful for children's parties...always a big hit!!
I actually baked a chocolate cake in a ceramic pot I got at home depot once. It took forever to cook (in the pot, mind you) but was pretty moist...it was for my husbands birthday- it was a...ahem*...pot cake. Lol. Reminds me of this. This is waay easier though.
I make this all the time with french vanilla pudding, cream cheese, and cool whip. Never used butter and confectioners sugar in it that seems to be too rich.
i mixed my oreos on with the rest of the mix. it's good. i know of a restaurant that sells this stuff for 1.75 for less than a cup
Tuned out great! My husbands favorite birthday "cake".
This was super yummy and fun to make. I wish I would have used chocolate pudding, though, to make it look more like dirt. I layered it in clear cups so that my boys could see the dirt and worms, and they thought it was really cool! :)
My grandma has been making this for a long time and there are never any leftovers. I just recently made it for my husband and he is on the Dirt Cake train now!!
I've been making this for my son's Earth Day birthday (April 22) since he was in 2nd grade - placed in individual clear 6 oz cups with gummy worms for the kids. Asked him last night what kind of cake he wanted for his 19th birthday - you guessed it - I'm making Dirt Cake!
I had this at potlucks and always tried to copy it. This is the exact recipe. It is wonderful.
This was one I always wanted to do so I found the recipe here and made it for a BBQ at a friend's house. My kids loved helping with it and were very impressed by what it looked like when complete. Everyone loved it! My only suggestion would be that you could probably use about 1/2 the amount of cookies as the recipe calls for. In addition, don't try to do this one as a quicky. Depending on how fussy you are about the presentation, you may need to stop at 2-3 stores before you get what you need (flower pot, garden tools for serving, artificial flowers, gummy worms and other ingredients).
I have been looking for this recipe ever since I first tried this cake almost ten years ago at a family reunion. Tastes just as wonderful as I remember. Thanks for the great recipe!
Everyone loves when I make this. My family and I don't care for the added gummy candies, so we skip those. Sometimes we'll add marshmallow Peeps to the top for decorations (easter, Peep ghosts and pumpkins for Halloween).
This Dirt Cake is very good and easy to make, but is it worth 46 grams of fat per serving? YIKES
Made this cake for my grandson and placed it in his new truck. He loved it and the family was amazed. However, making it on the same day proved to be very messy. But the next day it was much better to eat and tasted so much better. Everything melded together and tasted much better . Thanks for the great idea.