Dirt Cake

This cake is a joke, a bit of whimsy to lighten up any party. It is really a dessert. You may substitute vanilla pudding for the chocolate if you want and use up to 20 ounces of Oreo cookies. Use a clean new plastic flower pot or take the precaution of lining a new clay pot with foil and wrap the stems of live flowers if you use them in order to prevent any toxins from entering the dessert.


  • 1 new flower pot
  • 1 new garden trowel
  • 5 gummy worms
  • 1 bunch plastic flowers
  • 16 ounces Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (4 ounce) packages instant chocolate fudge pudding
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed


  1. Crush the cookies until they resemble potting soil. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter or margarine, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  3. Combine pudding mix and milk until well blended.
  4. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Gently fold the cream cheese and pudding mixtures together.
  6. To put the “cake” together, layer one-third of the cookie crumbs followed by 1/2 of the pudding mixture, 1/3 of the crumbs, the remaining pudding mixture and topping with the remaining crumbs.
  7. Refrigerate for 10 to 12 hours before serving.
  8. Remove from refrigerator.
  9. Decorate with flowers and stick gummy worms into the “dirt” with a little of each worm showing.
  10. Serve by digging out portions with the trowel.

Serves 10 to 12.

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