Growing up, one of my favorite treats that my mom used to make was Dirt Cake. She made it, one year, for my birthday and I can still see that flower pot covered in foil with the fake flowers. I thought it was the coolest concept for a cake. So, I thought I would take this dirt cake concept and step it up a notch.
Dirt Cake…With a Twist!
What you will need:
1 Recipe of my Doctored Up Cake Mix or 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 8oz box of Instant Chocolate Pudding (plus the milk needed to make the instant pudding)
3/4 cup of Whipped Cream
1 Package of Oreos
10 Gummy Worms or Sour Night Crawlers (you can add more or less)
1 can or jar of Caramel Ice Cream Topping
1 8-inch diameter Plastic Flower Pot
1 Fake Flower Bouquet of your choice
1 Plastic Gardening Shovel (optional…but fun! 🙂 )
Preparing Your Flowers and Flower Pot
Prepare your flower pot by lining it with foil. This makes for an easier cleanup.
Lay down a piece of foil that is long enough to cover the stem of your flowers, and place your flowers on top.
- Tip: You may need to trim the stem of your flowers to fit proportionally in your flower pot. Make sure to do this BEFORE you wrap them in foil.
Roll your flower stems in the foil until they are completely covered. Then set the flowers and flower pot aside.
Preparing Your Dirt Cake
Prepare either one recipe of Doctored Up Cake Mix, or just follow the normal directions on the back of the box of a chocolate cake mix. Bake in two 8-inch round cake pans. This is so it will fit in the flower pot without having to trim it much. You could do 1-8 inch pan and 1-6 inch pan, if you like.
When cakes are done baking, but still hot, take the bottom of a wooden spoon or a butter knife, and poke holes all over the cake.
Pour the caramel topping over the cakes until covered, being sure to reserve about 1/3 of the syrup for later. Set aside to cool completely.
When cakes are fully cooled down, mix up the pudding according to the directions on the box for the instant pudding. Set in the refrigerator to set up.
Crush about half of the package of Oreos at a time, in a Ziploc bag, or add to a food processor until crushed up. It doesn’t have to be fine but don’t leave huge pieces of cookie either.
Take the set-up pudding and add about 3/4 cup of whipped cream and fold it in until combined.
Assembling Your Dirt Cake
Take your caramel-soaked cake out of the pan and place on wax paper (a plate or cutting board is also fine). Slice in half horizontally to make two thinner layers of the round cakes. Place one of the layers in the bottom of the flower pot.
- Tip: You may need to trim the outside of the cake to make it fit in the bottom of the flower pot. It doesn’t matter if the cake falls apart due to the caramel. Just cover the bottom with cake. It can be in many pieces or one piece, it doesn’t matter.
Take the caramel topping and drizzle over the cake in the flower pot. This will be done to each cake layer, so don’t use all the topping at once.
Take your pudding mixture and make a nice layer on top of the cake.
Sprinkle part of your Oreo cookie crumbs over the pudding until it is fully covered.
Now repeat steps 1-4 at least two more times…three, if you can and have room in your pot.
- Tip: Be sure to end with the crumbled Oreo cookies. That will be your topmost layer.
Take the gummy worms and place them on and in the pudding and Oreos on top.
Take the flowers and stick them in the middle of the dirt cake.
If you have had Dirt Cake before, I would love to hear of your fondest memories of it. Maybe, just like me, your mom made it for you for your birthday, or you made it for YOUR son or daughter and they were completely grossed out thinking they were going to eat real dirt. Food can be perfect memory builders and sharing those memories will always bring a smile to your face, even on the worst of days. 🙂