Halloween Graveyard Dirt Cake

Halloween Graveyard Dirt Cake

Halloween Graveyard Dirt Cake

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m wrong… if I am, in fact wrong. In this case I was very wrong.

My wife has been asking me to make a dirt cake for a while now. It’s one of her favorite desserts. I’ll be honest, I’ve avoided it because it’s just dirt cake. It’s what you serve at a two year old’s birthday party. I just didn’t see the challenge.

Finally, after avoiding it for a little over a month I decided to go ahead and do it just to get it out of the way. I ended up having WAY to much fun putting this together.


  • 2 Packages of Chocolate Cream Oreos
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 10 oz. of whipped cream (I prefer making my own whipped cream but Cool Whip will work just fine.)
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 2 Boxes (3.4 oz.) vanilla pudding
  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Bag of mini Milano Cookies
  • Candy corn pumpkins


  1. Remove the cream from all of the Oreo cookies in 1 package. (It’s not as hard as you might think and this will give you a lighter dirt for the top of the cake.)
  2. Crush the Oreos that you just “de-creamed” in a food processor. Once you have a fine powder, place it in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Crush the remaining package of Oreos (with cream)  and place in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. This will be the base layer of the cake.
  4. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  5. Mix in powdered sugar and fold in whipped cream.
  6. In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold this mixture in with the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Pour the pudding mixture over the crumb base in the pan.
  8. Spread the first bowl of crushed Oreos on top of the pudding mixture.
  9. Add headstone Milanos and candy corn pumpkins to the top of the cake to create the graveyard.
  10. Chill the cake in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*Notes: It’s October, so I decided to trade the typical flower pot and gummy worms for a graveyard. Which, in my opinion, required a a heavy amount of dirt. The original recipe only called for one package of Oreos but I had to dip into our “personal stash” so I would have enough dirt to cover all of the white pudding. For the headstones, I used mini milano cookies and cut the backs off of them to make them more flat. Then,  I used standard cookie icing to write RIP on each one. The skeletons were the only inedible part of the cake. I wanted to make them out of white chocolate or use candy skeletons but time was not on my side this year. I opted for $1 parachute skelton party favors from Target. I cut them into pieces that I could easily remove them before serving. I don’t want this turning into dark king cake or something.

What started out as something I was dreading turned into something I plan to do every Halloween from here on out. It’s extremely easy and deceptively light. Warning: You’ll start eating it and before you know it you’ll be sick.

BEWARE the mini milano graveyard of stomach aches!

BEWARE the mini milano graveyard of stomach aches!

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BEWARE the mini milano graveyard of stomach aches!

Original Recipe Source: http://lilluna.com/graveyard-dirt-cake/


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