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
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Mix in powdered sugar and fold in whipped cream.
- In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold this mixture in with the cream cheese mixture.
- Pour the pudding mixture over the crumb base in the pan.
- Spread the first bowl of crushed Oreos on top of the pudding mixture.
- Add headstone Milanos and candy corn pumpkins to the top of the cake to create the graveyard.
- 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.
Original Recipe Source: http://lilluna.com/graveyard-dirt-cake/