Dirt Cake

dirt cake for halloween

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  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese or neufchatel, softened
  • 3 cups milk
  • Large box (5.9 ounce) instant chocolate or butterscotch pudding
  • 115 ounce package Oreos (freeze them for an hour or so)
  • Gummy worms, cookies, black decorating gel


  1. In large mixing bowl, whip cream with sugar and vanilla on medium speed until it begins to thicken. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff. Scrape into another bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same large bowl, without washing, beat cream cheese on medium speed until lightened. Add 1 cup of milk and beat until smooth. Add remaining milk and pudding mix. Beat about 2 minutes until it thickens. It’s okay if it looks a bit lumpy – it’s supposed to look like mud anyway.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mix.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Place most of the Oreos in a large ziploc bag and smash with a rolling pin until coarse crumbs.
  6. Layer in a 2 quart dish or in 8 individual cups: pudding, crushed Oreos, pudding, crushed Oreos. Hide some gummy worms in the pudding layers and tuck some around the edges. Make gravestones with cookies and black decorating gel.
  7. Serve right away or refrigerate up to 24 hours. (To make ahead of time, prepare the dirt cake and refrigerate. Add decorated cookie “gravestones” right before serving.)


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