This is quite literally the best Dirt Cake recipe on the internet. With layers of yummy chocolate and cream OREO cookies, vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream and cream cheese, it is the perfect dessert recipe for entertaining!
I love some OREO dirt cake. Seriously. L-O-V-E. When I was a little girl my aunt would make dirt cake for every family get together and it was my all time favorite dessert. I mean, any recipe that includes an entire package of Oreo cookies ranks up there, am I right? When I grew up my aunt’s dirt cake recipe was the very first one I added to my own cookbook, and it remains to this day one of the easiest and most loved dessert recipes I have. It’s also one of this blog’s most popular posts because it is the best dirt cake recipe ever, so I know you will love this easy dirt cake recipe too!
How to Make Dirt Cake
Dirt cake is very easy to make, in just 15 minutes you can have it ready to go. It does need to set in the refrigerator at least four hours though so plan ahead. I personally prefer to let it set overnight so I try to make it the day before ideally.
How to Prevent Runny Dirt Cake
The first few years this dirt cake recipe was on my blog I would get a comment once or twice a year about someone’s dirt cake ending up running. I had never had that problem so it totally confused me! After testing the recipe dozens of times (lucky me!) I finally figured out that they were using old fashioned stovetop prep pudding. Be sure to use INSTANT pudding so your dirt cake has that nice thick creamy layer and you don’t end up with runny dirt cake!
How to Serve Dirt Cake in a Flower Pot
My aunt always served her dirt cake in a plastic flower pot with gummy worms and fake flowers stuck in. It is a super cute way to serve dirt cake. If you know a kid who loves dirt cake, try serving it up in mini flower pots like this and watch those smiles! I find mini plastic flower pots at the Dollar Tree each spring and stock up for them. If you are worried about the plastic being food grade you can always put a little plastic or paper cup inside the flower pot to hold the food.
OREO Dirt Cake Recipe
So without further ado, this is my Aunt’s OREO dirt cake recipe and it is scrum-delicious. I hope you agree!
- Cream together butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
- In a separate bowl whisk pudding mix, milk, and Cool Whip. Add in cream cheese mixture.
- Crush Oreos. (I like to put mine in a gallon Ziploc bag and let the boys crush them with a rolling pin, just make sure the bag is all the way closed! If “the help” isn’t available I pulse them in my Ninja blender to get finer, more uniform crumbs.
- Layer cookie and pudding mixture and chill!
****Chill at least 2 hours before serving****Print
Best Dirt Cake Recipe. Ever.
This classic OREO Dirt Cake recipe is easy to make and always a crowd favorite!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 12
- Category: dessert
- Method: none
- Cuisine: American
Cream together butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar in mixer until blended. Do not over mix.
In a separate bowl whisk together pudding mix, milk, and Cool Whip. Add in cream cheese mixture and stir to blend.
Crush Oreos into fine crumbs.
Layer alternating between the cookie crumbs and pudding mixture and chill at least two hours before serving
Be sure to use INSTANT pudding mix. Allow time for dirt cake to chill at least two hours before serving.
Keywords: oreo, dirt cake
Voila! Easy-peasy! I usually make mine in a trifle dish so I can see all the yummy goodness awaiting me but my aunt likes to serve hers in a clean terra cotta pot which is super cute! Gummy worms and a faux flower also maximize the cuteness when serving. My boys just love the gummy worms in the “dirt!”
I hope you love it-I’m not sure how anyone can not love dirt cake though! Let me know if you give it a try or if you have another variation!
For more yummy dessert ideas check out my other desserts: