Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe

Scrumptious Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe made easy with Cream Cheese, instant chocolate pudding, powdered sugar and whipped cream layered with crushed Chocolate Oreo Cookies, was popular in the 1970s. (Includes a delicious recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake)

My twin sister made it a lot when she was entertaining, especially with her grandchildren.

She served it at wedding receptions.

Try some of the fun variations below when putting it together.

Use your own creative skills and come up with some versions that are uniquely yours.

Children love this cake and are great at creating ideas. Have fun.

Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe

  • Chocolate Oreo cookies (20oz.) crushed

  • 16 oz. Cream Cheese (16 oz.) softened at room temperature

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 2 (3.5 oz. boxes) instant Chocolate Pudding

  • 3-1/2 cups cold milk

Crumble cookies in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl mix pudding mix and chilled milk according to directions on package.

Set aside to thicken.

Cream sugar and cream cheese together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Fold in thickened pudding.

Mix thoroughly and fold old in whipped topping.

Assemble cake by layering cookie crumbs and pudding starting and ending with crumbs on top, in a container of your choice. (See a few suggestions Below).

Place in refrigerator a for a couple of hours to chill thoroughly.

Sand Pail Cake

Line a child size, unused and cleaned sand pail, with tin foil.

Layer pudding mix and crumbs as above.

Wrap toys such as a toy rake and spade in plastic wrap or foil and insert in cake just deep enough for handles to stand up.

Tie on a ribbon or bow (optional).

For more fun, bury some candy wiggle worms in the pudding or attach them to outside of the pail.

Flower Pot Cake

Using an unused and cleaned plastic flower pot, line the bottom and sides with tin foil.

Wrap artificial flowers in plastic or foil and insert into pot making a flower arrangement.

Use a 13" x 9" oblong pan (or equivalent size) or glass dish and layer according to above instructions.

Flower Garden Cake

Mix 1 1/2 cups Angel Flaked coconut and a few drops of green food coloring to make a grass green color.

Sprinkle over top of 13" x  9" cake.

Stick various colored Jelly Beans on tip of green colored party picks and poke into top of cake, making it colorful like a beautiful flower garden.

What child won't go wild over this?

If the party picks are too long to stand up sturdy, snip one end off to the size that works/stands up, best.

As you can see, this delightful and delicious Chocolate Dirt Cake Recipe can be created to make many fun and easy desserts.

Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cup baking powder

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup cocoa

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 cups marshmallow cream 

Sift together all-purpose flour and baking powder.

Set aside.

Cream together butter, sugar and cocoa. 

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Fold in the flour.

Fold in the coconut and pecans.

Pour into a 9" x 13" x 2" baking pan that has been greased, lined with parchment paper, greased again and dusted with flour.  

Bake in preheated oven 350F. for 25 minutes or until done.

While cake is still hot, cover with marshmallow

Let cake cool in pan, then spread Marshmallow Frosting over the marshmallow cream.

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1/3 cup cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 lb. sifted powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk, undiluted

Place butter, cocoa, vanilla extract, sifted powdered sugar and evaporated in a stand mixing bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. 

Top the cake with the Marshmallow Frosting.

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