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Dirt cake is always a hit among kids and proves to be an easy treat to make with them, but dirt desserts do not have to be solely reserved for the younger generation. Try adding a little espresso or coffee liqueur to the pudding mixture for an adult take on this classic. Adults may also prefer finding gemstones of crystalized ginger, lemon and orange in their dirt cake recipe. Get creative with your own take on dirt desserts with a little inspiration from a couple of easy dirt pudding recipes.

Dirt Cake Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Prep Time: 45 minutes | Serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix and the necessary eggs and oil as directed
  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (4-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos
  • 2 cups white chocolate candy melts
  • gummy worms

Directions:

  1. Following the box mix recipe, bake the chocolate cake in a rectangular baking dish.

  2. Set aside and allow to cool while preparing the rest of the dirt dessert.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk and instant chocolate pudding.

  4. Stir well, ensuring there are no dry pockets.

  5. Place in the fridge to thicken while making the rest of the dirt cake recipe.

  6. Use a food processor to gently crush chocolate sandwich cookies. The cookies should have some large bits among the crumbs, but should not be powdery.

  7. Melt the white chocolate candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds followed by 15-second intervals, stirring in between until the candy is melted and smooth.

  8. Pour into fossil or bug molds and place in the freezer to set while assembling the rest of the dirt cake. 

  9. Using a large spoon, incorporate the chocolate pudding into the whipped topping, mixing well.

  10. Using your hands, crumble the cooled chocolate cake into a medium crumb with some larger cake bits still present.

  11. Using the large spoon, fold the cake crumb and bits into the pudding mixture.

  12. Fill serving cups one-third full with the cake and pudding mixture.

  13. Push one or two chocolate fossils or bugs into the dirt and fill the cups the rest of the way with the cake and pudding mixture just shy of the rim. Push more chocolate molds down into the cake mixture so they are submerged and not visible.

  14. Top with the crushed cookies and a few gummy worms before serving at room temperature for your guests to excavate their dirt desserts.

This recipe is similar to a cake pop or poke cake recipe. It is moist, includes cake rather than only pudding and offers an unusual element of surprise thanks to the white chocolate fossils.

Dirt Pudding Cups

Total Time: 20 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 10 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cold almond milk
  • 1 (4-ounce) small package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups chocolate sandwich cookies
  • gummy worms

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the almond milk and instant chocolate pudding.

  2. Stir well to combine, ensuring there are no dry pockets.

  3. Place in the fridge to thicken while making the rest of the dirt dessert.

  4. Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in a gallon bag and seal.

  5. Use a rolling pin to crush the cookies into crumbles. Do not crush too much – the cookies should have some large bits among the crumbs, but should not be powdery.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.

  7. Using a large spoon, incorporate the chocolate pudding into the cream cheese, mixing well.

  8. Once thoroughly combined, fold in the whipped topping.

  9. Scoop the pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping mixture into small mason jars or small terra cotta planter pots until two-thirds full.

  10. Push several worms into the pudding mixture so as to appear as though they are crawling out of the soil.

  11. Finally, top with at least a tablespoon of the crushed cookies. Serve chilled.

This recipe is a great hands-on option to make with kids. If you're using it as an activity with young children, try using pre-made chocolate pudding cups and simply top with the crushed cookies and gummy worms for a fast and easy approach – and fewer dirty dishes.

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