Dirt Cake in Flowerpots

kid friendly recipesWe went to a friend’s house for Easter brunch and I wanted to bring something fun for the kids for dessert. You see, I am a bit of a control freak. I usually have all of the holidays at my house. It was a welcome break to be invited somewhere for Easter believe me, and it was ridiculously fun, but it was weird to not have it myself. I am used to menu planning, shopping for days, prepping, cooking, and drinking too much champagne day of, because I am sort of worn out by the time the actual holiday rolls around. While I was thrilled to be surrounded by my friend’s family, it made me miss mine that much more. It is really hard to live 3,000 miles away sometimes. But this family treated us like we were one of theirs and for that I am grateful.

So I made these adorable little (maybe not so little) dirt cakes for the kids to have after the egg hunt. I had a hard time finding the right size flower pot. These were 4 inch pots but 2 inch would have been a better size. I made 10 of them with some leftover, so if you are not making this for a giant crowd, I would half this recipe. My children had a great time helping me make these and were good little helpers. I know that these are super cute and sort of girly, so we hid gummy worms, and slugs, and bugs in them for the boys. To even out the cute factor.

*edited to add – I found the perfect size flower pots at Michaels, after I made these. Why didn’t I think to look there? *

kid recipes2 packages Oreos crushed (leave 10 or however many pots you are making whole to plug the bottom of your pot)
2 packages chocolate pudding
3 cups heavy cream
2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

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Make the chocolate pudding according to the package directions. Whip the cream. Set aside. Cream the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla.

Combine the pudding into the cream cheese mixture. Then fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.

Doesn’t this look yummy?

dirt cake recipesGet your pots ready. I ran these through the dishwasher and let them dry overnight. Put a whole Oreo on top of the hole in the bottom of the flower pot so that the pudding does not leak out.

dirt cake recipesRecruit some helpers. Make them wear an adorable apron.

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dirt cake recipeLayer some crushed Oreos on the top of the whole Oreo. Add the pudding mixture. Drop in some gross gummy candies. We used this.

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Cover the top with more crushed Oreos.

dirt cake recipesAdd some cleaned, (I ran mine under hot water and let them dry on a towel, that’s clean enough right?) fake flowers.

dirt cake recipesLet the pots chill for at least one hour or overnight. I made these the day before.

dirt cake recipesThere you have it. A dessert that is fun to make, super adorable, and delicious to eat. Make some with your children and share it at your next holiday get together.

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42 Comments

  • I just showed this to Andrew and he said with a smile, “Is that silly?” Yes, it is, Andrew. Silly and just adorable!

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  • I love dirt cake. I might of had it instead of cake for my 22nd birthday. Everyone laughed that I am clearly 5 at heart then ate them all.

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  • I love dirt cake with or without flowers haha. They have to have gummy worms and bugs, though, which I don’t feel is just for boys haha. Your dirt cakes look absolutely perfect for anyone no matter the gender! I love how crushed Oreos look just like dirt. They are so versatile. YUM!

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  • what a fun and adorable idea…. I bet kids and adult alike loved it 🙂

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  • Oh, so cute! I’ve always wanted to make these! Maybe I’ll try this summer!

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  • i just think these are so clever! fun to make and a pleasure to eat–win-win. glad you had a nice easter regardless of your lack of total control. 🙂

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  • what is the amount of cream cheese to be added to the recipe ? can’t find the quantity.

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    • 2 sticks… shouldn’t post late at night. I tend to forget stuff. Thanks for catching it.

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  • I am the troop leader for my daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout troop. We’re “graduating” to brownies next month and these would be the perfect treat to serve at our ceremony! Thanks for the great idea!

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  • An idea to add, as it seems like the fake flowers would be pulled out and get messy, get plastic spoons, inexpensive plastic flowers, and brown fabrish-tape (i know thin tape meant for creating fake flowers exists but what it is called i have no idea) and make the spoons into the flowers. That way they serve a duel purpose and you don’t have to worry about the cleanliness of the flowers as only the spoons will actually be in the pudding. This much be too much work for some though…

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    • that is a great idea. hmmm… need to think of something to make that.

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  • A way to do the brown tape i figured out is use masking tape that and just color it brown, or look for colored masking tape, which as there is a rainbow of duct tape, i am sure exists

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  • I wonder if regular pudding, rather than the instant kind, will work the same or as well as the instant kind called for in the recipe. I really don’t like instant pudding… =/ Although, not sure if it would be very noticeable since it’s mixed in with the cream cheese and cream. I still can’t wait to make this, though! Thanks for posting.

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    • I think that anything would work. Even homemade, I just tend to use packaged pudding because little kids don’t really appreciate homemade pudding in a dirt pot!

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  • I am making this for a wedding reception next week. My question is….If I make this the night before (as you did, do the Oreos get soggy? One receipe I read stated to allow 3-4 hours to chill but that is too close to time for the wedding. Thanks for your help.

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    • It depends entirely on the size of your pot. I used big pots and probably got 6?

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  • Another great version of this, which I actually discovered in a restaurant, is to use ice cream instead of the pudding and gummy worms. Therefore, it’s ice cream covered with the Oreo cookies and the worms inside, maybe their heads sticking out of the earth.

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  • i keep looking up dirt cake cuz i want my mom to see how it looks she doesnt like whip cream but she said it might be fun to make so maybe ill get to try it 😀

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  • I made these for my daughters 4th birthday last week. They were truly a big hit at her school. I thought by it being chocolate pudding, it would be a heavy dessert, but it was not. Your recipe was really light and delicious. Keep the ideas coming. We love it!

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  • Can you provide a quick explanation of how to whip the cream? I’m new to desserts!

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  • When crushing the oreos, did you use a food processor? Did you leave the filling in or remove the filling to just crush the cookie part of the oreo? Thanks!

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  • My 88 year old mother requested these for her birthday dessert. I’m adding a little sign that reads “older than dirt” 🙂

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  • My son wants this, but with crumbled chocolate cake too. Do you think it would be too sweet with cake and that I should leave out some of the sugar?

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    • I think that it won’t make much of a difference, it’s pretty sweet all around.

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