By Rachel Bell
Easter Dirt Cake
If you’ve got kids, chances are they’ve tried to eat dirt at some point. In fact, they’ve probably succeeded. The great thing about this Easter treat is that it looks like dirt, but you’ll feel way better about letting your kids put it in their mouths. Everybody wins.
You can make dirt cake a few different ways, but they’re all basically pudding and pulverized Oreo cookies. Dirt cake takes just a few minutes to whip together and it’s always a crowd pleaser. The springtime or Easter twist here is the colored coconut “grass” on top with your favorite colorful Peep.
My recipe uses chocolate pudding, but you can also use vanilla or cheesecake flavors. It also skips the butter that some recipes call for, because you really don’t need it. Best of all, it takes less than 10 minutes to put together, which is great news for every busy family.
Dirt Cake Recipe:
- 1 small (3.4 oz.) package chocolate instant pudding
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 6 oz. whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
- 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 7 oz. (about ½ package) Oreo cookies
- 3.5 oz. (about ½ package) shredded, sweetened coconut
- Green food coloring
Crush the Oreo cookies (use either a food processor or let the kids bang them in a sealed plastic bag). Mix chocolate pudding mix with the milk. In a separate bowl, mix Cool Whip, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold into the pudding mix and stir in about half of the crushed Oreos. Prepare serving container with a layer of crushed Oreo, then spoon in the mixture and top with another layer of crushed Oreo. You’ll see it looks like dirt. Shake up the coconut in a plastic bag with some green food coloring to make the “grass” and sprinkle on top. Add a Peep if you’re making it for Easter. You can also try adding gummy worms or flower decorations to mix it up for any occasion.