Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cake is a kid favorite Halloween dessert topped with pudding, crushed Oreos (dirt), and gummy worms for a spooky treat.
This Dirt Cake recipe is made up of several delicious layers. The Chocolate Cake is topped off with a chocolate pudding mixture, then it’s all topped off with cookie crumbs and gummy worms to look like worms in dirt. It’s a fun idea for a delicious Dessert that’s a real crowd-pleaser!
CHOCOLATE PUDDING DIRT CAKE
If you need a dessert recipe perfect for your next Halloween party, then look no further than this Oreo Dirt Cake—or Graveyard Dirt Cake as some people call it. The kid-friendly dirt dessert was made for this spooky season. The cookie crumbs and gummy creatures add a whimsical touch. It’s an on-theme treat that’s still cute and tons of fun!
CHOCOLATE DIRT PUDDING
This dirt dessert recipe is inspired by chocolate dirt pudding. If you want the fun toppings, but don’t have the time to make a whole cake with chocolate filling, try just making pudding dirt cups. It’s a no-bake dessert that you can have ready in no time.
- Combine the packages of instant pudding with milk and whisk according to the instructions.
- Give the pudding time to chill, then spoon the pudding mixture into dessert cups.
- Top the dirt pudding with crushed Oreos and gummy worms, and enjoy!
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TIPS FOR MAKING CHOCOLATE PUDDING DIRT CAKE
- Prep time: To prep the recipe set your oven temperature to 350 degrees and spray two 9×13 inch pans with nonstick spray. Next, get the crushed Oreos ready. Make the Oreo crumbs in a food processor and leave them to the side until you’re ready to decorate the cake. This is also a good time to brew coffee so that it’s ready to go.
- Chocolate Sheet Cake: Combine the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in your stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a large mixing bowl and electric mixer. Whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl, then add it to your dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Slowly pour in the hot coffee. Stir it in by hand, that way the coffee doesn’t splash up and burn you.
- Bake: Pour half the batter into each of the prepared pans and bake them for 30-35 minutes.
- Frosting: While the cake is cooling make the chocolate frosting. Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix in cocoa powder. Once they’re combined remove them from the heat and let the mixture cool. Add the chocolate to your stand mixer and whip it together. Alternate between adding the powdered sugar and milk in ⅓ cup amounts. Then add in the vanilla. Pour in extra milk if the frosting is too thick. Spread the frosting over both halves of the cake and layer them on top of each other so you have a rich chocolate filling.
- Pudding mixture: Whisk the chocolate pudding mix with the milk. Let the pudding mixture sit for 5 minutes. Layer pudding mixture over the cooled cake. Spread the pudding out evenly with a rubber spatula, then let it set in the fridge.
- Decorate: Before serving top the Oreo Dirt Cake off with crushed Oreos and gummy worms.
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VARIATIONS ON CHOCOLATE PUDDING DIRT CAKE
- Cream Cheese Frosting: Try making your Oreo Dirt Cake recipe with chocolate cream cheese frosting. To make the cream cheese frosting start by whipping together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and 8 tablespoons of butter. Next, mix in 3 cups powdered sugar, ½ cup cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with the cream cheese mixture. Spread the frosting over the cake as usual and then top it with the pudding for a cream cheese pudding combo.
- Vanilla Pudding: To change things up a little, try making vanilla pudding instead of instant chocolate pudding. Prep the vanilla pudding mixture the same way, and then just pour the instant pudding over the cake. It won’t look like dirt, but the taste is delicious. To change the theme to match the vanilla pudding try using vanilla Oreos to look like sand instead of dirt. You can top it with Swedish fish and gummy sharks.
- Chocolate chips: For some extra chocolatey taste in your Dirt Cake recipe, try mixing chocolate chips into the cake batter. Semi-sweet, milk, dark, or white chocolate chips will all make a nice addition.
- Dirt Cake Cups: Bake the Dirt Cake batter in a muffin tin to make Dirt Cake Cups. Only fill each cup up about halfway so that there’s room for pudding on top.
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HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE PUDDING DIRT CAKE
- Serve: Because of the pudding in the cake, you don’t want to leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: You can also wrap the Dirt Cake recipe in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 week.
- Freeze: Kept sealed, the cake will be good in the freezer for 4-6 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before serving.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot coffee , you can substitute boiling water
- 6 ounces chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 26 Oreo Cookies , crushed into crumbs
- 10 ounces gummy worms
Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray.
- In a stand mixer on low speed mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla then add it to the stand mixer on low then medium speed until just combined, and finally add in the hot coffee carefully and stir it in by hand until just combined (do not turn on the mixer, it may splash on you).
- Pour half of the batter into each of the pans and bake for 30-35 minutes then remove, let cool completely and frost with the chocolate frosting.
- Whisk together pudding mix and milk until smooth.
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Pour over completely cooled cake.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan and whisk in the cocoa powder then remove from the heat and let cool.
- Add the cooled chocolate mixer to your stand mixer and whip on medium speed adding the powdered sugar and milk, alternating them ⅓ at a time, and finally add the vanilla in last.
- If the frosting is too thick, add a bit more milk.
- Top with crushed Oreos and gummy worms.