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Halloween Oreo Dirt Cake makes a fun, spooky, and delicious dessert! Made with layers of moist chocolate cake, instant chocolate pudding mixture, and chocolate cookies! Both kids and adults will love this treat.
Oreo Dirt Cake
If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Halloween or Fall season this year, this Oreo Dirt Cake is perfect. Delicious chocolate cake is filled with hot fudge sauce and topped with a creamy pudding mixture, crushed chocolate cookies, then topped with colorful gummy worms. This will be a new family favorite, for sure!
Both kids and adults will love this cake and kids can even help make this. They will love decorating the tops with gummy worms or add your favorite Halloween decorations.
This Oreo Dirt Cake is an easy recipe to put together and make because we use chocolate cake mix and once the cake is baked it’s quick to assemble. Make this for Halloween parties or even Fall birthday parties- this cake can feed a crowd.
A classic Dirt Cake, also known as, Oreo Dirt Pudding is a no bake dessert made without cake. It typically just has instant vanilla pudding mix, Oreo cookie crumbs, and served in either a large glass bowl, trifle dish or trifle bowl so the layers are visible. I love this yummy dessert because underneath the cookie and pudding layers is a super moist chocolate cake,
Why You’ll Love This Halloween dirt cake
- Devils Food Cake: Make your own from scratch or use cake mix to make this an easy dessert. Regular chocolate cake can also be used.
- Chocolate fudge instant pudding mix: One of the key ingredients to making a Dirt Cake. You could also make homemade chocolate pudding if you want.
- Chocolate fudge sauce: Used as the chocolate filling to fill the holes in the cake to make it extra decadent and moist.
- Milk: Used to make the pudding, use either whole milk or low-fat milk.
- Cool Whip: You could also make your own whipped cream from scratch but Cool Whip works best.
- Crushed Oreos or chocolate sandwich cookies: This is supposed to look like dirt! It’s easier to grind the cookies in a Cuisinart because it makes finer crumbs and it blends in the white frosting.
- Gummy worms: These make the cake spooky and fun! You can use any of your favorite toppings and add more Halloween decorations on top.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OREO DIRT CAKE
Bake chocolate cake: Bake cake in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake according to box instructions. Let cool.
Mix whipped topping mixture: In the meantime, in a large mixing bowl whisk together the chocolate pudding and cool whip, then slowly add in the milk. Mix well until combined.
Poke holes in cake: Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes all throughout the cake.
Fill holes with chocolate sauce: Drizzle the warmed hot fudge sauce over the baked chocolate cake and spread with a rubber spatula.
Assemble dirt cake: Spread the creamy chocolate pudding mixture onto the top of the cake, then top with the Oreo cookies. Decorate with gummy worms and place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour for best results. Enjoy!
- If you want to make this Oreo Dirt dessert ahead of time, bake the cake, make the whipped chocolate topping, and crush the Oreos ahead of time so all you have to do is assemble the cake.
- Crush Oreos with a rolling pin or the easiest way is to add them to a food processor to get fine crumbs.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the cake to get cleaner looking cuts.
- Make this into a birthday cake by swapping the gummy worms for sprinkles and add candles. Use birthday cake Golden Oreos to get extra festive!
- Add more Halloween decorations such as candy pumpkins, Halloween sprinkles, marshmallow ghost peeps, etc.
- Since we fill the holes like a “poke cake”, it’s best to let the cake set in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I’ve left it to set overnight as well and it was still very moist the next day.
- Make this portable by baking the cake in a disposable baking pan.
- Make a homemade chocolate cake instead of a box mix.
- Customize this recipe for any occasion by using your favorite cake mix, pudding flavor, Oreo flavor, and candy toppings. This cake doesn’t have to be just for Halloween!
- Instead of gummy worms use your favorite candy. The topping possibilities are endless and can be for any holiday or celebration. Get creative!
- Make this into a “Graveyard Dirt Cake” by writing RIP with icing gel on Milano cookies and stick them into the dirt to make tombstone cookies.
leftovers & storage
To store: Place any leftovers in an airtight container or cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Please note that the cake make start to dry out and the cookies will get soggy the longer you store it.
To Freeze: I don’t recommend freezing the this cake because the cookies will get soggy.
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Oreo Dirt Cake
- 1 box Devil's Food Cake + all the ingredients called for on the back of the box
- 1 11 ounce hot fudge sauce or chocolate sauce warmed
- 1 3.9 ounce chocolate fudge instant pudding
- 1 8 ounce tub cool whip
- 2 cups milk
- 14 Oreos crushed
- gummy worms
- Bake cake in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake according to box instructions. Let cool.
- In the meantime, whisk together the chocolate pudding and cool whip, then slowly add in the milk. Mix well until combined.
- Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes all throughout the cake.
- Drizzle the warmed hot fudge sauce over the baked chocolate cake and spread with a rubber spatula.
- Spread the chocolate pudding mixture onto the top of the cake, then top with crushed Oreos. Decorate with gummy worms and place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour. Enjoy!