Get messy with this adorable Dirt Cake- perfect for baby showers, Father’s Day, garden parties, and birthdays for kids who like to get down and dirty! This cake is filled with chocolate candy rocks and fresh strawberries. Have fun!
Today is a special day because I get to tell my friend Ashton from Something Swanky how happy I am for her new baby boy (coming soon)! I am the mom of 2 wonderful boys so I have lots of stories to tell.
Most of them involve dirt.
So of course I’m sharing my favorite classic dessert with you all today- Dirt Cake!
I usually see this cake made with gummy worms or plastic flowers, but I wanted to go for a more natural look. You should be totally freaking people out about the fact that you are digging into a pile of dirt with a spoon.
I think I succeeded because my older son was completely mortified when he got off the bus one afternoon to find his little brother shoving fist-fulls of dirt and rocks into his mouth. I let it go on for a little while because I’m Mom-of-the-Year material.
Aside from the chocolate candy rocks, I think the fresh strawberries popping out of the top really make this cake convincing.
So Ashton, what I’m trying to say is:
Congratulations! There will be lots of mud-stained clothes and grassy knees. There will be race car beds, tiny tool sets, and dinosaurs that roar louder than any toy should legally be allowed.
There will be tears of joy over watching your little guy make something out of LEGOs, and tears of frustration when you step on LEGOs in the middle of the night.
He’ll come home with love notes from classmates and phone numbers from best friends. Hopefully he’ll let you snuggle him to sleep and sing him songs for many, many years to come.
Before you know it you’ll be looking into your son’s eyes and you’ll realize that it’s your job to teach him how to treat his wife with love and respect, and to raise his own family someday. *sob*
Oh, and there will be dirt and rocks. Like, everywhere.
- 1 package Oreos
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ Cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Cup powdered sugar
- 2 small boxes, 3.4 oz size instant vanilla pudding
- 3 Cups milk
- 1 large tub, 16 oz size Cool Whip
- Chocolate candy rocks, optional
- Strawberries with hulls in tact, optional
- Crush cookies until they resemble soil. Press about half into the bottom of a 9x13 dish. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes until thick. Fold in Cool Whip.
- Gently fold pudding mixture into cream cheese mixture until combined.
- Spoon filling on top of the crushed Oreos.
- Press strawberries into the filing until just the green pokes out of the top (optional). Top with remaining Oreo crumbs and candy rocks (optional). Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is a Virtual Baby Shower for Something Swanky. check out what everyone else brought!
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