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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!

Impress with this EASY Dirt Cake Recipe

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.

Dirt Cake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

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.

Dirt Cake Recipe with fresh strawberries and candy rocks

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.

Fresh Strawberry Dirt Cake Recipe

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

Dirt Cake with Fresh Strawberries

Dirt Cake

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 one is filled with chocolate candy rocks and fresh strawberries.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


  • 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.

Dirt Cake is perfect for baby showers, gardening parties, and birthday parties.

This is a Virtual Baby Shower for Something Swanky. check out what everyone else brought!

Virtual Baby Shower


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Adorable dirt cake with fresh strawberries


Dirt Cake Recipe perfect for baby boy showers, birthdays, or garden parites!

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32 Responses to “Dirt Cake”

  1. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 14, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Loooove your words of wisdom <3 My little man is still pretty young but it's so great being a boy mom – nothing like it. (Girls are great too though. ;))

    And this dirt cake is perfection – the strawberries are such a great touch!

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    Beth @ Hungry Happenings — May 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Oh, I like your version of the dirt cake much better than the one with the worms. I love how you incorporated the strawberries. So clever!

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    heather @french press — May 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I cannot tell you how many ties I have stepped on a lego in the middle of the night, and tripped over toy cars, and the dirt, oh my all the dirt, but now that my baby boy is 15, I miss that so much! what a beautiful tribute to the joy of boys, and seriously the BEST dirt cake ever. LOVE the chocolate rocks

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    Ashton Swank — May 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Oh my gosh, Katrina, this cake is AMAZING! I can’t believe how great it looks! And so delicious too, holy smokes. I could shovel this whole thing in my mouth, easy! Thank you so much for your sweet post and this baby shower! My blogging friends are the best 🙂

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    Nenev3 — May 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I’ve also seen a cute summer beach scene done with vanilla sandwich cookies instead of Oreos and any Whitish (vanilla, banana, etc) colored pudding.

    I think it looks more like dirt if you use chocolate pudding. I make it at Halloween and turn it into a graveyard with candy bones and pumpkins.

  6. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — May 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I love this so much. I’ve made worms in dirt cupcakes, but this is way better. And yay for Ashton!

  7. #
    Debbie — May 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I love your version of the “dirt” cake. This looks delicious and it is so cute how you used the strawberries. Thanks for sharing.

  8. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    BEST DIRT CAKE EVER. I’m obsessed with those rocks!

  9. #
    Nora @ Savory Nothings — May 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Noooo stop making me tear up here! Let’s talk about this dirt cake instead – it looks so totally convincing and I LOVE the strawberry tops peaking out!

  10. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — May 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    This is just perfect for a boy’s themed party!

  11. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Katrina, this post is awesome. Not only is the cake super cute (and, um, burying the strawberries? GENIUS) but I love your advice for Ashton. Almost makes me want another baby to have a boy….nope. Feeling gone, lol. 🙂 Pinned!

  12. #
    Deborah — May 15, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Such sweet words – your post actually made me tear up a little thinking about my two boys! LOVE this cake, and I know my boys would, too!!

  13. #
    Jill — May 15, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Making this this weekend for my daughter who used to love to play in the dirt. I have a question could I make a day ahead and freeze it, then thaw the next day?

  14. #
    Jill — May 15, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Love this recipe! Making it for my teenage daughter who loved getting dirty as a little girl. Would this recipe be able to be frozen and served the next day?

  15. #
    Jill — May 15, 2015 at 7:40 am

    making for my teenage daughter who used to love dirt and bugs!
    Could I freeze the cake a day ahead?

  16. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

    This is pretty much the BEST dirt cake that I’ve ever seen.

  17. #
    Bárbara Clara Brito — May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! It was absolutely beautiful and looks like a garden.


  18. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    yayyy for Ashton and her new baby boy!

    and this dirt cake is so fun and sooo tasty!

  19. #
    Amanda — May 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    This is such a fun cake!!!

  20. #
    Sue {munchkin munchies} — May 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    So fun! I know some little munchkins that would get a kick out of this cake! The way you used the strawberries is genius! Congrats to Ashton!

  21. #
    Trudy — May 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I love making the dirt cake but i use chocolate pudding so it all looks like dirt but its all awesome….

  22. #
    Bunny SE — June 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I love how cute this cake looks and I’m going to totally make it, however I’m questioning the use of a half cup of butter o_O I know this ain’t health food, but could I opt out on using that and still have it be relatively tasty?

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 11:30 am

      I haven’t tested it any other way. However 1 stick of butter split between this whole cake isn’t too bad- we got many more than 12 servings out of it actually. Thanks for stopping by!

  23. #
    Melinda — June 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Love your dirt cake. The chocolate rocks just makes it look so real. Where did you get these rocks or how did you make them??? Please respond. My son loves this.
    Thank you!!!!!

  24. #
    Amanda — July 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    This is so cute! I cracked up that you let your older son freak out for a minute. I have two boys and I would totally do that too! Lol this is definitely going on my cheat day list 😉 yum!!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Ha! Well *high five* for being a fun mom!

  25. #
    Rachel — November 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Did you scrape off the Oreo frosting before crushing the Oreos? Making this today for my hubby’s birthday!

  26. #
    Barbara — August 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

    yummy!!!Making it for my teenage daughter who loved getting dirty as a little girl. Would this recipe be able to be frozen and served the next day?

  27. #
    Christine Koh — May 18, 2020 at 11:47 am

    OMG this is ADORABLE. I’m going to make this with my kids!

  28. #
    Denay DeGuzman — May 18, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    What a fun idea for celebrating the childhood of boys! It’s also perfect for celebrating spring and summer gardeners. I’ve never enjoyed a dirt cake before, and I’d love to make one!

  29. #
    Sherri — May 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Such a fun recipe! I will definitely be making this for a fun family dessert!

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