Dirty Cakes Your Kids will Love
“You can eat the whole thing—except the flowers and the pot,” my nine-year-old daughter explained with a smile when we dropped off a little treat at her friend’s house. “It’s a dirt cake!” Her mom seemed to pick up on the joke right away, but my daughter’s buddy looked a little puzzled. “It’s Oreo soil,” giggled my daughter.
Her friend seemed confused still, “I can eat this?”
“Yup,” answered my daughter. That’s right—we’ve been doing a little planting around my house. With the warmer temperatures, and April Fool’s Day as an excuse, we decided to make some dirt cakes to give to my kids’ friends. Dirt cakes are fun and easy to either make with your kids—or to create to play a joke on your kids. This time, I let me kids in on the silliness. When I explained to my crew that we were going to put together dirt cakes, they weren’t sure what to make of it, until my 9-year-old spotted the Oreos. She didn’t care what we were making as long as Oreos were involved.
Making dirt cakes is easy. Pick up a new planting pot at the hardware store, cut up pieces of chocolate cake to place in the bottom, then add a layer of chocolate pudding, and then insert either fresh (stems wrapped in tin foil) or artificial flowers into the center of the pot. Then sprinkle ground up Oreos (the “dirt”) and gummy worms at the top of the pot. If you need more detailed instructions, see below.
This time, we chose individual servings, but if you really want to fool your kids, buy a large potting plant and add your cake ingredients to create a centerpiece for your kitchen table. Then, once you’ve eaten your dinner explain to the kids that you’re still really hungry. You can then start taking nibbles at the planting soil and dare your kids to join you. Older kids might already guess your rouse, but younger ones will be amazed that mom is a dirt eater.
If you miss getting in on the fun for April 1st, don’t worry, maybe the Easter Bunny will leave your kids a special plant…
We had so much fun putting these cakes together my kids are already asking when we’re going to do it again.
“Dirt” Cake Instructions
Several small flowerpots or one large one
1 chocolate cake mix, cooked according to directions in a 9×13” pan
1 chocolate pudding mix, put together according to directions
15-20 Oreo cookies, crushed
1 package gummy worms
Artificial or real flowers
Wash and dry thoroughly all of your flowerpots. Cut the chocolate cake into large chunks. Places several pieces into your flowerpot until it is 2/3 full. Heap several spoonfuls of pudding into the flowerpot to cover the cake pieces entirely. Wrap the bottom of your flowers with tin foil. Poke a hole into the center of the cake/pudding using a chopstick. Place the flowers into the hole you created. Sprinkle crushed Oreos and gummy worms around the flowers.