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Jane's Dirt Cake


Martha's friend Jane Heller serves her dirt cake creatively: She presents the cake in a sterilized terra-cotta pot, then inserts sunflowers (wrap stems in plastic) into the cake for decoration.

  • Servings: 15

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • 1 package Oreo cookies (16 ounces)
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 3/4 cups milk
  • 3 recipes Sweetened Whipped Cream, or one 16-ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Candy, for decorating


  1. If using a flowerpot with a drainage hole, reserve 1 cookie to place over hole to prevent leaking. Place remaining cookies in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles dirt. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter, and stir until creamy. Set aside.

  3. In another large bowl, whisk together instant-pudding mixes and milk; stir until well blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold pudding mixture into cream-cheese mixture. Fold in whipped cream.

  4. In a flowerpot or bucket with a 5-quart capacity, alternate layers of cookie "dirt" and pudding mixture, starting and ending with cookie "dirt." Chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with candy.

Cook's Notes

Sterilize the pot by placing it in the oven at 350 degrees for two to three hours. Avoid using any pot that has been glazed.

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  • devildogwifey
    22 JAN, 2009
    I plan on using this for my son's 1st birthday. I'm doing a truck theme, I'm going to use his new tonka truck and decorate with gummy worms. Super cute!
  • marshalou
    15 OCT, 2008
    I make this in individual servings, serve in clear plastic cups, add gummy worms and call it 'Dirt and Worms' like the kids' dessert at TGIFridays. My kids like to help make this, and all their teammates love it as a special end-of-the-season treat!
  • Annalissa
    6 OCT, 2008
    best cake ever made I like to add candy snakes throughout the mixture and pretend they are worms the children love it and I try to make the cake look more like a table decoration rather than a cake for added humor when the children see you put candles on the cake they think you have lost your mind it is yummy and fun for young and old a big hit and I like to use plastic flowers that look real they r good keepsakes for the birthday person something to remind them of that special cake.
  • BocaMom
    17 JUL, 2008
    This is ALWAYS favorite with kids and adults and is absolutely delicious!!
  • lfstanton
    10 MAY, 2008
    my favorite