Easy Dirt Cake Recipe For Kids


How To Make Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake?   What’s that?!

Dirt Cake (aka dirt cake pudding) can be made in various ways but typically involves a chocolate treat made to look like dirt but it is completely edible – and yummy!

There are some great recipes for Dirt Cake out there.   Here’s a fun recipe for Edible Dirt Pudding by another great Quirky Momma!

easy recipe for dirt cake

However, while these recipes are super fun, I was looking for something that my 3 year old could make quickly and entirely on her own.     I used the basic idea from other recipes and just simplified it.

We used chocolate instant pudding, chocolate sandwich cookies, and gummy worms.   How can you go wrong with a combination like that?

dirt cake recipe ingredients

We started with removing the filling from the sandwich cookies.   I don’t think this was really necessary but the chocolate cookies would become our dirt and it seemed like white flakes in the dirt would look like fertilizer (not appetizing!) .   So we ended up with a plate of cookies that looked like this.

learn how to make dirt cake

I’m not sure what my little girl did with all of the white filling from the cookies.   I guess she cleaned everything up quickly.

little girl eating

Next she put the chocolate cookies in a zip top bag and started crushing them.   As you can tell from her face, she really got into this part!

little girl crushing cookies

Next, she made the chocolate pudding according to the package directions.   This involved combining some cold milk and the pudding mix then mixing them together until smooth.   It is super easy but she felt like such a big girl as she mixed it and saw the pudding forming instantly in the bowl!

little girl mixing ingredients

Once the pudding was blended, she filled some clear cups about 2/3 full of pudding.

little girl making chocolate pudding

Then she sprinkled the cookie crumbles on top of the pudding and inserted a couple of gummy worms to make it more interesting.

gummy worm in pudding

Not only did my little girl have fun making these, but she also learned about ingredients for recipes, measuring, pouring, mixing, scooping, and more!   Plus she had a certain satisfaction in having made dessert for the family all by herself!

little girl with chocolate on her face

 Here are some more sweet ideas from the Quirky Mommas:


  1. Texasholly says:

    We had this very thing last night at a fancy restaurant {on vacation} and they charged a LOT for it, but the boys LOVED it.

  2. JDaniel loves these at Mimi’s Cafe. I am so glad you showed me how to make them at home.

  3. What a fun activity to make at home – my son’s class did this in kindergarten and they loved it – I mean come on, who wouldn’t???

  4. We made these and featured your recipe on my bug activities post! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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