dirt cake

Make a Halloween dirt cake full of Halloween colors and pumpkins.  Instant pudding is turned orange and covered with cookie dirt and candy pumpkins for a kid friendly dessert.


Need a quick and easy fall dessert? This twist on a traditional dirt cake recipe is perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving. It's quick and easy to make and is ready to eat after a little chilling in the fridge!

I have a confession to make – I’m not very good at Halloween.  For half of my childhood my family didn’t “celebrate” Halloween and it still feels a little strange at times to partake in any type of festivities.  But my husband kids love Halloween and so over the years I’ve been more open to fun Halloween decorations and food.  This year I decided it was time to adventure out in to fun Halloween food.

dirt cake

As it turns out, there is a lot of fun food available just for Halloween, like this super fun Orange Scream milk from TruMoo.  It’s orange and tastes is orange cream flavored.   While a big glass of orange milk is pretty fun for Halloween, I wanted to actually make something with this orange goodness.  I wondered if I could use the TruMoo Orange Scream in place of regular milk  to make a fun Halloween orange pudding.


True Moo Orange Scream

TruMoo is fresh from your trusted dairy and does not contain artificial growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup. One 8-ounce serving of TruMoo provides as much calcium as 5 cups of broccoli and as much potassium as a small banana.  Plus it tastes pretty yummy, too!


dirt cake

So I mixed 2 cups of cold TruMoo Orange Scream with 1 package of instant vanilla pudding.  I simply followed the directions on the box and substituted the Orange Scream for regular milk. And it worked!  So now I had this big bowl of super fun orange pudding and I wanted to make it even more festive.  I decided to layer the pudding with some cookie crumbs to get an orange and black treat when it dawned on me that I had the makings of dirt cake.  My kids love dirt cake and a pumpkin patch seemed like a fun idea for Halloween.

dirt cake

I put spread the entire batch of TruMoo Orange Scream pudding in the bottom of a pie plate.

dirt cake

I covered the pudding with chocolate sandwich cookies that I had ground up in to “dirt.”

dirt cake

Then I put pumpkin candy on top of the dirt to make a little pumpkin patch. My kids went nuts over the dirt cake! Some dirt cakes call for cream cheese or whipped cream to be mixed in with the pudding, but I like to keep things simple.

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Make sure to check out my other cute Halloween crafts and recipes like the Halloween yarn garland above!


Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cake

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • Trumoo Orange Scream Milk
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies, ground in to crumbs
  • Small pumpkin candy


  1. Prepare pudding according to directions on the box substituting Trumoo Orange Scream milk for regular milk. Let pudding sit for about 30 minutes to thicken.
  2. Spread pudding in to desired serving dish. Top with cookie crumbs and then pumpkin candy. Refrigerate or serve immediately.


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30 comments on “Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cake

  1. A perfect Halloween dessert! Thanks for sharing on the what’s for dinner link up!
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  2. What a fun idea! I am a bad mom, I don’t think I have ever made dirt cups (cake) for my son. I will have to rectify that.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays
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  3. Turned out great. Tru Moo orange at all Targets for the past 3 weeks.

  4. Carley Baker on said:

    Alright for the people who cannot find the Trumoo Orange Scream Milk, Can we just add food coloring to it? Im asking because I havent seen this milk well, at all ever. So I just wanted to know.

    • Absolutely! It did add an orange flavor to the pudding, but honestly, just leaving it the vanilla with the orange color would be just as delicious. I used the orange milk more for the color than the flavor. Another option would be just use chocolate pudding. It’s more “dirt” like!

  5. That is adorable!!! I haven’t seen the Orange drink in our store yet, but I’ll be looking more now! Love this!
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  6. Ok this is adorable!
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  7. This is super cute! What a creative idea. Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll linky party!
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  8. This is so fun!! Pinned to my Fall Fun board. Linda @Crafts a la mode
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  9. This is seriously adorable!
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  10. SO cute- you make the seriously most adorable sweet treats. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend.

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
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  11. That is so cute and I bet that orange drink is so delicious. Ill have to see if my store has some to try!

  12. What a great idea. I had no idea that try moo had that flavor.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,
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  13. Dirt cakes are always so cute and I love the fun way you gave it a new twist for fall. 🙂
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  14. I can’t wait to give this a try! Dirt Cake is one of those things that people constantly ask me to bring to get togethers, but it gets boring after awhile. And the pumpkins are so much cuter (and appetizing!) than the gummy worms! Thanks for sharing this!!
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  15. This looks yummy! I never knew Tru Mu had orange milk! We love the chocolate, but we’ll have to look for this one this fall. 🙂
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  16. What a cute pumpkin cake! I’m not keen on scary stuff or Halloween especially, but I love to see the trick or treaters. And fall is the best season ever! Thanks for a cute, yummy recipe!
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  17. It is time to start thinking about Fall and Halloween again. This dessert looks perfect! Yhanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.
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  18. Your cake is adorable, and I am in love with the TruMoo Orange Scream Milk. I can\’t wait to try this! I would love if you would stop by and share this post at my blog party, Celebrate It! It’s all about celebrating the everyday things we do! thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/10/celebrate-it-blog-party-12.html Hope to see you there!

  19. I just love your Pumpkin Dirt Cake, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Hope to see you again real soon,
    Miz Helen
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  20. Cute idea! And the Orange Scream milk sound delicious, too! Pinned!
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  21. Aww, this is so cute! I love it! Pinning! Thanks for sharing!
    -Michelle @TheGraciousWife.com
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