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Make a Halloween pumpkin patch  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 into 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

If you can not locate the TruMoo Orange Scream near you, just use regular milk and add a little orange food coloring to the milk. Another alternative is to use regular milk with an orange or orange cream pudding mix. Our local Kroger store has these in their store brand. 

dirt cake

Mix 2 cups of cold TruMoo Orange Scream with 1 package of instant vanilla pudding. Simply follow the directions on the back of the pudding box.    

dirt cake

Spread the orange pudding in the bottom of a pie plate or any other dish you like. One pudding box does not make a ton of pudding so if you want to make a large pumpkin patch, make 2-3 boxes of pudding.

dirt cake

Next top the pudding with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies for a dirt layer. If you want you can layer half the pudding, then half the cookie crumbs, and repeat once more. Just make sure to end with the crushed cookie crumbs.

dirt cake

Gently place pumpkin candy on top of the dirt to make a little pumpkin patch. You could also take green frosting and pipe in vines between the pumpkins. Add gummy worms, too, for even more fun dirt cake action.

Some dirt cakes call for cream cheese or whipped cream to be mixed in with the pudding. You can do that as well if you have a favorite dirt cake recipe. But the kids don’t seem to notice that it’s just pudding.

Yarn Halloween Garland


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


Yield: 1 dirt cake

Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cake

Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cake
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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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  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    October 22, 2016

    A perfect Halloween dessert! Thanks for sharing on the what’s for dinner link up!

  • Audrey
    October 18, 2016

    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

  • kim
    October 31, 2015

    Turned out great. Tru Moo orange at all Targets for the past 3 weeks.

    • Camille
      November 1, 2015

      Yay! I’m glad you found the Tru Moo orange! I didn’t see it this season so I wasn’t sure if it was available or not.

  • Carley Baker
    October 5, 2015

    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.

    • Camille
      October 5, 2015

      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!

  • Jamie
    September 23, 2015

    That is adorable!!! I haven’t seen the Orange drink in our store yet, but I’ll be looking more now! Love this!

  • Lara
    September 23, 2015

    Ok this is adorable!

  • Andrea
    September 23, 2015

    This is super cute! What a creative idea. Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll linky party!

  • Linda
    September 21, 2015

    This is so fun!! Pinned to my Fall Fun board. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  • Jessica
    September 18, 2015

    This is seriously adorable!

  • Sarah R.
    September 18, 2015

    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)

  • Stephanie R
    August 15, 2015

    That is so cute and I bet that orange drink is so delicious. Ill have to see if my store has some to try!

  • Beverly
    August 15, 2015

    What a great idea. I had no idea that try moo had that flavor.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,

  • Bev
    August 15, 2015

    Dirt cakes are always so cute and I love the fun way you gave it a new twist for fall. 🙂

  • Alison
    August 14, 2015

    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!!

    • Camille
      August 15, 2015

      I bought the pumpkins on a whim last fall and then thought they’d make a cute dirt cake! 🙂 So much fun!

  • Leah Courtney
    August 10, 2015

    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. 🙂

  • Kris, Neighbor Chick
    August 10, 2015

    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!

  • Maria
    August 10, 2015

    It is time to start thinking about Fall and Halloween again. This dessert looks perfect! Yhanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  • Teri
    October 11, 2014

    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! Hope to see you there!

    • Camille
      October 11, 2014

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

  • Miz Helen
    October 10, 2014

    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

  • Kelly
    October 7, 2014

    Cute idea! And the Orange Scream milk sound delicious, too! Pinned!

    • Camille
      October 9, 2014

      Thanks, Kelly! The milk is pretty tasty. It didn’t last long!

  • Michelle
    October 6, 2014

    Aww, this is so cute! I love it! Pinning! Thanks for sharing!