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How to Make a Dirt Cake Centerpiece

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Dirt cake isn't just for kids! Learn how to make a dirt cake centerpiece that's both gorgeous on the table and delicious to eat using. This dirt cake looks stunning in our sponsor Luigi Bormioli's footed serving bowl topped with colorful spring flowers.

Flower Garden Dirt Cake Centerpiece

I made my first dirt cake for my son's first birthday.  I couldn't believe how much people loved it. My kids still talk about the “dirty cake!” 6 years later! Last year for Halloween I made a pumpkin patch dirt cake.  I was trying to figure out a pretty yet fun centerpiece to make for Mother's Day brunch this year and it hit me – a flower garden dirt cake.

Trifle Bowl for Dirt Cake

I just happened to have this beautiful new footed serving bowl from Luigi Bormioli, the world's leading glass maker. I love glass ware, glass dishes, glass serving ware and I am super picky about quality.  I want my glass ware to look elegant, but I don't want to spend a small fortune to get that classy look.  Luigi Bormioli rivals fine crystal in appearance and elegance, but is lead-free, affordable and widely available.  It seemed a little bit of a shame to put “dirt” in this gorgeous bowl, but the end result is so elegant thanks to the quality of Luigi Bormioli.

Oreo cookie dirt cake

There are two parts when learning how to make dirt cake. First you need the “dirt”, which is just crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. The cookie crumbs are finer if you use a food processor, but I just used a plastic storage bag and a rolling pin to smash these. They turn out a bit chunkier, but they do the job.

How to make a dirt cake pudding mix

The second part of dirt cake is the filling. There are a lot of different filling options ranging from whipped cream to straight pudding to a mixture of the two together. For this filling I wanted something a little lighter and fluffier so I mixed together pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream.

how to make a dirt cake with chocolate pudding

The ingredients are then layered in the serving dish. I started with the cookie dirt on the bottom.  Whichever is first, the cookie crumbs need to be the last layer in the bowl.

How to make a dirt cake flower centerpiece

And that's it! Dirt cake whips up super quickly.  It does need to sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving.  I put in a bunch of faux tulips I picked up at a craft store.  I love how the colors pop.

how to make a dirt cake

This flower garden dirt cake made in a Luigi Bormioli footed serving bowl is the perfect addition to a Mother's Day brunch or dinner.  It's elegant enough for mom and it's a fun dessert the entire family will enjoy.

How to Make a Dirt Cake Centerpiece

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed in to crumbs
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 2 boxes chocolate pudding prepared according to directions
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Turn mixer down to low and beat in the powdered sugar until incorporated. Turn the mixer back up to medium and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Gently fold in the pudding and whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Alternate layers of the cookie crumbs and the chocolate pudding mixture in a Luigi Bormioli footed serving bowl beginning and ending with the cookie crumbs.
  5. Gently push in faux flowers to the middle of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this Ambassadorship via Splash Media Engagement on behalf of Luigi Bormioli. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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18 Comments
  • Shonda
    May 6, 2015

    I first learned how to make dirt cake way back in home ec. Then I forgot all about it. Love your recipe.

  • Cathy
    May 4, 2015

    I love dirt cake and yours is so special with the pretty little tulips growing in it. Thank you for sharing your recipe with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  • Astrid
    May 3, 2015

    This sounds like it’d taste amazing! I neve rmade dirt cake but it sounds easy. Love the idea of the faux flowers as the centerpiece. #AllAboutYou

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Really? Never?! You have to try it!

  • Jennifer
    May 3, 2015

    How beautiful, whimsical, and fun! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      Thank you for hosting, Jennifer!

  • Lou Lou Girls
    May 2, 2015

    Cute idea. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    • Camille
      May 4, 2015

      I’ll be there! Thanks for hosting!

  • Tanya
    May 2, 2015

    yum, love this edible centerpiece and save the tulips for later. Tulips are my favorite spring flavor and i’ll eat dirt if it’s chocolate! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend. Hope you found some great posts to visit at our linkup.

  • Mila
    May 2, 2015

    This is so cool! Love the idea 🙂

    xx
    Mila

  • Adelina Priddis
    May 1, 2015

    That is so pretty! I’d never think to put faux flowers in my food like this, but the colors and the type of cake – it turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing on Weekend bites!

  • jay eatz
    April 30, 2015

    what a great idea, that would totally trip people out at a party

  • Kristina & Millie
    April 29, 2015

    delish! first time I saw this cake the lady had added gummy worms. I was a bit hesitant but then who can resist chocolate? Dirt cake is now one of my favs and you recipe is the bomb! Thanks for sharing with snickerdoodle sunday!

  • Leslie
    April 29, 2015

    My mom makes these all the time in spring. I love them! Oh my goodness, they are so tasty!

  • Bethany
    April 27, 2015

    Yummy! My aunt always made a similar dessert for parties and it was the best!

  • Kim
    April 27, 2015

    Love it! 🙂 Visiting from Inspire Me Monday!

  • Cathy
    April 26, 2015

    What a great idea!! This is amazing! What a yummy recipe! I would love for you to share this at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
    Cathy