My oldest son’s birthday is this week. Every year I make my boys whatever cake they want for their birthdays. This winter I made a dirt cake for my twins for their birthday and my oldest loved it, so he requested it for his birthday. I am very excited to make this cake again, as it involves no baking, so you don’t have to heat the house up in our lovely August 90 degree weather.

This cake recipe is pretty much fool proof. You don’t have to be a great cake decorator to make this cake look good and creative either. You can use a regular cake pan when making this, or you can get a little more creative and use a clean flour pot, a kids dump truck, or even a bucket. Then you can decorate the top with fake flowers, gummy worms, and little toy trucks.

Another great thing about this cake is that you can make any combination you want. If you love mint, you can use mint Oreos. If you love butterscotch, you can use butterscotch pudding. Thanks to the many different Oreo, cream cheese, and pudding flavors, the dirt cake flavor combinations are endless.

Easy Dirty Dirt Cake

1 regular size package of your favorite Oreos (mint, birthday cake, chocolate cream, etc.)

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 package of your favorite cream cheese (strawberry, plain, blueberry, honey nut, whipped, etc.)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 packages of your favorite instant pudding (chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, pistachio, etc.)

3 cups milk

1 tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Mash the entire package of Oreos either by processing them in the food processor or putting them in a gallon Ziploc bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin. You want them to look like fine crumbs.

Throw butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and beat on low until combined, then beat on medium until smooth. Now add the milk and pudding to the mixing bowl and beat on low just until combined. Dump the Cool Whip on top of of the pudding mixture, and gently fold into the mix until combined.

Take your flower pot, cake pan, bucket or dump truck and pour one-third of the crumbled Oreos into the bottom. Scoop half of the pudding mix on top of the layer of crumbs. Add another third of the cookies on top of the pudding mix. Scoop the last half of the pudding mix on top of the Oreo crumbles. Top the last layer of pudding mix with the last third of the Oreo crumbs.

Top off your dirt cake with worms, flowers, trucks… anything that goes with dirt. Just make it fun. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect because it will taste amazing.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.