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Sand Pail Dirt Cake

By Kelsey Banfield |

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I loved Paula’s dirt cake recipe recipe so much that I just had to try it. My daughter was definitely skeptical as the project began and I insisted upon layer a cake in her sand pail. But then we started burying worms in top and she thought that was quite nifty and was happy to get in the game with me. She even tried to trick her Dad when we came home from work and showed him her new worm collection! He gamely played a long. I think I might try packing this into little flower pots this summer for a fun treat!

Sand Pail Dirt Cake

1 large pkg. oreo cookies
3 cups milk
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
1 cup powdered sugar
1 large container Cool Whip topping
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Crush cookies into fine crumbs in the food processor. Put one third of the crushed cookies the bottom of a large sand pail.

2.  In an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth, then beat in sugar. Fold in whipped topping.

3. In a separate bowl, mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture. Pour one half over cookie layer and sprinkle with remaining a layer of cookie crumbs, place the second layer of cream cheese mixture over the top, and top with the last third of the cookie crumbs. Chill to set.

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About Kelsey Banfield


Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Sand Pail Dirt Cake

  1. Adina Kalish Neufeld says:

    These look amazing! And fun. And messy. Which is exactly the type of food we like to play around with in our kitchen! Looking forward to trying this out!

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