Kansas City Dirt Cake

Oreo Dirt Cake - layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!

I know I’ve shared this before, but I love OREOS. I’m not a fan of eating them by themselves but they are probably my favorite ingredient to add to desserts. They make everything so yummy!! They make today’s recipe a family favorite that we’ve made ever since I was little – It’s called Kansas City Dirt Cake. I’m not sure where we found the original recipe, but it’s one we’ve been making for family get togethers for as long as I can remember, and it’s one we still make all the time for holidays and special occasions.

Yes, this is called Dirt Cake, but for some reason when we first got the recipe it was called Kansas City Dirt Cake. I was heard that’s because Kansas City is made up of a lot of dirt, but no matter the reason this cake is amazing. Everyone loves it!


Oreo Dirt Cake


Oreo Dirt Cake

The Layers – crushed up oreos, the cream mixture and then top it off with….

MORE crushed Oreos!!

Dirt Cake

A delicious and cool treat - Kansas City Dirt cake. Perfect for the Oreo lover! { lilluna.com }

I seriously LOVE this recipe and have loved it since I can remember. Hope you like this Oreo treat just as much as my family. πŸ™‚

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Kansas City Dirt Cake Recipe

4.5 from 2 votes

Oreo Dirt Cake - layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 472 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 package Oreos
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup Margarine or butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 2 boxed INSTANT White chocolate or vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Crush β…” package of Oreos and place in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set aside.

  2. Mix cream cheese and margarine (or butter) until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and fold in whipped topping. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold this mixture in with the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Pour over crumb mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with the reserve crushed Oreos. Let set for a few hours and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Oreo Dirt Cake - layers of creamy, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, cool whip and more and topped off with Oreos!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty β€œLil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Looks fabulous! Unfortunately I just started a healthy diet and exercise routine this week, so I’ll have to file this away for the someday-when-I’m-skinny-and-oreos-are-calorie-free file… that day will come, right???

    And I have to ask what’s probably a totally dumb question… as a Kansas Citian, I can’t figure out what on Earth makes this a “Kansas City” dirt cake… I was looking for BBQ sauce, or a side of beef, maybe something jazzy… but alas, I couldn’t find any Kansas City in the cake… so where’s the name from??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    1. Good question!! I have NO idea!! Our fam got the recipe so long ago and when we did it was called this, so we’ve kept the name. I’m thinking maybe someone from Kansas City made it up. ??

  2. hello!
    I’m on my way to purchase ingredients for the cake…but a question: the kansas city dirt cake recipe states white chocolate or vanilla pudding, is the pudding instant?

  3. One of my co-workers (in Kansas City) brought this layered in a new, clean, lined with plastic wrap clay flowerpot and had “buried” gummy worms in the “dirt”. Sprinkled more gummy worms on top. It was a fun treat.

  4. I’ve been making the dirt cake by an old printed recipe that I have that’s labeled “Oreo Delight”. Guess someone renamed it somewhere along its travels through the ether.

  5. Yummy I love it. I make oreo truffles by taking one 8oz. Package of crram cheesr one package of any flavvor oreos. A12oz bag of chocolate chips (or any flavor chips you like). Crush oreos to crumbs mix with the cream cheese set in refridgarator for 30 minutes. After mixture is chilled take a tsp.full roll into a ball set on cookie sheet lined with wax paper after rolling all the mixture set pan in fridge. Melt chips in double boiler. Take out the balls insert toothpicks into the balls dip into melted chocalate put back on tray refrigaratr until set. Enjoy.

    1. You mix the dry mix with the 3 cups of milk and vanilla so it starts to thicken up like regular pudding. Then you add this to the cream cheese mixture and mix well. πŸ˜‰

  6. This recipe looks so good! I am going to make this for a BBQ tomorrow. I wanted to know if you use the large or small boxes of instant pudding?

  7. I lived in kansas city all my life and never heard of kansas city dirt cake and i never been to any restaurant with it on the menu

    1. Not sure what you did, but you just add the pudding mix with 3 cups total of milk, and the vanilla. I know some have made the pudding according to directions and added the 3 c milk, which would make it runny. Hope that helps!!

        1. I’m sorry it was soupy. It shouldn’t be, so I’m not sure what happened. Did you make the pudding, then added more milk? That might be the only thing what would make it soupy.