Easter Dirt Cake

 

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Easter Oreo Dirt Cake – a creamy and delicious Easter dessert filled with Oreos, pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, and powdered sugar that everyone will love to decorate and eat!

Easter Dirt Cake on yellow towel

Favorite Easter Dessert

Easter is one of our favorite holidays to gather with friends and family and to have some of our favorite recipes. From deviled eggs to carrot cake, there are so many foods that we make for our Easter celebrations.

One of our favorite Easter desserts is today’s Easter Dirt Cake, which is a holiday version of our classic Oreo Dirt Cake recipe. Using a few of our favorite holiday candies, we’ve added a few additions to this yummy dessert to make it an easy and delicious treat to make for Easter.

If you like PEEPS and OREOS, then you’ll love this. It’s really easy and of course – it’s YUMMY!!

How to make Easter dirt cake process pics

How to make Easter Dirt Cake

This cake only takes about 15 minutes to make. It does need to set up in the fridge for a few hours, but it takes little work and the result is amazing.

Begin by making your creamy, pudding mixture. To make this, cream your cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar with a hand mixer and fold in whipped topping. Set this aside.

In another bowl, make pudding by mixing milk, pudding and vanilla. Let this set up for a few minutes and then pour into the cream cheese mixture. Use your hand mixer to mix well. Set aside.

Then, crush all the Oreos by putting them in a food processor or Ziploc bag and crushing with hands or the bottom of a cup. Pour about 2/3 of the Oreos into the bottom of a 9Γ—13 pan.

Pour the cream cheese/pudding mixture over the Oreos. Then top with remaining crushed Oreos. Place in fridge and let set for a few hours before serving.

Top with the following candies right before serving:

  • PEEPS
  • Edible Grass
  • M&Ms (your favorite variety)

So cute and so delicious!

Close up of peep on easter dirt cake recipe

How to store Easter dirt cake?

Dirt Cake is best stored when covered tightly with Saran Wrap or foil and placed in the fridge for up to 3 days – you may need to remove some candies to do this. We love to have this cake for leftovers, but admit we rarely have any. πŸ˜‰

Easter Dirt Cake Variations

This cake can also be made using chocolate pudding if you are going for a more dirt-looking cake. You can also change it up based on the OREOS you use. There are always new varieties that come out during the holiday and you can change the flavor up just a bit based on which cookies you use.

You can also change out the candies, or can even add Carrot Strawberries on top instead of Easter candy.

Easter Cake recipe with Peeps and M&Ms

We hope you enjoy this simple and tasty Easter treat. It’s one even the kids can help together and a treat everyone will love!

For more Easter treats, check out:

Easter Dirt Cake Recipe

4.97 from 33 votes

Easter Oreo Dirt Cake - a creamy and delicious Easter dessert filled with oreos, pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, and powdered sugar that everyone will love to decorate and eat! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 383 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 package Oreos
  • 1 8 oz. bar Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large container Cool Whip or 16 oz. whipping cream
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes Instant White Chocolate or Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Easter candy PEEP bunnies, edible grass, candy Easter eggs

Instructions

  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.

  6. Right before serving, top with bunny Peeps, edible grass and Candy Easter Eggs.

Recipe Video

Author

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. 5 stars
      You can make it with shredded coconut and food coloring. I mixed the two and spread it on a large baking sheet to dry. It turned out great!

  1. My cream cheese mixture came out kinda runny. πŸ™ I mixed everything together and went to pour it on the crushed oreos and it was runny and not thick like in the pic above. Wonder what I did wrong?!

    1. Not sure what happened. Did you melt the butter? You mix the softened cream cheese and softened butter, then mix in the powdered sugar and fold in whipped topping. Also, you mix the pudding mix with the vanilla and milk. Some make the pudding, then add the milk and vanilla, which would make it runny. I hope that helps. Let me know if you try it again!

  2. I found my grass in the Easter candy section at Walgreens if that helps anyone. The only issue was that it was flavored and green happens to be green apple. I think with so little it won’t be too overpowering though. I also know the Joann Fabrics by house carries it.

    1. You will just use the pudding mix, but it will get mixed with the milk and vanilla, so it’s like making the pudding. You can make this year round, without adding the treats on top..we love it!!

      1. Do you use the pudding mix, milk and vanilla and whisk it until it is set like pudding or do you just whisk it until is mixed, but still runny and then fold it into cream cheese mix?

    1. Hi I’m from Australia and want to know what cool whip is..or what I can use as a substitute and it says a container, how much is that…?

      1. It’s whipped cream and a 16 ounce container. You can make your own, using heavy whipping cream. Just google how to make homemade whipped cream/topping. Hope that helps!!

  3. 5 stars
    The Easter Dirt Cake was a hit! So much fun to make, and eat! Thank you for sharing this! (For anyone planning on making the portion size in the photo, make sure you half the recipe.)

    1. Softened:) Thanks for stopping by!! I know it’s passed Easter, but I have the recipe for our regular Kansas City Dirt Cake on the blog, that we enjoy all year long:)

    1. You can usually find it by jello or in the baking aisle. It’s in a box and is powder in vanilla or white chocolate flavor. Hope that helps!! Hope you find it πŸ™‚

    1. I personally haven’t tried. It’s a pretty important ingredient for this recipe. You can google some cream cheese substitutes, if you can’t have it. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  4. Can you tell me where you purchased the “grass” candy and what the name of it is? I haven’t seen anything like it. This is such a cute idea! I’m making it for Easter!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. On the dirt cake, can this be made the day before, and when do you decorate it with the bunnies,candy,grass? Do you just refrigerate it and cover with foil everything, or what is the best way to do this? Can’t wait to try.

  6. 5 stars
    We loved your cake! I don’t care much for the edible grass so I added a few drops of green food coloring to some coconut. The t turned out lovely and made that delicious cake taste even better!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this with my niece and nephew last year and it was a total hit!
    Instead of putting on the peeps and eggs and grass on immediately I had them take “magic beans” and plant them carefully into the cake. I told them that they had to get ready for bed and sleep so the Easter bunny could make it grow….
    He arrived around midnight and carefully took out the beans and placed the peeps and grass in those spots! It was such a hit everyone talked about it all year and we are getting it ready to make one for Easter.
    The EB also left them each a pack of magic beans for this year and amazingly they kept them so safe!
    Thank you and happy Easter!

  8. Fun version is to mix the yellow Oreos with black, use reg. choc pudding and put tootsie rolls in it (some on top, some partially buried). Serve in new small kitty litter pan with scoop. πŸ˜€ Tip – Tootsie rolls get hard if you leave in fridge. I made this & took it into work years ago – people were hesitant to try it! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. I’ve visited your website and LOVE it. I see where you can sign up for free ebook, but do you send out emails that I can get?
    Thanks, happy Friday and hope you have a blessed day!!

    1. Thank you so much!! Down at the bottom of the home page, you can subscribe to emails. Also, if you are looking for the e-books, click on the shop tab at the top. There are many different ones πŸ™‚ I hope you like the recipes you try!!

          1. My local Target is not stocking the “grass” this year, however, I went next door and WORLD MARKET stocked it for Easter this year. Score πŸ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Kristyn… I was just looking fore Easter Cake recipes and found this page.. Your blog is amazing! I am going to try this recipe. Are these original recipes? They look wonderful! Amazing job on your website. I wish you continued success.

  11. Hello! I can’t wait to try this with my family! I noticed in the recipe it states Sugar but in the directions it states powdered sugar. Which one do I use?

  12. Hi, can you please tell me what size cool whip? I know the recipe says a large container but how many ounces in the container?

    Thanks in advance!

  13. I am planning to prepare the Easter Dirt Cake next Sunday.
    It is not clear what size box of pudding I should use.
    Could you please specify .

    1. My only other question is that you use 2 3.4 oz pudding mix but don’t follow the directions on the box? Because then you would use 4 cups milk and not 3?

  14. Had a question for the the Easter dirt cake. For the 2 boxes of instant white chocolate or pudding mix, is it the small box or larger box of pudding mix? Also is there is there a white chocolate pudding mix or would I buy vanilla pudding mix?

    Thank you
    Marissa

  15. So I made a silly mistake and accidentally only did one small container of whip topping and I wondered why it was so soupy. Will putting it in the freezer help at all?

    1. Hmmm..I don’t know. You didn’t make the pudding, then add more milk, did you? I know some make that mistake, which makes it super soupy. You will just have to see if that helps. I know it needs that bigger amount, so it might change it up a little.

    1. I’m not really sure what you did? Did you make the pudding according to the box, then add the milk in the recipe? I know some do & that would make it runny, because of the extra milk.

  16. This was fun to make and delicious! My husband doesn’t care for cool whip and had two servings. Couldn’t find the grass so used green sprinkles.
    Thank You!

  17. This went over well at Easter with my family!! And my boyfriend lived it so much he made .e make more a few days later for home.

  18. Don’t understand the ingredient saying…2 boxes instant white chocolate or pudding mix. Can someone tell me what this means?

  19. This looks so good!
    I love how it’s simple to make!
    Definitely making this for Easter for my kids!
    Thanks for sharing 😊🐰

  20. Hi, In the RECEIPE it says put the peeps and Easter eggs on just before serving. Could this be done a few hours before?

  21. Do you u small or large box of pudding? If you use small box how many bOxes? If you use large boX of pudding how many? Thank you!

  22. 5 stars
    I made this this afternoon with my daughter, followed directions, and the 3 cups of milk has made mine soupy and not whipped and Fluffy.. will it set up?

    1. It shouldn’t be soupy at all. Did you make the pudding according to directions on box, then add the milk & other ingredients? I know some have, but it’s just the pudding mix. That’s the only thing I can think of that would make it that way. Let me know if you need more help πŸ™‚

  23. Re The dirt cake – Why wouldn’t you put in what size vanilla pudding pagkage to use? Small or the large size and the oz?

      1. 5 stars
        Thanks! We halved the recipe to make an 8×8 pyrex. The kids enjoyed putting on the eggs and peeps. Happy easter!