Kansas City Dirt Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes · Cookies · Desserts · Recipes · October 20, 2017

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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How to make Dirt Cake VIDEO:



4 from 3 votes

Kansas City Dirt Cake

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.
Nutrition Facts
Kansas City Dirt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Potassium 229mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 38g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 14.4%
Calcium 12.5%
Iron 18.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

Recipe Notes:

You can even change it up and use different oreos. I made this Peppermint Oreo Dirt Cake last year for Christmas using Peppermint Oreos and Andes Peppermint Baking Chips sprinkled on top … it offered just a hint of peppermint making it perfect for the holidays:

Or you can make Halloween or Easter versions:

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    Looks so yummy! For the halloween version, you using the candy corn oreos? πŸ˜‰
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    Nom, nom, this looks amazing!!! I love the name too, it’s always fun to have a fun name for something we love to make (and eat!)

    xoxo, Tanya
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    Jess @ The Colorful Ones

    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™‚

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      Lil' Luna

      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. ??


    Yum! My husband would appreciate this post πŸ˜€
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    donna slavens

    if ypu freeze almost like homemade icecream


    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?

      Lil' Luna

      Yes. I will make sure to edit the recipe so it says that. πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Yes. I will make sure to edit the recipe so it says that. πŸ™‚

        Carla Swanson

        Is a large cool the16 ounce size or a reg. 8 oz size


    Do you use the 3.4 oz or the 5.1 oz boxes of pudding?


      Two boxes of the 3.5 oz.


    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.

    Bonnie N

    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.


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh man – that sounds delicious. Will have to give it a try!


    Do you crumble just the cookie or the cream also?


    Sorry, but is the instant pudding prepared AS pudding, or you just add the “powder”?

      Lil' Luna

      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˜‰


    This is amazing!!!!!!!!!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s a dessert we love and make ALL THE TIME!! So glad you like it. πŸ™‚


    This cake looks dangerously good and simple to make!
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    Now with this dirt cake do you mix the pudding an cook it first or just pour the powder in with the mix. Let me know

      Lil' Luna

      It’s the Instant Pudding so no cooking involved, but you add the pudding mix to the milk and vanilla as noted in Step 3. πŸ˜‰


    Did you use large or small boxes of instant pudding?

    Yvette Cohn

    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?

      Lil' Luna

      I usually use 2 small boxes, since I’ve never seen white chocolate pudding in the large boxes. Would love to know how it goes! πŸ˜‰

    regina clayton

    Will make this tomorrow have several Oreo lovers in my home, will let u know the results.

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, please let me know how it goes. It’s a FAVORITE!! πŸ˜€


    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


    these sound great

      Lil' Luna

      It’s one of our favorite!!! We use this recipe a lot and it’s always a hit! Thank you!!


    I made this and it turned out to be a watery mess! Have any idea what I did wrong?

      Lil' Luna

      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!!


    How many servings does this recipe yield??

      Lil' Luna

      It can feed quite a few, depending on how much you give. I bring it to family functions & we can get all of us 25-30 a scoop. Hope that helps!


    Can this be made the night before serving?

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, it sure can πŸ™‚ Hope you like it! It’s one of our favorites!


        This mixture was really soupy……

          Lil' Luna

          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.


    How many does this serve?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Oh, it just depends on how big your servings are. I take this to family functions & it can feed anywhere from 12+ We usually do small scoops, so we could get more, because everyone wants it. It’s a family favorite πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! (I could get almost 20 small scoops for all the grandkids)


    Butter…. soften or melted?😊

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