My kids love parties!
Almost every week they ask me if they can plan a “party”. I usually don’t mind since it usually involves only our family and they plan games and treats for the night. We’ve had “American Ninja Warrior Parties,” “Movie Night Parties” – you name it!! Well, last week we actually had a combined birthday party for Lily and Gavin. Their birthdays are under 3 weeks away from each other so they usually combine and have a Halloween-themed party in October. This year, they decided to change things up and wanted a Pirate Party. They did most of the planning and decided on the games we’d play. They picked out a Pin the eye patch on the Pirate Game, along with a piñata and a treasure hunt. They asked if I would make a cake so we headed to Pinterest to look for some inspiration. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really anything simple for a Pirate or Treasure-type cake. Most of them seemed to require a lot of work and time (bummer!!) That’s when I decided to make one up. I ended up making this Treasure Pudding Cake, and it was a HIT!! I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d do at first, but I thought I’d turn our family favorite of Dirt Cake into a Sand Cake with crushed Golden Oreos, but also wanted to add some treasure to it. I headed to Party City and picked up some Chocolate Gold Coins and Ring Pops. For added effects I also added fake jewels and necklaces. It was SIMPLE and was the perfect addition to our Pirate Party!!
We actually used this Treasure Map Activity and had it lead to the fridge at the end with the Treasure Cake inside. We made the last clue:
There’s one last place to search for gold, it’s the place we keep food to keep it cold! 😉
The kids LOVED it!! It’s one of those treats that looked like it took a ton of effort but actually didn’t. 😉
Here’s the recipe:
Treasure Pudding Cake
Treasure Pudding Cake - a delicious, simple and FUN Pirate Treasure Cake that kids will LOVE!! A layered dessert of crushed golden oreos with a creamy middle made of vanilla pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla, topped with more crushed golden oreos.
- 2 packages Golden Oreos
- 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese softened
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 16 oz cool whip
- 2 boxes instant vanilla pudding or white chocolate
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Treasure Candy (chocolate coins, Ring Pops, etc.)
Crush 1 package of Oreos and place in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and fold in whipped topping. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold this mixture in with the cream cheese mixture.
Pour over crumb mixture.
Crush the last package of Oreos and sprinkle all over the top to look like sand. Let set for a few hours.
Before serving, top with treasure candy and jewels
Add your first package of Crushed Oreos to the bottom of the 9×13 pan.
Add your pudding/cream cheese mixture over the crushed Oreos.
For the top, I put my Oreos in the processor so they would be more fine and look more like sand.
Then I topped the cake with jewels and candy!!
The kids LOVED all the treasure and although we had to take most of it off to dish it all up, they loved it!
I’m all about simple and awesome recipes and this one turned out great!!
You don’t even need to add treasure on top – you can just enjoy it as a regular dessert. In this case, I’m calling it White Chocolate Dirt Cake. It’s pretty much a white chocolate version of the regular Dirt Cake. 😉 If you don’t want it to look as sand you won’t need as many Oreos which means you’ll only use one package and add 3/4 to the bottom of the pan and then sprinkle the reserve on top. 😉
And a close-up to show all that delicious-ness… 😉
For more great pudding cakes, check out these favorites:
And for the FREE Printable Treasure Map activity go HERE: