My Mom made Dirt Cake for my 6th grade birthday party and it was love at first taste. In fact, it has been my birthday cake of choice for the last 20+ years. I’ve even managed to pass the love of Dirt Cake on to my children, and each year at least a few of them choose Dirt Cake for their own birthdays.
The great thing about Dirt Cake is that it is perfect for a child’s party, yet still works as an elegant dessert center piece at a dinner party. It’s all about how you serve it. The first year Mom made dirt cake, she put it in real flower pots with fake flowers blooming out of the pots. My friends didn’t even realize that my cake was on the center of the table until Mom put candles in it!
The serving possibilities are endless. Toddlers- use clear plastic punch cups for quick serving, easy clean up and little mess. Boys- serve it with gummy worms and bugs emerging from the ‘dirt.’ Girls- serve in beautiful individual size flower pots with fake flowers. Dinner party- choose an elegant trifle bowl.
This year when I had leftover ingredients after making my daughter’s birthday cake, I thought why not make a Halloween treat with the leftovers? I chose pretty individual-sized, glass trifle bowls, colored the extra pudding mixture with orange food coloring and added some fun Halloween sprinkles to the top of each dish. Ta-Da, impromptu Halloween treat!
Now, I am not the best at organizing my recipes, and over the years I have misplaced Mom’s Dirt Cake recipe more than once. Each time I’ve quickly searched online for a recipe for dirt cake. Do not make that mistake. Use this recipe only! Though I’ve tried many different Dirt Cake recipes, none taste as good as this one. Most taste like a kid’s dessert, this recipe’s taste is good enough to serve at an adult party!