Halloween Dirt Cake is a sensational Fall dessert that everyone will go crazy over! It’s time to take your Halloween traditions up a notch. This Halloween Dirt Cake is topped with ghost peeps and candy pumpkins galore. Oh my!
This Halloween Dirt Cake is so easy to make and is always a hit with kids and adults alike! The Oreo cookies and chocolate pudding layers are topped with Ghost peeps and candy pumpkins. You’ve had regular dirt pudding before, but I’m here to introduce you to Halloween Dirt Cake! Cutting into this cake will be a true fright!
Graveyard Dirt Cake
This Halloween Dirt Cake is fun because it’s something out of the ordinary. Everyone will enjoy this dense, dark cake when Halloween rolls around. This dirt cake is layered with cake, filling, frosting, and a spooky topping.
Ingredients for Dirt cake for Halloween
Box of chocolate cake mix
- Package of chocolate fudge instant pudding, dry
- Sour cream
- Vegetable oil
Of course, making the cake is fun, but the toppings are what’s REALLY fun! Oreos, Milano cookies, ghost peeps, candy pumpkins, sprinkles, and black gel icing allow you to create a Halloween scene that even the goblins and bats can’t get enough of!
How to Get Creative with the Decorations
There are so many fun ways to decorate this Halloween Dirt Cake. Get creative with the toppings and have fun! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Use black gel icing to pipe on a spider web design around the edge of the cake. Then, place plastic spiders on top of the web.
- Use orange and black sprinkles to make a pumpkin patch on the cake. Place candy pumpkins in the center of the patch.
- Crush up some Oreos and sprinkle them around the edge of the cake. Then, place ghost peeps on top.
- Use black gel icing to pipe on a graveyard scene on top of the cake. Place tombstones made out of Milano cookies in the center and use green gel icing to pipe on grass around the tombstones.
Get creative and have fun with this Halloween Dirt Cake! Halloween is supposed to be a fun holiday for kids and this Halloween Oreo Dirt Cake helps us to remember that!
How to Store Halloween Dirt Cake
Fridge: This cake is best served the day it is made. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: I do not recommend freezing this cake as the cookies will get soggy.
Tips and Tricks for Making Graveyard Cake
Use whatever your favorite Oreos are! I like to use the Halloween Oreos because they are orange and black and fit the holiday perfectly, but you can use any type of Oreos.
- If you want to make this cake ahead of time, make it the day before and store it in the fridge overnight. The cookies will soften slightly, but they will still taste delicious!
- If you want to get creative, you can use different colored ghost peeps or make your own ghosts out of marshmallows and candy melts.
- This cake is very dense, so let it sit out for a few minutes before serving. This will help it to soften up slightly and be easier to cut into.
- If you want to make this an adult Halloween treat, you can add a shot of espresso to the chocolate pudding mix. This will give it a little coffee flavor that adults will love!
- Don’t be afraid to use a disposable pan for this cake to make cleanup easy.
Without a doubt, you can get creative with this Halloween Dirt Cake. Each time you make this, let the kids have free rein with decorating, they will LOVE it.
Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to this cake! Kids love this type of Halloween fun and most adults do too! Its great for your Fall and Halloween parties and get togethers!
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Halloween Dirt Cake
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Amount: 12 slices
- 1 16oz. box of chocolate cake mix
- 1 3oz. package of chocolate fudge instant pudding, dry
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3oz. box instant chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate instant pudding mix
- 16 Oreos crushed
- 9 Milano cookies
- 6 Ghost Peeps
- 12 candy pumpkins
- Sprinkles optional
- Black gel icing for writing
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch cake pan, set aside.
- Mix together all ingredients until fully combined and transfer to the prepared cake pan. The batter will be thick and you will need to use a rubber spatula to spread it out.
- Bake for 28-32 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 30 minutes and poke holes all over to top with the handle of a wooden spoon.
- Whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes, then allow to thicken slightly.
- Spread the pudding over the top of the cake.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk together the frosting ingredients until thick and fluffy.
- Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
- Add the Oreos to a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Sprinkle the Oreo crumbs over the top of the cake.
- Write R.I.P. on the Milano cookies to make tombstones and then press them into the frosting so they stand up.
- Press the ghost Peeps into the frosting so they stand up. If they have a hard time doing so, you can use toothpicks to help secure them.
- Add the candy pumpkins near the ghosts and tombstones.
- Add sprinkles, if desired.