Easter Dirt Cake is a no bake Easter dessert with a creamy center and sweet topping. Indulge your sweet tooth with this twist on the classic.
Whoever invented dirt cake was a genius. They took some of the best ingredients and put them all together to make one delicious treat that is so hard to stop eating.
Vanilla pudding, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and whipped topping are combined for a mouthwatering filling. Add an Oreo crust and you can’t go wrong. This fun dessert will delight everyone!
If you think this is a cute dessert, wait until you see my viral Bunny Butt Dessert! When you are cooking in the kitchen all day creating an Easter feast, a no bake dessert is the way to go.
Easter Dirt Cake Ingredients
To make this Easter dirt cake recipe, you will need these ingredients from the grocery store (see the recipe below for exact amounts and instructions):
- Instant vanilla pudding mix: Try another type of instant pudding, like chocolate pudding, strawberry, or cheesecake.
- Oreo cookies: You will need 39 Oreo cookies for this recipe- or the equivalent of 1 regular sized package of Oreos. I don’t recommend using double stuff Oreos because the filling tends to get mushy and makes the crust overly sweet.
- Cream cheese
- Maple syrup: You can replace the maple syrup with honey or agave.
- Sweetened condensed milk: You can also use a cup of powdered sugar instead.
- Cool Whip: Any brand of whipped topping will be fine, but I prefer Cool Whip. You can also make your own, with heavy cream and powdered sugar.
- Vanilla extract
- Marshmallow peeps
- Chocolate eggs
- Green Sprinkles: Any type of green sprinkles will work as decoration. I used this easter sprinkle mix because I liked the colorful pop of the easter eggs.
How to Make Easter Dirt Cake Recipe
Making an Easter cake with Peeps is as easy as mix, chill and serve!
Step 1. Make the crust
To make the crust, use a food processor to crush the Oreo cookies and ¼ cup melted butter together until pulverized.
Measure out 1 ½ cups of crushed Oreos and set aside to use for the decoration.
Pack the remaining Oreo butter mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch dish. Set aside in the refrigerator for now.
Step 2. Make vanilla pudding mix
Whisk together instant vanilla pudding and cold milk until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill.
In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, softened ¼ cup butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Beat until the cream cheese mixture combines and thickens.
Stir in the chilled pudding mix until fully incorporated. The pudding mix does not need to be completely chilled before adding it to the rest of the cream cheese mixture.
Fold in the whipped topping.
Pour the pudding mixture over the Oreos already in the pan.
Step 3. Top with Oreo crumbs and chill
Sprinkle the set aside Oreo crumbs over the pudding layer and let refrigerate for 1-2 hours before plating.
Step 4. Decorate
When you are ready to serve, garnish the top of the dirt cake with the marshmallow peeps, sprinkles, and chocolate eggs.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing this dirt cake.
Feel free to use any type of colorful Easter candy to represent spring for your oreo dirt cake. Some suggestions include Easter m&ms, mini candy eggs, Easter wrapped Reese’s peanut butter cups, sixlets, chick-style peeps, sour gummy worms, robins eggs, or full sized Cadbury eggs. Let your creativity and imagination run wild with this cake!
Instead of using green sprinkles, you can make edible grass by combining green food dye with coconut flakes. Just put some coconut flakes into a bowl, add a drop of food dye, and mix with the spoon or fork until food dye has evenly coated all of the flakes.
Yes! Skip the Oreo crust and just use the pudding/cream cheese mixture in a dessert cup, top with Oreo crumbs and decorate. I like to use these little sundae cups.
More Easter Desserts
If you love this Easter Dirt Cake, then you have to try these other Easter recipes!
- Easter Rice Krispie Treats
- Easter Poke Cake
- Easter Brownies
- Easter Bunny Chow
- Bunny Butt Cream Cheese Ball