contributed by The Semisweet Sisters

Laura Romaniello

Art Director

Transitioning into October, we are bombarded with Halloween paraphernalia and the smell of pumpkin spice in the air. So why not translate all the Halloween hype into a nice and easy dessert recipe to help you tolerate the season a bit more? This week, I have a recipe for a pumpkin patch dirt cake. I am adding my own little variation to this recipe, which is different than what traditional dirt cakes call for, but I think it makes for a more dense and moist pudding cake.

What you’ll need:

2 family sized packages of Jell-o instant chocolate pudding mix (the kind where you just add milk, not cook on the stove)

Milk (for pudding)

1 box of Betty Devil’s food chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients for cake)

1 box of Oreo cookies

Package of pumpkin candy corn

White frosting

Green food coloring


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make the cake by using the directions and ingredients indicated on the box.

Take cake out, and let it cool. Poke holes all over the cake, and set aside.

Make the pudding with the directions on the box.

Crush a package of Oreos and stir a small portion of the crushed Oreos into the pudding mixture, leaving a good amount to layer the top of the pudding with. Pour pudding into the pan on top of the cake. Spread evenly.

Spread the rest of the crushed Oreo crumbs evenly over the top of the cake.

Mix green foodcoloring with white frosting. Cut a small hole into a sandwich bag and fill bag with frosting. Squeeze frosting all over the surface of the cake to create “vines.”

Scatter pumpkin candy corns around the cake.

*optional* Buy a variation of edible decorations like bones and tombstones to add more flair to your dirt cake!

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