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Dirt Cake

The Worms Go In – Dirt Cake That Is

You may have heard the old song “The worms go in, the worms go out, in your stomach and out your mouth.” Fortunately, these worms will go in your mouth because they are gummy worms. Your children will enjoy helping to decorate this cake, but they will enjoy eating it even more!

Dirt Cake

Before you can make a really good dirt cake, you have to have the right dish to hold it. Since this cake doesn’t have to go into the oven, why not use a new plastic cauldron that has been washed and dried? It will be a novel way to serve your guests for a Halloween party.

You will need the following ingredients:

* 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chocolate crème filled cookies such as Oreo
* 1 – 8 ounce tub of cream cheese
* 1 cup powdered, or confectioner’s, sugar
* 1/2 stick softened butter
* 3 1/2 cups milk – You can use whatever type you like
* 2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
* 1 – 12 ounce container whipped cream topping such as Cool Whip

Begin by creaming together the cream cheese, softened butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the milk and instant pudding for at least two minutes. Then add the whipped topping and mix thoroughly.

Combine the two mixtures together with a spoon ensuring the two are combined well.

In a large plastic zip-top bag, place part of the cookies and crush them until they reach the desired “dirt” consistency. This is easily accomplished by adding pressure with a rolling pin. By having the cookies in the bag, you’re assured to reduce cleaning time. Put the remainder of the cookies in another plastic bag and repeat.

Line the bottom and sides of the cauldron with aluminum foil. This will help make clean-up much easier. Place one and one-half inches of the cookies crumbs in the bottom of the cauldron followed by the pudding mixture. Continue alternating the layers so you end up with pudding on the top. Cover the cauldron with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Before serving, add an inch of cookie crumbs to the top. Decorate the ‘cake’ with gummy worms, spiders and whatever other creepy candies you can find. Use a spoon to serve. Your guests will love it once they can get past the idea of eating worms and insects.