As I mentioned earlier this week, my oldest just turned 9! We had a small party for her over the weekend with friends and family out at Willow Bay. She had requested "Dirt Cake" and I found a fantastic recipe at Cooks.com, I think it turned out fabulously!
WORM DIRT CAKE
1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 gummy worms and/or other critters
Crush Oreos. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into a new, clean flower pot. Set aside.
Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.
Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.
Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.
Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the pot. Next, add another layer of Oreos, then another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used.
As you're layering the ingredients, decoratively place several gummy worms and critters in the "soil" so they will be seen emerging. If you have a toy (clean) garden trowel, a plastic daisy, or some edible flowers, these can also be used creatively to embellish the presentation. (I used regular flowers, but first cut a straw in half and placed the stems into the straws).
Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.Technorati tags: birthday, cake, dirt cake, recipes