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Oreo Dirt Cake

This Oreo Dirt Cake is a super easy, kid-friendly, no bake dessert idea. A luscious treat made with pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, Oreo cookies and topped with your favorite candies. 

Oreo Dirt Cake topped with chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate egg candy

This Oreo cake is a family favorite around here and it has become a family tradition at the start of every Spring. I have been making this cake for Easter every year since I was a teenager. 😳 BUT, everyone always asks for more, and the kids love the eating “dirt” idea! 🙄😄

Why You’ll Love This Oreo Dirt Cake Recipe

  • Flavor Bomb: There’s nothing quite like Oreo cookies combined with cream cheese, vanilla pudding, AND COOL WHIP; it’s a match made in cake heaven. 😍 I haven’t met anyone that didn’t love it.  Make this Oreo dirt cake and I promise it will not disappoint.
  • Super Easy: Oreo dirt cake is one of those desserts that are really simple to make, and everyone comes back for more.  I have also made this for a few of my friend’s bridal showers and it was the first dessert to go. We devoured it.  
  • No Bake Desserts: I love making no bake desserts in the Spring and Summer. It doesn’t heat up my kitchen and the kids can get involved more easily!
  • Kid Approved: Oreos, pudding, and whipped cream. Need I say more?!
slice of no bake oreo dirt cake

What You’ll Need

  • Oreos
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • Butter
  • Cool Whip
  • Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Decorations (Optional): I used chocolate covered strawberries and Hershey’s Chocolate Easter Eggs for our Oreo cake.

How to Make Oreo Dirt cake

This Oreo Dirt Cake only takes about 15 minutes to whip up, but it does need to set up in the fridge for several hours. Scroll to the recipe card for detailed instructions.

cool whip filling for cake
  • Mix the Pudding and Whip the Cream Cheese: Mix the pudding ingredients in a bowl and set that aside for a moment. In another bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter together with a mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Combine: Mix the powdered sugar into the whipped cream cheese. Then, fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese.
  • Layer: First, crush 1 package of Oreos and sprinkle 2/3 of those crumbs on the bottom of a 9×13 pan and set aside. Next, pour the pudding mixture over the cookie crumbs. Sprinkle the top with the remaining crushed Oreos and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
  • Garnish: Just before you’re ready for prime time, top your Oreo cake with chocolate covered strawberries, Easter eggs, gummy worms, Peeps, or whatever your childish heart desires!

Variation Ideas

  • Pudding: Chocolate lovers might want to substitute chocolate pudding for the vanilla pudding.
  • Oreo Mug Cake: Make individual servings of this Oreo dirt cake recipe in small cups. I like to use the small clear cups and put a few decorations on top.
  • Serving Ideas: You can also put this in a layered trifle bowl.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Oreo cake is best stored when covered tightly with saran wrap or foil and placed in the fridge for up to 3 days. We love to have this cake for leftovers, but I have to admit we rarely have any left over. 
  • You can also freeze it for up to 6 months. Every time you feel like having this amazing dessert just take it out, let it thaw at room temperature and enjoy every bite. 
Cut out slice from an Oreo Dirt Cake


How do I make chocolate covered strawberries?

I wanted to have bright orange chocolate covered strawberries for this Oreo dirt cake. To do this, pick up some orange chocolate melts and microwave them in 30 second blasts until melted. Add the oil and mix well. Then, dip the strawberries and let them set. You can drizzle the remainder of the chocolate on top of the strawberries.

How do I crush Oreos for the Oreo cake?

You can crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor. Don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just place them in a Ziploc bag and smash with a rolling pin. Super easy!

What should I use for a decoration?

You can really use anything that you’d like (or that your kids will like)! Some of my recommendations are: chocolate covered strawberries, Cadbury eggs, Peeps, gummy worms, and marshmallow bunnies.

Where did the idea for Oreo Dirt Cake come from?

This cake originated in the United States. Its popularity began in the Midwest area and quickly spread throughout the entire United States. It is the perfect spring time/summer dessert. It can be found at the Easter table, cook outs, wedding showers, and 4th of July parties. 

slice of no bake oreo dirt cake

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Oreo Dirt Cake topped with chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate egg candy
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5 from 5 votes

Oreo Dirt Cake

Oreo Dirt Cake is a luscious dessert made with pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, oreo cookies and topped with your favorite decorations. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipes, no bake desserts, oreo cake, oreo dirt cake, oreo dirt cake recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 499kcal


  • 1 package (15.5 ounces) Oreos
  • 1 block (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large tub (16 ounces) Cool Whip Whipped Topping
  • 2 boxes (3.3 ounces, each) Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Crush the oreos to fine crumbs using a food processor or, put the oreos in a ziploc bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.
  • Place 2/3 of the crushed oreos on the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar and continue to mix until incorporated.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping and set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl add puddings, milk, and vanilla extract; using a large spoon, mix and stir until thickened and the texture resembles pudding.
  • Fold the pudding mixture in with the cream cheese mixture. Continue to fold until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the pudding mixture over the crumbs in the pan and smooth it out.
  • Sprinkle remaining crushed oreos over the cake.
  • Cover with plastic wrap; place in the fridge and let sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Cut and serve.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3mg


  • Beth Pierce
    Apr 7, 2020 at 12:56 am

    5 stars
    I LOVE chocolate!! This looks so delicious. Definitely going to have to make this.

  • Sara Welch
    Apr 7, 2020 at 2:05 am

    5 stars
    What a fun and creative way to enjoy Easter! My kids will love to make this; looks delicious and cute!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      I hope you and your family enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Dorothy Reinhold
    Apr 7, 2020 at 2:10 am

    I love the “carrots”! This sounds like a great treat!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you Dorothy! 🙂

  • Catalina
    Apr 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    5 stars
    I am mouthwatering! I love how creamy this cake is!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Haley Williams
    Apr 7, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    5 stars
    I want to dig into this right now! It looks and sounds so good!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Thank YOU! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

  • Toni
    Apr 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a fun idea to try with the kids!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Apr 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      I hope they enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Carol
    Apr 13, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Just wondering if you crush the whole Oreo cookie or just the cookie part of the Oreo. 🤔

    • Katerina
      Apr 13, 2022 at 9:19 am

      I have done it both ways. My kids love it when I use the whole oreo, but when I’m making it for company, I only use the cookies because it doesn’t look as messy on top. 😀 I hope that helps!

  • TK Donna
    Jul 9, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I followed the directions and used a 13×9
    pan and had more of the pudding/cool whip/cream cheese then I could use. One family size package of Oreos was not enough to coat the filling. I had to go to the the grocery to buy another package of cookies. Cake turned out really cute nonetheless.


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