Dirt Cake Cups: I am a contributor to Life’s Little Sweets and this recipe first appeared there as Dirt Cake Cups.

Many of us have been told to not eat dirt. There are always exceptions and these Dirt Cake Cups are a fun way to break the rules. Perfect for a family-friendly get together or child’s birthday party!

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Dirt Cake Cups

Dirt Cake Cups

Waaaaay back in 1991 I was a senior in high school. Everyone was required to take a semester of Speech in order to graduate. It was one of those classes that everyone except a few nerds (like me) dreaded. (I was also one of the few that enjoyed English class, which ended up being what I studied in college.)

Our first speech had to be a demonstrative speech and this allowed me to combine two things I really enjoyed: cooking and writing. (A little foreshadowing, perhaps?) I decided to demonstrate how to make these Dirt Cake Cups. My speech was a hit because it was so well-written and entertaining. (Or maybe it was because I shared it with everyone afterwards, I can’t be sure.)

Dirt Cake Cups

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Ingredients for Dirt Cake Cups

  • 16 oz. whipped topping
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Two 3.9 oz boxes instant chocolate pudding
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 7 oz. package gummy worms

Kitchen Tools Needed for Dirt Cake Cups

Dirt Cake Cups

You definitely can make one big dirt cake in a plastic flowerpot if you want. But what I like most about these Dirt Cake Cups is that when you serve them this way, everyone just grabs their own and clean up is super simple. This is especially nice when you have a large gathering and the day is already crazy. I’m all about simplicity.

Hint: If you make these Dirt Cake Cups for a birthday party, the kids won’t even notice if you don’t serve them ice cream. Pudding tends to do that! Another time- and sanity-saver!



Dirt Cake Cups

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 211 kcal


  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 3.9 oz boxes instant chocolate pudding You will also need milk, depending on the brand.
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies e.g., Oreos
  • 7 oz gummy worms


  1. Place half of the whipped topping, the cream cheese, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. 

  2. Mix well with a hand mixer and set aside.

  3. In another medium mixing bowl, prepare the chocolate pudding as directed on the box and chill for 10 minutes.

  4. Place the cookies in a zippered plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush.

  5. In 9 oz disposable plastic cups layer the pudding, cream cheese mixture, pudding again, and then plain whipped topping. (Use an ice cream scoop for the pudding.)

  6. Chill for at least 30 minutes. 

  7. Add the crushed cookies and gummy worms on top right before serving.

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