Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dirt Cake (Top 8 Free)

I have made several birthday cakes and cupcakes for birthdays past, and I wanted to try something different this year.  I remember going to a birthday party as a young girl, and they served dirt cake that looked like a potted plant.  I thought this would be fun to recreate.

Of course, I had to modify a Dirt Cake recipe to meet my family's dietary restrictions.  But it turned out just as delicious!

A fun and easy alterantive to traditional cake.  No baking required!

Ingredients:
2 pkgs chocolate cookies (I used Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunch cookies)
8 oz dairy free cream cheese (I used Daiya cream cheese)
1/2 c dairy free butter, room temperature (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
1 c powdered sugar
1 container dairy free whipped cream (I used So Delicious CocoWhip)
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
3 c dairy free milk (I used So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk)
1 tsp vanilla
2 c mini marshmallows

Instructions:
Crush cookies and set aside.  Blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Mix in powdered sugar.  Fold in whipped cream.  In a separate bowl, mix together pudding and milk.  Add vanilla.  Fold two mixtures together.  Layer cookie crumbs, marshmallows, pudding mixture, and more cookie crumbs in whatever dish you like.  I used a plastic pot that I can reuse.  You could also use a 9x13 dish.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours.  Top with fun treats like Surf Sweets gummy worms or spooky spiders.

A fun and easy alterantive to traditional cake.  No baking required!