Deliciously Simple No-Bake Dirt Cake Recipe

Deliciously Simple No-Bake Dirt Cake Recipe

Nothing screams kid’s birthday party like a dirt cake! This chocolate pudding dessert is easy to make and will have the kids begging for more. It’s also a popular choice when you’re entertaining friends or family members who have food allergies because it can be made with allergen-free ingredients like almond milk, dark chocolate chips, and whipped topping.


To make this recipe, you will need:

  • Chocolate pudding (1 small box)
  • Milk (1/2 cup)
  • Cool Whip (1 container)
  • Chocolate frosting (1 tub)
  • Coconut flakes (1/2 cup)

1 (3.4-oz.) box chocolate pudding mix

Pudding mix is a powder that comes in a box. It’s the easiest way to make pudding and you can use it to make any kind of dessert that calls for pudding, like the Dirt Cake recipe below. The box has a picture of pudding on the front so you know what’s inside!

2 cups milk

2 cups of milk

Use whole milk, skim milk, half and half or coconut milk. You can also use soy or almond milk for a vegan version of this recipe.

1 (16-oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed

First, you’ll need 1 (16-oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed.

Cool Whip is a whipped cream substitute that can be used in many recipes. It’s easy to make from scratch with just a few ingredients: heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract. You might have even seen homemade versions on Pinterest or YouTube! You could even use this recipe for your next party and wow your guests with how delicious it tastes!

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1 (21-oz.) container chocolate frosting

1 (21-oz.) container chocolate frosting

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup coconut flakes, toasted (optional)

To toast coconut flakes, spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

You can make this recipe for a kid’s birthday party or for your own enjoyment.

You can make this recipe for a kid’s birthday party or for your own enjoyment.

  • If you want to make dirt cake in the microwave, follow the instructions on the box of cake mix and add pudding mix as directed by the manufacturer.
  • To make dirt cake with a cake mix and without pudding, follow these steps:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking pan or two 8 inch square pans.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl; stir until well blended (flour mixture will be lumpy). Add eggs, oil and milk; beat until smooth using electric mixer on low speed setting or wooden spoon if using no-bake version above.* Add chocolate chips; stir just until combined–don’t overmix! Pour batter into prepared pan(s); sprinkle evenly with coconut flakes before baking.* Bake 20 minutes if making individual servings or 25 minutes if making one large dessert bar per person depending upon size of pan used – do not overbake! Remove from oven when done; let cool completely before cutting into squares/rectangles so that each piece has plenty room around it once cut!
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I hope you enjoy this recipe for dirt cake. It’s a classic treat that everyone can enjoy and it’s so easy to make!

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