Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo Dirt Cake


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Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo Dirt Cake – a recipe for children of all ages. This is not a healthy recipe by any means but it is yummy and fun to make. And the layers of the cake provide a learning opportunity for the different layers of soil. Consider reading Jump Into Science: Dirt prior to making this recipe so you can talk about the different types of layers as you make the cake.

*This recipe was adapted from

  • Ingredients:
    • Oreo layer – parent material soil layer
      • 30 Oreo cookies
      • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • Peanut butter layer – subsoil soil layer
      • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
      • 1/2 cup peanut butter
      • 1 cup powdered sugar
      • 15-20 mini peanut butter cups, chopped
    • Pudding layer – topsoil soil layer
      • 1/2 cup powered sugar
      • 1  3/4 cup cold milk
      • 1 package (3.9 ounces) no cook instant chocolate fudge or chocolate pudding mix
    • Whipped cream layer – humus layer
        • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided OR 1 cup heavy cream
        • 6-7 tbs powdered sugar
    • Gummy worms
  • Oreo layer:
    • Finely crush the Oreos in a blender or food processor, or put them in a ziploc bag and have a child crush them with a rolling pin. Put aside 1/2 cup of the Oreo crumbs for your topping.
    • Melt the butter and combine with remaining Oreo crumbs and press into the bottom of an un-greased 9×9 baking dish.
    • Read (p. 24 in the book above) or talk about the special features of the parent material soil layer.
  • Peanut Butter Layer:
    • Using a mixer, cream together the peanut butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and continue mixing until combined.
    • Unwrap and coarsely chop the peanut butter cups.
    • Spread the peanut butter mixture evenly over the Oreo crust, then top with chopped peanut butter cups.
    • Take a moment to talk about the characteristics of the subsoil soil layer.

    Pudding Layer:

    • Whisk together pudding and milk for two minutes, until the pudding begins to firm. Add powdered sugar and continue whisking until everything is combined.
    • Pour pudding mixture over the top of the peanut butter layer, using a spatula to spread evenly.
    • Optional: Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to allow the pudding to continue to firm up.
    • Stop and talk about the functions of the topsoil soil layer.

    Whipped Cream Layer:

    • Place a metal bowl and whisk (or whisk attachment for your mixer) into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
    • Once your bowl and whisk are ice cold, add heavy cream and powdered sugar and whisk until stiff peaks begin to form.
    • Spread over the top of the pudding layer, then sprinkle on the Oreos you reserved from earlier.
    • Top with gummy worms if desired.
    • Take a moment to talk about the characteristics of the topsoil soil layer.
  • Eat and enjoy!
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