Dirt Cake: An Egg Free Cake Alternative

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by on May 17, 2013

Cars Theme Cake

One of the hardest part of your child having an egg allergy is making them a cake for their birthday.  Last year we did manage to make Nick an eggless cake.  I wasn’t about to have my baby miss out on that first birthday cake moment.  This year we weren’t sure if we wanted to go that route again, but I still wanted Nick to have a cake.  With the way he’s been so picky about food lately though my mom wasn’t sure he’d eat the cake this year.  As she put it she wasn’t going to take all the time to make it to have Nick stick his tongue out and go, “yuck.”  There aren’t a lot of baked goods that Nick can eat though, so we were left with the alternative of just having Oreos.  Nick would have been happy with Oreos since he inhales them, but I wanted something more.  The thought of Oreos put my mom’s mind to working though, and she thought of making dirt for the party instead.

Dirt Cake Close Up

I knew everyone in our family would be happy with dirt, but there was a part of me that was still sad that there wouldn’t be a cake to decorate.  I asked mom about putting the dirt into a cake pan and she thought that would work.  I saw a lot of great looking cakes while doing my Cars birthday party research on Pinterest, and it got me thinking about how we could decorate our dirt cake.   I then had the idea of making a road on the cake for Nick’s Cars figurines to sit on.  The dirt was already the right color for the road, but we needed a way to make a specific road stand out.  That’s when I had the idea of using the vanilla Oreos.  The colors made it look just like Radiator Springs!

Dirt Cake Decorations

We were so happy with how our dirt cake turned out.  It looked really cute.  Nick got a cake that he liked.  In fact he really liked it.  I loved that we still had a fun cake to display and that there was still a place to put a candle for Nick to blow out (or not blow out as the case was).  Another great thing was that since Nick’s toys weren’t sitting on frosting they were totally clean when we took them off the cake.  It was just a perfect egg free cake solution all around!

Dirt Cake Matter

 

Dirt
 
Ingredients
  • 2 – 3½oz boxes of instant French Vanilla Pudding
  • 3½ Cups Milk
  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 12oz Cool Whip
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 20oz Package of Oreo Cookies
Instructions
  1. Crush cookies in food processor to crumbs “dirt.”
  2. Mix pudding and milk and let set in a separate bowl.
  3. Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar and add then mix it into the pudding.
  4. Add Cool Whip.
  5. In a glass bowl (or cake pan in our case) alternate layers of cookies and the pudding mix. Make sure to start and end with cookies.
  6. Place in fridge for several hours.

 

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Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? May 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

What a great idea! And, the cake looks awesome, too.
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Shell Feis May 19, 2013 at 3:29 am

That is SO cute & sounds so yummy!
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Sarah May 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

Great job! Poor little guy…my friend’s little girl out grew her food allergies…do they think he will? Also, I know some people that have an egg allergy, but it doesn’t bother then in a baked good. Bodies are all so different. Glad he was happy!
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Mumseword May 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

I love the cake!!
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Dee @ Cocktails with Mom May 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

That is so very cool. Glad to hear that Nick enjoyed his cake.

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Rachel May 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I think it turned out great.
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April Golightly May 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This is awesome. I am sure the kids loved it.
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Katie May 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

what an interesting idea – that’s awesome!
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Meghan @JaMonkey May 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

That’s a great idea!
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Anne May 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Adorable cake! It must be challenging to deal with an egg allergy!
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Kait May 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

This cake is adorbes — and I love DIRT pudding so I probably could sit and eat it in one sitting….
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debra p May 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

This is such a great cake! I bet the kids really enjoyed it!

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work May 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

That’s a wonderful idea!!
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Jenn May 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

What an adorable cake, you’re so creative!

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Susan Cooper June 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I have made dirt cake and I love it. The best part is Kids just LOVE this. :D Thanks for the reminder. :-)
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Heather Lee June 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

Very cool cake. I will definitely show this to my next door neighbour whose son has egg allergies.

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Elizabeth June 21, 2013 at 6:08 am

I’m glad you liked it. I hope your neighbor find it helpful!

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Jennifer The Quirky Momma June 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

What a great cake! I would love to try making a cake without eggs.
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Beeb August 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

So cute! I often replace eggs in cakes and brownies with 1/4 cup of applesauce, just because it’s easy/tasty.
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