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


  • 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
  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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