May 9, 2013

Gluten & Dairy-Free Dirt Cake for Kids

Gluten and Dairy Free Dirt Cups for Kids

Last weekend my neighbor had us over and she served the kids dirt cake for dessert. I have to be honest, most of the adults had a few bites too. It was a hot mess of sugar, candy, and cookies and was totally, sinfully delicious. Needless to say, the children fell in love with the concept of dirt cake and my daughter begged me to make it for her class for my planned visit. How could I refuse? It is such a cool idea! Since a lot of the children in her class have food allergies I was challenged with the process of making the cake completely dairy and gluten-free. Trust me, it was no easy feet. However, once I conferred with the mothers of the children in question I was able to make this fun dessert completely safe for them to eat!

Gluten and Dairy Free Dirt Cake

Notes: I found all of these ingredients at Whole Foods. You could also find them at specialty stores or large grocery store chains.


Gluten & Dairy Free Dirt Cake for Kids

makes about 20 small servings (recipe can be halved)


1 Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake from the box mix, baked and left unfrosted
1 8-ounce package dairy-free cream cheese, softened
1 Earth’s Best Vegan Butter Stick, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 packages Dr. Oetker’s Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 8-ounce can coconut milk
2 containers of Tru Whip
20 gummy worms (or more)


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla and beat it together until light and fluffy. Then, add in the pudding mix, coconut milk, and Tru Whip and continue beating until light and fluffy.

2. Arrange the plastic cups on a tray for easy carrying. Divide the whipped mixture evenly amongst the cups so they are each ¾ full. Then, top the cups with the cake crumbs. Stick a gummy worm in each cup and try to put one end into the cup so it looks like the worm is crawling out of the whole. Alternatively, you could plant a little candy flower or something to make it look like a potted plant. Serve!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These clear cups were great because they made it easy to serve her class. However, you could also assemble one big dirt cake in a huge 13 x 9 pan if needed!

Naptime Stopwatch

30 minutes start to finish (additional time needed for baking the cake)

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