How to Make a Stuffed Dirt Cake

Slice into this cute floral scene to reveal a creepy-crawly surprise. 

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2015

A Surprising Sweet for Spring

Remember dirt pudding cups, your birthday party dessert of choice as a 10-year-old? This chocolatey cake is a new twist on the playful concept, in which the surprise of gummy worms sneaks up on your guests — they're hidden inside! Follow our how-to to see how easy it is to make, and get the full recipe below.

Photography by Matt Armendariz

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Dirt Cake

Cut the Cakes

Start with your favorite chocolate cake recipe, baked into two 9-inch rounds. Cut a 4-inch circle out of the center of both rounds, and reserve the cut-out pieces.

Hide the Candy

Frost the top of one of the cake rounds and then place the other on top. Fill the hole with gummy worms (surprise!) and 1/2 cup crushed-chocolate-wafer-cookie "dirt."

Close the Top

Cut one of the small, reserved cake rounds in half horizontally to make two thinner rounds. Use one to fill the hole on the top of the cake (slicing it thinner leaves as much room as possible for the candy inside).

Dye Coconut

To make "grass" for the top of the cake, place sweetened shredded coconut in a plastic bag. Add 20 to 25 drops of green food coloring. Seal and shake vigorously until the coconut is evenly dyed. Add more food coloring (one drop at a time), as needed, to get bright, vibrant colors.

Pipe Flowers

Vanilla wafer cookies turn into a field of cartoon-like blooms when you pipe on royal icing flowers. Make sure they dry thoroughly before you pick them up.

Start Decorating

To make the garden theme come to life, start by pressing more crushed-chocolate-wafer-cookie "dirt" onto the sides of the cake to evenly coat. (It's all right if some of the chocolate frosting shows through.)

Make the Top Extra Cute

Sprinkle the top of the cake with the dyed coconut "grass," and arrange the decorated vanilla wafer cookies on top of the cake to look like a field of flowers. Use mini marshmallows to prop some of the cookies up at a slight angle for an extra whimsical touch.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Dirt Cake