How to Make Edible Dirt

Written by miranda brumbaugh
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How to Make Edible Dirt
Turn your edible dirt into red clay by subtituting red velvet cake for chocolate cake. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Edible dirt may seem like an oxymoron but the ingredients' list will change your opinion -- just as long as you have a sweet tooth. Turn a tray of edible dirt into a cake for a garden party by topping the cake with edible flowers. Or provide new terracotta flower pots to dinner guests -- young or old -- that are filled with edible dirt and chewy gummy worms. When the dirt is gone, let everyone paint their flower pots and take their custom pots as a parting gift.

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Things you need

  • Baked chocolate cake, 9-inch round
  • 40 cream-filled chocolate cookies
  • Gallon zipper-top plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Large bowl
  • Box graham crackers
  • 2 cups chocolate icing
  • Spatula
  • 9-by-13-inch clear glass baking pan
  • 3 cups whipped cream

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  1. 1

    Break a 9-inch baked chocolate cake round into large chunks and add the cake to a large bowl; the chunks so be approximately 1-inch-square so they resemble dirt clods.

  2. 2

    Add 40 cream-filled chocolate cookies to a gallon-size plastic bag with a zipper seal. Seal the bag while removing as much air as possible. Roll a rolling pin over the bag and crush the cookies to a crumb consistency. Pour the crumbs over the cake pieces.

  3. 3

    Fill the plastic gallon bag with a box of graham crackers. Remove all the air that you can before sealing the bag. Crush the crackers with a rolling pin until they look like sand. Add the cracker crumbs to the large bowl.

  4. 4

    Mix the contents in the large bowl using your hands. Combine the ingredients so they resemble dirt, but leave the chocolate cake-dirt clods intact.

  5. 5

    Fold 2 cups of chocolate icing into the dirt mixture using a spatula. Spread a 1/4-inch layer of the dirt mixture on the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch clear glass baking pan.

  6. 6

    Spread 1 cup of whipped cream carefully over the dirt. Add another layer of dirt and then a layer of 1 cup of whipped cream. Repeat the dirt layer and add 1 cup of whipped cream; you will use 3 cups of whipped cream in total. Pour the remaining dirt over the cake. Serve immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • You could also top the dirt cake with the whipped cream for a snow-covered cake.
  • Do not make this cake in advance and attempt to refrigerate it because the whipped cream will lose its consistency and the crumbs will absorb too much moisture.

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