Easter Dirt Cake

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Carrots made from frosting and dirt made of crushed Oreo’s on top of a delicious Easter Dirt Cake makes a fun and festive Spring dessert.

Incredibly cute and incredibly delicious, make this chocolate Easter Dirt Cake this year for Easter! I used my fan favorite Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe and a chocolate sour cream frosting which are both SO easy to make. The results? An impressive and festive cake.

Easter Cake

Easter Dirt Cake Recipe

This Easter Dirt Cake has a couple of different layers to it, but you really don’t need a whole lot of skill to make this either. Simple steps to a fabulous final product. It’s a super adorable cake for Easter and mighty tasty too. Here’s what you’ll need:

Easter Dirt Cake

You can find the ingredients list here for the chocolate cake, minus the frosting and the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

  • Salted Butter – softened, for flavor and consistency.
  • Cocoa Powder – for chocolatey flavor! Try mixing in a bit of espresso powder to bring out the chocolate flavor even more.
  • Powdered Sugar – this helps fill the frosting and sweetens it.
  • Vanilla – for flavor.
  • Sour Cream – this adds flavor, moisture and smooths out the frosting.

Carrots

  • Salted Butter – softened, for flavor and consistency.
  • Powdered Sugar – to sweeten and fill out the frosting.
  • Vanilla – for flavor.
  • Orange Food Coloring – this creates the orange little carrot tops you see on the cake. Make sure not to add too much food coloring!
  • Milk – this helps combine all the ingredients and loosens up the frosting.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves – the leaves that top the carrots. SO cute and edible!

Decor

  • Oreo Cookies – crushed to make the dirt around the carrots.
  • Mini Cadbury Eggs – these candies line the bottom seam of the cake.
Frosting Carrot

How to Make Easter Dirt Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 9×13 pan, spray glass pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whip oil and sugar together. Stir in vanilla. In a measuring cup, stir almond milk and vinegar together. Set aside to curdle. In a different bowl, stir all dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. Alternate mixing in wet and dry ingredients to the batter starting and ending with dry.
  3. Pour evenly into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after being inserted. Cool 15 minutes, then remove the cake from warm pans to a cooling rack. Cool Easter Dirt Cake completely.

Cupcakes

To bake Easter Dirt Cupcakes, line 24 muffin tins with paper liners, fill 2/3 of the way full and bake 15 minutes.
Crushed Oreos and Cadbury Eggs

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Take an extra close gander at all that creamy goodness!! It’s semi-similar to chocolate cream cheese frosting but is really its own entity. I am *slightly* obsessed with it now. Make this Easter Dirt Cake just for the frosting. Or just make the frosting and eat it with a spoon.

  1. To make the chocolate sour cream frosting, mix butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar together 1-2 minutes to incorporate butter throughout the sugar. The mixture will be dry. Stir in vanilla and sour cream. Scrape sides and whip 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  2. Spread frosting over the entire cake.

Easter Dirt Cake Assembly

  1. In a small bowl, whip all ingredients for the orange frosting {carrots} until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with the Wilton 1A tip {wide round tip}. Pipe 3 to 4 rows of 3 even rounds or dollops onto the chocolate frosting creating the tops of the carrots. Top each carrot with a sprig of mint. Spread crushed oreo cookies around each frosting carrot to create the dirt.
  2. Finally, line the edges of the entire cake with mini Cadbury eggs. Cut Easter Dirt Cake into pieces and serve.
Easter Dirt Cake

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Have a wonderful day, friends!

5 from 11 votes

Easter Dirt Cake

Carrots made from frosting and dirt made of crushed Oreo's on top of a delicious Easter Dirt Cake makes a fun and festive Spring dessert.
servings 18 servings
Prep Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Perfect Chocolate Cake baked in a 9x13 pan and cooled

for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

for the 'carrots':

  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • orange food coloring
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk
  • 9 sprigs fresh mint
  • 12 Oreo Cookies crushed
  • 1 bag mini Cadbury eggs

Instructions

  • Place cooled baked cake onto a serving platter and set aside.
  • To make the chocolate sour cream frosting, mix butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar together 1-2 minutes to incorporate butter throughout the sugar. The mixture will be dry. Stir in vanilla and sour cream. Scrape sides and whip 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Spread frosting over the entire cake.
  • In a small bowl, whip all ingredients for the orange frosting {carrots} until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with the Wilton 1A tip {wide round tip}. Pipe 3 to 4 rows of 3 even rounds or dollops onto the chocolate frosting creating the tops of the carrots. Top each carrot with a sprig of mint. Spread crushed oreo cookies around each frosting carrot to create the dirt.
  • Finally, line the edges of the entire cake with mini Cadbury eggs. Cut into pieces and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 88g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 10mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, easter cake, easter dirt cake
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45 Responses
  1. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    This is sooooo cute! You could stick a few peeps bunnies on it too…. bunnies in the carrot patch! 🙂

  2. Tonia

    5 stars
    Yes, sour cream chocolate frosting is *wipes drool off keyboard* wonderful, amazing, oh, so loverly, I wish I had some RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!

  3. Amanda

    Lauren, I follow your blog pretty religiously but I’m not much of a commentator. I have been back to this post several times today and I just have to say that I’m in love with this cake. How CUTE! I just have to put this on my menu for Easter.

  4. Dee

    I think I may just have to make this for Easter or one of the potluck dinners our Sunday School class has. Thanks so much for sharing! I recently discovered your blog, and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes.

  5. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    This is so incredibly cute! I’m thinking you could totally be the most popular mom at the Easter classroom party..for sure.

  6. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    Cannot. Handle. The. Cuteness. Seriously Lauren, I love this idea! I also love your procrastination style–we have similar taste, lol.

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  8. Susan

    5 stars
    Like you said easy and everyday ingredients you have in your pantry, I’m going to make it for Easter and have posted it on Facebook so everyone can have the same easy cute idea as me. Thanks.

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  10. Bridget

    5 stars
    I made this for Easter yesterday (subbing in and eggless cake recipe). It was adorable and the frosting was AWESOME! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  12. thesa

    5 stars
    made cupcakes version yesterday for get together, kids and adults loved it!!
    since it was past easter, i just topped it with grated dark chocolate and homemade tiny choco chip cookie chillaxing in the middle. thanks for a keeper Lauren! my hunt for perfect chocolate cake, frosting is over xoxo leftover was even better since the frosting has set and choco flavour more intense, nom nom nom

    1. thesa

      ohh p.s. ive added a big pinch (will sift it next time) of instant coffee in wet ingredients to make chocolate cake yummier! (been doing this trick with red velvet recipe from adora’s box)

  13. Katie

    lauren I made this cake and it didn’t look as great as yours. Bummer. My frosting was quite runny and I used the amounts you said. Any suggestions on what went wrong? Both frostings were not thick.

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  15. Karen

    5 stars
    I made this for my family at Easter and they’ve requested I made it every year from now on! The chocolate cake really is ‘perfect’!!

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  18. Joanne Chalgren

    My family adored this cake! Not only was it cute but it was so delicious! Compliments for days. Thank you for sharing. This cake and frosting will be my go to from now on. 😉 Mmmmmm