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Kids Beach Cake Recipe For Summer

This fun and very easy summer dessert recipe for kids is always a crowd pleaser!  Although it is made with the kiddos in mind, I found that adults are just as amused as the kids.  This summer recipe is a ‘Beach Cake’.  The recipe is more often referred to as a ‘Dirt Cake’ since it is typically made with chocolate oreos to look like dirt. Since it is summertime, I used Golden Oreos so it looks like sand instead. The options are endless with this cake – I will make other varieties in the future so follow our blog (using the link on the right) and get the latest info via email!

CakeSummer Theme Beach Cake Recipe*:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (32 ounce) box of Golden Oreos


  1. Chop cookies very fine in food processor or blender. If you don’t have either of these, put the cookies in a plastic bag and pound it with your fists or a rolling pin (this is always a good option if you are having a stressful day :) )
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl.
  3. In a large bowl mix milk, pudding and whipped topping.
  4. Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture.
  5. Layer in pan, starting with cookies then cream mixture. Repeat layers.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. I topped the cake with cocktail umbrellas, Teddy Grahams, peach rings, gummy sharks, Swedish Fish (the ‘water’ was made by putting blue food coloring in white icing)

An alternative idea (wish I would’ve done, but I didn’t have time) is to put the cake in individual beach pails for each kid or one big pail. If you make this with chocolate Oreos you could put the cake in a flower pot so it looks like dirt.  The possibilities with ‘Dirt Cakes’ are endless. Have fun and be creative.

*Please note: The cake in the image above is made in an 8×8 pan using half the recipe listed above.  I was only making it for a small group so I just cut the recipe in half and used a smaller pan than usual.

Yours Truly,

Making an Ordinary Day Extraordinary

Happy Summer!

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