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Graveyard Dirt Cake

This spooky chocolate Graveyard Dirt Cake is a classic Halloween dessert beloved by kids and adults alike! But instead of using a pudding mix and Cool Whip, this version is made completely from scratch!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Additional Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Halloween
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Amy Nash


Chocolate Pudding Layer

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar


  • 24 Oreos finely crushed
  • graham crackers
  • green food coloring
  • ghosts
  • pumpkins
  • Milano cookies for tombstones
  • chocolate trees
  • white chocolate bones
  • sprinkles
  • gummy worms


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the milk, then heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chopped chocolate and butter until melted. Stir in vanilla extract, then cool completely in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap placed directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
  • When the pudding is completely chilled, beat the cream and powdered sugar using a whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate pudding, then set aside.
  • In a large 9x13-inch baking dish, spread a layer of oreo crumbs. Top with the pudding mixture. Then more crumbs, then the other half of the pudding.
  • Decorate the top with the remaining crumbs, and garnish with the tombstones, etc. Chill until ready to serve.


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 5mg