Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In case you missed it yesterday, I guest posted at The Letter 4 for The Ultimate Halloween Party! 13 hours of Halloween goodness and it was pretty awesome!! I definitely recommend heading over there and checking out all the great goodies!

My contribution was my Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes, which I'm going share with all of you guys right now :)

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When I was a kid, every year a friend of mine's mom used to make dirt cake for the whole class. We all looked forward to any occasion when we were able to have dirt cake. She even used to put little gummy worms in it to make it more like dirt.

This memory came to mind this year when Halloween came around and I decided to give it a try with a little Halloween twist. This is such a simple little treat and it is delicious!!

Cast of Characters:

White Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Chips
Orange Candy Melts
Candy Mold

Quart Mason Jars
Chocolate Cake 
Chocolate Pudding
Cool Whip
Baker's Chocolate Squares

Halloween Printables from The Twinery
Jute Twine

I started off by making the candies to accent the cake.  I melted down chocolate chips (white and regular) and melted down the candy melts.  I painted the eye and nose sockets with chocolate and the "RIP" with the orange candy melts. I didn't have a small enough brush so I used the tine of the fork but a brush m=would help it be more exact. I put them freezer to get hard and then I poured the white chocolate in each mold and scraped the excess off with a knife. I put them in the freezer to harden quickly.

Then I built the cakes. I layered the ingredients, crumbled cake, pudding, whipped cream.

I repeated this twice and then I shredded some of the Baker's chocolate and sprinkled it on top.

I popped the candy out of the mold and placed one on the very top of each cake as a graveyard surprise when popped open.

Next, I cut out the printables, trimmed their corners and tied them onto each jar with the jute twine.

...there you have it. Mini Graveyard Dirt Cakes.

Hope you enjoyed this super simple Halloween treat! Happy Halloween!!


  1. ah, love these! i think i will add them to our list of halloween goodies to make :) thank you for sharing!

  2. love the jars and the surprise little candy!!!

  3. What a fun idea, and I just love the printables! Thanks for showing off!


  4. Yum! These are great gifts/goodies for Halloween. Thanks for sharing.

  5. yummmmm- i'm stopping over from tip junkie and would love to have you stop by my blog and check out our huge giveaway going on- xoxo nicole

  6. Such a cute idea. The addition of the printables is great too! I used to love this stuff when I was a kid. Is your last name moon? If so, we may be long lost relatives.

  7. What a great idea!
    Love for you to link up @
    "Made by ME" Linky Party at JAQS :

  8. That is the cutest idea!! The printables are awesome! Thanks so much for linking up!!

  9. These are awesome!!!! Just joined your blog, so happy I found it. Please stop by my blog and join if you'd like. Thank You!

    Have A Happy Halloween,

  10. Nikki, what a great idea!! I just saw your post on Coffee and Conversation. These are truly awesome! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

  11. what a fun idea! i'm stopping by from the follower fest and would love for you to visit my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on- xoxo nicole

  12. yum!! and so cute too! Checking you out from the fest ;)

  13. Thanks for linking this cute Halloween project up on my Pity Party! I'll be featuring it tomorrow. xo

  14. Hello! I found your blog through the Follower Fest going on at Casey's. I'm now a follower of your blog too. That cake is adorable!! I so need to make that for my boys! They'd love it!!

    Digger ~xoxo~

  15. How cute!!

    Following you though the followfest :)

  16. I featured your awesome projects here:

  17. Thank you to everyone who stopped by from Follower's Fest!!! Heading over to all of your blogs now :)

  18. amazing ... not only really cute but looks so yummy! coming from the follower fest link up ... and glad i did ... love your blog!

  19. These look great. I love your craftiness.
    New follower from follower fest.

  20. Just found your blog. I really think your project looks fun & yummy!Have a happy Halloween. I am now a new follower.

  21. Clicked your link on the Follower's Fest! I love dirt cake, and I LOVE the idea of putting it in a mason jar. I can't wait to read more!

  22. These turned out so so darn cute my friend! :o) I think you pictures get me every single time! They are always wonderful! And yess I would love to eat one of these right this min! Thanks for linking up and for being so nice!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  23. Those are too cute! I love pudding and cake together, it's just a magical combination. Great post!

    Found you through Follow Fest, check out my blog if you're interested!

    My Growing Obsessions

  24. Hi Nikki!

    Just wanted to give you a head's up that I'm featuring your mini graveyard cakes at this week's Creative Juice!

    Thanks for sharing...

  25. Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week. :) Feel free to stop by & grab a featured button!

    Ginger @

  26. Hi there, how adorable. I bet they were a hit. Sorry to be commenting so late. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris