Easter Dirt Cake

We love a good dirt cake and this Easter dirt cake may be our favorite. With strawberries dipped to look like carrots and grass made of coconut colored green, it's a cake recipe you'll find us serving all spring long, not just for Easter.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 package 2-layer-size strawberry, chocolate, or white cake mix

  • 6 ounce orange candy melts

  • 16 fresh strawberries with hulls, washed and dried

  • 1 ½ cup shredded coconut

  • Green food coloring

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • cup sour cream

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 18 cookies)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan on a wire rack.

  2. Place candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring twice. Holding a strawberry by the hull, dip into melted mixture to completely coat, leaving hull exposed. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and let stand until set. Repeat with remaining strawberries. If desired, transfer remaining candy coating to a resealable plastic bag, snip off a corner and add crosswise drizzles of coating to coated berries to add texture; let stand until set. Once set, store in the refrigerator if not serving right away.

  3. Place coconut in a resealable plastic bag. Add a few drops green food coloring. Seal bag and knead to color the coconut.

  4. For frosting, in a large mixing bowl combine the heavy cream, sour cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until stiff peaks form. Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle generously with cookie crumbs to cover frosting. Insert strawberries at even intervals into crumbs. Sprinkle coconut around edge of cake and in rows around strawberries. Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

    Easter Dirt Cake
    Matthew Clark


To save time, instead of making frosting, use 2 1/4 cups thawed, frozen whipped dessert topping or a 16-oz. can of white frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
23g Fat
49g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 7.4mg 37%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 91mg 2%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 12.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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