Monthly Archives: March 2016
This Easter I made this great little dirt cake to take to the Boyfriend’s family Easter. It was super easy and fun, and I wanted to share!
Things you’ll need:
- a boxed chocolate cake mix, prepared
- a large instant chocolate pudding
- 2 large cream cheeses
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 c powered sugar
- 1 package of oreos
- 1 large tub of cool whip
- 1 stick of butter
- 3 c powdered sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- 2-3 T milk
- orange and green food coloring
- mini cadbury eggs or other decorations optional
Prepare your cake mix and instant pudding and set aside. Use a salad shooter or food processor to crumble your Oreos. Cream 1 stick of butter, the cream cheese, and 1 cup of powdered sugar, then fold in your pudding. Use a fork to crumble your prepared cake, then layer cake, pudding mix, cool whip, and crumbled Oreos in a trifle dish or flower pot (dirt, get it?). Repeat your layers 2-3 times, leaving Oreos to cover the very top. Now prepare your icing by creaming your remaining butter and powdered sugar.Add a teaspoon of vanilla and 2-3 tablespoons of milk mix until it’s combined. Color your frosting. Now, using a pastry bag or ziplock, pipe disks of orange icing. Refrigerate to harden. As you decorate your dirt cake you can pipe squiggles of green atop your orange discs as carrot leaves. Decorate with other candies if desired!
Jaye’s life is complicated enough before she starts seeing Shakespeare characters. In a story that could have easily turned cheesy and annoying (Romeo makes an appearance or two), West manages a beautiful tale of healing and friendship, with a dash of hallucination thrown in. I was constantly a little off-kilter (in a good way) as I read this because Jaye and I were both constantly questioning her sanity, but by the end I was really pleased. In a novel that would be a fun read with no knowledge of Shakespeare (but is certainly more fun with a few plays under your belt), West has created a highly enjoyable read.