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Dirt Cake: Happy Earth Day 2013! #Foodie Friday

Dirt Cake
Dirt Cake

Happy Earth Day! You can't have a celebration without a cake, right? 

When my son was about 3 years old and I would say to him we are going to go to a party. He would reply, "Will there be cake? No, cake...no go!"
I couldn't really argue with him... I would say most of us in our hearts would agree.

Well, here is my version of a dirt cake. It is almost as much fun to make as it is to eat.

Dirt Cake

by Diane Balch


1 vanilla cake mix or your favorite recipe 
1 5 ounce bag of gummy worms


1) Preheat oven to time specified on cake mix directions. Grease a 9x12" baking dish.

2) Mix up cake mix according to directions.

3) In a food processor turn Oreo cookies to large crumbs. 

4) Mix cookie crumbs and gummy worms with batter. 

5) Pour mixture into baking dish. Make sure gummy worms are spread out. 

6) Bake according to cake baking directions.

Remember to visit and follow my co-host Adelina at Home Maid Simple she has different features and a wealth of information about family and home care. 

Foodie Friday Features:

From: Half Baked Harvest

Spring Vegetable Lo Mein
Spring Vegetable Lo Mein

A really great idea to remember is to change your vegetables for your recipes to use what is in season.

From: Make Mine Lemon

quick pickles
Quick Pickles 

There is a lot of research today that is saying eating fermented food on a regular basis is good for your immune system. So grab yourself a fresh made pickle.

From: Mamacook

Orzotto: Pearl Barley Risotto
Orzotto: Pearl Barley Risotto

Pearl Barley is a very nutritious grain that would be great to add to your diet. This risotto is a delicious way to do just that.

This post is shared on the following wonderful food/craft parties. Be sure  to check them out:

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Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
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Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Traditional Tuesdays @ Cooking Traditional Foods
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays @ SS& GS
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
Hand Made Tuesday @ Ladybug Blessings
Share it Link Party @ Winthrop Chronicles
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Wednesday Food:
What's Cooking Wednesday @ Confessions of Overworked Mom
Wholesome Foods Wednesday @ This Chick Can Cook
Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Recipe Box @ Bizzy Bakes
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Seasonal Celebration @ Natural Mother's Network
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Friday Food Fight @ Run DMT
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 

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  1. Thanks so much for featuring me tonight! Thanks for the party and have a great weekend!

    1. You are very welcome. I could feature you all the time.

  2. Hey Diane, Thanks for another week! Whenever my hubs tells me that we have to go to a work function, my response is the same as your son's.....Is there gonna' be cake?

  3. Hi~ Thanks for hosting! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Thank you Diane for featuring me, but you have somehow linked the wrong photo to my site. My recipe would not work with these type of pickles. They are designed for pickle slices. Thanks.

    1. I can't link your photo because of the pin feature. If you could send me another jpg copy I will switch it.

  5. I LOVE this cake!! It is something I just have to bake :)
    Thanks for the party Diana and have a good weekend

  6. What a fun idea to make a dirt cake to celebrate Earth Day. Thanks for hosting each Friday.

    I'm celebrating the colorful life of Lilly Pulitzer with her Shrimp and Corn Bisque.

    1. I love this bisque thanks so much for bringing it by.

  7. What a fun cake - and so appropriate for Earth Day! Having grown up eating cake at birthday parties, I remember being so shocked when my son went to his first birthday party (here in England). The cake was brought out with candles, taken away and sliced, wrapped up in napkins and put in the party bags. The kids were then served jello and ice cream. Of course, by the time we got the cake home the napkin was stuck to it, and we had to put the cake in the garbage (tears were shed!). It happened a kid's party after party, and I finally realised it was actually the way it was done here. Thankfully that tradition seems to be changing somewhat now. I never got used to the idea of not having cake and ice cream for dessert at birthday parties!

    1. Oh my, I have a niece and nephew growing up in London. I'll have to ask them about that. My son would not do well with this tradition.

  8. How fun! My kids and I always do something special for Earth Day too.

    Well, you can't argue with that logic! I wouldn't go to a party without cake either. lol

    1. It really is what we are all thinking, isn't it.

  9. Great Cake Diane, and a fun time for all. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks for hosting Diane! Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Diane, thanks so much for always hosting such a terrific link party!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    with my best wishes,

    1. You made my day Nancy. Couldn't have a good party with out people like you. Thanks for joining us.

  12. Cake is a must have for me at parties as well Diane... than and gin. haha..

    thanks for hosting us (as per usual)! – this week i’ve linked up my (politically incorrect?) quinoa egg dish. delish, nutrish, and possibly a terrible idea.

    i hope to see you and your readers at the Wednesday fresh foods link up this week – she’s live for a few more hours!

    thanks again!! xo!

  13. Wow, thanks for featuring my recipe! :-)

    1. You are very welcome... I've been wanting to do more than make barley soup.

  14. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend!


  15. Thanks for hosting again this week! I hope you are doing great! Love to come party with ya'll :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  16. That's funny Diane! I'll have to remember this for my grandson in another year or two.

  17. Hi linking my new dish. Thanks for all the other amazing links available. Happy weekend!

    1. You are very welcome Eve great to have you.

  18. I've never tried that dirt cake before Diane but anything with 'dirt' and worms in it my kids would love! Thanks for hosting. Hope you're having a great weekend.

    Anne xx

    1. My kids love the taste of it, but I think they love making it more.

  19. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting. I submitted Berry Bread with Spread this week. Hope you like it. I can see why kids would love your dirt cake.

    1. You are very welcome... thanks so much for visiting. Great bread.

  20. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  21. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. What a fun cake! I bet your little guy loved it!


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