Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake puts the Bundt pan  spin  on this retro  chocolate and gummy  candy cake, just  in  time  for  Halloween.
Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake   is  my  recipe  of the  day with the  blogging group  Bundt  Bakers. We group together once  per month   on the third  Thursday to share our Bundt recipes that  match a particular theme. We take turns  hosting  and choosing  the  themes.  It’s Wendy’s turn this month and  you  know  she digs Halloween. So  she tasked us to  make some Halloweeny cakes.

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Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Fond  Memories of the Dirt & Worms Cake

I  thought  back  to  when my  daughter was little  in the early 90’s. We used to make dirt and worms cakes back then using a boxed mix with gummies. And I think it had pudding on  top  if I remember correctly. If you remember, let  me know in the  comments.

Anyhoo, it sounded like  fun. But obviously I don’t  think the  pudding  would work with a Bundt. And  it  definitely  needed something to stick  the crumbs to  the  cake.

Figuring  Out The Plan

Looking  back  on  my  Hot Chocolate  Marshmallow  Bundt Cake (that was the first  Bundt I ever did with the  group!) to  check out  my  chocolate  cake recipe,   I  noticed  the marshmallow  topping on  the top of  the cake.

I knew right away that would work. It would need to be  a little more brown though(to  be dirt-like). So I  hosed  some  warm marshmallow creme with Hershey’s syrup,  then stirred in a little powdered sugar to thicken it back  up. And added some  of the cookie  crumbs for lumps  and such.

Worked out swimmingly, at least I think. Looks nice  and dirty! Ha!  This is definitely going  to  scare someone away from  eating  it  (which leaves all the more for  the rest of us). But those who remember the dirt and worms cake are going  to have some fond memories and enjoy this quite a bit.

I mean, this isn’t as disgusting as a kitty litter cake, is it? Maybe I’ll make that one next year. (snort!)

Y’all  have a  safe  and Happy  Halloween  out there!

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Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

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Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Dirt and Worms Bundt Cake

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cool in Pan 15 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 499 kcal


  • 12 cup Bundt pan


Chocolate Cake:

  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Dirt & Worms Topping:

  • 10 ounces double chocolate Oreos cookies (about 19)
  • 7 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup multi-colored cookies sprinkles
  • 10-12 gummy worms candies


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Spray a standard 12 cup Bundt pan with Baker's release spray.
  • Place the granulated sugar and soft butter in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until butter and sugar are creamed.
  • Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to mixer while it is running and continue to mix until the batter is smooth.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the cake pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 55 minutes or until cake tests clean with a toothpick.
  • Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out and continue cooling the cake on a wire rack.
  • To prepare topping, crush Oreos into crumbs.
  • In a microwave safe mixing cup, warm the marshmallow creme in the microwave until it thins and is spreadable.
  • Stir in one cup of the Oreo crumbs and the chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.
  • Spread mixture over the top of the cake.
  • Then cover the marshmallow topping with the remaining Oreo crumbs.
  • Use a wooden spoon handle to poke holes into the cake and insert the gummy worms partially.
  • Allow cake to set up and dry somewhat for about 30-45 minutes. It will still be sticky.


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Calories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 6gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 488mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 3gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 507IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 4mg
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7 responses

  1. I don’t think we made the cupcakes. We used to make dirt and worm cups with crushed oreos and pudding. I had forgotten about them….thanks for the reminder. The Angel Face will thank you too.

  2. My daughters would have adored your cake when they were kids, Sue, and I’m not completely convinced that they wouldn’t be on board right now as young adults. It’s super festive and perfect for a Halloween party!

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