MarthaStewart.com's recipe for Jane's dirt cake serves up the dessert in a flower pot or bucket. Dirt cake usually comprises layers of pudding and crushed chocolate cookies that look like dirt.
To make Jane's dirt cake, start by blending 1 package of Oreo cookies in a food processor until the mixture is coarse and resembles dark soil. Set the cookie mixture aside. In a large bowl, combine 12 ounces cream cheese and 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, both at room temperature. Stir until creamy, then set aside. In another bowl, whisk together 4 packages of instant chocolate pudding mix and 4 3/4 cups milk. Use a rubber spatula to fold the thickened pudding into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in 16 ounces of whipped cream or frozen whipped topping. Layer the dessert into a container with at least a 5-quart capacity, alternating between layers of pudding and cookie crumble. Ensure that the top layer of the cake is composed of cookies. Garnish with silk flowers or gummy candy worms.
For an authentic dirt cake look, layer the cake into a sterilized terra-cotta or plastic flower pot. To sterilize terra-cotta, use an unglazed pot and bake it in the oven at 350 F for two or three hours.