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Earth Day 2010: What Earth Day Means To Kids And How Kids Bake Earth Cakes to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day 2010 is in two days. My kids have been talking about celebrating Earth Day with plans to eat dirt cake and dig for worms (gummy worms that is – in the cake). But is this all Earth Day is to kids? Yet another excuse to consume white sugar? I’m becoming pathetically disillusioned. I asked 10-year-old Lauren how else will she celebrate Earth Day. Ever fashion-conscious, she said, “I will wear a blue shirt, green shorts, and black sneakers.”

 But what does Earth Day mean?” I questioned.

Lauren replied, “Earth Day means you should celebrate the Earth, pick up trash, and think about trees”. I listened but held my tongue. I was thinking about how the Earth is primarily covered in water. I bet dolphins don’t celebrate Earth Day by thinking about trees. I was also remembering how yesterday the kids built a club house in the back yard and left trash all around it. Well, good works must start at home.

I turned to my 7-year-old and ask him the meaning of Earth Day. Dave shrugged sheepishly at the question. He answered, “I don’t know…trees.” He’s not an aquatic mammal either.

“So how do you want to celebrate Earth Day?” I asked.

“Eat cake with a tree on it!” he cried.

Resigned to go with the flow, I sighed and asked, “Do you want to bake one?”

Dave gave lots of enthusiastic nods and smiles. He was all over this one, -ready to start baking his Earth Day cake now. Of course, Lauren immediately whined, “But I want to bake an Earth Day cake too!” This call and response is the usual chorus in my house. Whatever one kid decides to do, the other must do as well.

“So what kind of cake do you want to bake?” I questioned, figuring I’d let him take a little responsibility for this Earth Day effort. “What will you put in it?”

“Two lemons!” he grinned.

“Lemons?”

“Yes. And I’ll squirt orange in.”

“What else?”

Keep reading for the rest of Dave’s Earth Day cake recipe. It’s the cake that made his sister fume as she sneaked pieces off its sides because it was that good!

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Dirt Cake and Edible Flowers – Dessert for a Garden Party or Children’s Nature Lesson

Hosting a garden party? Need to bring a dessert to the garden club meeting? Show your creativity knows no bounds, – in the kitchen AND the garden, you create beauty! And your beautiful creations taste good! Bring a delectable dirt cake decorated with flowers.

dirt-cake-1Or, perhaps you are teaching children about nature. Kids love to eat sweets. Pique their interest with dirt cake. This is what my mother-in-law, Connie, did last week with my children, Lauren (8) and Dave(5).

Connie re-created the dirt cake she had brought to her Rhode Island garden club’s spring meeting. Served from a clay garden pot and decorated with cut flowers, Connie’s dessert looked more like a centerpiece than a cake. When two elderly club members responded with nervous looks to her offer of dirt cake, Connie had to reassure them it was edible. They accepted her trowel-full with apprehensive politeness, but later smiled when they tasted it.

So here’s Connie’s recipe for dirt cake, along with pictures of the pot and flowers.

  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3-oz pkgs instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 8-oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1 large pkg Oreo Cookies
  • 1 chocolate cake, crumbled (optional)

Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla. Combine the pudding with the milk, then mix into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the Cool Whip. Crush the Oreo cookies, and for added texture, mix the cookie crumbs with the crumbled chocolate cake.

Spoon the cookie mixture into the bottom of a flower pot (preferably new and washed) so it makes approximately a 2″ bottom layer. Then spoon in some of the cream cheese mixture followed by a layer of the cookie mixture. Continue alternating layers of cream cheese and cookies, ending with a cookie layer on top.

Decorate with colorful gummy worms and cut flowers. For an added touch of authenticity, decorate with edible flowers, such as roses, nasturtiums, lilacs, and pansies. Serve with a garden trowel (preferably new and washed).

This no-bake cake may be frozen. Thaw 1 hour before serving. For another delicious dessert, try Connie’s recipe for carrot cake.

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