Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake

Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake

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I made this Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake for my grandson Gavin’s 2nd birthday! This is the first time in 31 years I attempted to make this kind of cake. The first one was for my son on his 2nd birthday and his had all cars and it was a flat cake instead of a three layer one. I have to say, this one turned out so much better! I guess I got better as the years went by.

dirt diggin birthday cake

Gavin kind of helped with the name of his cake. When he first saw it at his party he said “trucks diggin dirt Rammie” (he can’t say Grammie yet) and that’s how the name Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake came about! Gavin is my 7th grandchild and he is such a precious little man and almost always has a smile on his face. He was just so cutie at his party and that’s all that mattered to me. My job of making him happy was a simple one. Got to love those grandbabies.

My adorable grandson Gavin.

This Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake is relatively easy to make. I cheated and used a gluten-free box mix for the cake and a couple cans of Simple Mills Organic Vanilla Gluten-Free Icing! Which by the way, is simply delicious. It made my time in the kitchen cut in half, which for me, is a plus when you want to be somewhere else.

Closer picture of cake and the toy trucks I used. 

Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake

This Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake sure put a big smile on my grandson’s face! He was so happy! This is a quick and easy cake to put together. Put smiles on the faces of your family and get them into the kitchen to build memories.


  • 2 boxes – Duncan Hines Gluten-Free Vanilla Creme Cake Mix
  • 2 cups – Water
  • 2/3 cups – Coconut Oil – melted
  • 6 – Eggs
  • Brown Food Coloring
  • Dark Green Food Coloring
  • Spray Oil
  • Gluten-Free Flour – to dust pans
  • 2 cans – Duncan Hines gluten-Free Whipped Vanilla Frosting
  • 2 cans – Spray Coloring for Cake Decorating – brown and dark green
  • 10 – Gluten-Free Chocolate Animals Crackers - crushed – I use K-Kritters
  • 6 – 10 - Cars and Trucks - of your choice
  • 3 – Round Cake Pans – 9 in, 6 in, and 3 in
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray Oil - I use Coconut Spray


  1. Open cake mixed and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add water, oil and eggs. Mix until well combined.
  2. Separate batter into 3 different bowls. Add Brown coloring to one bowl, and Dark Green Coloring to the next bowl. In the third bowl add 1 drop of brown and 1 drop of dark green to make a light tan color.
  3. Divide colored batter between the 3 cake pans. Run a butter knife to swirl the colors together so you will get a camo effect.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into each cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack. Cakes need to be completely cool before you decorate.
  5. Once cakes are cool you’re ready to start putting them together. Place largest cake on a cake dish and spread frosting over and around cake – do this with each layer. I off set mine so they looked like the cars were on a mountain.
  6. Spray tops and side of cake with the spray coloring. Add the crushed cookies on each level so it looks like dirt. Place cars and trucks on cake and it you are using construction equipment cars/trucks, put some of the crushed cookies into their buckets so it looks like they are “Diggin Dirt”.


The total time does not included cooling time for your cakes. Add an additional 1 to 1 1/5 hours for cooling completely.

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You can even change up the cars and frosting colors on this Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake to make it pink camo and add pink cars, trucks or put little miniature dolls on it for a girl. But, if your daughter/granddaughter is like one of mine – she’ll want this one. It really doesn’t matter what occasion you make it for, they will certainly come running! Have some fun in your kitchen and get creative with this Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake.

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Marie


Want another delicious celebration recipe? Try my Strawberry Delight Birthday Cake I made for my daughter!

I am in no way associated with Simple Mills Organic Vanilla Frosting, I just really like their product.

Would you like to try and make a Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake?

7 thoughts on “Dirt Diggin Birthday Cake

    • Hi Amy! I really do enjoy surprising them! There’s nothing like receiving smiles and hugs from my grandchildren.

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