How To Make Soil

Decorating By Karsn Updated 20 Sep 2011 , 8:57am by emma_123

Karsn Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 10:25pm
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How do I make edible dirt/soil to put on my cake?
any tips? I want to make it look realistic.

I know that they did it in a episode of Cake Boss. But i just cant find the episode..

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mamaof3cutiez Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 10:47pm
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I use Oreo cookie crumbs. I used to be able to buy it in a box, but not anymore, so I now buy the Oreo cookie pie crust and put it in a ziplock to crumble and then use it. Hope this helps! icon_smile.gif

SarahBeth3 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 10:47pm
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Crushed Oreo wafers, (or other chocolate cookies). Can't remember if that is exactly what they used on Cake Boss.

Karsn Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 11:16pm
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So what do you do with the middle part of the oreo's? icon_biggrin.gif
You know, the cream.

mamaof3cutiez Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 11:19pm
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icon_smile.gif that's why I use the Oreo pie crust! lol icon_smile.gif no cream!

KCC Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 11:22pm
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I use chocolate animal crackers or Teddy Grahams crushed HTH

HamSquad Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 11:31pm
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Geez, I just made a cake with the double stuff oreo cookies. I scraped the cream stuff off and thru it in the garbage. I must remember to use the pie crust next time. Thanks for the info! icon_smile.gif

Karsn Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 12:37am
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Originally Posted by mamaof3cutiez

icon_smile.gif that's why I use the Oreo pie crust! lol icon_smile.gif no cream!

We don't have Oreo pie crust here icon_sad.gif

Seems like a waste buying Oreo's and throwing the cream in the garbage.

Cynfultreats Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 10:20pm
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Oreo's was the first thing that popped into my head before reading comments. I'll have to remember pie crust instead of cookies. icon_wink.gif Thanks!

enoid Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 10:31pm
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Chocolate cake crumbs mixed with cookie crumbs. If it is going to look like potting soil you could probably leave the cream centers to look like the little white balls. HTH

glendaleAZ Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 11:32pm
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I use Oreo cookies also for dark dirt/soil and use Vanilla Wafers for light dirt/soil.

How much dirt do you need?

If you don't need much, then you could do this ....
Separate all the cookies from the filling and place the filling in a mixing bowl. Crumble up 8 cookie to a fine mixture and then set aside. Crumble the rest of the cookies to a fine mixture and then put them in the mixing bowl along with the cookie filling. Now, add a block of cream cheese to the mixing bowl and beat the three ingredients together -- it should now resemble firm cookie dough.

Use a small cookie scoop (or spoon) to scoop out a round ball of the mixture and place in the reserved cookie crumbs. Roll the cookie mixture around to completely cover. Set the finished mixture on a plate. When you have finished rolling out all the mixture put them in the frig for an hour or so - then enjoy.

If you would like to fancy them up a bit, what I do is melt some of the colored candy melts (Wiltons) and then drizzle a design over top. They make a wonderful treat to take to work.


rebekah202003 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 3:01am
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I used Oreos on a garden cake I did recently. I scraped the middle off and crunched them up. Some people like the cream in because it looks like the white stuff in regular potting for thought icon_smile.gif

jennifercullen Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 1:34pm
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I just did some soil on a cake last night and I just used some chocolate cake crumbs. Although they were quite light compared to oreo cookies, but I think it looks ok. I only needed to do a tiny bit though, like less than a cookie worth. If I needed to do a lot then I might have experimented a bit more

Emmnemms Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 1:29am
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Uh, Guys! The creme part of the Oreos are the best part! EAT IT! icon_wink.gif Just don't scrape it off with your teeth.. probably not terribly sanitary...

KoryAK Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 4:06am
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Why are you removing the middles? If you Cuisinart the whole cookies the middles disappear icon_smile.gif

Also I find that if gives a more realistic "soil" as it's *slightly* clumpier and darker instead of super uniform and powdery.

artmojo1975 Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 5:08am
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Great tip!!

FromScratchSF Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 5:32am
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They sell Oreo cookie pieces that have no filling - I buy mine at Cash & Carry. It's not a huge bag either, I think it probably has 2 regular packages worth of just the chocolate wafers already crushed up. Personally my cake crumbs always taste stale so I was using oreo for dirt.

But... for this Halloween I'm doing something different for dirt on my Halloween cupcakes - I'm going to overbake a pan of brownies, let them cool then crumble them up. My tester batch was amazingly good and tastes way better then cake crumbs and Oreo. I mean, who doesn't love the crunchy bits of brownies??? It's the best part! Nom nom. icon_biggrin.gif

Karsn Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 6:20am
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I bought the Oreo cookie's.. the ones WITH cream in them. First time btw.
Crumbled a couple and i too think it looks best if you also use the cream.
Looks great!

SRumzis Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 7:20am
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I used leftover chocolate cake from carving my flowerpot, combined with some buttercream icing (kind of like how you make cake balls). Then I just added some black food coloring gel til I got the desired color. You can view the flowerpot cake in my pics. The flowers are amature night, but everything else looks great!

Chellescakes Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 9:40am
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I use Milo , or iced tea powder. the iced tea stuff looks more like gravel.

Nusi Posted 19 Sep 2011 , 7:37am
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in cake boss they use brown sugar.. i do that when i dont have time to crush cookies.. so as said befor u can use oreos for dark or i tend to use digestive biscuits or graham crackers for light soil

ghana Posted 20 Sep 2011 , 3:04am
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I use graham cracker crumbs (can be bought in a box like oeo crumbs) for light soil or sand Looks very realistic. Brown sugar works too...

ValerieElizabeth Posted 20 Sep 2011 , 3:33am
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I had a pig cake that I did last year and I needed to make the base of the cake look like dirt, so I put butter cream on the base of the board and used left over chocolate cake crumbs as the dirt.

If you want to take a look:

icon_biggrin.gif Good luck!!

emma_123 Posted 20 Sep 2011 , 8:57am
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I've used brown sugar (something chunky like demerara) and then put it in a freezer bag and added some brown powder colouring (or cocoa powder or even liquid colouring although it can go clumpy which is good if you want that look) and if you shake it around it soon turns much darker, for a recent cake I did that and then added grated chocolate for a mixture of textures and it worked really well and smelt lovely too.

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