Recipe: Compost Cake

I can’t think of a better recipe for Recycling Day at  Camp.

I made a Compost Cake yesterday and brought it over to the neighbor’s (they had their Grandchildren up this weekend).  It was a hit.  I mean, who doesn’t love composting, wormy garbage?

When we have another Recycling Day (and we will, as it really is one of the kids’ favorite days), I know the grand-kids will love helping make this cake.

I’m not sure how many of you will find a need to save this recipe for your next family event, but if you plan on a Recycling Day theme, well you’d best save this to your computer.

Compost Cake pdf

Recipe: Compost Cake


I don’t know what I was thinking, but I made the cake in a 9 x 12 inch pan. I think it will look better (meaning taller) if you make this in an 8″ square pan. But, if you are like me and make a mistake by using a larger pan….well, just trim it to 8″

1 8″ square chocolate cake

1 can chocolate frosting

16 pretzel rods

A handful of gummy worms, gummy bugs, swedish fish, circus peanuts, candy fruit slices or any other candy that looks like garbage

12 crushed chocolate cookies


Make an 8-inch-square chocolate cake from your favorite mix or recipe.

I know. The cake isn’t beautiful. But here’s the great thing. No matter what you do, this cake will be perfect. Remember, it’s supposed to look like compost (I’ll have to remember that for the next cake I make that falls apart)

Cover it with chocolate frosting

See what I mean about using the 8″ pan. It would be a little taller. But, no worries, this will work out fine. Also, don’t worry about the random crumbs that get in the icing. Remember…it’s compost.

Press pretzel rods around the sides, leaving some cracks for protruding critters.

Lovely little wormies.

Decorate with candy fruit slices, Circus Peanuts, Swedish Fish, Gummy Worms and Bugs.

Why, this cake is looking like C*** already!!! I have to say, as I was putting the Swedish Fish in the icing, I found myself singing…”fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads…”

Then sprinkle the top with crushed chocolate cookies.

Category: Camp, Cook, Cookin' with the kids, Desserts, Recycle Day, What will we do today?
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(5) Comments and (4) Replies

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide | May 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply

    That is just too cool! I’m sending the link to a friend with kids.

    • Jill H | May 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Reply

      Thanks!! The more the merrier!!

  2. itsybitsybrianna | May 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply

    this is WAY too cute!
    Please stop by and say hi

    • Jill H | May 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply

      Thanks…..and I will. I subscribed to your site and am really enjoying it…

  3. Sue Lobsiger | May 23, 2011 at 8:52 am | Reply

    Love it….in the file it goes Vannina can’t have solid food yet..


    • Jill H | May 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply

      but her siblings would LOVE it!!!

      and…doesn’t baby food kind of look like compost?

  4. megan | May 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply

    What a fun cake!!!

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  6. Kari | October 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply

    You can use shaved coconut dyed with green food dye and sprinkle that around the cake to look like grass clippings…

    • jill | October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply

      Oh, thank you!!!! What a good idea. So much better than using real grass 😉 Thanks again, and thanks for dropping by…

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