Mud & Worm Dirt Cupcakes

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Your kids will love decorating these Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes. They don’t need to look perfect. In fact, it’s better if they look good and messy! The chocolate “mud” frosting is amazingly delicious!

Serve these Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes with an assortment of Halloween Movie Night Snacks. They are super cute next to Flower Cupcakes with Candy Corn.

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Cupcakes are super fun. They are single-serve, can be decorated in myriad ways, and are easily portable. There’s no end to the fun that cupcakes bring, especially these deliciously messy Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes.

Why Make These

They are fun for kids. Kids love to get messy, especially in chocolate and cookie crumbs. These Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes are a fun project to let the kids help with.

They are festive for many occasions! Whether you’re getting gruesome at Halloween, celebrating the rainy season, or looking forward to spring planting season, these treats are welcome at many a celebration.

They are tasty! Loaded with a chocolate “mud” frosting, cracker crumbs, chocolate rocks, and gummy worms, these cupcakes are super delicious! They are a great alternative to dirt cups with no pudding.

Ingredients

You don’t need much to make these fun treats!

ingredients for mud and worm cupcakes.

a dozen cupcakes – You can buy plain cupcakes at the bakery or bake your own from a mix or from scratch. You’ll need them baked and cooled before decorating.

chocolate frosting – You can use canned frosting or make your own buttercream. I love this easy Chocolate Frosting you can make without powdered sugar. It comes together in minutes and tastes amazing! It’s a perfect muddy option.

gummy worms – Gummy worms are right at home in Dirt Cupcakes. Cut some of them in half so they can slither in and out of the mud and leave some whole to curl up atop the dirt.

candy rocks – Candy rocks are similar to candy-coated chocolates like M&M’s but they are shaped and painted just like rocks and pebbles. They are completely edible and perfect for your Dirt Cupcakes.

cookie or cracker crumbs – Crush graham crackers or chocolate sandwich cookies for a sprinkling of dirt on each cupcake.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how to make these easy Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes:

  1. Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate icing.
  2. Place one or two gummy worm halves on each cupcake, placing them so that they look like they are emerging from the mud.
  3. Place a few candy rocks on each cupcake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top.

FAQs

Are dirt cups gluten-free?

You can make your dirt cups and dirt cupcakes gluten-free if you make sure to use gluten-free ingredients, such as gluten-free cake, frosting, cookie crumbs, and candies.

What are dirt cups?

Dirt cups are pudding cups topped with cookie crumbs and gummy worms. Dirt cupcakes are the same concept but built atop a baked cupcake.

How do you store cupcakes?

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Chill during warm weather or for longer storage.

array of finished cupcakes in a metal pan.

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Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes

Your kids will love decorating these Mud and Worm Dirt Cupcakes. They don't need to look perfect. In fact, it's better if they look good and messy! The chocolate mud frosting is amazingly delicious!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dirt cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 131kcal
Cost: $6

Ingredients

  • 12 baked cupcakes
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • 12 gummy worms cut in half
  • 1/2 cup candy rocks
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Instructions

  • Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate icing.
  • Place one or two gummy worm halves on each cupcake, placing them so that they look like they are emerging from the mud.
  • Place a few candy rocks on each cupcake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top.

Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and will vary based on the ingredients you choose.
Store cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. For longer storage, place them in the freezer. Thaw completely prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal

This post was originally published on March 23, 2011. It has been updated for content and clarity.

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21 Comments

  1. Those cupcakes are so adorable. My son love Worms’n’Dirt pudding so I am sure he would be all over these.

    1. @Micha, isn’t it amazing how quickly it’s gone? I’m stunned still when I hear her speaking in complete sentences.

  2. Is that picture really of FishBaby? She looks so big! Looks like you had fun.

  3. We made these at my son’s messy-themed birthday party last year! The kids got to frost their own cupcakes, then top them with gummy worms and oreo “dirt.” It was the perfect “cake” for a messy party! Looks like you guys enjoyed them, too!

  4. That’s awesome! I’ll definitely keep that in mind next time I make the chocolate zucchini muffins that I linked to!

    Thanks for hosting a great recipe swap!

  5. That looks so yummy. I look forward to cooking with my son once he’s a little older.
    Thank you for hosting! This week I shared my fingerling potato recipe.

  6. Love these! We did mud pudding similar to this around Halloween once. My oldest little guy would LOVE these!!! 🙂