One of my favorite memories from elementary school is making dirt ‘n’ worms (obviously it involves sugar). If you have never heard of this fun childhood dessert, it is chocolate pudding in a cup covered in oreo crumbs with gummy worms interspersed throughout. Just like eating dirt and worms, but WAY better! As a kid, I pretty much thought this was the coolest thing ever.
I don’t know what reminded me of this recently, but I suddenly had the urge to make this childhood favorite at home. I decided it would be fun to put a twist on the classic dessert and make it into a cupcake. The result was even better than the original recipe. This cupcake is perfect for Halloween, so I figured this was a good week to share it.
I started with my favorite chocolate cupcake and used a small paring knife to cut a circle out of the top. This is a really simple way to fill any cupcake. Tilt the knife outwards as you cut a small circle so that you end up with a cone shaped piece of cupcake that you can pull out.
Then use a small spoon to fill the hole you created with chocolate pudding. I was feeling lazy so I just used store bought pudding, but you could make your own. I added enough pudding to almost reach the top of the cupcake.
You can put the cone shaped piece right back into the cupcake. Some pudding might escape and the piece may not lay completely flat, but it doesn’t matter. You will cover it all with frosting anyway.
Next, spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on top of your cupcake. Make sure the area where you put the filling is completely covered. Then turn your cupcake upside down on a plate of crushed oreos. YUM!
Put a little bit of frosting in the center of a gummy worm and stick it on top of the oreo. You can then add more oreo crumbs on top of the worm if you’d like.
That’s it! The combination of cake, pudding, frosting and oreos is decadent chocolate heaven. I had to give these away immediately because I’m pretty sure I would have eaten every last one!
Dirt n’ Worms Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
1 batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes, one of my favorite recipes is below
1 batch of your favorite chocolate icing
24 Gummy Worms
Follow instructions above to assemble
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two cupcake pans. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until combined.
Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl or liquid measuring cup. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry with the mixer on low speed. Then slowly add the coffee while the mixer is still on low. Mix just until combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
Fill cupcake tins 3/4 full and bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Source: cake adapted from Ina Garten