Dirt and Worms Cupcakes

Chocolate cake mix, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms make our dirt and worms cupcakes sure to please kids and adults alike, adding a touch of whimsy to any occasion.

Dirt Worm Cupcakes

Dirt and worms cupcakes are an unexpected treat that will make everyone smile.

This delicious dessert is surprisingly easy to make but equally impressive.

Tastes like classic homemade vanilla cupcakes with a fun twist!

Kids and adults alike will be sure to enjoy this creative take on traditional cupcake flavors.

Not only do they look fabulous, but they’re also incredibly delicious.

Chocolate cupcakes with gummy worms on top.

Whether it’s as part of a themed party or simply just because, these dirt and worms cupcakes are certain to add some fun and whimsy to any occasion.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • (Measurements for the eggs, oil, and water will change based on which brand of cake mix you purchase)

Frosting Ingredients

  • Sweet cream butter, softened
  • Powder sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Cocoa powder
  • Ground Oreo cookie crumbs
  • Sour gummy worms, mini

Pro Tip: If you want to add a little extra kick to your muffins, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dry mix. It will give your muffins a subtle and spicy flavor.

Chocolate cake ingredients on a wooden table.

Supplies Needed

  • Cupcake liners
  • Cupcake pan
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Medium star tip
  • Piping bag

Directions for cupcakes

Preheat Oven

Before you can start baking your cupcakes, you must preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). This is important because it ensures that the cupcakes bake evenly and are cooked through. Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, you can line a cupcake pan with liners and begin making the batter.

Make the Batter

Making the batter for your cupcakes is easy and only requires a few ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, extract, and water and mix until combined. Once all of the ingredients are fully incorporated, you can then scoop them into your prepared cupcake liners using a medium ice cream scoop. Fill each liner about 3/4 of the way full before placing them in your preheated oven to bake.

Bake Cupcakes

Once all of your cupcake liners have been filled with batter, place them in your preheated oven to bake for about 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean. After baking for 21 minutes, pull out your cupcakes from the oven and set them aside to cool while you make your frosting.

A cup of chocolate in a muffin tin.

Make Frosting

Making frosting for your cupcakes is also easy and only requires a few ingredients as well. In a standing mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream together and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form. If you find that your frosting is too soft after mixing it together add 1/4-1/2 C powder sugar until you get thick frosting that will hold its shape when piped onto your cooled cupcakes.

Pipe Frosting

Once you have made your frosting it’s time to pipe it onto each of your cooled cupcakes!

A chocolate cupcake being dipped in chocolate frosting.

To do this transfer your frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star-tip so that when piped onto each cupcake it creates an attractive swirl pattern on top!

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a wooden cutting board.

Add Toppings

Now that all of our cupcakes are frosted we can add some delicious toppings such as Oreo cookie crumbles or gummy worms! Sprinkle some Oreo cookie crumbles over each of our frosted cupcakes or randomly place in some gummy worms to give them an extra touch!

Oreo cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Enjoy!

Finally, once all of our steps are completed we can now enjoy our delicious homemade chocolate Oreo gummy worm-topped cupcakes! Serve these up at any party or gathering for friends and family to enjoy!

Oreo cupcakes with worms on top.

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Printable Recipe Card and Nutritional Values

Yield: 12

Dirt and Worms Cupcakes

Oreo cupcakes with icing and gummy worms.

Chocolate cake mix, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms make our dirt and worms cupcakes sure to please kids and adults alike, adding a touch of whimsy to any occasion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 1 C water
  • (Measurements for the eggs, oil, and water will change based on which brand of cake mix you purchase)

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • Ground Oreo cookie crumbs
  • Sour gummy worms, mini

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line the cupcake pan with the liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, extract, and water and mix until combined.
  3. Using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and fill about 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes.
  5. Pull out and place on the side to cool.

Frosting Directions

  1. In a standing mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream. Mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. If the frosting is soft, add 1/4-1/2 C powder sugar until you get thick frosting.
  3. Scoop frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  4. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle the Oreo cookie crumbs.
  5. Randomly placed in the worms.
  6. Enjoy! Dirt and worms cupcakes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 536Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 108mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 1gSugar 50gProtein 3g

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Dirt and worms cupcakes.

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