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OMG CHOCOLATE!!

Ok, so this may be straying away from my “healthy” food theme, but after getting the idea for these chocolate cupcakes in my head I just HAD TO do them. ( If you want a slightly healthier cupcake check out my Strawberry Patch cupcakes. They are the bomb dot com.)

So, we all remember the dirt cups made of Jell-O pudding and cookie crumbs when we were kids. Wouldn’t it be awesome to turn that into a cupcake? ( Spoiler Alert: yes, yes it would)

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These chocolate cupcakes are the chocolate lover’s dream. Not only are they a chocolate cake but also chocolate pudding filling, and a sprinkle of crushed chocolate cookie pieces.

Of course, a dirt cup ( or cupcake) isn’t fiinished without the gummy worms!! So you know I had to add those on top too!

Dirt Cake Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Dirt Cake Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12-18 cupcakes

1 cupcake

Dirt Cake Chocolate Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes are filled with a chocolate pudding mixture and topped with crushed chocolate cookies & gummy worms!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and set butter out to soften as you combine dry ingredients for the cake. As always, sifting is best here to keep a light and airy cake. A whisk can be used in a pinch though.
  2. Whisk applesauce, eggs, and sugar together in a separate bowl, or in mixer. Add vanilla to mix once fully combined and stir to fully incorporate.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Blend an additional 2 minutes on high, but do not over mix (that will give you dry overly dense cake)
  4. Pour cupcake mix into lined baking tins. ( Only about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Overfilling will cause cupcakes that are too top-heavy)
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Watch the tops to crack open slightly.
  6. Combine boxed pudding and milk as per box directions as cakes are cooking.
  7. Cool cupcakes 10 minutes then remove from pan. Cool another 5-10 minutes before filling each with pudding mixture using a filling tip
  8. Combine softened butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder in mixer for icing. Slowly add milk to mixture until desired consistency reached.
  9. Place chocolate cookies into food processor until coarse crumbs are created.
  10. Frost cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with cookie crumbs for "loose dirt" effect.
  11. Cut each of the gummy worms in half and decorate cupcakes as desired with worms. ( small bug candies or other gummies can be used as well) If you run into trouble getting worms to stick, put cupcakes in freezer or fridge to help set up icing a little.

Notes:

If butter is used in place of applesauce 3 T unsalted butter can be used. Almond milk or Soy milk can be used in place of regular milk.

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My nerdlets had a ton of fun helping fill the cakes with the pudding mix. There is something about injecting gooey chocolate into things that they just couldn’t say no to.

Don’t worry if they overflow a little. They’re immediately covered in frosting anyway. If you are persnickety about those things though you can just wipe the excess off once you get them filled. NBD.

Now, I know these aren’t the healthiest. ( As you can see I didn’t even want to know what the calorie count is on them…you can do that one yourself if you want to know lol) SparkPeople has a good recipe calculator with all of that information.

However, I did try to use the cleanest and healthiest ingredients possible here. Of course, I’ve included all of the links to items used if you would like to pick them up for yourself ( or you can find most of them in your local health food store…or even that healthy food aisle in Krogers usually!)

For a gluten free, dairy free, or other allergy friendly alternative most ingredients can be swapped out with your favorite allergy friendly options.

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These awesome chocolate cupcakes are filled with chocolate pudding and topped with cookie crumbles. YES PLEASE
These super fun chocolate cupcakes are filled with pudding and topped with cookie crumbles. YES PLEASE!!

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