Dirt Cake Chocolate Cupcakes ( So Much Fun to Make AND Eat!)

Dirt Cake Chocolate Cupcakes ( So Much Fun to Make AND Eat!)

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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 Chunky Monkey Peanut Butter Banana 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)

These chocolate cupcakes are the chocolate lover’s dream. We don’t stop at just chocolate cake but add a chocolate pudding filling and a sprinkle of crushed chocolate cookie pieces.

Of course, a dirt cup (or cupcake) isn’t finished without the gummy worms!! So you know I had to add those on top too! For different holidays the possibilities are endless. Halloween? Add a cute little tombstone or ghosts and some candy bones! Easter? Have a cute little peep bunny and some candy eggs. You could even do a spring version of this cupcake recipe with some cute little candy bugs in the dirt.

This is seriously such a versatile treat. For older kids (or younger ones if you’re brave lol) you can let them decorate the “dirt patch” themselves with gummy bugs, frogs, or any other creepy crawlies they want. If you don’t want to use candy there are a few options out there for cute bug shaped fruit snacks as well.

Related: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Recipe 

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!



  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.


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.


My nerdlets had a ton of fun helping fill the dirt cake cupcakes 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 alternatives most ingredients can be swapped out with your favorite allergy-friendly options.

Related: Charlotte’s Web Wilbur the Pig Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes 


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