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Getting Down and Dirty

As a child, did you ever play in the dirt? Lucky for me, I did! Before the backyard was given access through the side gate, there was a small area of dirt. Twice, my mother took a hose to this patch and made mud. I was given the opportunity to play in that mud, on purpose!

When Cupcake Hero called for a celebration of Earth Day, my first thought was to celebrate my mud days! I could not resist making a dirt cupcake. This could be made easier with a boxed cake mix and even by piping in chocolate pudding to the cupcake center.

When I shared these with some friends, I warned them that these are only for kids…kids at heart! Enjoy!

Dirt Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 18



  1. Combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and the graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl.
  2. Cut a cone shape in the top of the cupcake. Fill with a bit of ganache, add a gummy worm (so it is partially sticking out!). Top with cone cutout (with a bit taken off the point if necessary).
  3. Frost cupcakes with ganache, taking care not to cover the worm.
  4. With the frosted part of the cupcake held at an angle over the cookie crumbs, sprinkle the crumbs over the ganache, taking care that the ganache is covered with crumbs.

Dirt Cupcakes are being served up for Cupcake Hero – Earth Day. Cupcake Hero was started by and is hosted by Laurie of Quirky Cupcake.


16 Responses to “Getting Down and Dirty”

  1. When I was small, I not only played in the dirt, but unfortunately used to eat it – ugh! These cupcakes are so cute with the little gummi worm tails poking out.

    Posted by Cakelaw | April 24, 2008, 8:36 am
  2. These cupcakes look delicious! Such a great idea for the Earth Day theme. My mom used to make Dirt Cake when I was younger, and I bet your cupcake version is fabulous!

    Posted by Erin | April 24, 2008, 9:24 am
  3. So cute! Happy belated Earth Day :).

    Posted by Dana | April 24, 2008, 9:51 am
  4. Very cute idea! Perfect for earth day!

    Posted by dobetter | April 24, 2008, 9:51 am
  5. What a wonderful idea for a cupcake for Earth Day! Looks terrific!Paz

    Posted by Paz | April 24, 2008, 10:56 am
  6. Playing with mud was one of the most fun things to do when I was a child:) Isn’t it universal:)) Great idea for the Earth Day! You never stop to amaze me, Gretchen.

    Posted by farida | April 24, 2008, 11:46 am
  7. So adorable! Love the wormies. I definitely wanna try your devil’s food cake recipe now. Sounds yum :)

    Posted by CB | April 24, 2008, 12:28 pm
  8. I’ve seen this done with pudding cups, but your cupcake version is genius!

    Posted by Deborah | April 24, 2008, 1:40 pm
  9. What a great idea with the gummy worm. My Sister made mud cakes, which are similar, the other day. I’ll tell her about this, she loves that sort of thing. And so do I, hi, hi.The way you’ve done them, it looks like the worm really has dug its way through.Caramella

    Posted by Caramella Mou | April 24, 2008, 1:50 pm
  10. Those are so cute! And they look really yummy!

    Posted by Emiline | April 24, 2008, 3:55 pm
  11. These “dirt” cupcakes sound nice and chocolaty. I have been wanting to try making a devils food cake for a while now.

    Posted by Kevin | April 24, 2008, 5:57 pm
  12. One of the things I was thinking about making to take to the office was a cupcake like this one…I love the blue worms…j

    Posted by jasmine | April 24, 2008, 9:11 pm
  13. Cute cupcakes!

    Posted by nicisme | April 25, 2008, 5:48 am
  14. I didn’t like the dirt when I was little :)Back when I was teaching, I used to make the dirt cups with pudding, graham crackers, sunflower seeds and worms. The kid’s loved it. This is a much neater (and yummier) alternative!

    Posted by RecipeGirl | April 25, 2008, 9:01 am
  15. And these… what can I say? Decadent!

    Posted by Aran | April 25, 2008, 11:33 am
  16. The dirt cupcakes look great! I wish I could get my hands on one of them because I love, love, love chocolate ganache.

    Posted by Cecilia | April 27, 2008, 4:26 pm

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