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.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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16 Responses

  1. Cakelaw says:

    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.

  2. Erin says:

    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!

  3. Dana says:

    So cute! Happy belated Earth Day :).

  4. dobetter says:

    Very cute idea! Perfect for earth day!

  5. Paz says:

    What a wonderful idea for a cupcake for Earth Day! Looks terrific!Paz

  6. farida says:

    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.

  7. CB says:

    So adorable! Love the wormies. I definitely wanna try your devil’s food cake recipe now. Sounds yum 🙂

  8. Deborah says:

    I’ve seen this done with pudding cups, but your cupcake version is genius!

  9. Caramella Mou says:

    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

  10. Emiline says:

    Those are so cute! And they look really yummy!

  11. Kevin says:

    These “dirt” cupcakes sound nice and chocolaty. I have been wanting to try making a devils food cake for a while now.

  12. jasmine says:

    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

  13. nicisme says:

    Cute cupcakes!

  14. RecipeGirl says:

    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!

  15. Aran says:

    And these… what can I say? Decadent!

  16. Cecilia says:

    The dirt cupcakes look great! I wish I could get my hands on one of them because I love, love, love chocolate ganache.

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