For my youngest son’s second birthday party we did a construction truck themed party. And a construction party needs some Dirt Cupcakes!
At that time, he was obsessed with construction trucks. I have to say, I never knew the intricacies of each truck until having two boys! We were driving to preschool one day when I said, “Look, a front loader out Ryan’s window!”. I was quickly corrected. “No, mommy, that’s a backhoe loader.”
Now that I have been properly educated, it was time to get to work on a birthday party for my little one. We made a bunch of decorations for it, and I was trying to decide what to do for his cake.
I started searching ideas and kept finding dirt cups. But those are usually made with pudding and I didn’t want that mess with a bunch of two- and four-year-olds. So I decided to try to make them into cupcakes, and they came out delicious!
Usually, I would make my homemade chocolate cake recipe, but for the
The kids all got a kick out of these cupcakes and the small cake I made just for Ryan. They thought it was really funny to have worms on their cake! We had a lot of toy trucks around the house. The small ones were perfect to put on the cake.
Step by Step
If you are using a box cake, bake it as directed for cupcakes. I used our small 6″ cake pan to make Ryan his own cake, then used the rest to make cupcakes.
Once the cakes have cooled completely, frost them with chocolate frosting.
Use a rolling pin or meat tenderizer (my favorite for this) to crush the cookies. We used Oreos since I had some on hand, but you can use any chocolate cookie. Sprinkle the cupcakes with the crushed cookies to resemble the loose dirt.
Top each cupcake with a gummy worm. I used some of the extra crushed cookies to put around the tray, too, for added dirt effect.
Originally Published On: March 27, 2017
Last Updated On: February 13, 2020
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (and ingredients to make the cake)
- 8 oz chocolate frosting
- 25 Oreos (or other chocolate cookies)
- 1 bag gummy worms
- Bake cake/cupcakes as instructed
- Once completely cool, frost with the chocolate frosting
- Crush the oreos or cookies into a crumble
- Sprinkle the cupcakes with cookies
- Top with a gummy worm on each
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