Dirt Cake Cupcakes

After watching another few episodes of Cupcake Wars again over the weekend, Alec really wanted to try his hand at making cupcakes with a filling.

He decided to try making Dirt Cake Cupcakes;  A vanilla cupcake with a pudding/cookie/cool whip filling topped with cream cheese frosting, Oreo cookie crumbs, and a gummy worm.

Use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.  I'd share the one we used but we were not all that happy with them.  They were kind of wet and spongy in texture; not light and flaky like tend to enjoy but I reminded Alec that it's all part of trying out new recipes!

We let them cool at room temperature for a few hours after baking then we used our new cupcake corer to take out the middles of each of the cupcakes.

We mixed up 1 cup milk and two small boxes of vanilla instant pudding in our stand mixer.  We folded in 1/2 a container of cool whip and about 1 cup of crushed Oreo cookies.

We put the pudding into a gallon size Ziploc bag and used it to fill the middle of the cupcakes.  It took a few tries before he was able to really control the pudding so we used a napkin to wipe off any excess from the cupcake top.

We had a TON of pudding left and poured the rest into a few pudding cups with some leftover gummy worms and cookie crumbs for some dirt cake mini cups.

Using our stand mixer once again we creamed together 1 stick of butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 3 cups powdered sugar.  Once we were happy with the consistency and taste of the frosting he piped frosting onto each cupcake.

We laid a gummy worm across the top of each one and then rolled the cupcake top in a bowl of crushed Oreo cookies.   Occasionally we rolled them in Oreo cookie crumbs first and then put the worm on top.

He was so proud of his completed cupcakes and they were delicious!

They tasted just like a traditional dirt cake!  The mix of Oreo, pudding and cream cheese was just right.

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  1. I love these!! So cute! Do you think my college boys will still help me make these? I hope so, perfect Spring treat!

  2. Replies
    1. They were SO good; I made my husband take them to work!

  3. These look so fun, I love that your boys are looking some cooking/baking skills, so important. I started teaching my kids to cook at about 7. Now I have good cooks around me.
    Your photos are awesome of your hikes, fun to spend time in the outdoors.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Aw, thank you. We try to get outside as often as we can.

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    1. I didn't think of that; they would be perfect for Earth day!

  5. My granddaughter loves this! She asked if your son has a girlfriend. LOL.

  6. What a fun and cute idea! So perfect for Spring.


  7. This is so creative and looks so nice! Plus you know I love Oreo too much too! ;)

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  8. These look great fun. We love making cupcakes here :) Thanks for sharing at The Easter Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

  9. Great job! These look fantastic! Will have to give this recipe a try with my 3. #fabfridaypost

  10. Super cute - and they don't look too hard. I have a daughter who would love making these, even though she doesn't like to eat cake. (I know, she's weird!)

    1. My middle son will only eat vanilla cake. He will bake up all kinds but rarely eats them. I can't criticize since I wouldn't eat cake either until I was an adult.

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  12. Wow, what a great idea! I may have to make these for my daughter's next birthday, she'd love them. I also need to find out if Cupcake Wars airs in the UK as it sounds awesome!
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

    1. I hope you can find Cupcake Wars; they might have old episodes on YouTube. It is a really fun show.


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