Dirt and Worms Cupcakes

Offer kids just what they like to dig into—sweet cake, dirt and worms!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
cup water
1/2
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 2/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups sugar
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup shortening
2
eggs

Frosting and Decorations

1
container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Chopped pecans, if desired
Assorted candy decorations, if desired
24
gummy worms candy

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Place paper baking cups in 24 regular-size muffin cups. In medium microwavable bowl, heat water on High 1 minute. Stir in cocoa with spoon until smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 2 With electric mixer, beat in remaining cupcake ingredients on low speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Fill muffin cups half full.
  • 3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Spread frosting on cupcakes. Sprinkle with pecans and candy decorations. Add gummy worms, gently pushing one end into cupcake.

Expert Tips

For a bake sale or a birthday bash, fill a new toy dump truck with cookie crumbs, gummy worms and decorated cupcakes.

Bake cupcakes using your favorite Betty Crocker® cake mix instead of the scratch cake recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
240
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
26g
26%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.