Sunday, April 20, 2008

'Dirt' Cupcakes for Earth Day (or Halloween)

I promised a few of my colleagues that I would bake up a batch of 'Dirt' Cupcakes for our meeting last week to illustrate how they could be used in a Gross-Out program for the kids that I was planning at the library (don't ask).

But I've made these cupcakes in the past for Halloween and someone also pointed out that they would be appropriate for Earth Day. These cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate that I've decided to do more of a show-and-tell in this post. Get ready to enjoy some tiny, tasty cakes!

Materials Needed:
12 chocolate cupcakes
1 1/2 chocolate frosting
Oreo baking crumbs
Gummi Worms
Directions:
1. After baking up a batch of chocolate cupcakes (I halved Martha's One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, recipe HERE), allow them to cool completely. Then, frost each cupcake with chocolate frosting, or with buttercream that's tinted brown or black. You don't want the frosting to be noticeable once the cupcakes are dipped in the cookie crumbs:
2. Use Oreo baking crumbs to coat the frosted cupcakes. You could always break apart a bunch of Oreo cookies and finely crush the cookie bits, but it's a heck of a lot of work, and these are supposed to be EASY:

3. Put the cookie crumbs in a shallow bowl so it's easy to dip the cupcakes:

4. Dip the cupcake in the cookie crumbs...

5. Making sure you really get it in there...

6. Don't forget to roll the sides of the cupcake in the crumbs too...

7. Until you can't see any frosting and the cupcake is totally coated:

8. Grab a wooden spoon, and use the end of the handle to poke a hole deep into the cupcake:

9. Open up a bag of Gummi Worms...

10. And pop one into the hole (and a few in your mouth!):

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

very neat!!!

Lord of the Wing said...

That is such a great idea! It totally looks like dirt, but tasty dirt. How do you get the worm to just slide down the hole without it getting stuck?

dlb said...

Thanks, Wing King!
The hole from the wooden spoon is actually a bit bigger than the worm, so it squeezes in nicely.
Yum!

Anonymous said...

how cute :] but perverted