Do you remember dirt pudding? They were plastic cups of chocolate pudding covered in Oreo crumbs and topped with gummy worms. I loved those and decided to make them into cupcake form. This chocolate cupcake recipe is from The Cupcake Project and amazingly dense, moist, and chocolaty, they are filled with pudding, and topped with chocolate frosting, Oreo crumbs, and gummy worms. Delicious!
Ingredients: Chocolate Cupcakes (from here)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 ounces of chocolate
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (4 1/2 fluid ounces) vegetable or canola oil, measured in a liquid measuring cup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) room temperature water, measured in a liquid measuring cup
1/2 cup chocolate pudding
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Oreo crumbs (8 Oreos)
1/2 gummy worms (each cut into 2 pieces)
Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fully combined. The end result should look like wet sand.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.
Once the melted chocolate is cool enough to touch, add it to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
Mix in eggs and egg yolks one at a time until just combined.
Mix in oil, vanilla, and sour cream until just combined.
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder into a separate medium-sized bowl. Use a fork or a whisk to ensure that the ingredients are mixed well after sifting.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three additions, mixing until just combined after each addition.
Mix in water until just combined.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and put in the oven.
Check for doneness at 15 minutes – a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake should come out clean. If they are not done, check again every three minutes until they are done.
Immediately remove cupcakes from the cupcake tin and place on a cooling rack or on the counter to cool to room temperature. Although they are really good when they are hot, be sure to wait until they are room temperature to give your evaluation.
Cut a small part out of the top of each cupcake. Fill the holes with a scoop of pudding. Cover with a piece of the cupcake top.
Beat butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Mix in cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk.
Beat in powdered sugar until smooth.
Frost cupcakes and cover cupcake tops in Oreo crumbs and gummy worms.
Keep in the fridge.