Get Kids Baking with Worms and Dirt Cupcakes

One of the things I love so much about my baking hobby is that it’s something I can enjoy doing by myself and share the end results with my friends and family. But at the same time, it’s also a hobby that I can share with my kids. As a parent, sometimes I feel like I don’t spend as much time doing one on one activities with the kids individually and try to make up for that every once in awhile with a “baking buddies day.” On this day, myself and one of my children get to spend the afternoon in the kitchen with me creating a very special dessert.

Lucky for me, I have a son that loves getting dirty in the kitchen just as much as he does outside. So for our last “Baking Buddies Day” he helped me come up with a fun, kid-friendly, Worms and Dirt cupcake.


  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1  1/4 cups of water
  • 1 package of gummy worms
  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup of finely crushed Oreo cookies

This dirty little cupcake is easy to prepare using a boxed cake mix, prepared as directed on the packaging. To make this one even more special, you can go ahead and skip the sweet frosting, replacing it with a generous dollop of chocolate pudding and sprinkled with crushed Oreos to look like dirt and mud.

Top the cupcake off with a few gummy worms poking through and you’ve got one tasty little cupcake … perfect for boys that love baking and even more fun if he gets a kick out of grossing out his sisters with a Worms and Dirt Cupcake.

worms and dirt cupcake

boy and worms dirt cupcake

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  1. says

    i used to LOVE these when i was a little munchkin :) cute cupcakes!

    visiting from cupcake tuesday, come see my Minnie Mouse cupcakes :)


  2. says

    Hi Cat

    Mmmm they look good….very creative recipe. I’m sure your son had a blast making these! It’s great that you take time out to spend with your kids while cooking together. It’s a great family bonding activity that reaps other benefits too. Research shows that kids who are involved in cooking and eating family meals at home are more likely to be healthier than their peers. It’s also a good way for then to learn other life skills such as better communication and math skills.

    These are some of the reasons that I work with Healthy Monday, which is a nonprofit group behind a series of public health initiatives. We have exciting news – we’ve just launched The Kids Cook Monday, which is a weekly opportunity for families to check in with each other and cook together to improve their health. Please find more info here: We are looking for family friendly blogs to help spread the word about The Kids Cook Monday by doing weekly posts. If you’re interested in doing weekly posts for The Kids Cook Monday, please email me at

    Thank you.

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