chocolate “dirt & worm” cupcakes


This year for Halloween I requested that all my favorite people come to a party I was throwing at my house wearing 90’s themed costumes. And everybody went with it. I was preparing for this event for months ahead of time, and the week before I thought I was going to lose my mind because there were just not enough hours in the day to work, get to the gym, study for my exam coming up, hang fake cob webs (aka “freaky fabric”) all over my house and try not to burn all of my fingers with the hot glue gun. But I can’t even explain how happy it made me to be the hostess with everyone at my house celebrating, especially when two of them showed up as 90-year-olds in full costume, makeup and character. Last minute I realized that it was probably going to be expected of me to have baked goods so I put my own spin on this Halloween classic and they turned out to be a hit!


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My go-to Hershey’s recipe. I had a little of both dark chocolate and milk chocolate cocoa powder left so I used a mixture, which was a great decision taste and appearance-wise. Cool and core centers.

Godiva Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli 60%)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 TBSP Godiva chocolate liquor

I still do not have a double boiler so I cheat on this. Warm whipping cream in a pan over low heat on the stove. Place chocolate chips and liquor in a bowl. Once cream is warm pour over chocolate mixture, whisk to combine. Put in fridge to set until a little firmer but now solid. Once set, scoop about a TBSP into the center of each cupcake.

Chocolate Godiva Liquor Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups powdered sugar (depending on desired texture)
  • 2 TBSP Godiva chocolate liquor
  • 2-3 TBSP cocoa powder (should turn the frosting gray)

Cream softened butter and add powdered sugar a cup at a time, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add cocoa powder and chocolate liquor, mix until combined.


  • 1 package of oreos, smashed into small pieces/crumbs
  • 24-30 gummy worms (I made big cupcakes and only needed 24, recipe calls for 30)

Pipe a bit of frosting onto each cupcake and spread to cover the whole top. Sprinkle oreo crumbs onto each cupcake. Top with a gummy worm.


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One of my close friends and fellow bloggers came to my party and has a post about all the other recipes including Candy Corn Jello Shooters, Witch’s Couldren and Polyjuice Potion punches as well as an amazing sangria she made and quite the experience with some apple shooters. Check those recipes out for next year’s celebration (or the sangria/apple shooters anytime) below!