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Muddy Nightcrawler Cupcakes

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 20 1x


These Muddy Nightcrawler Cupcakes have a creepy gummy nightcrawler hidden underneath moist chocolate ganache cake dirt.  They are a perfect treat for any special little goblins in your life!




For the Cupcakes

  • 1 box cake mix, dark chocolate

For the Chocolate Ganache Muddy Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Candy gummy worms


For the Cupcakes

  1. Prepare cupcakes according to box directions, filling cupcake liners 3/4 full. Cool cupcakes completely.
  2. Use a serrated knife to slice off the mounded tops of cupcakes and place in a medium bowl. Using your hands, crumble the tops up into small crumbs. Set aside.

For the Chocolate Ganache Muddy Topping

  1. Place the whipping cream in a two cup measuring cup. Heat the whipping cream in a microwave until it’s very hot but not boiling. Add the chocolate chips and allow to set for one minute. As the chocolate begins to melt, whisk until smooth. Pour chocolate ganache over the cake crumbs and mix with a large spoon to combine chocolate and cake crumbs.
  2. Place a candy worm across the top of each cupcake. Hold up the head of the worm with one hand while placing a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture on top of each cupcake, mounding up the mixture. Mixture will remain wet.
  3. Serve cupcakes the same day or refrigerate until ready to serve. Allow cupcakes to set at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
  4. Store in an airtight container.