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Cupcakes on a board with cake crumbs and worms for Halloween

Chocolate cupcakes with worms

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine Baking


Chocolate cupcakes

  • 125 gm flour, plain 1 cup( Aust)
  • 60 gm cocoa (dark dutch) 1/2 cup (Aust)
  • 200 gm cater sugar 1 cup (Aust)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 125 ml oil 1/2 cup of any flavourless oil
  • 125 ml milk 1/2 cup can be non dairy milk
  • 60 ml water, boiling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate frosting/ icing

  • 120 gm icing sugar 1 cup
  • 20 gm cocoa dutch dark cocoa | 2 tablespoons
  • 40 gm butter 2 tablespoons
  • 5 ml water (hot) 1 teaspoon

Snake decorations and dirt

  • 1 pkt jelly snakes with at least 12 in the packet
  • 6 oreo cookies or 1 crumbled chocolate cupcake



  • Set the oven to 170C
  • Using a medium sized bowl mix the dry ingredients. Start with the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Sift the cocoa to get rid of any lumps. Lastly mix in the sugar.
  • Measure out the oil and the milk and pour into a bowl with the vanilla. Whisk the two eggs into the liquid.
  • Mix the liquid and dry mixes together till smooth and shiny.
  • Spoon the cake mix into cupcake wrappers. Depending on the size of the wrappers you will need 9 to 12. Put them onto a tray and fill 3/4 full leaving just a small rim.
  • Bake the cakes for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a toothpick
  • Set them aside to cool while the icing is made

Chocolate Icing

  • Put the icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl and sift if there are any lumps.
  • Add the melted butter and the hot water. Whisk together very well.
  • The icing should be spreadable. If it is very firm add a drop more water. Never add more than that at a time. Cover the icing if you are not icing immediately

Dirt and Snakes

  • If you prefer to make the dirt from cake crumbs then crumble up one of the cupcakes. If you have some oreo cookies, cut them in half and scrape out the cream centre. You won't need this. Put the cookies into a zip lock bag and bash till crumbled.
  • Spread each cupcake with a tablespoon of chocolate icing/ frosting
  • Sprinkle with dirt crumbs and curl a snake on top.
  • Best eaten straight away.


Always sift cocoa it has lumps
Use a dark cocoa, like the one pictured above
Keyword baked, chocolate cake, cupcakes