Chocolate Oreo Dirt Cupcakes

Spring has sprung with the absolute cutest dirt cupcakes, and they’re just as tasty as they are adorable. With a moist chocolate cupcake baked in a terracotta pot, topped with chocolate buttercream, crumbled Oreos and Edible Moss, these are a *must* for Earth day, garden parties, and more.

These super moist chocolate cupcakes are packed with flavor and are the perfect blend of fun and play. We enjoyed these adorable cupcakes at a neighborhood henna party and I couldn’t wait to share them on the blog for your celebrations as well!

overhead shot of bowls of ingredients for dirt cupcakes, small porcelain bowl filled with milk, white bowl filled with flour and two eggs, small yellow bowl filled with cocoa powder, small bowl filled with baking soda and powder, and white porcelain bowl filled with white and brown sugar on a rustic brown tabletop

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) cooking oil of choice (olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, etc…)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
Ingredients in chocolate buttercream, stainless steel bowl with yellow butter, small bowl filled with confectionary sugar, and cocoa powder

Buttercream:

  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

“Dirt Topping”:

  • One sleeve of standard size Oreos, ground to be finely processed
  • Edible moss

Baking in terracotta pots:

Terracotta planters are the perfect tool for baking our cupcakes in. Terracotta distributes heat evenly and has a porous texture that will make your cupcakes super moist and delicious!

Tools:

You can bake this recipe in any muffin tin you’d like. It does not need to baked in a terracotta pot if you prefer to use what you have on hand at home. See notes in recipe card for bake time suggestions. If you’d like to use what we did:

How to make them:

Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line your mini terracotta pots of a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. The batter will be thin.
  • Pour or spoon the batter into the liners, filling only halfway to give room for them to rise.
  • Bake for 15 minutes if using the mini terracotta pots, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake for 18-20 if using a regular size muffin pan. Allow to cool completely before frosting in the pan.

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Taste. Beat in another pinch of salt if desired.

Dirt Topping:

  • Grind oreos in a blender until it’s finely processed to look like dirt.

Assembly:

Frost cooled cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and sprinkle on crushed oreos, and optionally, edible moss and edible flowers. We used these Johnny jump up viola flowers.

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Oreo dirt cupcakes

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Spring has sprung with the absolute cutest dirt cupcakes, and they're just as tasty as they are adorable. With a moist chocolate cupcake baked in a terracotta pot, topped with chocolate buttercream, crumbled Oreos and Edible Moss, these are a *must* for Earth day, garden parties, and more.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Additional Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup 94g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 41g unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 100g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100g packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup 80ml cooking oil of choice (olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, etc...)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 120ml milk
  • buttercream:
  • 1 cup 230g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups 420g confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup 41g unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons 45ml heavy cream or milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • dirt:
  • one sleeve of Oreo cookies ground to be finely processed

Instructions

  • Cupcakes:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line your mini terracotta pots of a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

    Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. The batter will be thin.

    Pour or spoon the batter into the liners, filling only halfway to give room for them to rise.

    Bake for 15 minutes if using the mini terracotta pots, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake for 18-20 if using a regular size muffin pan. Allow to cool completely before frosting in the pan.

    Chocolate Buttercream:

    With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Taste. Beat in another pinch of salt if desired.

    Dirt Topping:

    Grind oreos in a blender until it's finely processed to look like dirt.

    Assembly:

    Frost cooled cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and sprinkle on crushed oreos, and optionally, edible moss and edible flowers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 179mg | Sugar: 2g
Course: Cake & cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: earth day recipe, garden cupcakes, oreo dirt cupcakes, planter cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes or 18 mini cupcakes
Calories: 96kcal
Author: All recipes by Sarah Buckley

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