Dirt Pudding Cupcakes

Dirt Pudding Cupcakes will make any kid happy. Ghosts and dirt--yes!

Dirt Pudding Cupcakes will make your Halloween buffet table more adorable than ever. What’s better than dirt pudding? Serving it up in a chocolate cupcake.

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There are certain things that I will always love despite my age; Fruit Roll-Ups, Tang, and Dirt Pudding rank at the very top of that list. And while I know none of them are really the healthiest options, I plan on introducing Elle to all of Mama’s faves – in moderation of course – starting with Dirt Pudding.

Dirt Pudding Cupcakes are great for a Halloween party. Or anytime!

If you’ve been following along along with some of my Halloween recipes like these Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies or these cute Meringue Ghost Cookies, you know that we’re planning a Halloween party this year – complete with ridiculously expensive Elmo and Cookie Monster costumes. Go big or go home, right? We keep telling ourselves that we’ll get a lot of use of of them, so let’s hope she’s not over Elmo before 2025.

I just finished planning the menu which I’ve decided to keep pretty simple so I don’t go insane. Items like Crockpot pulled pork, baked beans, creamed corn, and spiced apple cider are going to be the stars of the show. Along with super cute desserts like Halloween Marshmallow Pops and these Dirt Pudding Cupcakes.

As I mentioned, Dirt Pudding is something that I’ve loved since I was a kid. There’s something pretty indulgent about being allowed to eat something that resembles dirt – pulling gummy worms – or in this case, ghostly marshmallows, from the pudding is an added bonus. I decided to put a spooky spin on traditional dirt pudding by making Dirt Pudding Cupcakes.

I used my favorite Doctored Up Cake Mix recipe for chocolate cupcakes, filled them with chocolate pudding and topped with whipped topping, crushed Oreos and an adorable Campfire® Marshmallows Ghoster Roaster. You can definitely add on gummy candies, but I actually preferred the look of these Dirt Pudding Cupcakes without them. Plus, playing up the dirt-graveyard connection is pretty darn clever on the Halloween party theme scale, if you asked me.

Dirt Pudding Cupcakes are full of ooey-gooey chocolate goodness. Totally fun to eat.
Campfire® Marshmallows Ghoster Roasters couldn’t be cuter and you can make them a little more spooktacular by using a food decorator pen to draw on ghostly faces with edible ink. You can totally get creative with these adorable marshmallow ghosts or simply serve them up in a big festive bowl for people to nosh on.

Serving these up at your Halloween party would be pretty awesome, I have to say. I love that these Ghoster Roasters make it easy to decorate your cupcakes without extra hassle. I mean, I’m going to spend the evening in a Cookie Monster costume. I need decorating cupcakes to be as easy as possible.

I’ve partnered with Emily from Jelly Toast and Campfire® Marshmallows to create delicious holiday recipes to share with you.

We even created a Marshmallow Madness Pinterest board where we’ll pinning loads of delicious marshmallow recipes for the holidays. Just like this delicious Cranberry Fluff.

If you love marshmallow-y things as much as I do, be sure to check out my and these Pumpkin S’mores Bars.

Dirt Pudding Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 3.4-ounce box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounce container whipped topping, thawed, divided use
  • 24 chocolate cupcakes, baked and cooled (I used my favorite Doctored Up Cake Mix Recipe)
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed into crumbs
  • 24 Campfire® Ghoster Roasters
  • 24 tombstone toothpicks, optional


  1. In a large bowl, beat pudding mix and milk on medium speed until thoroughly combined and thickened. Fold 1 cup whipped topping into the pudding until no streaks remain. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, or an apple corer, core the center of each cupcake. Reserve the cake pieces that were removed.
  3. Fill a piping bag or large zip-top bag with the chilled pudding.
  4. Pipe pudding into the center of each cupcake. Cover the pudding with reserved cake pieces that you cored from the cupcake.
  5. Fill a large piping bar or large zip-top bag with remaining whipped topping.
  6. Pipe whipped topping onto cupcakes. Sprinkle each cupcake with crushed cookies and top with a Campfire® Ghoster Roaster.
  7. Refrigerate cupcakes until ready to serve.

13 Responses to “Dirt Pudding Cupcakes”

  1. Kristina — October 19, 2015 at 3:42 am

    These are adorable! We don’t celebrate Halloween here, but I am tempted to make this anyway. 


  2. Srinivas — October 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

    So cute! I used to live in the US and now that I relocated out of the country for good, I miss Halloween! Brought back a whole bunch of spooky memories. Thank you for this wonderful and inventive recipe.


  3. Trish - Mom On Timeout — October 20, 2015 at 10:17 am

    These are AWESOME Jamie! So perfect for a Halloween party!


  4. Megan — October 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Love it! I really want my son to ask for a Halloween birthday party one year so I can go crazy with stuff like this!


  5. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — October 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    These are so darling!! I’ve been wondering what to use those Halloween peeps for. Seriously so cute. 


  6. Rosa — October 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Amazing your cupcakes! Where can i find those amazing grave signs you have decorating your cupcakes? Can I print some? Do you have some template? Thank you!


    • Jamie — October 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Hello and thanks so much for stopping by. The little tombstones are made by Wilton and I picked them up at Michaels. I hope this helps! Happy Halloween to you and yours.

  7. Leslie — September 29, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Jamie: What kind of chocolate cookies did you use?


    • Jamie — September 30, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hi, Leslie! I used Oreos. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  8. Lindsay — October 17, 2016 at 12:32 am

    I’m going to make this for my Halloween party and expect to receive lots of oooo’s and ahhhhs.  lol  Best part is that the kids can help too!


    • Jamie — October 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      It’s a great dessert to make with kids! I hope everything likes it at the party, Lindsay!

  9. Joni — October 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Chocolate pudding and cool whip equals white? Would it not be brown? Want to make sure I do this right. Thanks.  


    • Jamie — November 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Hi, Joni! The combination of chocolate pudding and Cool Whip will give you a brown color. This pudding is inside the cupcake, and regular Cool Whip is piped on the top of the cupcakes giving the white “frosting.” I hope this helps! Let me know if I can do anything else!

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