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Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup vegetable oil
8 ounces sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar
Five 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
10 tablespoons butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Topping:
30 to 40 chocolate wafers or sandwich cookies
36 gummy worms

Directions

For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, coffee, oil, sour cream, vanilla and eggs. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full. Hang over medium high heat place top coals. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool in the tins for 10 minutes. Remove from the tins and let cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and butter, stirring until melted and smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar. Let the mixture cool until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

For the topping: Place the cookies into a resealable plastic bag. Crush the cookies with your hands to make a "dirt" consistency. Sprinkle the frosting with cookie crumbs, top with a gummy worm and enjoy.