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Carrots & Dirt Cupcakes {with chocolate covered strawberries}

Carrots & Dirt Cupcakes |

So…. it would be a total lie to say that “spring has sprung.”

Because it snowed yesterday. The entire day. Big, huge flakes. #ugh

At the rate we’re going, it’s going to be April and I’ll still have my cute “Let it Snow!” snowman sign on my porch. I just don’t feel like I can replace it with the springtime one… because that would just look weird with snow piled up around it. So I keep waiting and waiting and waiting… thinking that winter will be over any day. And each time it snows, I think, “A-ha! This is it. The very last snow of the year.”

And then I’m wrong. Over and over again.

Since there’s no garden planting going on right now (although, we’re not planting one this year anyway– we’re moving instead!)– I thought a cupcake garden full of chocolate covered strawberries (ahem, I mean carrots) would be just the thing to lift us out of our winter blues and get us ready for spring!

Carrots & Dirt Cupcakes |

Yummy chocolate cupcakes covered in ganache and crushed Oreos and topped with a white chocolate covered strawberry. Looks like veggies, tastes like dessert. Works for me :)

Products I used in the making…

Carrots & Dirt Cupcakes {with chocolate covered strawberries}

Yield: approximately 2 dozen



  1. Let cupcakes cool completely after baking. And allow ganache to cool just a bit, so that it is a similar consistency to hot fudge.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the candy melts according to the package directions. Dip each of the strawberries into the orange melted candy and place on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to cool and harden. Drizzle stripes across the top (I put some melted coating in a small bag and snipped the corner to make it easier to drizzle straight lines), and let cool and harden.
  3. Dip each cupcake into ganache and then immediately into the Oreo crumbs.
  4. Cut a small "slit" in the top of each cupcake. Insert the tip of a "carrot" strawberry into each cupcake.

Don’t miss a bite!

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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20 Responses to “Carrots & Dirt Cupcakes {with chocolate covered strawberries}”

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm (#)

    *sigh* these beautiful cupcakes will have to be enough for now.

    …stupid snow.

    YUMMY cupcakes!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm (#)

    These are the CUTEST CUPCAKES EVER!

  3. Meriem @ Culinary Couture posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm (#)


  4. Lind posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:33 am (#)

    These are as cute as can be. Creative and clever.

    Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa

  5. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:54 am (#)


  6. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:30 am (#)

    How many kids would turn down those carrots! Greatness … once again ;)

  7. Kara DeWildt posted on March 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm (#)

    These look amazing! And perfect for Easter! Well done! Also I think you may be jinxing us with the whole “Let It Snow!” sign. You take down your snow man, and I’ll take down the snowman pic in my entry way. Deal? We need to send Mother a message!

  8. Martha @ A Family Feast posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Adorable Ashton!! Pinned!

  9. Erin @ Making Memories posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm (#)

    These are so cute!

  10. Heidi Thurston posted on March 28, 2014 at 8:28 am (#)

    This is my first time to visit your blog. Strawberries masquerading as carrots – brilliant!
    Your pictures (especially the ones with cupcakes) are gorgeous!

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm (#)

    These are so cute! I love that you made a strawberry into a corrot

  12. julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm (#)

    These cupcakes are so stinking cute!!!

  13. Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen posted on March 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm (#)

    So cute and such a great idea to use strawberries. Love them!

  14. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on March 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm (#)

    These are adorable and so creative. It’s snowing here again today. I’m so over it. Pinned.

  15. Michelle @ The Gathering of Friends posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm (#)

    This is such a clever idea, the strawberries look so cute as carrots! We just had to include this in our Feature Friday last week for 20 ‘Egg’stra Special Easter Desserts! Here is the link, I hope you can stop by:

  16. Kattrina Lacasse-Brazeau posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm (#)

    I am looking to do these cupcakes for Easter and I was wondering one thing. What version of your Chocolate Ganache recipe did you use?

    • Ashton posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm (#)

      You could really use the ganache at any point between warm and room temp. Depending on the temp you’d either be dipping or spreading, but both would work! :)

  17. Megan posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:37 am (#)

    Hi – I’m thinking about making these for Easter this year. I just have one question. Can I make these a day in advance and refrigerate over night?

    • Ashton posted on March 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm (#)


  18. Darlene @ Dip Recipe Creations posted on March 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm (#)

    These are so creative!