Easy Dessert Cups For Kids

My boy’s birthdays are one week apart (and 3 years) so I’m in full birthday mode at the same time for both kids and then I’m done until the next year.

One thing I did this year when I was taking treats to their classes that was a game-changer was to use CUPS WITH LIDS!

Fair warning, I didn’t take fancy photos of either treat in a cup. These treats were not super planned out and made quickly (which is how mom life goes).



I made two different treats, both super easy and it made transporting them to school and handing them out a breeze.

Option 1- A cupcake in a cup.

Option 2- Pudding or mousse in a cup (in this case, dirt cups)

You can washi tape a spoon to the top or side of the cups and (not totally necessary) and just hand out the cups.


I used boxed Annie’s confetti cake mix that I had in my pantry already to make cupcakes for my kindergartener.

For the cupcakes, I did the following:

  1. I plopped the baked and cooled cupcakes in the cup.
  2. I made a powdered sugar frosting. I piped that on top and shut the lid. ** For these I wasn’t worried about how the frosting looked and that was a huge timesaver, I made (with adding milk) a nice loose (and still thick) consistency of frosting that would be easy to eat when they were in class.

Frosting recipe is posted below.


For my 3rd grader, I made dirt cups.  This was a combination of oreos in between layers of a chocolate mousse that was easy to mix up. I put some black forest organic gummy worms on top and shut the lid.



Dirt Cups

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 package of Oreo’s, crushed
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1C powdered sugar
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 packages of Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 12oz Cool Whip
  • Gummy worms


  1. Crush package of oreos, I usually do this in a gallon freezer bag with a rolling pin. Then set aside.
  2. In  separate bowl, mix butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, mix dry pudding mix and milk together. Fold in the Cool Whip.
  4. Pour cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture. Mix them together.
  5. In your individual cups layer crushed oreos, then pudding, oreos, pudding, as many layers as you want. As long as you divide it up, it will look like dirt. You could start with pudding, then dirt, and layer. The LAST layer needs to be dirt and you will place the gummy worms in the cup and put the lids. Now you’re done. Just serve and enjoy!

Powdered Sugar Frosting

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 T to 4 T milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • If needed, food coloring (optional)


  1. Beat the powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in 3 tablespoons milk and the vanilla extract. Watch the consistency. If you want to pipe frosting and for it to maintain shape you want it the consistency a little thicker than toothpaste. It will hold its shape, but will still be spreadable. For THIS dessert, I thinned until it didn’t hold its shape so it would just be creamy on top of the cupcake in the cup. Add milk until desired consistency. Tint the frosting with the food coloring, if desired.

I’d love to see if you you try this out, be sure to tag @chaoswithmycoffee on Instagram and hashtag #chaoswithmycoffee

-Hannah (1)

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