The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Cupcakes, complete with a heart inside. They say his heart grew three sizes that day.
One of the Christmas books that have been on heavy rotation this holiday season is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. My daughter has read it almost every single night since the holiday books made their appearance on the 1st of December.
I needed to make some treats for the school bake sale, raising money for a good cause, I did a little more than I normally would. I wanted them to taste really good and look appealing so people would buy them. This line from Grinch story was my inspiration for this treat.
Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!
And then the true meaning of Christmas came through,
And the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches… plus two.
This was my first time attempting to bake a surprise inside a cupcake (or anything for that matter). While my first attempt was not perfect, I am pretty sure the kids did not care.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons half-and-half
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 3/4 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- Green food coloring
- Red velvet cake mix
How to Make // The Steps
For the recipe step, see the detailed instruction in my favorite vanilla cupcake and buttercream recipe. You just need to add a few drops of green coloring in the batter and hide the surprise heart inside.
For the surprise heart, I simply put a red velvet heart baked in the middle. The Grinch’s heart, get it? (I cheated and used a packet of red velvet cake mix.)
I baked the red velvet it in a sheet pan and used a small heart cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes. I added the baked heart into the green batter.
I piped vanilla buttercream using a large star tip and a sprinkle of nonpareils (or hundreds and thousands for my British friends). I got super fancy and rolled out some red fondant and used the same heart cutter to cut out heart shapes for the top of the cupcake.
Tips and Tricks for this Christmas Treat //
- I have started using gel food coloring instead of liquid one. It gives a richer, more intense and brighter color. You can see it with my lovely rainbow cupcakes.
- I gently pressed the heart into the batter, not letting the cake come over the top. I wanted the green to bake over the red a bit and give clear definition when I added the bright white frosting.
- When you are adding the hearts and baking them, make sure that you keep them in the same direction. That way you will know where to cut or bite.
- These cupcakes can be stored for 3 to 5 days
Grab a copy of the book, and have these as a treat. Sounds like a perfect holiday activity to me.