Grinch Who Stole Christmas Cupcakes

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Cupcakes, complete with a heart inside. They say his heart grew three sizes that day. grinch who stole christmas cupcakes

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 and the line from the 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.

Since they were for a bake sale, and 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.

grinch who stole christmas cupcakes

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.

grinch who stole christmas cupcakes

I used my favorite vanilla cupcake and buttercream recipe tinted green, with a hidden surprise inside. 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.

grinch who stole christmas cupcakes

I gently pressed it 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.

Tip – 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.

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.

grinch who stole christmas cupcakes

Grab a copy of the book, and have these as a treat. Sounds like a perfect holiday activity to me.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Roxana

    These cupcakes are so cute, I love The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (so adorable that your daughter wants to read it every night)! Anyway, these are so clever, awesome job!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Roxana!

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  6. Becky

    Im so excited to try these! How much fondant did you use to make the hearts and what recipe did you use?

    1. Bree Hester

      Use a little packet – like the ones you can get at Michael’s. Not the tub, but the foil packet. I think that I just used a cake mix.

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