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Easy Grinch Cupcakes: How to Make a Delicious Holiday Treat

Easy Grinch Cupcakes: How to Make a Delicious Holiday Treat

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Do you love the Grinch? He’s such a fun character, and his story is so charming. If you’re looking for a fun holiday treat to make, why not try these easy Grinch cupcakes? They are simple to make, and they taste delicious. We’ll show you how to do it!

Easy Grinch Cupcakes: How to Make a Delicious Holiday Treat

Who is the Grinch?

The Grinch is a character created by Dr. Seuss. He’s a grumpy, green creature who lives in a cave on Mount Crumpit. He hates Christmas, and he tries to ruin it for everyone else. But in the end, his heart grows three sizes, and he learns the true meaning of the holiday. That’s why we love him!

The Grinch has been immortalized


Between the book, a few different movies, and TV shows. He’s been played by some big names, like Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch. But no matter who plays him, he’s always lovable – at least, in the end.

Grinch Cupcake Ideas

There are so many different ways that you can make Grinch cupcakes. You can use green frosting, or you can use red and green frosting to make them more festive. You could even add some green food coloring to your batter to make the cupcakes themselves green.

I have seen them frosted plainly with cupcake toppers, and even with strawberries that are turned into little Santa hats to grace the tops of green frosting mounds.

I don’t know about you, but I am crazy busy with the holidays and want EASY things to make if I plan to take stuff out and about. That is why this recipe is so simple, yet we add a hit of flavor to the cupcake base.

How to Make Easy Grinch Cupcakes

These easy grinch cupcakes are perfect for anyone who loves the Grinch. They’re also great for kids to help with because they’re easy to make and decorate.

Personally, I would make these together, as a family, and then have a Grinch movie festival! My favorite version? The one with Jim Carrey.

How did we make these cupcakes green?

We used pistachio pudding and mixed it into our cupcake batter so we actually are making Pistachio Grinch Cupcakes with a wonderful French Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

This recipe will make 24 delightful Grinch cupcakes

Grinch Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 15.25-ounce white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-3.35-ounce box of pistachio pudding
  • Cupcake liners
  • Green and yellow gel food coloring
grinch cupcake ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 ½ sticks of salted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons French vanilla coffee creamer, half and half or whole milk
  • 1 large piping bag, 1 large round frosting tip
  • Red candy hearts (I got mine on Amazon)
grinch cupcakes

Grinch cupcake tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, mix in your water, oil, and eggs on medium speed until well incorporated.

Fold in the pistachio pudding mix.

grinch cupcakes ready to be baked

Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

Directions for Making the Frosting:

Using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter, and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Mix in the vanilla extract.

how to make french vanilla buttercream

Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the flavored creamer in between each cup. Continue to mix for 1 minute or until creamy. Add food coloring until the desired color is achieved. For the Grinch green, I just used green gel food coloring I had. Some people have mixed 4-6 drops of yellow and 2-3 drops of green. Up to you!

frosting your grinch cupcakes

Frosting Your Grinch Cupcakes

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

Add a 1 mm star tip to your gray bag.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

Add a large red candy heart to each one of the cupcakes. Enjoy! 

Ready to eat grinch cupcakes

FAQ:

Easy Grinch Cupcakes

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix.

How do you store Grinch Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

This is a pretty simple design – just the frosting and a heart piece of candy. They should be fine for five to six days. The longer you wait to eat them, the higher the chances that your colors for scarves and buttons will run/bleed into your melted snow.

Do you need to refrigerate Grinch cupcakes?

Nope! I do not recommend it. You can store your easy grinch cupcakes at room temperature for up to a week. Just make sure they are in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap.

Can I freeze Grinch cupcakes?

Grinch cupcakes freeze well! Just make sure they are in an airtight container or freezer bag. I like to individually wrap them so I can grab just one or two at a time. They will last in the freezer for up to three months.

How long do Grinch cupcakes last?

Grinch cupcakes will stay fresh at room temperature for up to a week. If you need them to last longer, you can store them in the freezer for up to three months. Just make sure they are in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Easy Grinch Cupcakes: How to Make a Delicious Holiday Treat

I hope you enjoyed this easy Grinch cupcakes tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll

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