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Grinch Cupcakes

These adorable Grinch Cupcakes are inspired by the classic Dr. Seuss character, The Grinch, who is well known for his mischievous antics and, ultimately, his heartwarming transformation.

grinch cupcakes on white tray

Not only are these Grinch Cupcakes delicious, but they are also a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and spark their creativity.

So, gather your ingredients, put on your chef’s hat, and let’s get started on making these delightful Grinch-themed treats!

Want more Grinch recipe ideas? Check out our Grinch Thumbprint Cookies which are almost too pretty to eat!

grinch cupcakes on white serving tray

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Grinch cupcakes?
Grinch cupcakes are themed cupcakes inspired by the character “The Grinch” from Dr. Seuss’s book ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ They are usually decorated with green frosting and red heart sprinkles to resemble the character.

Can I use store-bought cupcakes to make Grinch cupcakes?
Yes, you can use store-bought cupcakes to make Grinch cupcakes. Just buy plain cupcakes, and decorate them with green frosting, red heart sprinkles, and any other Grinch-themed decorations you like.

What kind of frosting should I use for Grinch cupcakes?
You can use any white frosting for Grinch cupcakes. Buttercream or cream cheese frosting works well as it holds the color well and is easy to pipe. Of course, our recipe contains a recipe to make your own homemade buttercream but store bought is fine as well.

Can I make Grinch cupcakes in advance?
Yes, you can make Grinch cupcakes in advance. Just prepare the cupcakes and store them in an airtight container. Decorate them with frosting and sprinkles on the day you plan to serve them for best consistency and taste.

tray full of homemade grinch cupcakes
How to make Grinch Cupcakes at home

How should I store Grinch cupcakes?
Grinch cupcakes should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. However, it’s best to add the frosting and decorations just before serving.

Can I freeze Grinch cupcakes?
Yes, you can freeze Grinch cupcakes. Wrap the unfrosted cupcakes individually in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve them, thaw them at room temperature and then decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

Are there any variations of Grinch cupcakes?
Yes, there are many variations of Grinch cupcakes. Some people like to add a red heart candy in the center of the cupcake to represent the Grinch’s heart, while others like to decorate the cupcakes with Grinch faces made out of fondant or edible markers. You can also try different flavors of cupcakes and frosting to create your own unique Grinch cupcakes.

Can I make Grinch cupcakes with my kids?
Of course! Making Grinch cupcakes is a fun and creative activity that kids will love. They can help with mixing the batter, adding the food coloring, and decorating the cupcakes. Just make sure to supervise them, especially when using the oven and handling hot items.

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Grinch Cupcakes

COURSE: Christmas Recipes
Servings 1
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
How to make Homemade Grinch Cupcakes to enjoy during the holiday season


For The Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Milk

For The Frosting:

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Pastry Bag
  • Star Tip
  • Red Heart Sprinkles


Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt together. Sift before adding to the other ingredients.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then add in the vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, alternately with the milk; beat well.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake and it comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Directions:

  • Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy. Note: If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  • Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time and mix well.
  • Add several drops of green gel food coloring. Mix well.
  • When the color is right scoop the green frosting into a pastry bag with a star tip.
  • Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  • Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
  • Add a single red heart sprinkle in the center of each cupcake
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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