What’s that fantastic stench, you ask? Oh, just us baking our fourth batch of Grinch cupcakes. If you feel extra connected to this grouchy holiday character around this time of year, you’ll love these green desserts.
With creative icing designs featuring the mischievous creature, lots and lots of green, and fun fondant cupcake decorations, we’re full to the brim on Whoville spirit. And sugar. Lots of sugar.
We love an opportunity for a creative bake (and the chance to dye our kitchen green), so we rounded up the best Grinch cupcake ideas to inspire your anti-holiday Christmas desserts. Come over and try them because, just like the Grinch, we could use a little social interaction other than our dog.
20 Grinch Cupcake Ideas
1. Grinch Cone Cupcakes
At the risk of sounding excited about Christmas, we really love a holiday cupcake in a cone. It brings our two favorite desserts even closer together. Now enough of that, can someone call Jim Carrey? He wants his eyebrows back.
2. Grinch-Themed Cupcakes
These Grinch cupcakes are a great option for those of us less practiced in dessert decoration. Just print out some Grinch-themed cutouts, tuck them into the frosting, and voila! It’s your high school spirit week bake sale all over again.
3. Sparkly Grinchmas Cupcakes
We’re not totally sure these cute, sparkly Christmas cupcakes would be Grinch approved, but he doesn’t get out much, so we’re probably fine.
4. Cursed Grinch Cupcakes
These layered icing cupcakes feel a bit mean…even for Grinch-themed desserts. I mean, the guy has a classic redemption arc and we learn about the true meaning of Christmas.
On the other hand, we’d recognize those yellow eyes and expressive brows anywhere.
5. Anti-Christmas Cupcakes
Are we just eating cupcakes because we’re bored? Maybe, but it’s better than wallowing in self-pity and deciding to ruin Christmas.
6. All Eyes Grinch Cupcakes
Did the Grinch and the “surprised” emoji have a cupcake baby? Oh, that’s impossible? We just thought it was the magic of Christmas.
7. Shaped Grinch Cupcakes
This Grinch is one poisonous green fellow. But as he says, “one man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” We’ll just take a cupcake though, thanks.
8. Grinch Movie Cupcakes
We love how these cupcakes capture such iconic scenes from the classic Grinch film. Cindy Lou Who is looking innocent as ever, and Max is really is the best doggo. Or reindeer, depending on who you ask.
9. Big Heart Cupcakes
These glitzy cupcakes remind us of the best bit of the Grinch’s story – how very big his heart grows in the end. Plus, you can’t lose when it comes to edible glitter.
10. “You’re A Mean One” Cupcakes
He looks about as cuddly as a cactus in these cupcakes featuring Santa caps made from melting chocolate. We imagine they taste better than they look.
11. Sculpted Grinch Cupcakes
We would feast, feast, feast on these fondant cartoon-style cupcakes featuring the likeness of Jim Carrey’s Grinch.
12. Classy Grinch Cupcakes
The pastel green frosting? The artful sprinkles? The delicately frosted hand and face features? We’re all toasty inside thinking about eating these beautiful Grinch cupcakes.
13. Whoville Cupcakes
These simple takes on Grinch characters offer you a choice: which one are you? It’s reindeer Max for us, every time. And not just because we prefer chocolate. But, mostly.
14. Grouchy Grinch Cupcakes
Poor Grinch. This chin strap facial hair really does nothing for his features.
15. Grinch Cupcake Platter
This epic Grinch birthday cupcake platter is perfect for sharing. Yes, you have to share.
16. Grinch Caught in the Act Cupcakes
None of us want to get caught with our pants down, but we know the Grinch will stop at nothing to steal Christmas. Including getting caught legs up in a chimney. Hey, at least the signage in this town is clear.
17. Hearts and Baubles Cupcakes
These are almost too cute to be Grinch cupcakes. Who knows, maybe the Grinch will be the new anti-Valentine’s Day mascot soon.
18. Hidden Heart Cupcakes
No one should be alone on Christmas, and we won’t be. We have these cupcakes, which are green on the outside with a red heart center. How touching.
19. Hairy Green Cupcakes
The Grinch may be hairy and smelly, but he’s also kind of sweet. Just like these (kind of hairy) cupcakes.
20. Gilded Grinchmas Cupcakes
Weirdly, these pastel pink and green cupcakes wouldn’t look out of place at a Victorian garden party. Frankly, we loath that entirely. Also, it’s Opposite Day.
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