These Easy Grinch Cupcakes are a Perfect Treat for Grinch Movie Night!

If you love having Grinch movie night with the family, you have to make these Grinch cupcakes and show the kids how you can grow a heart by two sizes in just a few bites! LOL!

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Make these easy Grinch cupcakes for a Grinch movie night!

Grinch Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we absolutely LOVE family movie night. And one of the kids’ favorite movies is the Grinch. So, periodically, even if it’s no where near the holidays, we’ll have a Grinch movie night where we do it all up green. This latest time, I made these awesome Grinch cupcakes.


Light and fluffy with a surprise inside, these Grinch heart cupcakes were such a treat to have about 3/4 of the way through the movie. And the kids were so tickled with the hearts…well, it was just a perfect Grinch movie night treat. If you’re ready to grow your cupcake heart two sizes, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Grinch Heart Cupcakes

  • If you love Starburst candies, guess what?! I used exactly that to make the hearts for this fun Grinch treat. But, if you don’t feel like candy on top of a cupcake is your thing, that’s ok. You can use marshmallow fondant in the same way–totally interchangeable.
  • Be sure to start with an easy vanilla cupcake recipe. I like to use my Lazy Girl Cupcakes, a no-fail cupcake recipe that is literally so soft and fluffy, you can’t help but love them.
  • If you don’t have a star decorating tip (or any decorating tips for that matter), you can absolutely spoon-on some icing on top of your cupcakes. Just be sure to make it look super messy, as that’s how the fur on the Grinch looks. You know, because you definitely want your cupcakes to stay in character. LOL!
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How to Make Easy Grinch Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Grinch Cupcakes

how to make cupcakes for a grinch movie night on a white table

If you love having Grinch movie night with the family, you have to make these Grinch cupcakes and show the kids how you can grow a heart by two sizes in just a few bites! LOL!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
  • 1 can of your favorite vanilla frosting
  • 36 red Starburst candies
  • Green food coloring


  1. Doing 1 cupcake at a time, unwrap and warm 3 red Starburst candies in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  2. Work 2 of the candies together, forming them into a ball and then flattening them, while rounding the top into two bubbles and making the other side pointy, to form a LARGE heart. step 1 how to make grinch cupcakes with a surprise inside
  3. Set heart aside on wax paper to cool.
  4. With the remaining single candy, work it into a ball and flatten, then form a SMALL heart.
  5. Set heart aside on the wax paper to cool. step 2 how to make grinch cupcakes by making candy hearts to put on top
  6. With your largest decorating tip, press into the top of the cupcake off-center, creating a well, followed by two additional wells, forming a, generally, heart-shaped hole. Save hole tops. step 4 how to make grinch cupcakes make a well in the cupcake tops
  7. Place LARGE heart inside the well in the cupcake. step 5 how to make grinch cupcakes put a candy heart inside the cupcake
  8. Replace hole tops on cupcake. step 6 how to make grinch cupcakes replace the top of the cupcake
  9. Repeat for all cupcakes.
  10. Mix 10-15 drops of green food coloring into your vanilla frosting, stirring until the color is consistent. step 3 how to make grinch cupcakes color your icing green
  11. Place star tip in piping bag and fill with frosting.
  12. Frost each cupcake in a swirl, turning the piping bag as you pipe. step 7 how to make grinch cupcakes by icing the cupcakes
  13. Place a SMALL heart on top of each cupcake. step 8 how to make grinch cupcakes by putting a candy heart on top
  14. Serve!


You'll also need:

Wax paper
Star decorating tip and bag

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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