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These Grinch Cupcakes Are Almost Too Cute To Eat

These would go great with the roast beast!

The Grinch might not like Christmas, but Christmas sure loves him.

The latest Grinch-themed hit at your holiday table could be these ultra-cute Grinch cupcakes. The recipe, by Tastemade, decorates regular-old vanilla cupcakes — dyed green, of course — with a Santa-hatted Grinch peeping over the top of the cup. There’s a lot of frosting, but it’s worth it!

A sweet surprise awaits inside each cupcake, too: a Lindor truffle baked right into the middle. Is your mouth watering yet?

Pro bakery The Cupcakery Las Vegas makes a similar cupcake, shown below on their Instagram account:

As you can see, they’re quite decoration-heavy. But with a few pastry bags and an unhurried approach, the same look is achievable in your own kitchen.

The vanilla cupcake batter is standard — butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla extract, baking soda. Things get fancy with the addition of the Lindor truffle (or whatever small, round chocolatey treat you have on hand). You simply poke a truffle into each cupcake after the batter’s been poured into the cupcake tin, just before baking.

The frosting’s a basic buttercream, but here’s where things get tricky: The buttercream needs to get dyed four different colors in four different amounts. You’ll need a different-size piping tip on each color’s pastry bag.

Ms. T’s Sweet Treats has the right idea, as you can see on her Instagram post below:

She’s a pro, too, to be fair. But I think almost anyone could pull this off with enough patience. The pile of green Grinch frosting gets topped with a pile of red frosting for a hat, then white frosting creates the hat’s trim. It gets a little fiddly with the yellow eyes and grumpy eyebrows, but it’s really just a few dots and lines.

The Frosted Cupcake shop in Canada used chocolate cake batter for a delicious variation:

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Christmas is coming 🎄✨🎁 Don’t be a grinch.

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They’re almost too adorable to eat! Almost. Their good looks would not protect them in my house.

For the full recipe, including a video that demonstrates the decoration techniques, visit Tastemade here.

Will you add some Grinch-style sweets to your holiday spread this week?