THE WRITER’S KITCHENETTE HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES Grinch Cupcakes
BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI
Christmas is a season of happiness, love, and peace. The seasonal cupcakes namely How the Grinch Stole Christmas also known as Grinch Cupcakes are popular at Christmas celebrations and one wonders how this concept of Grinch and stealing Christmas crept in to the food list of seasonal celebrations. The dictionary defines the word 'Grinch' as a 'person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has depressing effects on others.'
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cupcakes got its name from a fictional character in the famous Christmas book How the Grinch Stole Christmas written by Theodor Seuss Geisel whose pen name is Dr. Seuss. It is an illustrated children's story written in rhymes and published in 1957. Grinch is a fictional character who is grumpy and whose anti-holiday spirit is to destroy the festivity of Christmas.
So, you may wonder why the food lovers all over the world include How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cupcakes in their merry treats during Christmas. Due to the popularity of this cartoon character in spite of its anti-holiday and anti-Christmas spirit, Grinch became a mascot of the winter holiday and was celebrated in the form of Christmas ornaments, clothing items, stuffed toys and of course food items such as cup cakes - the one that we are going to prepare today.
The story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Although How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a children's book, it can be enjoyed by adults equally as it mocks the commercialization of Christmas. Grinch is a cantankerous and bitter creature that lives in a cave in Whoville with his companion, Max the loyal dog. The Grinch hated Christmas and the whole Christmas season and wants to stop the Christmas season from coming.
Whoville is an area where jolly-good and merry Whos dwell but Grinch does not fit into that community due to his irritable and grouchy nature. Grinch can hear the merrymaking and noisy Christmas celebrations of the Whos in Whoville town and was annoyed and irritated by the festivity as he is an anti-festive spirit. So, the Grinch steals Christmas gifts, Christmas trees, food including Who-pudding and roast beast and other Christmas items that belong to the Whos in Whoville with the intention of destroying their festive spirit.
After spending the night stealing food and other festive items from the houses in Whoville, Grinch sets off to his lair but get stumped at a cliff. Grinch eagerly waits to hear the sound of the melancholic cries of Whos who have lost their food and the festive items and are unable to celebrate Christmas. On the contrary, the wicked Grinch hears the sound of merriment at the dawn of Christmas Day. Grinch wonders how they can keep cool and celebrate Christmas when they have lost all their merrymaking items and food. Then it dawns to the grumpy and angry creature that Christmas should mean something more than merriment, food and presents.
At that moment, Grinch's heart which is 'two size too small' suddenly grows three sizes and the true meaning of the Christmas came through. With this transformation, Grinch returns the stolen items to the Whos. So, the Whos pardon the him and extend a warm invitation to the Grinch and the dog Max to be a part of their Christmas celebration.
So, let's get ready to prepare this weird cupcake this Christmas.
For the Cupcakes
Flour- 150 g
Baking powder- 1 ¼ tsp
Baking soda- ½ tsp
Salt- ½ tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 ½ tsp
Coconut oil- 125ml
Food colouring- green
For the Frosting
Powdered sugar- 450g
Cream- 5 tbsp
Vanilla extract- 1tsp
Food colouring – red, yellow, white, brown
How to make How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cupcakes
Once you keep the ingredients ready, we can commence the preparation of making Grinch Cupcakes. Making them is easy and the process is similar to making any cupcakes but the frosting is distinct and requires a bit of effort.
To make the cup cake, the oven should be preheated to 375F. Line a muffin liner with Christmas style parchment cupcake liners.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and green food dye into a medium sized bowl and mix well. Leave the mix aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl and add. Add coconut oil and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
Add half of the flour into this mixture and mix well by gradually adding the remaining flour and buttermilk. Scoop about ¼ of the prepared batter which appears green in colour into the already arranged parchment liners and bake for about 15 minutes.
Insert a toothpick into a baked cupcake and see if it is well baked. Well-baked cupcakes do not stick to the toothpick. Let the baked cupcakes cool on a cooling rack.
Meanwhile, you can prepare the frosting.
Preparing the Frosting
Take a large bowl and add butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 table spoons of cream and beat well for about three minutes. Take another container and transfer a portion of this mix and leave it aside. Add green food colouring to the remaining frosting.
Ladle the frosting into a nozzle and swirl the frosting onto cooled cupcakes. This will make the head part of the Grinch. In order to make its beard, eyes and the mouth, you can make use of the frosting that is in another container. Take little portions of the frosting mix into different containers and add the colouring separately. Make the face of the Grinch with them.
Read, Eat and Enjoy!
And if you haven't read How the Grinch Stole Christmas yet, this winter holiday is the perfect time of the year to enjoy the story. You may learn how not to feel like a grinch this festive season and will learn the art of being content with what you have. In fact, as the story suggests "Christmas doesn't come from a store." The moral of the story is that no one can steal your Christmas from you. Although Christmas is celebrated exuberantly all over the world, the real meaning of Christmas is much more than the celebration.
How about biting into a How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cupcake and reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas book this holiday season? Sounds cool? So, go ahead. Happy reading and eating!
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