Have you seen those cakes with the cute little cake shape inside them? I think they are adorable. The first one I ever saw was this Peekaboo pumpkin pound cake by Sheknows. I knew I had to try and make one. Then, time got away from me and I forgot about it. Well, when I was talking to a friend the other day, I blurted out “Grinch Cake!” She said, “What?” Then I explained and she loved the idea.
I came home and made one right away but, it didn’t turn out like I wanted. You see, I followed the recipe from one of those famous Food Network people but it didn’t work. It was sad. The cake tasted great but for some reason, it just didn’t look right.
So I went to the store and bought two boxes of pound cake mix and got to work. I am glad I did because it was the way to go. Yep. The box cake mix made things super easy.
If you are looking for a dessert for Christmas and don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, this is the cake for you. You don’t have to be a Grinch to make or eat a Grinch cake. Just grab a spoon and start mixing.
Supplies for Grinch Cake for Christmas:
2 Boxes of Pound Cake Mix (Whatever the ingredients the box calls for)
Heart Cookie Cutter
Red and Green Food Gel Color
Green and Yellow Frosting (Pillsbury Blue and Green Funfetti Frosting)
Red Heart Sprinkles – Optional
This is a picture of the first cake I made along with the first cookie cutter I used. Well, the didn’t work. So I bought the pound cake mix and tried it again and guess what? It worked. I don’t know what I did wrong but time to move forward!
The first thing you need to do is bake one of the pound cakes and add a little red food coloring to the batter. I used the Wilton “No-Taste Red” because well, it doesn’t taste like red food coloring. It doesn’t taste at all so it is perfect for this cake.
Once the cake is baked, let it cool and then cut the cake into slices. Then, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many hearts as it takes to lay them face to face from one end of the pan to the other end. Make sure it is a snug fit but leave room at each end for the green cake mix.
Now mix the second cake and add some green food coloring. While the cake is baking, cut the rest of the red pound cake hearts so you will have them later. I froze mine so they will be ready for some early Valentine’s cakes. I also used the food processor to chop up the remaining scraps to use on the base of some cakes and sprinkles on some cupcake icing. Fun right? I don’t waste anything!
Place the green batter around the heart cutouts. Tap the pan on the counter so the batter will fall down the sides of the hearts.
Bake it according to the package directions.
The next time I make this cake, I will add those amazing Bake-Even Strips around the pan while it is in the oven to help the cake bake evenly. See how brown the sides are? I am sure it is the food coloring but the Bake-Even Strips will help control the heat so the sides won’t brown as much.
Anyway, for the frosting, I know that yellow and blue make green because my 2nd grade teacher told me and I would never forget something that important. I will forget where I parked my car at the grocery store but I will never forget how to make colors.
I mixed the blue and yellow to make green frosting. You may want to use more yellow than blue for a more “Grinch like” green.
Next, frost the cake and add some heart sprinkles.
Time to cut that cake and see the how much the Grinch’s heart grew. I want to make these in small loaf pans and wrap them in pretty little food safe cellophane and give them as individual gifts. I just wish I would have though of this idea sooner.