Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hi Hat Cupcakes

I did it. I finally made them. Hi Hat Cupcakes have consumed my cupcake thoughts since I first saw their tall chocolate dipped tops online after I started blogging. But, I have to tell you, I’ve been nervous to make them. They scare me. I knew for sure I would screw them up and end up with a melted mess.

But this weekend, I tried them. Mainly because I tasted my very first one a couple of weeks ago. Seeing them in person fueled my fascination.

So I decided to use the only recipe I remembered seeing. It’s from Martha and it did not disappoint.

> Update: I just realized this recipe is also from the book, Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivas – Confused it with Martha’s Cupcake book in her online description. Why I don’t have this one already, I don’t know. <


Chopped chocolate. A perfect way to start. I really liked this cupcake recipe. It’s great topless, too.


But even better with the frosting. I used a disposable pastry bag with an Ateco #807 tip. Basically one with a huge round opening.


If I had paid attention to the directions beforehand I don’t know if I would have been as eager to get started.

12 minutes later and a candy thermometer in check to make sure the frosting formed stiff peaks at the right temperature. Yikes.

Actually, it never made it to just the right temp, but after 12 minutes… I was over holding the hand mixer.

So I took a leap of faith it would work and piped it on the cupcakes… as tall as I could get it.


The cupcakes went in the freezer while I prepared for the scary part. The dipping. You’d think this part would be smooth sailing. But I was skeptical. I mean look at all that thick white frosting. It’s definitely going to melt when I cover it in chocolate. Melted heavy chocolate. Right?!


One bag of semi-sweet chocolate. I used the mini chips.


And melted them in the microwave with three tablespoons of vegetable oil.


Melt them on medium-low in 30 second intervals and stir in between until melted and smooth.

Then wait a few minutes to make sure the chocolate isn’t hot.

Now, take a deep breath and grab one of the cupcakes from the freezer.

Turn it upside down and slowly submerge the entire top in melted chocolate.

Okay, here goes…



A little more……




Keep going…

I’m closing my eyes.

Now… take a deep breath and lift it out.


Holy cupcakes… it worked.


It totally completely worked.

And it’s beautiful.


Use a toothpick to touch up any spots at the base of the cupcake that may not have been covered… controlling your excitement…


And then go again.


And again…


And again.


We’re having fun now.

If you use a small, deep bowl, it will make the dipping easier. The one I used was a cup leftover from Easter egg decorating.


Mini hi hats anyone?


Aside from the obvious first impression *wink wink*… these are amazing.

Place the dipped cupcakes in the freezer for a few minutes to let the chocolate harden and then refrigerate until ready to eat.

You want to see inside don’t you.


I did too.

Oh my.


I’m still amazed.


Don’t be afraid to make some.

Bonnie said...

Oh my.. my kids are going to LOVE these :)

September 19, 2010 11:26 PM
Bonnie said...

I am pretty excited to have the first post.. TWICE now :)

September 19, 2010 11:26 PM
Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

Oh My!!! These look so pretty and tasty! I love all that chocolate coated frosting!

September 19, 2010 11:27 PM
Tiffany said...

You are a brave woman! These scare the pants off me. Maybe one day I’ll be brave. Those are gorgeous!

September 19, 2010 11:28 PM
libby said...

fabulous!! i love these!! you’re a genius. i can’t wait until you come to dallas for a book signing!!!

September 19, 2010 11:32 PM
L said...

I have been putting off trying these forever but I think I just might.

September 19, 2010 11:32 PM
Christine said...

Those are amazing! I wonder would it work with any other kind of frosting? Because I do not think I committed enough to hold a thermometer and a mixer for 12 min!! :)

September 19, 2010 11:33 PM
Trish said...

These look so tasty! Maybe I’ll try them

September 19, 2010 11:33 PM
Trish said...

YUM. Why can’t I make my icing look like that? Ever?
My brilliant hubby said that these would be the perfect cupcakes to bake in ice cream cones – a la the Dairy Queen dipped cone. Master of illusion!

September 19, 2010 11:34 PM
elizabeth said...

oh my goodness! ive made these and was just as scared! i love them! they are too rich to eat as big cupcakes too. the mini ones are perfect

September 19, 2010 11:34 PM
Ashley said...

oh my goodness!! I have to try these sometime when I have the kitchen to myself…thanks for sharing!! :)

September 19, 2010 11:35 PM
cathy said...

cute and delicious looking..

September 19, 2010 11:36 PM
literatilana said...

oh. my. goodness!

September 19, 2010 11:36 PM
Erin said...

LOVE these!! The photos are GREAT! Can’t wait to try them!!

September 19, 2010 11:37 PM
Joy said...

i think i’d like the mini cuz i’m not really into frosting. They look so cute tho!!

September 19, 2010 11:37 PM
Suzanne D said...

Love It!! I will make these soon!!

September 19, 2010 11:38 PM
kath said...

Those are the coolest things ever! Imagine them dipped in white chocolate, decorated all Christmas-y….I have to try these!

September 19, 2010 11:38 PM
Bubble and Sweet said...

I’ve made these before and they are such a hit, people just love and are totally impressed. Yours look perfect of course.

September 19, 2010 11:39 PM
Cookbook Queen said...

I’ve made something almost identical to these, but I used peanut butter frosting and sprinkled on chopped Butterfinger before the chocolate set.
They were super duper yummy.
Yours are gorgeous!! I’m so glad you gave it a go and fulfilled your hi hat dream!!
Have a fabulous week!! :)

September 19, 2010 11:39 PM
Sarah said...

Oh My! I’ve always wanted to attempt these, but I’ve always been so scared, not of melting, but that the frosting would just fall right off! Goodness! You are brave, but they turned out, I’ll give them a try sometime.

September 19, 2010 11:39 PM
Mirna Guerrero said...

sooo cool! I’d be afraid of dipping the cupcake and it coming out without the frosting…lol! they look great!

September 19, 2010 11:40 PM
Jaimey said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… no wonder I am gaining weight!! I was doing so good post baby too… oh well. Life with out cupcakes(and cookies and candy and chocolate!) is like, well, death!

September 19, 2010 11:42 PM
Jo-Ann Pullen (Canada) said...

just bought some tools to make some of your totally cute cupcakes from your new book, thanks for the inspiration!

September 19, 2010 11:42 PM
Krystle said...

OMG!!! They look heavenly! YUM!!

September 19, 2010 11:42 PM
Marisa said...

They look amazing! I’m too intimidated to try them. Well, maybe the mini ones. I’d definitely start with minis. Great job!!

September 19, 2010 11:43 PM
Ginelle Flores said...

must try!
I recently saw a picture of some similar cupcakes…but they didn’t put the recipe.
but wow the inside…just beautiful and amazing!

September 19, 2010 11:44 PM
Sandra said...

Those are beautiful! Is that a mini top hat cupcake is see??? just when i think ive seen everything you can do you whip these out. great job!!!

September 19, 2010 11:45 PM
Jennie Posada said...

Wow! They look amazing. You are so brave!

September 19, 2010 11:46 PM
maggie said...

Wow, you couldn’t have posted this at a better time! Someone made these at a Cupcake Event I went to yesterday and I was thinking this morning that I really needed to find a recipe for them. Thanks!

September 19, 2010 11:50 PM
Tara Echols-Carrillo said...

I HAVE to make these now!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who tries to bake new things with one eye open. :)

September 19, 2010 11:51 PM
Christine Culp said...

These look awesome! Maybe around Christmas time you could use brown cups and dip them in green-colored white chocolate and then decorate them up like little Christmas trees – little colored lights and a star on top. That would be so cute!

September 19, 2010 11:51 PM
karen d. of fayetteville said...

me too i think it’s time i tried as well!!!

September 19, 2010 11:52 PM
Stef @ said...

WOW! These look amazing. I wish I could eat chocolate! I wonder how “white chocolate” would work….

September 19, 2010 11:53 PM
Pink MagaLine said...

May I order a dozen of those for my daughter’s birthday. I live in the Philippines. Haha. Kidding. They are just so beautiful!

September 19, 2010 11:54 PM
Kira Lynn said...

Your photos are amazing, I can’t get over how perfect they are!

September 19, 2010 11:55 PM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said... i was looking for something to make this next weekend for a friend’s baby shower…i think i just found that something!

September 19, 2010 11:56 PM
Ana Luiza said...

Oooh my! I’ve always thinking about how to make cupcakes like that. I’ts just amazing!

September 19, 2010 11:58 PM
sue mannel said...

i think that is the most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen……


September 19, 2010 11:58 PM
Grace said...

That makes me want dairy queen! You should do a tribute to them and wrap the cupcakes in their ice cream cone paper some time!! Maybe even put the cupcake in their cones and then dip it.

September 20, 2010 12:01 AM
Sue said...

They look AMAZING! I have a cookbook(Cupcakes!) by Elinor Klivans with this exact cupcake…the whole reason I bought the book! Now, you have given me the courage to try them! :) Thanks!

September 20, 2010 12:02 AM
Cindy said...

I have the Cupcakes! book that Martha attributes these to. Scared the livin’ daylights out of me, but I just can’t get them out of my mind! Now you’ve inspiried me & I’m going to do them “mini”! Thanks, Bakerella!!

September 20, 2010 12:03 AM
kristin said...

I want a cupcake so badly right now! Love the cut away view!

September 20, 2010 12:05 AM
Jeannie said...

I can’t wait to make these! Hope I can get them to turn out as perfect as yours are!

September 20, 2010 12:06 AM
mallory said...

i made these with buttercream. They don’t hold their shape as well but they are still super tasty!

September 20, 2010 12:06 AM
Angela (Diary of a Deaf Girl) said...

WOW! That’s so fun, and something I’ve not seen before. I’m definitely going to try that! I’m thinking bright orange cupcake holders to go with that chocolate would make very cute Halloween cupcakes! And bite-size? Yes, please!

September 20, 2010 12:06 AM
Holly Baker said...

Um WOW! They look AMAZING! You totally inspire me to try anything! :)

September 20, 2010 12:06 AM
Dawn said...

These look yummy! I cant wait to try them!!!!

September 20, 2010 12:07 AM
Sam said...

My roommate and I are currently doing this to the cupcakes she made yesterday. We wish you were coming to Florida on your book tour!

September 20, 2010 12:13 AM
Esther said...

They are beautiful. :) The half of the cupcake looks so cool.

September 20, 2010 12:13 AM
Laura E. said...

I’ve been so nervous too but so intrigued!! This has inspired me to try! Does the type of cupcake matter? I’m not a huge fan of chocolate cupcakes..

September 20, 2010 12:14 AM
Lyndsi W said...

Wow, I love these! I’m pretty sure I could hold the mixer for 12 minutes if I got to eat one of those in the end. Yours look perfect!

September 20, 2010 12:17 AM
Jackie said...

Oh man… those look so awesome. SO AWESOME. They look like ice cream cupcakes.

September 20, 2010 12:21 AM
Milisa said...

You continue to amaze! I’ve never seen anything like this. I might just have to try them!

September 20, 2010 12:22 AM
Bakingdom said...

I made some of these several months ago and they were so fun and delicious! Love all of your many pics of the process and they turned out lovely!!

September 20, 2010 12:22 AM
ai-Chan said...

Oh my! This looks really tempting!

September 20, 2010 12:22 AM
amanda79 said...

omg, wow those are amazing! We used to do that with icecream at the place i worked at but my icecream ALWAYS fell off, i never got it to work. These are fab!

September 20, 2010 12:23 AM
AmyLynnTaylor said...

OMG!!! Gotta make those. Will start with minis and work my way up to jumbos. Perfect ending to a dinner party. Will add some ‘bedazzles’ and give all credit to you!

September 20, 2010 12:25 AM
Linda said...

beyond cuteness…….

September 20, 2010 12:29 AM
Roylin said...

These look very yummy!! Idk if I could pull that off…

September 20, 2010 12:29 AM
Tammy: MamaBearStamps said...

Yum!! Reminds me of my favorite chocolate-dipped ice cream cones at Dairy Queen growing up. :) I wonder if I could just make the icing and dip it… don’t know if I could handle all the sweetness of icing AND cupcake!

September 20, 2010 12:36 AM
Sues said...

These have been on my mind since I first started blogging, too!! I’m scared to try them, but let me just say… yours look out of this world amazing!!! NICE job!!!

September 20, 2010 12:36 AM
McKinna said...

Holy DE-LISH!!!!

September 20, 2010 12:37 AM
Amy said...

Those are super cute and, of course, look absolutely deeelish!!! Ok…so when you say mini….they aren’t regular size cupcakes?…they look regular sized…but mini would definitely be easier to dip and EAT!! (more than one for sure!)

September 20, 2010 12:37 AM
notyet100 said...

such a sweet tutorial

September 20, 2010 12:40 AM
Shania said...

Complete AWESOMENESS!!! =)

September 20, 2010 12:47 AM
Andrea R. said...

Gorgeous! My friend at did some of these a few months ago, and they look awesome! I haven’t been brave enough to try them yet, but your are so cute!

September 20, 2010 12:57 AM
The Boob Nazi said...

These are amazing. AMAZING.

September 20, 2010 01:01 AM
Laurel said...

How in the world did you cut that cupcake? You must have some AMAZING knives!

September 20, 2010 01:06 AM
Fallon said...

I’ve had a cupcake like this before and at their bakery they called them a DQ cupcake because they look like the ice cream cones dipped in chocolate from Dairy Queen!

September 20, 2010 01:06 AM
Miss Buttefly said...

How do you manage to do such great pics !!! It’s absolute torture for me to see this scrumptious “Hi Hat” and not be able to eat one !!!

Guess I have to have a go at making them !!!

September 20, 2010 01:09 AM
Linda G. said...

Thanks for sharing!!! Gonna make these in a few weeks for my son’s 11th birthday!

September 20, 2010 01:09 AM
Mryia said...

So cool! I think these could be just the treat for my daughter’s Halloween party!

September 20, 2010 01:11 AM
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Oooh, they’re so gorgeous!! Can’t wait to make them!!

September 20, 2010 01:18 AM
Wendy in California said...

Reminds me of my first job at the Dairy Freeze…..dipping those tall ice cream cones upside down into the chocolate coating…..I can honestly say I fished out a lot of ice cream that belly-flopped into the choc vat, ha, ha.
I’m not a cupcake queen, but I think I’ll have to try these, mostly because I like the name High Hat. THANKS for the tutorial, Bakerella!

September 20, 2010 01:20 AM
Danielle S said...

oh my god! those are incredible!!!! i’m so excited to try my hand at them now!

September 20, 2010 01:43 AM
Erli said...

Aaaaaaahhhhhhh! O….M…G…!.!.! I have died and gone to heaven! I am totally speechless……

September 20, 2010 01:53 AM
Joe @ Eden Kitchen said...


September 20, 2010 02:13 AM
Pinar said...

They look great! :)

September 20, 2010 02:16 AM
Angela Willis said...


September 20, 2010 02:22 AM
Alicecrumbs said...

Magic! Can’t believe you managed to do that AND take pictures!!

September 20, 2010 02:30 AM
Susan said...

those are a-maze-ing! as always you make it look simple. I wish I had one here to sample…

September 20, 2010 02:32 AM
Wei-Wei said...


September 20, 2010 02:37 AM
maggie said...

hahah at the first impressiont thing, I didnt even think of that before you wrote it now I cant stop thinking about that when I look at them. they look delish anyway, is that wrong?

September 20, 2010 03:14 AM
abbey said...

these look divine!! great job!

September 20, 2010 03:17 AM
Jenn said...

These are fun aren’t they? I used another recipe, not Martha’s and liked the results. A friend of mine found a recipe for cherry coke hi hats that I need to try.

September 20, 2010 03:18 AM
Pammie said...

Those look amazing! reminds of those dipped cones :) Thanks for the idea!!!

September 20, 2010 03:23 AM
aussiemarina said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww they look too scary to make !!!!!!! :P

September 20, 2010 03:27 AM
Leah said...

These look so amazing! I cannot wait to try and make them myself!! They remind me of choc tops from the cinema….

September 20, 2010 03:42 AM
Elena said...

YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! These look fantastic! I tried this recipe a few months ago and they were super tasty but not as good looking as yours…i mean of course, you are bakerella!!…Fantastic pictures too. Ciao from Italy

September 20, 2010 03:47 AM
sarahmae said...

i really love it..! this are fantastic..YUMMY!

September 20, 2010 04:12 AM
Meredith said...

It’s like a little Dairy Queen dipped cone…but a cupcake. Genius!!!!

September 20, 2010 05:30 AM
Magdalena Vargas said...

WOW!!!! Those look AMAZING!!!! I have never seen that done before or even heard about them. Cant wait to make them with my nieces : ) SO EXCITED to meet you in Portlan Oregon & get your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

September 20, 2010 05:34 AM
becca said...

i am not understanding the melted chocolate. would you get the same desired result with chocolate bark and a double boiler?

September 20, 2010 05:42 AM
Julia said...

I can’t wait to make those. They look like Dairy Queen dipped ice cream cones!

September 20, 2010 05:48 AM
azterya said...

Wow I’m impressed.

September 20, 2010 05:56 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

These look amazing! They make me think of Dairy Queen for some reason. :)

September 20, 2010 05:57 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...



September 20, 2010 06:01 AM
Amy said...

In one word….AMAZING!

September 20, 2010 06:08 AM
Paulette said...

Yes they do remind me of Dairy Queen. Must stop there today . Almost as much work as my Tiramasu cupcakes but worth it.

September 20, 2010 06:16 AM
Karen Lizzie said...


Interested tp hear that you had problems with your thermometer, I have ruined a couple of recipes by waiting for the thermometer to say the temperature was OK. If I had trusted my own judgement I would have saved both recipes!

September 20, 2010 06:20 AM
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