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.

Kelly said...

Hi Hats are great fun and even more fun to mix and match colors. These pink ones I made were featured on Cupcakes Take the Cake as well!

September 20, 2010 06:33 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

those look amazing!

September 20, 2010 06:47 AM
Chelsea said...

Those cupcakes look SO good; nice job!

September 20, 2010 06:53 AM
Anne M. said...

The little pink mini one is my favorite! These are like the best of both worlds; cupcakes and Dairy Queen! : )

September 20, 2010 06:54 AM
Cindy said...

OMG Gorgeous! Scrumptious!

September 20, 2010 07:14 AM
Elizabeth Ann said...

Wow! I think they are beautiful with or without the chocolate top! :-)

September 20, 2010 07:15 AM
Amanda said...

These are absolutely adorable. Obviously they look like a dipped cone of ice cream but how cute to have. I may attempt making them this weekend, may I said. LOL.

PS…love the fact you use an old cup from Easter egg decorating. I make these cookie dough pops and that would be so much easier to coat them in. Thanks for the tip. :)

September 20, 2010 07:23 AM
Liz @ Blog is the New Black said...

Amazing! Now, who was holding the camera while you were dipping?? ;)

September 20, 2010 07:23 AM
Mel said...

Well, I know what I’m making now…Haha.

September 20, 2010 07:24 AM
Sean said...

This is further evidence suggesting that lil cupcake cookbook was just a stepping stone towards complete world domination.

September 20, 2010 07:31 AM
ardna said...

Oh, I’ve been wanting to bake this since… forever! but yes, they scare the heck out of me. specially the frosting. hope I’ll be brave like you Bakerella, someday! :D

September 20, 2010 07:34 AM
Erin said...

They are beautiful! I need an excuse to make them, I am trying to think if anyones birthday is coming up!

September 20, 2010 07:37 AM
Caryn said...


September 20, 2010 07:46 AM
Niki said...

These just look AMAZING O_O *applause for you* They remind me of Mcdonalds’ Dip cones they sell here.. Only better because there’s cupcake underneath that yummy chocolate covered frosting ^w^

September 20, 2010 07:46 AM
Rena said...

I will never stop being amazed at how perfect your desserts are. Adorable!

September 20, 2010 07:47 AM
jan m said...


September 20, 2010 07:51 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Oh my goodness, these are darling! Not to mention they look like the perfect breakfast…ahem… I mean dessert. Okay, I mean anytime treat! Yummmmmmm!!!!! Way to go Bakerella!!

September 20, 2010 07:56 AM
Deborah said...

I saw the woman who “invented” these cupcakes on Martha some years ago and loved them ever since… although I have the Cupcake book with the recipe in there, I’ve never attempted them but now that I see you got your nerve up to make them and they turned out, I’m going to make them soon too! Thanks for reminding me to take a chance!

September 20, 2010 07:57 AM
Jessica said...

OMG! I’ve never seen or heard of these before…now that I have, I MUST make them! This is why I love Bakerella!

September 20, 2010 07:58 AM
Tamie said...

I made these once myself, lots of work but worth it. Everybody actually thought I bought them. :)

September 20, 2010 08:08 AM
Jennifer said...

I know what I am making next!!! :)

September 20, 2010 08:12 AM
Georgia said...

I have the Elinor Klevins cupcake book and I am always looking at that recipe and I have wanted to attempt it also but like you I was afraid, very afraid. But wow it really works….I will try them this weekend. Thanks…..

September 20, 2010 08:13 AM
123 said...

I love High Hat Cupcakes! You’re so right – they are a bit scary to make at first, but they’re well worth the effort. You’rs look fab!

September 20, 2010 08:14 AM
Karen said...

Awesome, and how cute would those be done up dipped ice cream cone style. I wonder if it would work. I may have a new project for this week!

September 20, 2010 08:26 AM
Madeline~ said...

the cupcakes are gorgeous!!!!!

September 20, 2010 08:31 AM
Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! said...

They look beautiful! I would be scared to dip them…but you are a brave woman!

September 20, 2010 08:38 AM
Sharon said...

Hi bakerella -

As always, totally adorable and fantastic pics!

Just wondering – you think these would work with a white chocolate/candy melt coating ? My first thought was that they looked like little ghosts , perfect for Halloween!

September 20, 2010 08:41 AM
Emily said...

Stunning. The photo guide makes me almost feel like I could do this!

September 20, 2010 08:42 AM
Lisa C said...

Aside for the gorgeous-ness of these cupcakes, I noticed that when you dipped your cupcake, the bottom of your cupcake liner looks fresh and new. Mine look sort of wet. Why do yours look so pretty? Not that anyone goes around looking at the bottom of a cupcake…

September 20, 2010 08:48 AM
Lesley March said...

This is literally the coolest looking cupcake I have ever seen!! You did such a great Job!!!

September 20, 2010 08:57 AM
rebecca said...


September 20, 2010 08:57 AM
Christine said...

OMG…those looks so darn good!!!

September 20, 2010 08:57 AM
La Bulle Gourmande said...

yummy!!!!!!!! i’ll try to do some soon!

September 20, 2010 08:58 AM
dawn said...

food as art!

September 20, 2010 08:59 AM
Katy said...

So cute!!! They look so delicious too! Great job!

September 20, 2010 08:59 AM
Tahany said...


September 20, 2010 09:06 AM
Alice said...

I know what I’m doing this weekend. :3

September 20, 2010 09:26 AM
Sarah Davis said...

AHHH! How cute! They look rather tasty as well! :)

September 20, 2010 09:26 AM
Sarah B. said...


September 20, 2010 09:31 AM
Annabelle said...

So many of the above comments are people acknowledging the beauty of these. BUT, if you go and read Martha’s comments on her webpage you read about many UNHAPPY comments about grainy sugar, sunken cupcake, etc.
I would like to ask Bakarella what she thought they tasted like regarding grainy frosting. The picture does look like her cupcakes fell a little also.
It’s a time consuming recipe and I’d like more comments from those who did make it. But, once again, Bakarella’s LOOK gorgous.

September 20, 2010 09:36 AM
Jen P said...

My husband took one look and immediately asked how you maintain your figure *giggles*. Seriously- how do you refrain from devouring every one of your delicious creations?

September 20, 2010 09:37 AM
Anna said...

OH MY!!!! They look, wow! Nice work!!

September 20, 2010 09:39 AM
eirini said...

absolutely gorgeous !

September 20, 2010 09:40 AM
Shari said...

OMG, my little chef turns 11 in 10 days – I think she needs these for her birthday!

September 20, 2010 09:45 AM
Barbara said...

I saw this recipe a long time ago, too, and stuck it in my file. Thanks to YOU, I have the courage to try it now! Thanks!
Also, I LOVE your Cake Pops book! Wish you were coming to St Paul / Mpls for a book signing!

September 20, 2010 10:08 AM
Shannon H. said...

Love, love these. They would be so pretty for Christmas :)

Shannon from Horseshoe Bay :)

September 20, 2010 10:17 AM
Crystal said...

They are beautiful! good job!

September 20, 2010 10:33 AM
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...


You should’ve seen my jeering you along
“Go! Go! You can dip them!”
Picture after picture…smiling..
then my jaw dropped open :o
Why aren’t we neighbours :(

September 20, 2010 10:41 AM
Leeann said...

Can’t wait to try these. I was having trouble with my candy thermometer, so I got my digital “meat” thermometer out and used it when I was making a french butter cream. It worked wonderfully because there was so little fluid in the pan and I could just hold the tip in. Thanks for another great idea.

September 20, 2010 10:42 AM
cecille said...

Wow! These look great and super delicious! BTW, i’ve subscribed to your blog for a while and wanted to know what kind of camera you use to take all these great shots !

September 20, 2010 10:42 AM
Angela said...

I agree that these would be great baked in an ice cream cone and then dipped so that it would look exactly like Dairy Queen’s dipped cones. Awesome! Maybe you could be even more daring and do some dipped in butterscotch to mimic DQ’s butterscotch dipped cones. It’s been so long since I’ve had one of those, they may not use butterscotch anymore. That would be a pity!

September 20, 2010 10:43 AM
Kelly said...

I sense a mess happening in my kitchen this week…….

September 20, 2010 10:46 AM
Erin said...

They remind me of those dipped ice cream cones at Dairy Queen. Which I am now craving. Mmmm…

September 20, 2010 10:50 AM
amy said...

I simply adore your website. I can’t wait to see what’s new on your site. Makes my day!

September 20, 2010 10:55 AM
Edna Garcia said...


September 20, 2010 10:55 AM
Krissie in MN said...

oh my gosh! I too would have been terrified of making these! they look amazing!!!

September 20, 2010 10:57 AM
The Ferret said...

I always love the chocolate dipped cones at our local Dairy Queen and this just takes it to an even more terrific looking angle. I’m definitely going to have to give these a shot asap!

As an aside I think this is one of the most beautiful photo sets you’ve put on here.

September 20, 2010 10:58 AM
Ana said...

OMGoodness! These look delicious!!! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks Bakerella!

September 20, 2010 10:58 AM
Grace said...

These are adorable! I’ll have to try the recipe for Halloween!

September 20, 2010 10:59 AM
Marcia said...

These would be so adorable in white chocolate or even a colorful candy coating!

September 20, 2010 11:03 AM
Marianne said...

I am the QUEEN of failed cupcakes. But maybe I will try this with brownie bites? I so would have danced around like a maniac seeing how gorgeous they turned out!

September 20, 2010 11:04 AM
Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

Saw some other comments along the same lines; they should be called a DQ Cupcake!

September 20, 2010 11:05 AM
Debbie said...

Those look so good! And I just picked up your book yesterday and I love it! Such great ideas and I love all the step-by-step pictures. I’m very inspired to make some more cake balls!

September 20, 2010 11:11 AM
Bess said...

oh, wow! No wonder it took you awhile to get around to these… might take me awhile too! I think looking at your pictures would have to suffice at the moment :)

September 20, 2010 11:12 AM
Lori said...

When I bought the Elinor Klivans book and rushed to try the Hi Hat Cupcakes, I was disappointed. I had problems with the frosting which carried over into the chocolate dipping. Seeing your success makes me think that the cupcakes deserve another try!

September 20, 2010 11:12 AM
Stephanie said...

Pardon the language but all I could say when I first saw the one cut in half was “HOLY CRAP.” Followed quickly by “I NEED to make those!!” I had never even heard of them before, I must have missed your post that you talked about them previously. WOWSERS.

Great post!!

September 20, 2010 11:14 AM
Pam said...

Ohmyohmyohmyoh I must make these. And I know until I do, they will haunt me. HAUNT me. Hmmmm… October is just around the corner…. :-)

September 20, 2010 11:19 AM
Stephle said...

WoW! These look so crazy I wanna moosh a whole batch straight into my mouth immediately! Alas, I don’t think I have the courage to try these yet. But one day…….. one day. Thanks for showing us how-to in detail! :D

September 20, 2010 11:31 AM
September Roberts said...

Gorgeous! These look awesome. I might have to try my hand at these…maybe. I’m not so skilled in this department…LOL!

September 20, 2010 11:34 AM
Consuelo said...

wow!!! delicious!!! chocolate hat!!! hmmmm I need to try them…

thanks a lot!

September 20, 2010 11:38 AM
Steffi said...

Num Yummy!!!!

September 20, 2010 11:39 AM
MrsL said...

Now on vacation. Can’t wait to get home and try these. Mine won’t look like yours, but I’ve got to try them!

September 20, 2010 11:41 AM
Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

Yes, so reminiscent of chocolate dipped ice cream cones; I think I’ll have to call them a DQ Cupcake!

Beautiful; do you deliver?

September 20, 2010 11:41 AM
Pam Griner said...

Oh my gosh – I can’t wait to try them!

September 20, 2010 11:44 AM
Pam Griner said...

PS – when is your next book coming out!

September 20, 2010 11:45 AM
Darlene said...

Oh my goodness!!
I must make these as soon as possible.
My son and I make cupcakes and sell them at the local Farmer’s Market. Maybe they will be this week’s feature!

September 20, 2010 11:53 AM
Michelle said...

My dreams are made of hi hat cuppies… I now have a strong urge to eat my screen thanks to you. Copied the Stewart’s recipe but I know I’ll never be able to these cupcakes successfully as I have a tendency to tweak recipes to death (usually the cupcakes’). Anyway, thank you for sharing something so beautiful with us failed bakerettes of this world. Until then, I shall be waiting for lick-o-vision.

September 20, 2010 11:53 AM
Jessica @ bake me away! said...

Yeah, like others have said, these totally look like DQ Dip Cones. So cute!

September 20, 2010 11:55 AM
Holly said...

Ha..I saw these awhile back on Marthas show, and also in her web site.I saved the recipe. I never ever never attempted to make them.Also worried what would happen,,,but, you of course ,Bakerella, took the chance and I now I shall as well. Thanks for your pics of how its make it look sooooooo easy! Want to come over and help me? Be my guide ? ? Not too far from you…

September 20, 2010 12:19 PM
mrs.magoo said...

Holy cow those are amazing!!!

September 20, 2010 12:35 PM
Stacy Pearson said...

These remind me of dipped cones from DQ. Very yummy – but anything that uses a candy thermometer puts a bit of fear into me! Thanks for sharing your awesome work!

September 20, 2010 12:42 PM
mrs.magoo said...

p.s. it makes me want to make some marshmallow frosting for the inside….mmmmm

September 20, 2010 12:42 PM
Sandee said...

rockin’ awesome!

September 20, 2010 12:44 PM
lia said...

one day, one day, we´ll be able to taste them right off the screen, for now, you gave us enough confidence to go out and make some! yum!

September 20, 2010 12:54 PM
lia said...

one day, one day we will be able to tadte them right off the screen!

September 20, 2010 12:55 PM
Tiffany said...

So… what if I only have stand mixer? ): These cupcakes are so, so, so cute. But I don’t want to rush out to buy an appliance for just one purpose! ):

September 20, 2010 01:06 PM
Candi Elm said...

I have always wanted to try, but been a little nervous. Your explanation was very helpful. Now I will put it on my list.

Thanks a bunch.

September 20, 2010 01:13 PM
Melanie Bauernschmidt said...

I REALLY need and want to try these. Love them!!

September 20, 2010 01:22 PM
Megan said...

Those look amazing! You’re such an inspiration! I am totally asking my husband for your book for Christmas! A Christmas gift which my kids will appreciate for years and years to come.

September 20, 2010 01:37 PM
Mary Beth said...

These look ‘oh my goodness’ good…inside and out. They remind me of my favorite ice cream – Dairy Queen vanilla dipped in chocolate. I will definitely be trying these. : )

September 20, 2010 01:46 PM
Becky said...

WOW. These look amazing – great job! I think I’d be equally as intimidated to try making these, but so glad yours turned out perfectly!

September 20, 2010 01:50 PM
Sandra Simmons said...

Dairy Queen Dip Cones! My favorite!!!

September 20, 2010 01:50 PM
Stephie said...

Wow, those look amazing! I like the mini version too. They’re probably easier to eat but I think I’d rather have the bigger one :)

September 20, 2010 02:12 PM
Angela said...

That is a thing of beauty.

September 20, 2010 02:25 PM
Shayna said...

Wow! They look great! BTW – anyone looking for the Cake Pops book – Barnes & Noble has some great sales/discounts going on right now!

September 20, 2010 02:26 PM
emily f. said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to make these!!! How cute would the be if you put them in mini ice cream cones and threw some sprinkles on them, so the look like a soft serve ice cream!!!!!

September 20, 2010 02:29 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These look delicious.

I’m with Karen Lizzie. My candy thermometer seems a bit off, so the last few times I needed to take a temperature I actually used the meat thermometer (which has never actually touched meat) and estimated when it went around the dial.

September 20, 2010 02:31 PM
Bethany said...

nice job!
I agree; they look like DQ!!!

at Christmas time:

… you could use white chocolate colored dark green and these would look like Christmas trees!!! Add some sprinkles or candies; they’d look like decorated trees. Could even color the inside icing too.

… or dip them in red, add a white candy ball on the tip, and some white sugar/ cottom cancy, white chocolate; they could be Santa hats !!

thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas!!

September 20, 2010 02:52 PM
Maggie said...

AMAZING! I cannot wait to try this- they look so DELICIOUS!

ps I just bought your book today. I cannot wait to try out the cupcake pops- my 3 yr picked those to make first :) Congrats on your book!

September 20, 2010 02:53 PM
Christene @WhipperBerry said...

I was SHAKING in the boots when you dipped those puppies! And they’re fantastic! Oh. my. goodness. Just fantastic. I agree with Paulette, they remind me of DQ dipped cones. YUM! Thanks for showing us the inside, I was really hoping you would. And bravo for taking the leap.

September 20, 2010 03:30 PM
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