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.

stacy said...

Oh. my. word. Now you have made a pregnant woman crave something I have NO time to make! If only you could deliver. Man, what I wouldn’t give to be your neighbor and sneak over every day to see what you have made!

September 20, 2010 03:33 PM
Domestic Diva said...

Amazing! Those look divine and so scary at the same time! May try them for a birthday or something ……

September 20, 2010 03:37 PM
Alicia said...

These look like so much fun! Cannot wait to try them!

September 20, 2010 03:44 PM
Lizzy in Hawaii said...

I’m soo making these!

September 20, 2010 03:51 PM
Mariko said...

Wow. I want these. Now.
Can I link to you?

September 20, 2010 03:54 PM
Sharon said...

They look amazing.

September 20, 2010 03:55 PM
UnaZebrApois said...

OOOOhhhhMMMMMMyyyyyyyyGGGGGoooooooshhhhhhh!Totally awesome! You do have made the best cupcake ever!I’m licking my pc’ screen…

September 20, 2010 03:57 PM
Amber said...

Wow, these look absolutely delicious!

September 20, 2010 03:59 PM
Colleen said...

Those are awesome! You could make them into witches for Halloween too

September 20, 2010 04:05 PM
Kellie H said...

I’ve made these two, but I didn’t have the right tip size so they didn’t come out as high as I wanted, but you have inspired me to try again.

September 20, 2010 04:07 PM
Priscilla said...

This is some serious cupcske fun! Can’t wait to try it!

September 20, 2010 04:25 PM
Phyllis said...

I just LOVE them, cant wait to try making these….thanks Bakerella !!!!

September 20, 2010 04:28 PM
Danyiel said...

OMG, these just look amazing!

September 20, 2010 05:08 PM
Joy said...

OMG I so want to try this.

September 20, 2010 05:17 PM
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking said...

I’m sure SOMEONE must have said this already, but these remind me so much of those Dairy Queen dipped cones and that oh-so satisfying “crunch” of breaking the chocolate with your teeth! These are awesome!

September 20, 2010 05:40 PM
Jackie said...

Can’t wait to make them. I agree with amy – AMAZING!!! Will try them for my son’s b-day next month!!!

September 20, 2010 05:44 PM
Judi Waldeis said...

They look great! Yum!

September 20, 2010 05:49 PM
Tanya said...

These would look super duper cute made in icecream cones.

September 20, 2010 06:00 PM
Hanna Erickson said...

I need to make these RIGHT NOW they look amazing!!!!!!

September 20, 2010 06:04 PM
michelle said...

They look sooooooo yummy!!!!

September 20, 2010 06:13 PM
Michelle said...

Looks like FUN!!!! Thanks for the inspiration, Angie! I just might have to try them this weekend….

September 20, 2010 06:14 PM
Carolyn said...

you said freezer the recipe said fridge….do u think the freezer worked best? these look awesome

September 20, 2010 06:19 PM
MommyB Knows Best said...

I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but if you use green candy melts they would make amazing Christmas Tree cupcakes!! Decorate with a few ball sprinkles, perhaps a star at the top and voila!! :)

September 20, 2010 06:54 PM
Laura Perry said...

I’ve been scared too but you have truly inspired me to just jump in and do it!

September 20, 2010 07:12 PM
Emily said...

My mom made these for us! They are DELICIOUS.

September 20, 2010 07:19 PM
Sharyl@The little brown house said...

Girlfriend, I love you and your cookbook, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of the cake pops!! Can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! I wrote a post about it – but made sure everyone knows it is my failure, not yours!

September 20, 2010 08:11 PM
se7en said...

Oh yummy!!!

September 20, 2010 08:13 PM
Gina S said...

Wow! Those look amazing… I know what I’ll be baking this weekend.

September 20, 2010 08:39 PM
Sharon said...

Wow!!! I have found my next new project! :O)

September 20, 2010 08:42 PM
Nikki said...

Oh My God!!! Those look AMAZING!!!

September 20, 2010 08:47 PM
Marie said...

those are so cute and look yummy!

September 20, 2010 08:58 PM
Sylvie Greeniaus said...

Are these full size or mini cupcakes?
Yours look better than Martha’s!


September 20, 2010 09:02 PM
Leah kelly said...

Omg those look amazing! Really want to try my own soon!!!

September 20, 2010 09:15 PM
Karen said...

These look wonderful!!!!!!!! They are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 20, 2010 09:23 PM
stuckinmypedals said...

These remind me of Dairy Queen, too. Since I don’t bake, I might just have to stop by DQ and get a dipped cone just to show my support for these cuties. Okay, maybe I just want an excuse to eat ice cream.

September 20, 2010 09:29 PM
Rachelle said...

Oooh you need to create Hi Hat Cupcake Pops now! =)

September 20, 2010 09:31 PM
ames said...

I have made these both in big size and mini! I am excited because they were super complicated, and they turned out awesome! The recipe came off a deck of cupcake cards my sister got me for my birthday. They were amazing!

September 20, 2010 09:41 PM
Shirley said...

Oh my! I need to make more cupcakes like I need a hole in the head but there is no way I can resist these. I can see a lot of time holding my breath in the future! Thank you SO much for your post and pictures. I would never have the nerve without you!

September 20, 2010 10:00 PM
Katrina said...

I LOVE these, and want to make them now! Thanks for sharing your secret!

September 20, 2010 10:30 PM
Courtney said...

I made these today and they turned out great! Thanks for the amazing post! You Rock! :)

September 20, 2010 10:34 PM
Liz said...

These look SO COOL!!! Gahhh I can’t wait to try my hand at it!

P.S. You are spoiling me rotten with all this recent blogging!!

September 20, 2010 10:52 PM
Leora said...

those are adorable. i need to make some. they remind me of my mom’s fav pinwheel cookies. they are like cake with marshmallow dipped in choc.

September 20, 2010 11:01 PM
Glenda said...

These look amazing, I’ve been wanting to try these also, but didn’t know how. I will certainly try them soon. My only question is, Where are the Hi Hat Cupcake Pops?

September 20, 2010 11:14 PM
Kristin @ SweetChip Cookies said...

OMG these are awesome! Reminds me of a nostalgic dipped cone from DQ but 100 X more awesome and beautiful!

September 20, 2010 11:37 PM
Becky Wilkinson said...

I made these and they are very good. The first batch of icing I made came out perfectly, just like the pictures, but I ended up having to make 2 batches of icing and the second didn’t hold it’s shape as well as the first. I can’t figure out what I did wrong or differently. Also the cupcakes are very delicate. They are good, don’t get me wrong but not super easy to work with. I followed both recipes to a T.

September 21, 2010 12:01 AM
Catie said...

Ack! How perfect! My birthday’s in a week and I didn’t know what to make… but now I do :D

September 21, 2010 12:17 AM
Roller scrapper said...

Amazing! That was frightening and breathtaking to watch from pic to pic!

September 21, 2010 12:48 AM
The Sweets Bar said...

This idea is awesome! Looks yummy too! Definitely need to try it. Thanks! The step by step pictures are helpful!!!

September 21, 2010 12:52 AM
Suzi said...

Those look absolutely divine! I will have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

September 21, 2010 01:17 AM
Shardae "The Sukkar Chef" said...

These are beautiful! They are on my list of things to try ASAP! If only I had someone to share them with, because I SURELY don’t need them all to myself!

September 21, 2010 02:19 AM
Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

Oh my!! This is genius!!

September 21, 2010 06:24 AM
Carol said...

Made these yesterday and they were fabulous! They looked great and tasted so yummy! One big substitute I made was to use confection’s sugar in the frosting instead of granulated. This way you don’t have to put it over the stove. Just put it in your stand mixer and do everything else the same. The frosting came out fluffy and peaked beautifully! Also after frosting the cupcakes make sure to put them in the freezer for 15 minutes before dipping them in the chocolate. This will prevent the frosting from sliding off the cupcake while dipping. Have fun! These will be a favorite!!

September 21, 2010 07:42 AM
Rachiepoks said...

Hi from Singapore! I wanted to ask, something about the chocolate coatings. Is it true that one can use any type of chocolate (compound, couverture etc)before adding the vegetable oil? and the vegetable oil helps to improve the hardening of the chocolate coating? So… does it mean the more the better?

thanks! OHOH! your cupcakes made me drool on my keyboards!! gonna make some soon!

September 21, 2010 07:50 AM
kerri bryan said...

I just bought this cookbook over the weekend and marked these to try. “Cupcakes!” by Elenor Klivans” has some great receipes. I do with there were more pictures but very excited about making many cupcakes with this cookbook :)

Your Hi Hat Cupcakes look great!

September 21, 2010 08:20 AM
Liz said...

O.M.G. I love me some DQ dip cones and these appear to be equally delicious. Wow!

September 21, 2010 08:56 AM
megan said...

AMAZING! Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures! My goodness they look delicious!!

September 21, 2010 09:03 AM
Cassy said...

I see Holiday Trees in my future. I bet these would be fun in different colors of chocolate. Thanks for making such a scary recipe look easy.

September 21, 2010 09:08 AM
Maria said...

amazing!!! they look sooo cute!!! i love it!! and they look so perfect cut in half!!!

September 21, 2010 09:19 AM
jen said...

I’ve never seen anything like these! Wonderful!

September 21, 2010 09:38 AM
jay said...

I made these about a year ago. DH work loved them.

September 21, 2010 09:52 AM
chiamay said...

amazing!!! i bet your heart stop beating for a while when you took the cupcake upside down for the dip….its a miracle the white cream won’t fall off!!! so gonna try this recipe one day :)

September 21, 2010 10:34 AM
Ligia Ravagnani said...

These look AMAZING! Wow. Man… I wish I had one of those right now.
Can I skip work and make 100 of those CUTE cupcakes?

September 21, 2010 10:53 AM
Jennifer said...

Bakerella, these would be cute in a cake cup ice cream cone. They would look like the dipped cone from Dairy Queen. Hmmm..would that work?

September 21, 2010 11:43 AM
garnermom said...

FINALLY ordered your book :o) Can’t wait for it to arrive, thank you so much for the fun work you do!!!

September 21, 2010 12:42 PM
Kandi Cakes said...

I officially vowed to allow my oven just one evening of rest. Just as if it were it’s much needed 7th Day! I must now apologize to my overworked and underpaid oven! I have to try these tonight! I hope mine look like this!

September 21, 2010 12:53 PM
Nancy L said...

WOW! Just thinking about attempting these scares me! But you do such fantastic things anyway…I adore your cake pops! Just got your cookbook the other day…thanks!!

September 21, 2010 01:09 PM
julia said...

They look phenomenal. What I would really like would be for someone to make me some.

September 21, 2010 01:17 PM
Caty said...

Just tried making these and it did not fare well for my poor little cupcakes :( Not sure if the frosting wasn’t stiff enough or the chocolate was too hot or cold and heavy. But they are still delicious! I will just try, try again another day!

September 21, 2010 02:00 PM
liza de los reyes said...

hi bakerella!! i LOVEEEEEEEEE THESE HI HAT ONES! but we call it differently here in my country..we call it hte beehive..sure looks like one too. il try my hand out on this one for my son’s 2nd birthday…we’re havin’ a small lunch with friends and family.

September 21, 2010 02:23 PM
Jeanee said...

YIKES! I’d be SO scared to dip it.

September 21, 2010 02:48 PM
Lorie said...

So perfectly delivered and photographed, you can almost taste them… almost. No caloric intake… no gooey icing or chocolate mustache… no, not yet…
Thanks for a treat-of-a-post. Will definitely give these a go.

September 21, 2010 02:56 PM
Ali @ Three Baking Sheets said...

I love cupcakes as much as the next girl but it takes a very special kind of cupcake to make me sit here with my mouth gaping open, uttering “holy crap”s under my breath.

September 21, 2010 02:57 PM
Gissell said...

SIMPLY AWESOME!!! … my jaw dropped every time!

September 21, 2010 03:12 PM
Peggy said...

Dipping in the hot chocolate would have me scared as well, but if it worked for you… surely it would work for me too, right? I’m ready to take the plunge and try!

September 21, 2010 03:23 PM
figandfennel said...

oh my goodness those look amazing! I linked you to my blog today as the queen of all things pretty!

September 21, 2010 05:11 PM
Ilana said...

I have Elinor’s “Cupcakes!” and “Big Fat Cookies!” and I LOVE them both! All of the recipes bake beautifully, and most are very easy to customize to taste. My favorite cupcakes from her book are the lemon snowballs, but I’ve started baking the plain vanilla cupcake and stuffing/decorating it with tons of different things! I’ve made chocolate ganache fillings, raspberry creme frosting, you name it! Anyway, buy the books now!

September 21, 2010 05:56 PM
Donna said...

Wow these are beautiful. These cupcakes are the reason I bought both books; Cupcakes by Klivans and Martha Stewart Cupcakes cookbook. I saw her make it on TV and had to know how. BUT I have been too afraid of ruining it. These are amazing and I am going to give it a try! Thanks for posting!

September 21, 2010 06:13 PM
abcd said...

These are just amazing! Thank for all that you share on this site!

Can anyone answer this…–Do you have to use THIS specific frosting recipe? I’d like to try it with regular buttercream that I make versus this meringue style frosting. I would so appreciate any thoughts on this!

September 21, 2010 07:09 PM
Notes from Holly St. said...

amazing!! this looks like an intimidating project but it turned out beautifully…well done!

September 21, 2010 07:30 PM
Jason said...

Where do you get your cupcake liners!

September 21, 2010 07:59 PM
Susan Doherty said...

I’ve started making mini cupcakes so this recipe couldn’t have come at a better time.

September 21, 2010 08:29 PM
Eris said...

ooh my! this is food porn xD

this cupcakes look amazing! really elegant. I want to make them! but I don’t have a candy thermometer =(

September 21, 2010 09:28 PM
Monica said...

I made these today and they came out looking beautiful however, the merigue is VERY grainy! I used the Martha Stewart recipe and followed it to a T with only one exception, I substitued superfine sugar instead of regular sugar. I assumed the superfine sugar would disolve better leaving the merigue smooth but that didn’t happen. I’m going to make the merigue again but will try confectioners sugar next time and see how they come out.

Anyone else have this problem? How did you solve it?

September 21, 2010 10:21 PM
Laura Sligh said...

So so so cute! That might be (dare I say it) TOO much frosting for my tastes, but they are definitely adorable. I’ll have to try it sometime.

September 21, 2010 10:49 PM
andycav said...

iv made these a couple of times and they are Fantastic, if you want a WOW and OMG reaction then these are to be made

September 22, 2010 05:05 AM
Juliane said...

Beautiful pictures, well done!

September 22, 2010 06:46 AM
Aimee said...

Totally cute…and would look great in a ice cream cones with sprinkles!!!

September 22, 2010 07:35 AM
Sam said...

They look amazing. Can’t figure out why they are called “Hi Hat” cupcakes though…

If it were “High Hat”, I would understand because the chocolate sauce is a “hat” and it’s tall. But since “hi hat” is a name for a drumset component, I don’t get it…

September 22, 2010 10:10 AM
Jessica said...

ohhhh my those look delicious!

September 22, 2010 10:13 AM
Kelly said...

WOWIIIEEE! i would be afraid to try to but you made them look so beautiful might just have to do it!

September 22, 2010 12:32 PM
Sharon said...

Bakerella or anybody else that knows:

How do you store these and for how long ?

September 22, 2010 03:29 PM
Little Mrs. Moffitt said...

Is the key to smooth candy coating the Vegetable Oil? I haven’t tried that yet, but always feel like my candy coating is too thick. Thanks for the great ideas! Keep em coming! :)

September 22, 2010 04:34 PM
Sandra said...

Such a cute idea for cupcakes, they look yummy too!

September 22, 2010 08:03 PM
Missie said...

OMG! These look so awesome!

September 22, 2010 08:08 PM
Saroja said...

Encouraged by your success, I set aside my doubts and gave these cupcakes a shot last night. Unfortunately, they were an epic fail. The batter was the most luxurious cupcake mix I’d ever made but even after 35 min in the oven, it never set. The top of the cupcakes crusted over in a beautiful golden colour but as soon as I took them out they collapsed into a gooey mess.

Any hints on what I might have done wrong? I’m willing to give these a second go – but would love some suggestions on trouble-shooting the cupcake recipe.

September 22, 2010 09:23 PM
Marta Elena said...

Mmmmmm! deliciusss

September 22, 2010 10:03 PM
Bakingmonster said...

I was totally suprised that these worked too when I first made them!

September 23, 2010 12:01 AM
soso said...

i’m speechless >

September 23, 2010 01:24 AM
Dutchy said...

Love youre photographic style!!

September 23, 2010 03:28 AM
rand said...

Oh my!!!

September 23, 2010 04:41 AM
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