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.

aurélie H said...

ces cupcakes sont magnifiques !! je les ai essayés tout de suite et ça marche !!!!!! les glaçage est délicieux et il ne tombe pas quand on le plonge dans le chocolat, c’est tout simplement magique !!!! bravo à vous ! votre blog est génial, les photos sont magnifiques !!!
you’re wonderfull and your recipes delicious !! congratulations !

September 23, 2010 10:49 AM
Jenny said...

They look so awesome!!!

I’m from Germany and follow your blog since a year ago. Unfortunately never tried a receipe but it is planned!

September 23, 2010 11:39 AM
hermenault anne said...

Hello, Iam from France and i sell cupcakes, i felt in love with them many years ago, i quicked my job to live on my cupcake hobies
what kind of Frosting is the one, italian meringue ?
many thanks for your help
Take care & enjoy your day wiht a cupcake :o-)

September 23, 2010 12:49 PM
Claire said...

I recently came across a recipe for these cupcakes in a book ‘decorating cakes & cookies’ by Annie Rigg and I thought they were a brilliant idea. Yours look wonderful- like something you would see at a fantasy land tea party! I have not yet made the cupcakes but I did try making the marshmallow topping and used it to make chocolate marshmallow teacakes ( instead- it was perfect!
Definetely want to have a go at making these myself but I dought they will look as perfect as yours!

September 23, 2010 07:25 PM
Melissa said...

Oh my gosh! These look like my favourite chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream in a cone from Dairy Queen! I bet they taste just as good!

September 23, 2010 10:54 PM
Gail said...

Right – made them yesterday they sunk in the middle. So not to be beaten I made them again today they sunk again not so bad this time. I don’t know if its because I convert things from American measures to British or cause I am just not doing it right. But I made the frosting, coated them in chocolate and OMG they are just heaven – sunk in the middle or not. These little babies will be getting hidden in the back of the fridge. Have a happy baking weekend all. love Gail Scotland xxxx

September 24, 2010 09:37 AM
Andrea said...

I love these! They remind me of frozen yogurt dipped in chocolate ( my ABSOLUTE favorite). You know what would be cool? If there was a color surprise in there or something. Rainbow frosting perhaps? That would be cool when you bite into it, not knowing what to expect :)

September 24, 2010 01:05 PM
Anonymous said...

what is the frosting recipe?

September 24, 2010 04:51 PM
Melanie Cadiz said...

Absolutely to die for!!!

September 24, 2010 05:53 PM
Stefani said...

Those look so good and cute. They remind me of chocolate dipped ice cream cones…. :)

September 26, 2010 12:41 AM
Grace said...

omg those are absolutely mesmerizing. How did you cut them in half so perfectly for that last photo? I have to make these!

September 26, 2010 03:17 PM
Kristy said...

Saw these yesterday, and told my daughter THIS was the cupcake we were making this weekend! We did it! They are wonderful and my son and husband think we are amazing. They turned out just right and I didn’t lose any icing in the chocolate! I can’t wait to share with all my team mates at work tomorrow!!!

September 26, 2010 08:39 PM
Allison said...

These are gorgeous! I’m too intimidated to even attempt, but I’d LOVE to taste one!

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

I made these cupcakes for a school fundraiser… I sold them for $1 after about 5 minutes the people aound me said i should raise it to $2 so i did i sold out in ten miutes even before the event had a chance to start… no small feet i made $100.00 for the school in ten minutes and it only cost me about $15 dollars… I made them again for a thank you to teachers and volunteers i added color to the frosting and used colored dip so that the cupcakes matched the school colors they where a huge hit…

September 27, 2010 04:31 AM
Sheila G said...

I made these this weekend – and they were indeed HEAVENLY!!! OMG – I could only eat one (in a sitting…I ate like 4 or 5 over the weekend) but they were SO rich and SO delicious!!! We had a gathering on Sunday to watch Football – and everyone just LOVED them SO SO much!! Thanks for the delicious recipe!!!

September 27, 2010 08:46 AM
Evelyn said...

I tried making these this weekend. Yeah, it was a no go. I over beat the cake mix, and it ended-up too light and fluffy (tasted fantastic though). BUT, my major problem was the frosting. I followed the directions to the letter, but it refused to set-up, and it was really grainy. YUCK!! I’m not sure what I did wrong. Needless to say, I made the best of it and whipped up some cream cheese frosting slapped some on the suckers and called it good! :) Not sure I’ll try these again. They may my “holy grail” of cupcakes. Just unachievable.

September 27, 2010 10:01 AM
Kareene said...

I am so happy I discovered your site… the cheesecake bars got me at first… but then this ! I will so make some for my kids, they will love it ! I have yet to try the pop cakes. So many things to do !! :)))

September 27, 2010 12:44 PM
Jesus said...

These don’t look anything like a hi-hat. You need two cymbal shapes stacked vertically, facing opposite directions. We all make mistakes though, so don’t feel bad. Better luck next time!

Your pal,

September 27, 2010 01:50 PM
Cassie said...

I have no words, except now I’m craving a dipped cone from Dairy Queen. I just might have to try these!

September 27, 2010 03:20 PM
Annie said...

Love love LOVE!! I adore the inside photo. Love it. :)

September 27, 2010 06:29 PM
Maryellen said...

Oh my goodness! I just read this after using StumbleUpon for hours to find the perfect dessert for a party that I am attending tonight and I absolutely had to try it. I was running out of time to get something made, so when I saw these I rushed to the store to buy all the things I needed! I finished, and of course using your tips (I used an egg dying cup as well, and the mini chips are so much easier to melt!) they turned out perfect! I love love love it!

September 28, 2010 01:30 PM
Bibi's cakes said...

Fabuloso!!!!! gracias por compartir esta dulce-experiencia!!!
Eres la mejor!!!

September 28, 2010 05:53 PM
Mona said...

These look amazing!

September 28, 2010 09:23 PM
Renee said...

Ok, you’ve got me drooling here. I’ve GOT to make these. They’re on my list but they may have just gotten bumped up a few notches.

September 29, 2010 12:50 AM
Chef Maven - Leah said...

You got me at hi… lol, these look and can tel will taste amazing. Great job! Thanks for sharing. Had to bookmark to literally run away with the prize at the next contest… I will tell there where I got it of course!

September 29, 2010 02:12 PM
Rashelle said...

Cannot wait to try these out….BTW your’s are WAY cuter than Martha’s….I’m just saying!

September 29, 2010 04:20 PM
Cassie said...

Ive made these too and one tip: ALWAYS wait for the chocolate to cool a little! You’ll end up with a gloppy MESS! (Still tasty though!)

September 29, 2010 05:23 PM
Rachel said...

This is just absolutely perfection…. I love it….

September 29, 2010 05:56 PM
Tasha said...

Oh my gosh, I have wanted to make thse for so long. Like when I was an itty bitty kid! LIke 13 hahaha, I totally forgot what they were called and it really slipped my mind. That’s for reminding me and while my husband is away I’m going to make these for him and surprise him with some yum yums when he gets back. Thanks for posting doll!

September 29, 2010 08:53 PM
zully said...

that looks amazing. wonderin g if you could share the frosting recepie? please. Also i have a lactoce intolerance kid do you have a good frosting recepi having a hard time getting anything decent. and i feel bad for him, but between the soy milk and margerine things never work out.

September 30, 2010 12:22 PM
yourstrulydear said...

these are awesome!! but how do you eat them? cut the tops up or something? or just shove the whole thing in your mouth? haha

September 30, 2010 08:45 PM
Isa said...

These are amazing! I just got the cutest new cake pedestal from my friends website and I made these for a party on top of my new pedestal and WOW! It looked fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!

October 1, 2010 08:07 PM
Carla Valdez said...

I beyond LOVE LOVE these! I Have to make them. I just have to!

October 3, 2010 03:08 AM
Nancy Spuler said...

OK, don’t even think of making these on a rainy Sunday afternoon with grandaughters, lol. The frosting didn’t quite set up right and when I dipped, or rather tried to dip, them in the chocolate, the fluffy, lol, icing stuff fell in. So we’re now eating them with just the cupcake and white fluffy stuff on top. They’re still good, but I WILL NOT let this defeat me. Trust me, the next sunny day, I’ll be making them again, lol.

October 3, 2010 07:01 PM
Patricia said...

My Granddaughter started Culinary School and has a special passion for baking. She is going to love these. Thank You.

October 4, 2010 07:32 AM
Gilvan Araujo said...

i really almost eat my monitor …. ^^ delicius … congratulations!!!

October 4, 2010 09:05 PM
emma said...

hello from england! had a go at these today, still having a go!
my coating is cooling right this second, im scared!
got to admit it took me alot longer than 12 minutes to get my filling to make stiff peaks, it was more like half an hour. im going to have guns of steel! xx

October 5, 2010 10:15 AM
Kelli said...

Oh My! Those are gorgeous!
I just made cake balls for the first time last night, red velvet from scratch and the family loved them.

October 8, 2010 11:52 AM
Ann said...

I had never seen these before. And now I am totally consumed: must have!

October 8, 2010 03:51 PM
Jennie said...

Cupcakes is the BEST book. I’ve made a bunch from it, but never the hi-hats. What a success! Congratulations. :)

October 10, 2010 06:34 PM
Monica Talley said...

Oh my. It is 8:30 pm and I am going to make some tonight. THey look sooo goood. My 2 dd’s want some for their lunch tomorrow.

October 11, 2010 09:33 PM
Mary said...

I just finished making these! I found dipping them to be harder than expected, but other than that the hardest part was the 12 minutes with the electric mixer! I can’t wait to bring them to my party tomorrow, my friends will be so impressed!

October 13, 2010 12:02 AM
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October 13, 2010 11:43 AM
Dionne said...

O My God,

These look delicious,
I do gonna make these (:
But I still got a problem whit other recipe’s Because I live in Holland,
And some off the stuff they just don’t have in the Netherlands ): but this is something I can make :D

October 13, 2010 11:50 AM
lolo said...


October 14, 2010 09:05 AM
Alexandra said...

Thanks for posting these. I’ve waiting for reason to make them and finally did last night for good friends birthday. They were a hit!

October 17, 2010 08:23 AM
Rachel said...

How do you get the candy melts and chocolate to come out perfectly smooth and not harden in the cup after melting so fast. I always ruin the chocolate and thus ruin my creations.

October 17, 2010 05:24 PM
Grace said...

I’m allergic to nuts and the recipe for the frosting has almond oil in it. Do you know of anything that I could replace it with and the recipe still work?

October 18, 2010 11:51 PM
Oliver said...

Wow! Amazing! And SO scary!! Do you know any place to order great baked goods online? I’ve been getting my cookies at and they are great! Shipped fresh from the oven and baked to order AND right now they are having this awesome sale…everything is 15% off until Oct 31. Anyway, just wanted to share with any fellow baking-challenged readers and see if you had any further suggestions. Thanks! Great post!

October 19, 2010 07:01 PM
Kristen said...

Just looking at these makes me hungry! Now all I need is a cup of cinnamon cocoa to go with.

October 21, 2010 12:42 AM
Leanne said...

WOWZERS they look amazing. I have to try making these….!

October 26, 2010 12:01 PM
Sharna said...

I know I’m a little late to the party but oh my. Inspired my hi hats are in the freezer now before the bit I am dreading comes. The chocolate. It’s cooling as I type.

I think I’m going through the same nerves, it makes that 15 minutes mixing (it took a couple of extra minutes I didn’t quite have the gas temp high enough at first to get the egg whites going) look like a literal cake walk.

Although I’m quite happy with the recipe, it says 12. And my cupcakes are huge and I somehow have got 20 of the little buggers. Oh well wish me luck.

November 2, 2010 09:34 AM
brenda hallauer said...

My cream frosting is gritty. I don’t know why, but it isn’t good. What am I doing wrong?

November 4, 2010 05:35 PM
Aggie said...


November 7, 2010 06:46 PM
Pigtail Goddess said...

These look fab! And the frame by frame shots of you dipping the first one was hilarious. Like chocolate porn!

November 15, 2010 01:42 PM
Lorynne Heyns said...

I made these and everyone loved them. The mellow filling can be used as icing too, I made all kinds of cupcakes with it. Very hard to resist eating it while baking though!

November 16, 2010 06:37 AM
Shirley said...

I tried them and they look great, bu the frosting is grainy. Any suggestions

November 16, 2010 10:52 AM
Pumpkin said...

OMG! I love it!! Can’t wait to place my order…. Keep up the good work…

November 18, 2010 06:17 PM
Anonymous said...

i cant believe you made a cupcake!!!! that is so brave! the bravest thing ive ever tasted! you can do anything truly greatwork

November 18, 2010 07:53 PM
bilchyfiz said...

that. is. beautiful.
what frosting did you use? i tried baking a cupcake today and used betty crocker rich & creamy frosting but it was very runny and slide right off the cupcake when i piped it high on top the cupcake.

November 20, 2010 03:04 AM
Jaime said...

You. Are. My. Hero. : )

November 22, 2010 05:21 AM
Anonymous said...

I think I found a new treat for my nanny kids!

November 23, 2010 02:15 AM
Jessie Muntz said...

WOW! My awesome friend steve stumbles upon this recipe and we made them this weekend and they were sensational! I was so impressed they turned out as awesome as they did!

November 29, 2010 04:37 PM
Veronica said...

OMG! Those are TOO freaking cute! Very awesome and yummy looking!

November 30, 2010 01:04 AM
Anonymous said...

these look like terds on top of cake

November 30, 2010 08:52 PM
Jillian said...

OMG! I think I’m going to try it this weekend! Wish me luck!!!

December 2, 2010 10:13 AM
Noa said...

I finally made them! don’t have a hand mixer so I used a hand held wire whip (yes! manually!) to just mix the mixture in my stand mixer’s metal bowl while holding it on top of a saucepan with boiling water. Once it reached 160 F I transferred the bowl to the stand mixer and whipped till I got stiff peaks. worked like a charm.

December 10, 2010 12:18 PM
Shira said...

yes! I did it!

December 11, 2010 10:33 AM
Kimberly Temple said...

Omg, these look amazing. I would love to try these, but I would be so afraid. They are just beautiful though, they look so soft and fluffy and so crunchy on the outside. Perfect.

December 13, 2010 12:42 AM
Kathy said...

I have been reading your blog since summer, but stopped because of school. Then my birthday is coming up and I remembered this recipe! I have got to try this for my birthday!!! (Pretty sad that I have to make my own dessert for my birthday, but I’m not a fan of store bought)

December 15, 2010 12:46 AM
Wendy in California said...

Finally made these luscious treats for a surprise birthday party for my mom and they were a HUGE hit! I experienced two negatives that almost made me throw in the towel…..Martha’s recipes were incomplete/wrong for both the cupcakes and the HHats! …..And I found one big positive – Bakerella’s recipe for the HHats, including the crucial use of the freezer in the process. My advice – use a dark chocolate cupcake recipe you trust and follow Bakerella’s recipe for dipping and freezing/refrigerating. Thanks, B; the High Hats are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

December 16, 2010 09:10 AM
Ramona said...

OMG !!!!!!!!!!!

December 20, 2010 06:45 AM
Robyn said...

I’ve wanted to try these since Martha did a segment on them. Like you, I’ve been nervous to try them. Maybe I’ll try some for the holidays. You’ve inspired to me.

December 20, 2010 12:28 PM
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This is a fantastic recipe. I tried it over the weekend and it turned out perfectly – with any recipe like this though, I am always careful to make sure not to overcook. My oven is a bit on the older side and that can lead me to problems if I don’t keep an eye on things!

December 22, 2010 07:53 PM
stephanie said...

I am making these for my daughter’s class. Do you know if they hold up well out of refrigeration for a few hours?

January 13, 2011 05:08 PM
Ally said...

I am gonna love these!

January 14, 2011 09:50 PM
Laura said...

These were my favorites cupcakes in the world as a kid! The bakery next to my school used to make them all the time.
My favorite was around Halloween, they would use white chocolate dipping and make “ghost” cupcakes. Amazing!

January 16, 2011 08:47 AM
Anonymous said...

Que delicia de pastelitos y sobre todo hermosisimos, mil gracias.

January 19, 2011 09:13 PM
Wenderly said...


January 20, 2011 11:07 AM
Berglind said...

Just made these..They are delightful and taste good.

January 29, 2011 08:11 PM
cate said...

I can’t believe I’ve never seen these before!!! They’re amazing!!! Definitely trying these!

February 3, 2011 12:25 PM
Lily's Treasures said...

OH-MY-GOD, that is a total dream. This blog is just great and this cupcake makes me breathless. Superb !

February 9, 2011 04:09 PM
Amanda said...

These were fun to make! I definitely learned what I’ll do different next time, but they turned out great!

February 9, 2011 08:13 PM
Carol said...

Of note, Martha Stewart’s video and webpage does indeed credit the book “Cupcakes.” She does not credit her own book.

February 10, 2011 07:20 PM
Pixelbot said...

Awesome, very beautifull, great work, THANKS!

February 11, 2011 06:01 PM
estefania said...

i loved it an i personally think you did it better than Martha Stewart did i really want to try it but i am a little worried so what kind of chocolate do you recommend

February 12, 2011 10:46 PM
estefania said...

so i tried it today but i think the chocolate was to thick so it didnt come out right what should i do

February 13, 2011 09:25 PM
Shaz said...

I’m in love with your site and your work!! Can I use royal icing to cover the cake pops or do I have to use candy coating? Would buttercream frosting work as well?! Also what frosting did you use for this one? Recipe please?!

February 16, 2011 02:29 PM
Debbie Callar said...

I so wanted to try these. My frosting even though frozen fell to the side of each one. Practice makes perfect. I’ll continue. My kids loved them and loved the “marshmellow” in them

February 28, 2011 12:30 AM
Kandy said...

I just made 2 batches – the first one, the meringue frosting was just a little too soft and even after refrigerating and freezing, it slithered off the cupcake once I turned it right side up. Second batch of frosting turned out quite a bit stiffer and I had slightly better results but nothing as high as your high hats. Nonetheless, they are DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for giving me the courage to give them a try. (they are too good not to try again soon)

March 14, 2011 07:50 PM
A. Cole said...

you should try double dipped cake balls….two different colors of coating… half pink, another purple….yeah!

March 17, 2011 04:39 PM
Amal Katut said...

those cupcakes look amazingly great… i <3 them, i hope i get them well done for my friends b-day

March 25, 2011 01:51 PM
Karen said...

These look just like ice cream! You could even roll them in peanut pieces right after you dipped them and they would be like my favorite ice cream cone – the Nutty Dip!

April 3, 2011 02:50 PM
carrie said...

Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!!! Love u

April 3, 2011 06:33 PM
carrie said...

Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!!! Love um

April 3, 2011 06:33 PM
Anonymous said...

I tried them today the batter turned out LOVELY but my frosting just stayed mushy I couldnt get it to get frosty peaks HELP.

April 3, 2011 09:47 PM
Emily said...

I tried a similar recipe once but the frosting didn’t turn out to be very good in the consistence so they basically just went flat… :( But it tasted very good!!

April 9, 2011 04:33 AM
Emily said...

BTW, your Hi-Hat cupcakes looks adorable and very cute!

April 9, 2011 04:35 AM
Giovana said...

meu deus, sem ao menos entender a receita fiquei louca por estes cupcakes… vou ver se consigo que traduzam esta página!!

April 13, 2011 11:32 AM
emily said...

that is sooo amazing… i think i’m going to try that…..make it for my party i bet they are all going to love them!!!!!

April 21, 2011 06:34 PM
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