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.

Alecia said...

FYI – after reading through all the comments and going back to Martha’s site she has posted a revised recipe with video. Going to give it a try this weekend wish me luck

April 21, 2011 07:03 PM
A. Cole said...

OMG amazing is this like my 3rd comments saying that? :)

April 24, 2011 10:26 PM
Jane Marwick Deas said...

These cup cakes were quite tempting, but in the UK we use grams and liters, so I changed the recipe with these rather handy, and free, converters:

* Batter
67 g unsweetened choco, chopd
100 g all-purpose flour
2 g baking powder
2 g baking soda
1.25 g salt
115 g unsalted butter, soft
240 g sugar
2 large eggs
5 ml vanilla extract
60 g sour cream
120 ml water

* Frosting
335 g cups sugar
3 large egg whites
1.25 ml cream of tartar
5 ml vanilla extract
2.5 ml almond extract
60 ml water

* Coating
360 g chopd semisweet choco
45 ml veg oil

Very tasty indeed.

Thank you Bakerella!

April 28, 2011 08:43 PM
sinohorloge said...

nterested 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! Replica Franck Muller Casablanca

May 3, 2011 12:42 AM
fajas colombianas said...

These look yummy, it made me want to crave for cupcakes. I suggest adding sprinkles to give it a much more colorful look.

May 3, 2011 11:26 AM
Bec said...

I would love to see this done after baking the cupcakes in ice cream cones!

May 3, 2011 02:36 PM
Taylor said...

Oh wow, imagine using white chocolate and tinting it with neon or pastel colors for the dipping I bet if done well it would be awesome.

May 4, 2011 06:38 PM
Taryn said...

This is great! But did you ever think about putting different flavors of frosting on the inside? Like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and others?

May 6, 2011 09:36 AM
emily lowery said...

gourgeous cupcackes im impressed

May 6, 2011 10:26 PM
ninja said...

i am going to make a smores version of these with marshmallow butter cream and spiced cake

May 10, 2011 07:56 PM
Maureen Crossman said...

::sigh:: I don’t know what I did wrong. I followed it to the letter. My tops popped completely off and into the chocolate. Total disaster. : (

May 15, 2011 04:33 PM
Arnav said...


May 25, 2011 11:52 AM
Rishma said...

Just LOVE your stuff!! Are you going to be in Toronto any time soon?

May 27, 2011 10:16 AM
Bellaisa said...

These look so amazing, they should be a staple in my house. I’ll see what I can do about that!

May 27, 2011 02:24 PM
Lorena said...

Parabéns!!! Muito perfeito!! To com água na boca…

June 2, 2011 10:21 AM
The Ninja said...

Shut the door! These are awesome. Look better than DQ dipped cones. Definitely want to try and hope the results are as good as yours!

June 8, 2011 12:00 PM
kiki said...

Um… they look like poop. :p

June 12, 2011 03:58 AM
J.J.Q said...

if you dont mind can you please tell me from where you got this amazing looking frosting or is just plain old heavy whiped creame??? oh! and for the chocolate chips can i use the normal hershes ones ? i would be realy glad and really happy if you answear my questions!!:)))

June 13, 2011 07:36 AM
ol-ludmila said...

It’s great! I’m not quite sure I’ll succeed in baking such tasty and wonderful looking cupcakes but I’ll try.

June 19, 2011 05:49 AM
Erika said...

I love seeing things like this! I never would of thought of this on my own.

June 22, 2011 07:45 PM
Maria said...

Currently making these now. But are they supposed to be this light & airy (the cupcakes, not the frosting) its making me a bit nervous but I’ll update when I finish.

BTW, get well soon. You’ve insipred me to do so much, I only hope you have a fast & speedy recovery :)

June 23, 2011 02:35 PM
Savannah said...

I tried these and I LOVE them! You should visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

June 23, 2011 03:45 PM
Kristen said...

I want to try it, I really do, but I am as scared as you were making them!

June 28, 2011 04:22 PM
Patrícia said...

Que delícia, como tem pessoas na net com dons maravilhosos, parabéns!

July 14, 2011 09:23 PM
Trendy Tree-Jeannie Pence said...

They look like the soft serve ice cream cones we used to get at the dairy bar that were covered in chocolate! They look great)))

July 24, 2011 08:49 AM
Lauren said...

Wow does look like vanilla ice cream covered in ganache on a cone. but it sounds complicated for a kid my age sooo…

July 30, 2011 02:33 AM
Frances Isabel said...

Oh my gosh!!! These are AMAZING I have to try these!!!

August 1, 2011 04:24 PM
Tiffany@fizzyparty said...

Ha ha, I LOVE your commentary. Those look so amazingly yummers!!!! And I do love me some cupcakes.

August 1, 2011 09:58 PM
Lauren said...

Reminds me of those vanilla ice cream cones covered in ganache to build a wall of chocolate over the ice cream. Delicious!!!

August 11, 2011 02:06 AM
Sara said...

I have been a long time fan of Bakerella. I recently had to make mini cupcakes of chocolate and vanilla for a party. I wanted something different and I remembered seeing this recipe on here. First, I need to say that the cupcake batter itself is amazing. The icing was fun to make. My only problem was with the coating. I felt like it was REALLY sweet. But, that can always be tweaked. I am happy to have hi-hats checked off of my baking list. Thank you!

August 14, 2011 09:22 PM
lottie said...


August 18, 2011 06:59 AM
Mighty Morgan said...

I found this post on your site the other day….and I wasn’t able to stop thinking about them till I made them…lol! Thanks!

August 22, 2011 01:37 PM
Veronica said...

Absolutely gorgeous! but can you give us the whole recipe??

August 25, 2011 03:23 PM
Julie in Edmonds said...


August 26, 2011 09:41 PM
cookthegood said...

just look @ the finishing maintained by the chocolate dip, like a metal plating

August 28, 2011 05:01 PM
Beverly said...

How awesome! Got to try them!

August 30, 2011 12:13 AM
Hannelie said...

I tried the frosting, but run into some problems. How can you get the temp to 160 over a pan water? Is it farenite of celcius? Otherwise it was good to try.

September 9, 2011 09:24 AM
Taylor said...

Can you use any other frosting? I don’t have time for the cooked. They’re sooooo pretty!!!

September 9, 2011 07:41 PM
jasmin said...

i love these they are cute the cupcake then the wipcream then dipping them in melted hershey’s chocolate bars they look so so so so so so good from the inside

September 11, 2011 08:52 AM
Sarah @ Bon Vivant Chronicles said...

Ok. Soo I thought they looked great with just the white frosting, but then you dipped them in chocolate! OMG. Im starving now! Delish!

September 18, 2011 10:59 PM
Lauren Daroux said...

Omg i just jizzed my pants!

September 25, 2011 05:37 AM
Léa said...

I shocked her beautiful *-* but what is the recipe for the cream over the cake as to make his j’aimerer for birthday. I LOVE THE CAKE

September 29, 2011 12:24 PM
Sohni said...

I’m going to try these tomorrow. Does it help to have egg whites at room temperature before using them in the frosting?

October 7, 2011 03:29 AM
Trish said...

Theres remind me of those soft serve ice cream cones from the old fashion drive up burger joint when I was a kid. So cute!

October 17, 2011 06:56 PM
Gina S said...

I made the frosting for some chocolate fudge cupcakes w/ a peanut butter cup into each one. Oh…dear…SO epically delicious. I had a dozen friends tell me how amazing these were, THANK YOU for the recipe!!! I didn’t use the thermometer, and just kept going til I had those perfect peaks. I totally did a happy dance when my first one was dipped. I’m now looking for reasons to bake to make this again.

October 21, 2011 09:23 PM
lou said...

i made these…and well the cupcakes felll so bad…i didnt oopen oven no extreme movements…it was insane. i wonder what i did wrong. I ended up filling the holes with the filling. it was insane.

October 21, 2011 09:59 PM
julie said...

I had a version of these in Pella, Iowa. It was a Ding-Dong on steroids! Pure yumminess!!

November 20, 2011 10:40 AM
ana paula quintal said...

beautiful, amazing, vou fazer aqui no Brasil…

November 20, 2011 09:17 PM
Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture said...

Oooh Bakerella! These look delicious! I want to try them with Butterscotch just like Retro Bakery does. My fav!

November 23, 2011 02:21 PM
Mady Girl said...

Where is the recipe? Cause i wanna make some

December 4, 2011 12:22 PM
Alexis Snell said...

Well I made them and no such luck! I started with the small but Im thinking I didnt whip the eggs whites stiff enough. Also, I put them in the fridge while I prepared the chocolate, perhaps the freezer would have made a difference.

I can say they taste delicious and Im doing a second run this weekend!

December 5, 2011 01:57 PM
fa6o0ma said...

totaly cooooooooooool ^.*

December 14, 2011 01:37 PM
li'l Gracie said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOH!!! cute and cuter! :D XD i’ve got cutenessaloseenabee fever

December 16, 2011 10:44 AM
James said...

This is a recipe I use which is similar.

December 18, 2011 03:58 AM
Andrea said...

I bet a magic shell made with chocolate and coconut oil would set up even faster! Wish I had the patience to make these puppies!!

December 20, 2011 06:17 PM
nelly said...

I lik it!! tnkiu!!

December 20, 2011 07:21 PM
Dulce said...

I´m gonna try them soon.. yummy yummy :D

December 21, 2011 02:25 PM
chloe said...

What kind of frosting is on the hi hat cupcake? it looks Amazing!!

December 26, 2011 05:40 PM
coco said...

These look the BOMB!! I totally have to try them :)

January 7, 2012 12:47 PM
moochies4me said...

Love these….looking for something different for a bake sale. I’d REALLY love to know how you get such a clean cut when you show the inside. Also noticed the nice cut on your recent ganache covered cake…how’d you do that???? :-)

January 13, 2012 04:04 PM
Mikelle said...

Wow! How beautiful! I’m planning on making some myself… but i’m pretty nervous about the icing!! ;) wish me luck!

January 14, 2012 11:56 AM
Snjezana Zana Pavlic said...

Whats the prize to those hi hat cupcake?
thanks for the excellent tutorial

January 24, 2012 02:23 PM
Chris Hafner said...

I absolutely LOVE these (at least how they look) I’m HOPING my wife will help me make them! Thanks so much for the Wonderful idea :)

January 25, 2012 12:49 PM
Liamar Ayala said...

Can wait too do this cupcake. OMG they look soooooooooooo mummy.

January 30, 2012 11:43 PM
Clau said...

I did the frosting and dipping! (The cupcakes were the easy part – box)
I followed the recipe that you posted but my frosting was more than 12min and the temp didn’t go higher than 130s, it happened the same with you!
I should say I would have wanted the frosting to be more stiff…hmmm I guess I will just keep practicing.
Either way the thing WAS SO TASTY!!!
LOVE THEM! Thank you!!

February 15, 2012 07:18 PM
Carlotta said...

I love the idea, but I do not love frosting. Do you think you could do it by piping whipped cream instead?

March 2, 2012 01:23 PM
adele robinson said...

omygosh YUM!

March 6, 2012 10:59 PM
grace said...

I’m…. d…d…DYING!! :)

March 20, 2012 07:23 PM
Catherine said...

They look amazing! Have you ever tried the ones with peanutbutter icing???

March 22, 2012 03:57 PM
Catherine said...

Yummy they look amazing! Have you ever tried making the ones with peanut butter icing??

March 22, 2012 03:59 PM
Mel said...

I made these today and they were amazing!! Worth all the time that goes into that fluffy frosting!! will make them again for sure!

March 25, 2012 08:14 PM
molly v. said...

I have two words: Super, super,super,super extraoridinary.

April 2, 2012 09:32 AM
Veronica A. said...

I had to dip tons of soft serve ice cream cones when I used to work for Carvel…scariest part of the job!
7 minute frosting is a cake walk (haha pun ^_^) compared to that!

April 12, 2012 08:43 PM
Amber said...

I totally want to make these at Christmas time dipped in white chocolate and with glittery sprinkles to look like trees covered in snow. Thank you for the inspiration!

April 29, 2012 07:22 PM
Lyddiegal said...

I made these last month and they were soooo good!
I was super intimidated by the frosting, and I don’t have a hand mixer, so I had to find a recipe designed for a stand mixer – and it worked out perfectly. I think I could definitely make them again with much more confidence!

May 12, 2012 10:36 AM
Syla said...


First of all thank you for all your recipe!! I’ve tries many and never desapointes by the result!! Actually you’re the best for me!! ;) I bought your book in France: ‘cake pops” that was the beginning of my cooking adiction”! Again Thanks!!

Well i tried to make the “HIT HAT cupcakes” and guess what? Not good at all… The cupcakes are all collapsing. I don’t know if it’s the false sweet and sour created by myself with “crème fraîche” and lemon juice? Also the color of the cake too clear.. Why? Can you help me i would like to try again.
This is what i used:
84g chocolate chopped, 130g of flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 110g unsalted butter, softened, 250g sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 12cl créme fraîche.

Again thanks!


May 17, 2012 10:40 AM
janny said...

can you use store bought frosting for this?

May 20, 2012 02:37 PM
Kelly said...


May 31, 2012 04:27 PM
Schokojunkie said...

OMG! These cupcakes look ab-so-lutely fantastic! My friends will love you!

June 6, 2012 01:47 AM
Tabatha said...

I’ve made these a few times! people love them, but last time I made them the chocolate cracked a few minutes after taking them out of the fridge. Any ideas why?

June 6, 2012 08:45 PM
Rebecca said...

I Really Love These Cupcakes!:) I Was Wondering how do you make the whipcream or the thing on the top?

June 8, 2012 06:38 PM
Rebecca said...

Or The Ingredients For It

June 8, 2012 06:39 PM
Samantha said...

I made these today and they turned out awesome! I separated the frosting and tinted it 4 separate colors so they felt a little more summery. Super cute and taste great!

June 12, 2012 10:09 PM
Heather said...

I just made these for my son’s class for his birthday. They were NOT that hard, just a bit time consuming. WELL WORTH IT!!! Delish! :)

June 17, 2012 10:24 PM
Rachel graham said...

Hi, these look amazing, I used my own cupcake recipe as my daughter is coeliac so everything has to b GF, but I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for the frosting, I followed it to the letter but my frosting would not thicken up it stayed the consistency of double cream, 3 times I’ve tried now, I’ve got it to the right temperature and used my electric hand mixer ( which is really really really hot now!!!) I’m desperate to make these for a cake sale at my daughters school on Friday. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

June 27, 2012 07:40 AM
Lorena said...

It looks like swirled ice cream on top of a cupcake dipped in chocolate:) yummy!!!! I shall try this!

July 4, 2012 03:46 PM
Rebecca said...

may i have the recipe for the top thing on the cupcake i know it sounds goofy but idk what to call it :)

July 19, 2012 03:58 PM
Lindah said...

This are always a big hit with children and grown ups too! I bought the book about 6 or 7 years ago and I’m still using it, if you are afraid don’t be you will fall in love once you see your first meringue topped cupcake, the rest it’s easy! ;-)

August 13, 2012 10:37 AM
Sheryl said...

I followed the directions to a T. They came out beautiful UNTIL it came to coating them in chocolate, when I dipped it in the cooled chocolate, the frosting slid right off into the chocolate. What did I do wrong, any suggestions?
Thank you in advance

August 31, 2012 09:23 AM
Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden said...

I simply adore hi hat cupcakes . They are look so gorgeous and they are delicious to! Really great post with perfect directions!

September 22, 2012 01:58 AM
lily said...

soh vc entende

September 23, 2012 08:44 PM
Keisha said...

These cupcakes remind me of the ice cream cones dipped in chocolate……DELICIOUS

September 29, 2012 05:22 AM
Sarah said...

Just saw these on pinterest, I too have been terrified to make them! Could you use white chocolate as a coating? My husband doesn’t like chocolate. (I know, he’s strange!)

October 1, 2012 12:54 PM
M. Alexandria Yoong said...

I can’t wait to try this one out! Thanks for the tutorial – I wouldn’t have dared tip the meringue into the melted chocolate without photographic evidence of some sort! :D

October 2, 2012 04:20 AM
Cherine said...

how do you EAT these things??!!!!! they’re to die for!

October 8, 2012 03:01 PM
Shawnnelle said...

Im thirteen…14 in 6 mothes…i cant wait to try and make these…ive done almost all the things youve posted on this website…but i think these will be the end of that! (: wish me luck <3

October 17, 2012 12:35 AM
Carol said...

I can’t wait to try these yummies. what was the recipe for the frosting? DidI miss it??

November 3, 2012 08:37 PM
E.B said...

Mine were a total FAIL! :(
The frosting got squished when I dipped into the chocolate. Also, I couldn’t for the life of me get the frosting to the correct temperature which is probably while it didn’t work when I dipped in chocolate.

November 13, 2012 01:16 AM
diana said...

Have you tried making these with homemade mashmallow instead? I am wondering if it would work.

December 6, 2012 11:32 PM
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