Hi-Hat Cupcakes

How to make hi hat cupcakesI was introduced to hi-hat cupcakes by Joann's on Third while I was living in Los Angeles. I think they call theirs the cloud cupcake. And it is much taller than these and truly a very epic looking cupcake. 🙂 So after seeing those about 3 years ago, I of course wanted to go home and try to make them. I found a recipe via Martha Stewart, who says it's originally from the book Cupcakes!Black and white hi hat cupcakesMy first attempt was a big FAIL. I couldn't get the frosting to stay on the cupcakes while dipping. So frustrating! I would end up with a big pile of upside down frosting in my melted chocolate cup. And I could not figure out what I had done wrong! I felt like I followed every step. If you bake very often you've probably had a moment like this in the kitchen. It's that moment where you feel kind of dumb and realize what you've been doing for the last hour or two will NOT be rewarded with a delicious cupcake. Cruel, cruel world.Marshmallow frosting!Making hi hat cupcakesLately I have been in the mood to try past failed recipe attempts. I think it's something about the new year (even though I realize we are starting to get well into 2013 at this point). I really love cooking, baking and creating recipes. But I'll be the first to admit I'm no expert on a lot of things. I want to be. I want to improve and learn and grow in that area of my life, because it has been such a positive outlet for me over the years. So any dish that I've struggled with before, like say macarons, I am in the mood to try, try again. Take another crack at it. Give it the ol' college try (what does that one even mean anyway?).Tips for melting chocolateAs you can probably tell from these photos, I did it! And these are amazingly delicious! I decided to make two versions: dark chocolate and white chocolate. I think the main difficulty here is having enough patience to make these happen. They are a process for sure. And when the directions say to beat the frosting mixture for 12 minutes, this will feel like an eternity. And I had to buy a hand mixer because I realized I didn't have my immersion blender with me, (I was house sitting) and a Kitchen Aid mixer couldn't accommodate the simmering water. Read the directions if that sounds confusing. Then, I put the cupcakes with the frosting in the freezer for a bit. I think patience beating the mixture and the freezer step were crucial to preventing all the frosting from just falling in the chocolate. Tips for making hi hat cupcakesIt is also advisable to allow your melted chocolate to cool before dipping. It can't cool enough that it is beginning to become solid, but the cooler it is the less likely it will be to melt the tips of your cupcakes off. But if this happens it's not really a big deal. Way better than the entire top coming off. 🙂Hi hat cupcake how toI will for sure be making these again. I am hoping for some kind of wizard party (or maybe Halloween), because I think you could easily add a little black construction paper loop to the middle of the cupcakes after they are done and boom. Witches' hats! xo. Emma

  • These look amazing! Yum!!! 🙂

    XO Nat
    Nat in Love

  • I’ve lived a few blocks away from this place for a couple of months now and decided to finally give it a try after reading this post! When I went in, I didn’t see these heavenly looking cupcakes on display, and when I asked about them they said that they don’t really make them anymore!!! Only a few batches during the holidays! :O I was so sad and still have yet to satisfy this crazy chocolate craving that I now have! ha!

  • love all your food and DIY posts and i´m a big fan of your blog and of you two. greetings from vienna

  • These remind me of dipped ice cream in the summer…I’m sure that was the point, lol.


  • these are like little works of art….wish i could reach into my laptop screen and pluck one right out 🙂

  • Yum!!! Such a great way to spice up a cupcake!

    Crystal’s Beauty Corner

  • These look AMAZING! A must-try recipe.

    xo Sara from tinysguarbee.blogspot.com

  • Such a good idea. The pictures (and cupcakes) are beautiful.


  • The author of Cupcakes! is amazing. I love Elinor Klivans. Her cookie recipes are great too!

  • OMG those look amazing.. I will be trying these out for my sisters birthday and post it on my blog!

  • I think the only problem with this level of amazingness is that I now have to find a celebration to make them for 😉

  • OMG these look SO delicious, so cool I can’t wait to make them!


  • These looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to make chocolate-dipped cupcakes and you really motivated me now 🙂
    xo Julia

  • Sooo awesome! I love anything chocolate dipped, though, so I guess I’m bias. Ha! 🙂
    xo Heather

  • These look delectable! I wonder how much convincing it would take for my boyfriend to let us make these tonight. Maybe asking for these beauties and pizza in one night would be a bit much…


  • I am going to bring these to the next office party! So excited! These look darling and delicious!

  • They look so delicious – I want to fly over from Australia and eat one! Yum!!

    xx Penny

  • I’m coming over right now to eat these. See me soon!


  • They are very cute but the top reminds me of a German sweet that I didn’t really liked… I haven’t read the recipe though so maybe it’s different!
    Quite funny that you used Milka chocolate, in France they don’t make the one you had for cooking, but only very sweet filled kinds… Good but that’sjust industrial chocolate. And in Germany that’s even sweeter! It is filled with a variety of creams and caramel and other stuffs!

  • Oh gosh these look delicious!! Will definitely be trying these out!
    Lovely photos!


  • Oh my goodness!! I’m in love with the look of these! Dreamy! <3

    Lulu xx


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  • They look DE-LI-CIOUS!
    I’m going to make them as soon as I can.

    Love your blog!


  • YUM. It is almost not fair that you have posted something so delicious looking, however I only gave up wine for Lent so this looks like something I may try to conjure up this weekend. xo

  • These look divine! I’m going to have to stop off at Joan’s on Third and try one of these there instead of my usual carrot cake before I try making them myself the next time I head up to West Hollywood.

  • I’ve been wanting to try making these lately!

    xo Jennifer


  • Oh my gosh this looks so yummy!! I just Pinned it!

  • Those look delicious, especially the one with the bits taken out. Hey, you don’t need to use Halloween as an excuse to have a wizard party!!


  • These look so good. Cupcakes dipped in chocolate? Yes please.

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays Facebook

  • These look so good! I have that cupcake book, but haven’t actually made anything from it yet, whoops! I will have to give these a try.


    Kristina does the Internets

  • Looks delicious !!

    XX Luba

    White Blazer & Ombre jeans in my look today

  • Oh my !! they look so yummy…


  • You could totally pipe little faces on them and make adorable ghosties for Halloween (or…you know…February). 🙂

  • I saw something like this on Pinterest and I was wondering how you get the icing to stay on.

  • I have to try this out!!! They look so unbelievably scrumptious!!!


  • Wooo, that is soo greeat recipe. I love it. Have a nice friday.


  • Oh God these look so delicious! I’m meant to be on a diet, and this is not helping me keep off the sweet stuff.
    I’m definitely going to give these a try once i’ve finished dieting, I can’t wait!


  • Oh wow – gorgeous! I am so impressed and also craving chocolate now so thanks for that 😉 em

  • i am dying. why must you guys always share the most beautiful, delicious-looking food?
    kw ladies in navy

  • These look SO delicious! I don’t know if I could pull them off, but if I have a day to myself I might try!


  • Emma,
    Thanks for being the type of person who not only writes articles about amazing cupcakes, but also includes the phrase “wizard party.” I fully expect a wizard party feature. Thankyouverymuch.

  • Way to push through a first failed attempt! These cupcakes as a result of your perseverance, I’m sure, are that much sweeter!

  • My first thought was: Good Lord, these look delicious! I definitely want to try these!

  • Oh my! That looks amazing! I always want to start a diet but with these recipes… it’s just impossible!

  • I have never seen a cupcake made this way. Well done for showing this recipe who’s boss.

  • Hi girls, i’ve been a huge fan of A beautiful mess for the last two years i think, and I finally started my own blog. I read all advices you wrote, and I took the courage, I´m so happy! I wanted to share it with you, because I’m from Argentina, and there aren’t many cute and interesting blogs like yours from here, you are one of my biggest inspirations, thank you guys!

  • i MUST make these!
    an ice cream parlor i went to as a kid did this and these photos are bringing me back~

    xo the egg out west.

  • OH MY GOODNESS! I want to try one of those bad boys right now! Looks perfect, Emma!


  • Oh my gosh, YUM. those seriously look delicious. I need to make them. asap.

    Juliette Laura

  • Yum, congratulations these look delicious, wish I had the patience to make them, ohh and an electric mixer!

  • thanks for sharing your cooking story with us Emma… it’s even more inspiring to see HOW you have gotten so good at baking! so now we have no excuse to give up… 😉

  • Totally brill! I’ll have 3. or, er… What about my diet, you ask…? It’s going well. Oh, you can’t get anyone to eat them?! I’ll take 7 then. THANKS 😀

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