October 1, 2011

Hi-Hat Cupcakes

My friend Brian's birthday was a few weeks ago and as a belated gift I wanted to make him some sweet treats.  I first saw these hi-hat cupcakes on Martha Stewart and they've been on my "must-make" list for quite some time.  Aren't they fun and whimsical?

You can personalize hi-hats with any flavor combination you want for the cupcakes and frosting.  The original recipe uses seven minute frosting, but I'm not much of a fan because it's a bit too sweet for my taste.  Instead I used chocolate swiss meringue buttercream.    The main thing to remember is to pipe the frosting high!

Happy Birthday B!!!

I followed the technique from Martha Stewart's recipe, but used cupcakes and frosting that I've had success with in the past.

Cupcakes:  Cook's Illustrated Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes (w/o ganache filling)
Frosting: Chocolate Swiss Merginue Buttercream (see below)
Chocolate Coating: Martha Stewart

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

5 large egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb unsalted butter cut in to pieces, at room temperature
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Place sugar, egg whites and salt in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.

Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.

Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don't worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined.

Add the chocolate and beat until it's fully incorporated in to the buttercream.


  1. Anonymous10/01/2011

    These look great!
    Where did you get the frosting recipe?

  2. Anonymous10/02/2011

    These are so cute! I love the chocolate "hi hat". Great take on the classic. Yum!

  3. These are amazingly beautiful, I love the chocolate frosting. Looks really deelicious. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anonymous10/03/2011

    I think these are one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Great job!!

  5. Mmmm... these look delicious. I'm just browsing on Foodgawker, and the first two pics I've clicked on have been yours, so you must be doing something right! Keep it up. :)

  6. I made these last week and at a whole table of multiple cupcakes mine were gone so fast. I will make the frosting again. it was very butter and light

  7. These look fantastic! I've been wanting to make them as well. Great job!

  8. Anonymous10/01/2014

    Does that seriously say 1lb. Of butter, as in 4 sticks? Seems like way too much, but want to make sure before I make it because it looks absolutely delish!

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  10. I think these are one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Great job!!

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