I know that this post is a little late, seeing that the 4th was 4 days ago, but I figured you can always use more cake in your life.
So what did I make for the 4th? Surprise-Inside American hi-hat cupcakes! What’s the surprise? Red, White, and Blue Frosting!
I got my inspiration for these hi-hat cupcakes over at I am Baker
She is the wonderful lady who brought us the Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook
I haven’t bought this book yet, but I keep seeing it everywhere. This woman is truly amazing and the cakes are specular. If you haven’t heard of it before, go check it out. It is definitely worth your time.
Now, back to the cupcakes.
They look just like little chocolate covered ice-cream cones!
I had never heard of Hi-Hat cupcakes before. Apparently Martha has been doing it for years
I was worried about the whole dunking a frosted cupcake into icing thing, but it was surprisingly easy to make.
Bake your cupcakes as normal. Frost however you want (I piped blue, white, and red icing on top) then pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. While the cupcakes are freezing, melt your chocolate (I used Chocolate Almond Bark) in a narrow glass big enough to dunk a cupcake in. Then just dunk the cupcake into the chocolate, swirl, and set down to harden. The chocolate hardens pretty fast since the icing is so cold.
I was going to put sprinkles on these babies but the chocolate had already harden before I remembered them. Oh, well. Next time…
Some notes about these cupcakes:
- It is A Lot of frosting. I like frosting, but in order to get the pretty Hi-Hat look you need to use a ton of frosting. I there is more frosting to these cupcakes than cake. If I made them again I would cut back.
- They are a bit hard to eat…. This may have to do with #1. It’s just that the frosting is so tall you can’t fit the thing into your mouth. Then when you do bite into them the chocolate cracks and frosting goes everywhere. Delicious, but messy.
- The surprise inside is awesome but you don’t really see it unless you cut the cake in half. This would help with #2 though…
So would I make them again? Maybe… but with some slight changes. It’s a neat idea and I’m glad I tried it, but I still want to do some more tweaking…
If you want to make these you can always use your favorite cupcake recipe and icing (or use the boxed kind). Or check out the original recipe over at I am baker.