In a large, heavy bottom sauce pan, heat the sugar on medium-low to medium heat. Do not stir too often, but instead let the sugar begin to melt. Once it begins to melt, stir occasionally.
To prevent any sugar crystals from staying on the side of the pan, dip a pastry brush in water and wash down the sides of the pan where any sugar crystals are hanging on.
If any of the sugar crystals make it into the caramel after the caramel is made, then it can cause the caramel to become grainy and unpleasant!
Stir caramel more often as it melts, and add the butter once the caramel is the color of a brown paper bag. The darker the caramel color, the richer the flavor, so you can decide just how light or intense you want the flavor to be by the color of the caramel.
Next, add the salt and the heavy cream, whisking rapidly as the cream goes into the caramel.
Strain the caramel just in case there are any seized caramel bits that won’t melt down. Place in the fridge to cool for 15-20 minutes.
To Make the Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 12 cupcake wells with liners.
Sift cake flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a small bowl. Then add the sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Stir and set aside.
Whisk the cocoa powder and boiling hot water in a medium sized bowl and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
Next, add the egg and whisk to combine.
Add the oil, vanilla, and sour cream, and whisk.
Pour half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and gently whisk. Add the remainder of the flour and mix just until the dry ingredients are no longer visible.
Fill cupcake liners half full and no more! Otherwise they will rise too much. Bake for 9-11 minutes. They are done when you can gently touch the top of one and it springs back.
Let cupcakes cool for 5 minutes, remove from the pan, and let cool entirely before filling.
To Make the Coconut Frosting
Add the sugar and water to a medium pot and turn the heat to medium. Don’t turn the heat up to high, as this can cause the temperature to rise too rapidly and go above the correct temperature.
Add egg whites to a stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment as soon as sugar is on the stove.
Turn the mixer onto speed 4 or 5 on a 10 speed mixer and let the mixer run while the sugar syrup is cooking.
Check the whites every minute or so until it reaches stiff peaks. Turn the mixer on high for a minute or two if the whites aren’t as stiff peaks by the time the sugar syrup reaches temperature.
When the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees, remove it from the heat. Turn the mixer to speed 5 and slowly pour the hot syrup into the mixer between the edge of the bowl and the moving whisk. It can be a bit tricky, so pour slowly to keep it from splattering all over the bowl and your face!
Let the mixer run on medium high speed until the bottom of the bowl is cool to the touch.
Add the coconut extra and mix for the last 30 seconds.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the coconut flakes if adding. As a note, the meringue won’t pipe as smoothly if it has coconut flakes, but the texture and flavor are wonderful.
To Make Homemade Magic Shell
Melt the coconut oil and chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until full melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
To Assemble the Coconut Caramel High Hat Cupcakes
Use the large end of a standard piping tip to cut out the centers of the cupcakes. Press the piping tip into the center about halfway down into the cupcakes and twist to remove the center.
Next, fill with caramel. Then use a piping bag and large round tip, such as an Ateco 806, and pipe a swirl of meringue onto each cupcake.
Place cupcakes in the freezer for 20 minutes, and then dip each one in homemade magic chocolate shell.
Sprinkle with coconut if desired, and then return them to the freezer for 10 minutes to set up.
Once the chocolate solidifies, remove the cupcakes from the freezer and enjoy! Cupcakes can be left out at room temperature for a couple of hours, but they should be return to the fridge so that the Italian meringue doesn’t get too warm.
This is a Baker Street Society original recipe.
Keywords: high hat cupcakes, coconut caramel, moist chocolate cupcakes