Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

One of the first things that comes to mind when I hear the words ” Valentine’s day” uttered is chocolate covered strawberries. It is the quintessential Valentines day treat and I took it one, okay like three, steps further with my chocolate dipped strawberry hi hat cupcakes.
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Its February. Its valentines month. Its chocolate and candy month. I was SO good last month making healthy recipes like my Wintertime Ceviche, Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos and my Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup. January was a healthy month. February is starting off with chocolate covered strawberry decadence.

Oh and better yet? Besides my recipe for Valentines day – there are 13 other insanely amazing treats from your favorite bloggers besides myself of course, because its Holiday Food Party time!!!

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Check out all these amazing treats! We make Valentines look ( and taste) gooooood.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free) from Pineapple and Coconut
2. Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies from Magnolia Days
3. White Chocolate Mousse with Frangelico from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel ‘n Chip Tart from Gotta Get Baked
5. White Chocolate Cherry Brownies from The Messy Baker
6. Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
7. Sugar-Free Blueberry Yogurt Truffles from What Smells So Good
8. Strawberry Cheesecake Heart Pie from Hungry Couple NYC
9. Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Chocolate Cannoli Cones from Created By Diane
11. Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes from Chocolate Moosey
12. Nutella Brownie Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
13. Valentines Smores Hearts from Kelly Bakes
14. Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Roxana’s Home Baking

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The strawberry. So perfect and sweet. My kids eat them by the handful, I once picked 18lbs of them at a U-Pick farm and I made a ton of strawberry jam out of it. Well, sort of, one batch burnt. I didn’t stir it enough.  Oops

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I actually made a version of these a few years ago.  I made a dark chocolae cupcakes with a strawberry Italian meringue buttercream. I had a few mishaps with the frosting falling off the cupcake when I held it upside down to dip in the chocolate. So this year I decided to do a variation of traditional hi-hat cupcake frosting, seven minute frosting, and I am glad I did. Perfect for these cupcakes. I wanted to do a cool dipping the cupcake shot but I was afraid to hold the cupcakes upside down for too long, plus I am not coordinated enough to hold the cupcake, focus the camera, and take a picture while dipping the cupcake. So I employed my 5 year old to help me. Payment = a cupcake.

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Such a good helper. She loves helping me. Especially when cupcakes are involved.

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I love hi-hat cupcakes. Think yummy cupcake crossed with a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. Oh and that surprise ganache filling? Amazing.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free)
Recipe type: Valentine's Day, Cupcake, Gluten Free
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Serves: 20
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free) Makes 20 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar ( I use Zulka)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 4 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ c cocoa powder ( not hot chocolate mix)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ c coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tsp white vinegar (not white wine)
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
For the ganachen filling
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • ¼ c strawberry jam
  • ⅓ cup fresh strawberries, finely diced
For the Frosting
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓-1/2 cup strawberry puree
For the chocolate coating
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Deg. F
  2. Prepare two cupcake pans with 20 cupcake liners
Make the ganache
  1. Place the chopped dark chocolate in a small non-reactive bowl ( preferably stainless steel) and set aside. Heat the cream until small bubbles form on the edges, but not boiling. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for 5 min. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is very smooth. Add in the strawberry jam and diced strawberries and stir again. Chill until firm enough to scoop spoonfuls, about 30 minutes.
Make the cupcakes
  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder. Heats the coffee and water until steaming and pour over the chocolate cocoa mixture, stir until all the chocolate is melted, and set aside to cool a few minutes. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, vinegar and vanilla. Add this to the chocolate mixture and mix well. Combine the wet mixture with the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes. Scoop out 20 rounded teaspoon sized balls of the ganache and set aside.
  3. Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake pans, about ⅔ full. Bake for 8 minutes, the tops will still be liquidy, and quickly open the oven and without removing the pans, place one ganache ball in each of the cupcakes and push it in slightly. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Remove from the pans and let cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting
  1. Set a pan of water over medium heat and bring to a simmer. In a bowl of a stand mixer combine the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Set the bowl over the pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch and whisk the mixture for 7 minutes or until 160 Deg F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and whisk for 2 minutes on high using the whisk attachment. Add in the strawberry puree one tablespoon at a time until you reach desired flavor. Whip again on high 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  3. Quickly add the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe swirls onto the tops of the cupcakes, about 2 inches high. Place the cupcakes in the freezer to firm up the icing.
  4. In a double boiler or microwave, melt the chocolate and coconut oil and mix until smooth. Place in a small deep bowl. Dip the frozen cupcakes one at a time, just enough that almost all of the frosting is dipped. Place on a tray and repeat with remaining cupcakes. Chill in refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat. Serve at room temperature.


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Chocolate covered strawberry goodness in cupcake form. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. These are absolutely gorgeous! :)

  2. Oh, my gosh, are these the MOST gorgeous cupcakes! Perfect for my Valentines :)

  3. Stunning. And yummy. The perfect combination. :)
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  4. These are mind-blowing beautiful. I love the flavors, the soft frosting, and hard chocolate coating. Stunning!

  5. Your photos are gorgeous, and I especially loved the ones of your 5 yr old daughter helping. She did a terrific job! I’m also tickled these are gluten free. Thanks!
    Kim Bultman | a little lunch recently posted…Easiest Homemade Gluten Free Crackers on the PlanetMy Profile

  6. I agree. Chocolate and strawberries are a must have combo around Valentine’s day. I love high hats cupcakes and yours turned out absolutely amazing!
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  7. These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous, Shanna!! I love the upside shot. Pinned!
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen recently posted…Pink Grapefruit and Champagne SorbetMy Profile

  8. Shanna, these are gorgeous!! I love the dipping shots. Definitely worth soliciting the extra help. :) I think the hubby is getting tired of being my hand model/move that board servant. Maybe it’s time to have kids! :)
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  9. OH MY GOSH THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!! I tried making hi-hat cupcakes one time, but they totally failed!! From what I recall, the frosting just kind of flopped and did not stay in stiff, twirled peaks like yours once I dipped them in chocolate. Do you have any secrets to making them so perfect??
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  10. Holy moly, these look amazing! Over the top! Love that strawberry and chocolate combination.
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  11. Gaaaaaah Shanna! These are so so so so beautiful. The cupcakes are beautiful with that gorgeous pink mile high frosting and that perfect, glossy layer of chocolate over top. Thanks for all the tips on how to make these. I especially love the sweet shots of your daughter helping and the upside down cupcake going in for it’s chocolate glaze.
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted…Chocolate Caramel Pretzel ‘n Chip Tart for a #ValentinesDay #HolidayFoodPartyMy Profile

  12. OMG…I don’t even know where to begin! This incorporates everything I love in one cupcake! I have sworn off sugar for the past few weeks…trying to get my pre-blogging body back…but THIS is what I’m making for Valentine’s Day for my hubby and daughter….ahem, and me! Oh…and lovely lovely photos!
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  13. Oh Shanna, just stunning, delicious, amazing, beautiful!!!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted…Nutella Brownie Cheesecake No-Churn Ice CreamMy Profile

  14. Amazing cupcakes. Amazing photos. And what a great helper you had in the photography process.
    Renee recently posted…Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout CookiesMy Profile

  15. These are adorable! I love that they are just BARELY pink… so sweet. <3
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel recently posted…Strawberry Milkshake CookiesMy Profile

  16. These are gorgeous!! I Love chocolate covered strawberries – and the gluten free cupcake sounds perfect to me!
    Alicia @bakeaholic recently posted…Peanut Butter MarshmallowsMy Profile

  17. Delicious! I wouldn’t be able to wait for one
    Sarah recently posted…Sugar-Free Blueberry Yogurt Truffles – #holidayfoodpartyMy Profile

  18. My goodness Shanna! Everything about this is so gorgeous! I love all the pictures and the shine on that frosting is incredible! I bet your 7 year old was very very happy to get that reward and will probably help any time you ask now. :-)
    Susan recently posted…Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes #HolidayFoodPartyMy Profile

  19. You truly outdid yourself with these, Shanna! Hi hat cupcakes are on my bucket list. And I totally hear you on picking 18 pounds. I think I’ve picked 10 pounds myself, as in just me (with a few pounds going to my parents, so maybe just 7-8 pounds for myself). That’s a lot of berries for one girl….
    Carla recently posted…Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed CupcakesMy Profile

  20. I love every single thing about these and all I really wish right now is that i had some right in front of me :) Beautiful Photos!
    Diane (createdbydiane) recently posted…Chocolate Cannoli ConesMy Profile

  21. Oh my. Gonna keep it PG but those are sexy! Wow. What a Valentines Day treat. Simple enough, gorgeous, enticing! Who could resist.

  22. the frosting with the chocolate looks sooo good!
    Dina recently posted…Ecclefechan TartsMy Profile

  23. These look amazing! Pinned and tweeted!
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  24. I am seriously in love with this frosting! We make chocolate and caramel mallowmar cupcakes at the bakery that are dipped in chocolate and these remind me so much of them! I appreciate that the frosting doesn’t have butter in it–that makes it healthy, right? 😉
    Kelly @ Kelly Bakes recently posted…Valentine’s Day S’more HeartsMy Profile

  25. These are gorgeous, Shana!
    Cassie recently posted…Heart-Shaped Frosted Shortbread CookiesMy Profile

  26. Those pics are amazing, Shanna.
    Amy @Very Culinary recently posted…Kahlua-Hazelnut Chocolate TrufflesMy Profile

  27. I have dreams of inhaling that chocolate-covered frosting all in one bite. And then going back in for the magical cupcake with ganache center. In love!
    Joanne recently posted…Red Velvet Hot Fudge SundaesMy Profile

  28. Holy crap your photos are Gorgeous!! This is my first time to your site and I’m loving your style. And let’s not forget these cupcakes are to die for!

  29. Really love these!

    The pics are amazing.
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  30. WOW! Those cupcakes are stunning and your pictures are absolutely breathtaking 😀
    cakewhiz recently posted…How to use cake stencils & edible spraysMy Profile

  31. Yumm…actually the whole dipped ice cream cone sensation is why I clicked through to your site in the first place! This looks lovely!
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  32. Daria Hezel says:

    Could you use regular all-purpose flour instead of GF flour?
    & which GF flour do you prefer?
    These are just so yummy looking – making them for a birthday this Friday….:)

  33. Those look incredible!
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  34. These look so indulgent and delicious, well done, cant wait to try them.

  35. They are so pretty! They’re on my “to make” list now!
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  36. What number did you use for piping.
    I followed your instruction but my frosting didn’t pipe as high.

  37. I need these right now! They’re so beautiful! I love the way Hi Hat cupcakes look and these are no exception!


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