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As a person who loves to try funky new food, this machine was a must for me. I had never really heard of cake pops before and seem to be relatively new on the scene for me but I think they are a fantastic idea for wedding and other celebrations and can provide lots of fun in making them too.
I bough this machine off Amazon for £23 and I am so glad I did, I haven't looked back since! The machine itself is really easy to use and reminds me a little of a toasted sandwich maker. To use, simply plug in the machine and turn it on. Give it a few moments to heat up, then you're ready to go. I found that you get the best results if you oil the machine first so that your cake mixture doesn't stick in anyway and you get perfect results.
Once the machine is heated up and ready to go, simply scoop a teaspoonful of your cake mixture into the half ball shapes on the bottom part of the machine, then close the lid for approximately four minutes. Usually you will get perfectly rounded balls of cake, which when you bite into them are so deliciously moist, it's hard to believe it only took four minutes to make! And to be honest that is pretty much the procedure of using this machine!
The inside of the machine where you place your cake mixture is coated in a smooth surface so you shouldn't really have any problems with cake mixture sticking. The surface also makes it super easy to clean.
I definitely recommend this machine to people who want to have fun trying something new and easy!
My daughter is really into making things. Whether it be cutting and sticking, using air drying clay or baking she loves it. So when she unwrapped this as a present from her uncle at Christmas her eyes were out on stalks with excitement.
Anything pink is a winner with her so it was off to a good start before it was even plugged in. Now as we all know getting lunch ready on Christmas day can be fairly labour intensive so the prospect of making cupcakes before the rest of the food wasn't greeted with my idea of fun, however Christmas is for children so off we went to the kitchen to get baking.
A bit of mixing and we were ready to go. This is where the simplicity of this gadget really wins, grease the moulds with a bit of butter or oil and switch on. There are two lights on the top; red when heating up and green when ready to cook. It's pretty quick to heat up, about 6/7 minutes, filling with cake mix is definitely a grown up job as the cooking plates get very hot, but once filled and the lid down it's just 4 minutes or so until done.
The result are somewhat predictably are not quite as good as for cupcakes done on the oven but they're perfectly acceptable. The texture seems quite heavy compared to normal but not excessively so. Baking with kids isn't so much about entering The Great British Bake Off and is more about having fun so once we had slapped a bit of buttercream on top and added a few sprinkles etc they were soon being devoured by the rest of the family.
I thought cleaning would be a bit of a pain but the cupcakes come out cleanly leaving next to no mess so a quick wipe over the plates (once cooled) and it's ready to be stored away for the next outing. In my case the next outing was later that afternoon, then Boxing day and the following day. My neighbours have now been well fed with a varied of coloured cupcakes and different flavoured muffins!
In addition to the cupcake maker, there is an instruction manual/recipe guide inside the box. It's not much to write home about with only one recipe for cupcakes and one for chocolate chip muffins but it does have clear instructions on how to use it.
From the colour and design this is clearly aimed at children, but with the temperature this reaches I won't be letting my daughter near it unsupervised for several years to come. The potential for burns is quite high with inquisitive fingers so do keep an eye on any youngsters that get involved.
All in all it was a great little gift and we'll be getting plenty of use out of it for some time. Not quite as good for cakes as an oven but a good simple device which has brought lots of smiles and fun to our kitchen.
I recieved this cupcake maker for a christmas present from my parents and I was thrilled. It is a brilliant piece of kit that creates fantastic cupcakes.
I was worried due to the fast cooking that the cakes would come out stodgy, however I was 100% wrong, they came out light and fluffy and were delicous.
The maker came with some cupcake cases and a syringe for Icing. The syringe is fantastic and you can use it to create many designs to experiment with the decorations.
However, there were 2 small faults. The leaflet said leave the batter in for 3 minutes, if it is cooked leave it for another minute to brown. It took more like 4-5 minutes to cook, and I really struggled to get the tops to Brown. However, 4-5 minutes it still very quick so I can't complain at all, and You could not taste any difference with them not going golden brown on the top. They just look very pale. However, when you add Icing on top it really doesn't matter anyway.
I was worried about the small cake cases needed for product as it only came with rougly 50 in, however I went to my local supermarket and easily found a packet of 100 for 99p, so that is not a problem either.
I found it very easy to clear afterwards, because of the non-stick surface inside, and lastly, it came with a recipe pamplet which some lovely ideas.
I would recommend this product to anyone, and for the price it is very good value!!
My friend got me one of these last Christmas as she knows I like baking and playing about with icing cakes.
Looking at online prices they range from £19.99-£24.99 in stores such as Argos.
(Take note Argos these are cakes not cookies lol) anyone reading previous tea set review will know what I mean.
This is very easy to use and wipes clean with a cloth as it is non stick. The maker open and closes onto itself but there is no safety catch on the handle so be extra careful if you've youngsters about. The maker has 7 spaces for the mini cupcakes and boy are they mini! was bit surprised at how small they actually are as the picture on the box doesn't look that small. When you plug it into the mains a red light appears on the top of the maker and once it has reached it's temperature the green light shows instead. Seeing as this is a mini cupcake maker you need to use smaller cake cases and my friend thoughtfully wrapped some up for me with this maker, they are petit four cases and a multi coloured pack of 100 cost around about 64p in Asda. When the maker has reached it's temperature which takes approx 5mins open it up and place the cases into it then spoon the mix into it the same way you would prepare cakes on a normal cake baking tray. When you have closed the top back down the recommended baking time is about 20 minutes but I personally found each batch takes about 12 minutes and they are perfectly cooked, remember they are only small. When you've finished using this simply unplug and allow to cool for approx 10 minutes before storing away.
I have used this several times now so don't get me wrong when I say it isn't as good as I'd like it to be. My reasoning behind this is when baking I can put 2 or more trays of 12 cakes into the oven to cook at one time and after 15 minutes they are all cooked, my issue with this maker is you put in 7 into it wait 12 ish minutes then take them out and put another 7 in and wait again, it seems to take ages to make enough for what I need. So as a novelty it is good and the mini cupcakes are perfect for mini people which is what I've used them for when had guests bringing their mini ones along too. Literally one bite of these and they are gone. The last time I used it I done a normal batch of cakes and just done 7 mini cakes and felt I was using two lots of electric while doing it this way. I could have just put the petit fours into the main oven.
On the plus size the maker does cook all the cakes nicely and evenly and spongy where as sometimes you can get edges burnt in the oven if you haven't turned the tray round or left them slightly in too long. They also are very quick to add some icing to and sprinkles if required and not many needed due to size.
So I have mentioned pros and cons of this so hopefully if you were planned on getting one I've help you decide either way. I will use this again but it doesn't get used as often as my trusty baking trays but will stay with me rather then be given away.
I bought this for my daughter's birthday as she loves baking and she had kept going on and on about having one. We loved the fact it was pink, bonus points all round for that one. This is where the bonus points stop though.
It is very easy to use, being small it doesn't take up very much room at all, and being a very pretty shade of pink, even if it did who can get annoyed at something pink? You plug it in, wait for the light to come on and you are ready to rock and roll. After making the desired mixture, we excitedly opened the lid, tipped in the correct amount, closed the lid and waited. After roughly 8 mins or so, the light let us know they should be ready, we opened the lid and marvelled at the cup cake sight before us. Before I continue, I must warn you that opening the lid was a bit of a task, firstly it gets quite hot and because the lip to open it only juts out a little way, when you touch this (again very hot) and lift, the steam from inside burns your fingers, major flaw in the design there. Open gloves are a necessity with this one.
Once the lid is open (on the first try) the cup cakes came out fairly easy, it is easy to clean, a quick wipe over with a damp cloth, dry with a tea towel and ready for cup cakes take two. Again we waited the desired time, opened the lid with oven gloves, but unfortunately these cakes were quite attached to their nice home and didn't want to come out. They were perfectly cooked but after scraping them out with a spoon, we cleaned, made sure they were properly dry and clean and tried again....same outcome. For some reason we now can't get the cup cakes to actually come out of the holes.
Apart from this there are a few other problems with it. You can only make 7 at a time, seems like a weird number to make cakes for. It's not an even number, so someone is either going without one or a favourite child is getting an extra one. They also tasted a bit strange, I have made cup cakes in the oven 12 at a time for years, and made two batches of mixture, one for me to use in the oven and one for my daughter to use in her cup cake maker. Mine turned out fine; hers unfortunately seemed to taste more like Yorkshire Pudding, nice but slightly odd in a cup cake.
It is still used occasionally, but in general we normally plump for using the oven, as you get more, they are bigger, easier to remove and don't taste like an accompaniment for a roast dinner.
Have 2 small kids in the house plus lots of visits by my two nieces, means that I constantly have to turn the oven on to contend with all the baking of cup cakes. Having seen the mini cup cake maker on the Internet, I thought that it look rather nice and should give it ago. I was kind of hoping that it would work out more energy efficient rather than having to turn our electric oven on constantly just to bake a few cup cakes. But the jury is still out on this one.
1400 watts power consumption
Makes 7 cup cakes in total
Size: H11, W20, D25cm.
Auto temperature control
Comes with handy recipe booklet plus 50 cupcake cases
This unit is so easy to operate. Plug it in and turn it on then wait a few mins for it to wam up. The green light on the top of it will let you know when it's upto the required heat. Once you have mixed up all of your ingredients you simply put the cupcake cases into the machine and pour in your mixture. Once you've done this you then close the lid and wait 10 minutes and then they're done. If I'm honest I don't personally think they taste as nice as when you've cooked them in the oven.
It's a very easy unit to clean and I've recommend cleaning up any messes that you make asap before it really gets stuck to the non-stick plates.
Overall I'd recommend the product. It looks good and does the job but it's really not idea if you want to back in excess of 7 cupcakes. When I make them I usually put a big batch of 20 - 30 cakes in the oven at one time as they don't seem to last for more than five minutes in my house!
They are versatile and the recipe book that comes with it will give you loads of ideas with what you can produce in very little time.
We love cupcakes in our house and usually make some every couple of weeks as a treat. I never find them particularly difficult to whip up a batch and put them in the over but when I saw this American Originals cupcake maker in my local charity shop for only £5 I bought it as I can never resist a bargain and I knew that it would get a lot of use in our house.
The cupcake maker is simple in its design and is pink in colour so is quite girly. I was a little disappointed in just how small the maker was when I got it out the box and had a good look at it. It is really small and compact and looks like a girly version of a George Foreman grill. It works in a very similar way to a George Foreman grill too.
When you open the cupcake maker up there are two black non-stick plates with the bottom plate having wells in it.
The holes are on the small side as this makes mini cupcakes but it can make seven at a time and I suppose this is better for my waist line at the end of the day.
Using the cupcake maker is simplicity itself and all you have to do is place the cupcake cases (It comes with 50 cases when its new but I had to go and buy some as mine didn't have them) in the wells and then fill them up with the cupcake mixture and close the lid. It heats up as soon as you switch it on and is ready to go within a couple of minutes and it has a light to tell you when it is ready. The cupcakes usually take around 20 minutes to rise and get a nice colour to them.
The cupcakes turn out perfectly every time and each one is a lovely shape and cooked through to perfection. My kids love using this and are always petering me to get it out so they can help me make them. The only problem is that the cupcakes themselves are so small and as you only get seven at a time it is a complete hassle to have to make a whole batch at a time. What I usually do is let the kids make some with the maker while I make the rest of the batch in the oven.
Keeping the cupcake maker in good condition is easy as well and it is just like a George Foreman in that you just have to give it a wipe over with a damp cloth when it is cool enough to wipe. This keeps it in good condition and looking like new.
Overall this is an excellent little machine and it was a bargain at the price I bought it for. Normally it costs £25 which again isn't a bad price but I honestly think it is more a fad product than one that is genuinely useful. It is easier and quicker to just whip up a batch of cupcakes in the oven than have to go through the hassle of making them in this. Yes it works well but I would only really recommend it to you if you have kids because they seem to enjoy the process of making them in this instead of the oven.
I am a huge Cupcake fan and over the years have spend a lot of money buying them, this is when for my birthday present this year my mum opted to buy me my own American Originals Mini Cupcake Maker so that I could enjoy making my own and save money at the same time.
What's in the Box
In the box comes the electric cupcake maker that can make seven cupcakes at any one time, a recipe booklet with various cupcake recipes, 50 cupcake cases and a guide on how to decorate your cupcakes with a range of different icings and toppings.
The cupcake maker is compact so you do not have to worry about it taking up too much space in your cupboard, it has a handle which when you lift it open it exposes the hot plates the bottom one has seven wells ready for your cupcake cases.
This cupcake maker is easy to use as once you have made you mixture you then turn the machine on it will then take three to four minutes to warm up and once the ready the light will signify that it is up to the correct temperature. You then place your cupcake cases into the wells, pour your cupcake mixture into the cases and close the lid. Then in 18 minutes your cupcakes will them be ready to take out.
Once ready the cupcakes are easy to remove from the non-stick wells. The cupcake maker is controlled whilst cooking through its thermostatic control and the housing is cool to touch even whilst baking your cakes.
There are many advantages for using a cake maker as you do not have to wait for your oven to warm up and not only can you make cupcakes you can make any type of cake or muffin that comes in a cake case.
There is only one disadvantage that I can see to this cupcake maker and that is that it only makes 7 cupcakes at a time and if you are someone that wants to make a larger quantity then this can be time consuming, it is far easier to use your oven and make 12 at a time. I personally do not need to make any more than seven at a time as if I made any more half would end up going to waste.
American Originals Cupcake maker is easy to clean as it is non stick coated and it can be used over and over again.
I have now been using this machine for a while and it has the temperature and timing perfect the cakes are cooked to perfection, now I have tried a lot of the recipes in the book supplied, I now like to look through cookbooks and experiment with different flavours to make a variety of different cupcakes. I have since been out and purchased better icing utensils so that I can decorate the cupcakes in a range of different ways.
If you want something simple and easy to use this is definitely one to get. I have since looked around online and you can purchase one of these cupcake makers for between £18 and £20, which I think is definitely great value for money.
For the last couple of years I've become increasingly interested in Baking, Cookery, Sewing, and other general home making activities. Partly out of boredom, partly out of necessity I've started baking my own treats, sewing my own clothes and so on. So for Christmas this year it came as no surprise to me that the majority of presents I received from my family were Kitchenalia tinged.
Amongst the mounds of cookbooks, cookie cutters and piping accessories, I got the American Originals Mini Cup Cake Maker. It's pink and churns out miniatures at the end of the day so I was pretty delighted when I opened it. I was so looking forward to using it and a couple of days after Christmas, I removed the excellent and robust packaging to reveal my tiny cupcake maker. It comes with 30 papercases too and an instruction booklet with some recipe ideas.
The first thing to note is the appearance. It looks compact and cute and girly in pale pink, and it is essentially just like a George Foreman / similar in design. You open it up using the handle to reveal two black 'hot' plates with 7 mini cupcake sized holes (my first thought - how am I going to clean this!). The instructions tell you to first heat it up and then clean it so that it's prepared for the first use.
Once the cupcake mix has been produced, you turn it on and heat it up. When it's ready which only takes a couple of minutes (signified just like the Foreman by a light on the top of the machine) you pop in your 7 mini cupcake cases and fill each one with about a teaspoon of mixture. Put down the lid, wait the required 16 - 20 minutes cooking time and you get perfectly cooked little tiny cupcakes every time (it really has got the timing down to a tee!
The problem as you may have deduced by now, is that it takes 20 minutes to cook 7 tiny cupcakes - probably about 1/3 of the size of a normal cupcake (muffin size). So like me, if you usually cook in batches of 12 (and I normally do two batches) then 24 mini cupcakes take 60 minutes approx to do, whereas with a mini muffin baking tray, you could cook these in 1/3 of the time! It's really a novelty rather than a practical solution. It's a nightmare to clean too, if you spill a little mixture whilst your filling the cases as the spillage bakes on almost instantly and it takes quite a while to cool down enough to clean it safely, probably around 30 - 60 minutes.
All that said, if you only wanted 7 cupcakes then I suppose it will save using the oven?!
Another problem is storage. A baking tray takes up no space, but this does, and whilst it's cute and small, unless you have plenty of counter / cupboard space and time on your hands, it's just another novel kitchen gadget which you probably won't use!
A fun and delicious baking tool this Cake Pop Maker bakes 12 perfect Cake Pops at a time quickly and easily / The American Originals Cake Pop Maker features non stick coated cooking plates for easy cleaning and a 1300W power / The bundle includes everything you need for perfect Cake Pops - delicious recipes and decorating ideas 50 different size sticks fork and a cooling tray.