“ Brand: Sweet Treats / Small kitchen electro type: Cupcake Maker „
I decided to buy the Sweet Treats Cupcake Maker a couple of years ago for my partner's little sister to use at our house as she absolutely loves making cupcakes. I'm a bit of a sucker for a kitchen gadget and, as a lot of people do, I have cupboards full of them which only get used once in a blue moon. However, I still decided to buy it because sometimes our oven can be a little unpredictable and we've had a few batches of burnt cupcakes in the past.
There are a few different cupcake makers about but I saw this one in Tesco and that's what made me choose this particular one. I didn't want to just blindly order one off the internet when I didn't really know what I was buying. In Tesco at the time Sweet Treats was nearly £25, now it sells for just over £20. I managed to get this for just over £15 on Amazon which I don't think is too bad, even if it's only used every once in a while. The maker comes with really clear instructions and a couple of recipes for cupcakes and muffins which are really easy to follow.
The Sweet Treats Cupcake Maker is pink in colour and obviously aimed at younger girls, the outer shell is plastic and looks quite like a toastie maker. Inside there are non- stick plates, the bottom one six holes in for making cupcakes and the one underneath the lid is just flat. The whole machine is only quite small and light weight, it doesn't take up too much space which I was pleased about as it's something I keep in the cupboard when not in use although it would look good left out in a pink themed kitchen.
I was really pleased with how easy to use the cupcake maker was, again, it works just like a toastie maker would. When you switch it on a red light comes on, this means that the machine is pre- heating, I usually find this takes a few minutes. When it's heated to the required temperature the green light comes on and it's ready to be used. Cupcake cases can be put directly into the machine which again, makes it even easier to use and then it's just a case of pouring in your cake mix and putting the lid down. As the outer of the machine is plastic it keeps cool and it's really easy to check on your cupcakes throughout the cooking process. Depending on how well cooked you want your cupcakes I usually find they take between ten and fifteen minutes to cook. The cupcakes come out really easily and if you don't use cases you can just brush the pan with butter or oil, they still come out really well. I've always found the cupcakes cook really well and have a really nice consistency, obviously how much flavour they have depends on your mixture. The machine is also really easy to clean, it's just a case of leaving it to cool and then giving it a wipe over, the non- stick is of really good quality.
Overall, I'd really recommend the Sweet Treats Cupcake maker; it's not that expensive and has provided us with lots of cupcake making fun. I find it more economical that putting the oven on for just a batch of cakes and the results are always consistent. It's definitely a good buy for anyone who enjoys a bit of basic baking with the opportunity to make lots of different varieties with new recipes.
I love baking and decorating cupcakes, but before buying this I often found that my cakes would come out in a variety of odd shapes and sizes. So, I bought this little cupcake maker and it's fabulous. In just minutes I can make half a dozen nice, even cupcakes. I normally bake several batches at the one time and let them cool before I decorate them.
The machine is really easy to use, you simply plug it in and let it heat up. Then you make up your cake mixture as normal and pour it into little cupcake cases and pop them in. The instructions that come along with the machine suggest up to 12 minutes to bake the cupcakes, I always give them a little longer but that's just my preferred taste.
Lastly, this machine requires minimal cleaning. Once it's cooled down I normally give it a quick wipe down - easy!
I bought this cupcake maker for myself as when I make cakes in the oven they tend to go out of shape and I overcook them. And I love cooking with my grandchildren.
This little machine is perfect for making the perfect cakes. It's the perfect size, not taking too much room on the shelf.
You switch it on and the light comes on. When its hot the light goes off. The light is the thermostat so keeps the temperature constant - better than my oven anyway.
If you open the lid to check the cakes don't sink.
This is how I do it:
Mix the cake mix i.e. weigh 3 eggs, use the same weight of butter, flour and sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy (add flavouring or coconut or whatever). Add a little milk if too thick.
Now I probably do the next bit slightly different than everyone else: I put the mix into the cases then put the cases into the cupcake maker. The reason I do this is because cupcake cases vary in size and sometimes they crease if you put them in the maker then try to put the mix in. Not only that, my grandchildren do the case bit and I put them in the hot maker.
Shut the lid
10 minutes - perfect cupcakes.
You can only make 6 at a time or 7 if you have the mini machine so it takes a while overall but great fun to do with children, then they can decorate the cakes.
The machine does get VERY HOT and it is not safe to leave children on their own with it.
My daughter received this cute little cupcake maker for Christmas from her aunt, at thirteen Alice loves to cook but unfortunately having her little brother toddling around I like to keep the kitchen out of bounds to the kids when the cooker is on. My sister, cleverly, thought Alice would be able to bake more often with this small electrical appliance, rather than having to grapple with hot baking trays - and she was right as although not used on a particularly regular basis, the cupcake maker has baked plenty of cakes since Christmas!
It's very easy to use, if it was a PC gadget it would definitely be classed as 'plug and play' as you literally plug the thing in and wait for the green light to come on that indicates the unit is ready to bake your cakes. You make your cake mixture up as usual and pour into paper cake cases, I find the shorter fairy cake cases work best as this makes smaller than average cakes - the majority of actual cupcake cases are slightly too big for the holes. Once the lid is closed and clicked into place the cakes will cook in around ten minutes, depending on the recipe you're using - strangely the most basic vanilla cupcakes Alice makes take the longest to cook, requiring at least an extra four minutes more than even the rich chocolate sponge cakes I like to bake.
The cupcake maker bakes six cakes at a time; we've tried a few different recipes and they've all been excellent, I'd recommend you just try your favourite recipe to start with to acquaint yourself with the gadget. We had a failure with some heavy fruit cakes as the mixture was so dense that the centres didn't cook properly, but the entire outside edge had started to go hard - add to this the fact that all the fruit sunk to the bottom and I don't think it'll come as any surprise when I tell you we didn't bother with this variety of cupcake again! The best Alice has made so far were a delicious batch of coffee cakes which she eventually decorated with coffee frosting and dots of cream.
As you're using cake cases the cupcake maker doesn't really get dirty, the odd blob of rogue cake mixture will wipe away pretty easily usually and we've never had to really clean it - a wipe over with a clean damp cloth is all that's needed to keep it in tiptop condition. The very girly pink of the plastic casing looks great in the kitchen even if it doesn't exactly go with any decor I've ever seen, a small area at the back of the unit has started to look a bit dark and I think it's going to really discolour eventually but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it! The colour of Alice's cupcake maker is much nicer than the one in Dooyoo's piccie, being brighter and a bolder pink.
Obviously this isn't a toy, the plastic outer of the unit stays relatively cool but the plates inside get extremely hot as you'd probably guess. You could burn yourself if you were careless, if a child is using it you must be vigilant in your supervision as from a kiddie point of view this doesn't LOOK like it'd be hot. The power cord is quite short and I wonder if this is deliberate to keep it close to the power socket and not have trailing wires, it's designed to be attractive to young girls and nods have been made towards safety but it's still a miniature oven whichever way you look at it so is automatically going to be hot!
Argos are currently selling this cupcake maker for £24.99, which is a reasonable price in my opinion. Alice's came with a flexible plastic spatula for extracting the cakes, but my neighbour (who also received this cupcake maker for Christmas) didn't get one of those but had a more extensive recipe booklet than the very basic one which came with ours. I highly recommend it; the fact that it will only cook six cakes at a time makes it a little restrictive (especially if you have a large family like me!) but it's such fun anyway that I quite enjoy the 'bother' of baking in such small batches.
Everyone loves cupcakes, but I know that I often talk myself out of making them. This machine is a blessing and a curse in that regard, because it eliminates all the excuses I could make as to why I don't have time to make them. You can literally set it up anywhere, pour in some mixture and leave it around ten-fifteen minutes and then remove 6 beautiful cupcakes and, if the mood takes you, just add some more. If you use a cupcake mix, the whole process can take less than 20 mins. If you make your own mix, it takes only a few minutes more and as you can move the machine anywhere, technically you could have a bowl of mixture, your machine and you could quite happily make a batch of them anywhere - even in the lounge while watching TV!
The only real issue I have with it, is that the tops of the cupcakes can sometimes look a little overdone - they aren't overdone and taste fine, but they can look a deeper gold than the cake due to the close proximity to the lid. It's a small issue, and if you are icing your cakes it shouldn't be a major thing, but it does take watching. I imagine that the cakes could partially burn quite easily if you don't watch the time. Apart from that though, I find it to be one of the most useful kitchen gadgets I own. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys baking but who can feel intimidated by the whole process on a larger scale.
I had this as one of my 'suprise' presents from my mother in law for Christmas. It wasn't something I would've chosen myself as I originally thought that cupcake makers are just 'one of those things' which take up room in the kitchen cupboards.
However I was pleasantly surprised at how good this is! My 2 year old daughter loves making cakes in the kitchen with me, and this is such a quick and easy way to do it. It seems alot quicker than using our big main oven just for a small tray of cupcakes. A recipe book is included which also has the operating instructions inside too. I used it today for the first time and found is simple and easy.
As soon as you plug the cupcake maker into the socket and switch the plug on, the orange 'power' on button comes on. The machine then will begin to preheat. Then you close the lid. When the green light comes on, it means the cupcake maker is preheated. The instructions suggest allowing up to 5 minutes for the machine to preheat. I then put in 6 cupcake cases and filled the cases with cupcake mixture. I allowed slightly longer for the cakes to cook, the recipe book suggests 8-12 minutes but I wanted my cakes slightly browner so they were in for about 5 minutes longer. I then removed the cakes using a plastic spatula and oven gloves and put in another 6 cases to finish the cupcake mixture.
I made the 'plain cupcake' recipe mixture but there are other interesting recipes such as Chocolate Orange Cupcakes and Pistachio Cupcakes, which I am looking forward to trying.
It is a small compact size which won't take up alot of room, it has 6 cupcake holes. It has non stick black shiny non stick metal inside the cupcake maker (not unlike a sandwich toaster).
Overall I am pleased with this cupcake maker, it makes a fun present and I think it will be used more than I originally thought.
I have just looked online and have found it on the Currys website in the sale for £13.99, which I think is a good price.
Short name: Sweet Treats STCM001