Product Review - Babycakes Donut Maker

One of the things that I struggle with during the summer is finding fun and interesting things for my thirteen year old to do at home.. I know how much she enjoys getting out, but with the two smaller kids it's just not as easy as it was when she was an only child, so I'm so glad that I have had the opportunity to test out the Babycakes Donut Maker with her!

Product Description:

Why run out to the donut shop when you can bake light and fluffy donuts right in your own home? With the Babycakes donut maker you’ll enjoy delicious cake-style donuts in the comfort of your own kitchen. Bake 6 donuts in just 4 minutes, then add your favorite toppings or sprinkles. Because the Babycakes donut maker bakes donuts instead of frying, the result is a lighter, healthier donut that everyone will enjoy. The non-stick coating makes baking and clean up fun and easy. The Babycakes donut maker comes complete with all the accessories you need to bake your donuts. The manual includes a variety of tips and recipes that will help you get the most out of this great product. The donut maker features power and ready lights, convenient cord wrap, latching handle and it comes with a convenient wire cooling rack.

My Review:

This little machine is so much fun!  With five recipes in the instruction manual, we've been swimming in mini-donuts and the best part is that it doesn't heat up the house when we want a little baked sweet treat!  Making six donuts at a time means that they pop out fresh and warm.  My personal favorite is to make these Buttermilk Spice donuts:

Buttermilk Spice Donuts  

• ⅓ cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1¼ cups buttermilk
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons cinnamon

1. Beat together oil and sugar.  Beat in eggs.  Stir in buttermilk.  Add vanilla and mix well. 
2. Stir together dry ingredients.  Blend flour mixture into batter, blending well.
3. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
4. Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
5. For cinnamon sugar topping, combine sugar and cinnamon in a paper lunch-type bag. Add hot donuts to bag and shake gently until coated. Serve warm.
Makes about 3 dozen donuts
Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, pour 2¼ teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar into a glass measuring cup.  Add milk to equal ¾ cup.  Allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes, then use in place of buttermilk in this recipe.

Doesn't that look scrumptious?  Robyn, on the other hand prefers to make chocolate donuts... but either way, the recipes are clear and easy to follow with easy to find ingredients and stuff we have in the pantry.  We're also experimenting with making Liam some gluten free donuts, but I'm still working on perfecting that recipe, so  I can't share it yet...

The Babycakes Donut Maker is quick and easy to clean up too - the non-stick surface wipes clean quickly and easily!  It is also small enough to store out of the way when we're not using it, which is rare... and at only $24.95 it makes a great addition to any kitchen, especially one with an avid baker like Robyn!

The specifications are:
Item Dimensions (when closed):
7.95” x 9.8” x 4.1” (L x D x H)
Item Dimensions (when open):
7.95” x 12.4” x 11.5” (L x D x H)
Item Weight: 2.9 lbs
Accessories Included:
  • Fork Tool & Wire Cooling Rack

Disclaimer:  “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”