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The Best Cupcake Makers for Baking and Gift Giving

Updated on August 18, 2013

Which Cupcake Maker Makes the Best Gift?

When I decided to gift a cupcake maker to my daughters, I did my research to figure out which of the many kitchen tools that automatically bake cupcakes and mini cupcakes were the best one to give my girls as a Christmas gift.

I am pretty motivated in finding out, since I am looking to purchase a new cupcake baking appliance for my girls, who will be 10 and 8 this holiday season. They've taken cake decorating with 4-H and this looked like a fun new kitchen gadget that might meet both of our needs, letting them bake cupcakes, but baking a small amount of treats at a time.

After looking at the debate in the Cake vs. Cupcake lens I decided that cupcakes might be the way to let them indulge a bit, but still practice some portion control.

The Cupcake Making appliances would be a great way to let the girls enjoy making cupcakes or muffins, without making too many to tempt me and derail my healthy eating habits and practicing dessert moderation.

Read on and see what I found out about these fun kitchen gadgets that will have you baking more cupcakes and maybe even a few muffins.

Mini cupcake maker available on Amazon

The George Forman Grill for Cupcake Lovers

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Cupcake Maker

These fun baking appliances come in a variety of different models, colors and sizes. Some models are more easily stored than others, if storage space is an issue.

There are several Advantages and Disadvantages that I found about the using these cupcake baking kitchen gadgets:


  1. Advantages

    • Make cupcakes without turning on the oven.

    Can cook in the summer!

    Make small batches of cupcakes.

    Bake other mini items - muffins, scones, brownies.

    Bite sized cupcakes.

    Smaller surface needing to be frosted and decorated.

  2. Disadvantages

    • These appliances do not brown the top (which isn't a disadvantage if you are going to frost the cupcakes and may make frosting much easier)

    One of the appliances didn't bake the cupcakes they were made in the oven.

    Requires the appliance be cleaned after each use.

    These appliance are heating up to bake goods on your counter top, so children using them should be supervised.

    Many were mini cupcake sized which is a disadvantage if you like larger cupcakes

The Main Question to Ask

Do I want to bake regular or mini treats?

Sunbeam Cupcake Makers

Regular Sized Baked Treats

Sunbeam Cupcake Maker

Sunbeam FPSBCML900 Cupcake Maker, Pink
Sunbeam FPSBCML900 Cupcake Maker, Pink

The Sunbeam Cupcake Maker has been available in Australia and New Zealand for a while. The product is also available in the United States this year to give as a unique holiday.

This cupcake maker makes large cupcakes. You may be able to cook small cupcakes using small silicone inserts.

 

Sunbeam Cup cake Maker

Image from Sunbeam Cupcake Maker
Image from Sunbeam Cupcake Maker

Sunbeam Cup cake Makers on eBay

You can find these baking appliances in both sizes on eBay.

Sunbeam Mini Cupcake Maker

Sunbeam FPSBCMM901 Mini-Cupcake Maker, Pink
Sunbeam FPSBCMM901 Mini-Cupcake Maker, Pink

With Sunbeam's mini cupcake maker you can make mini cupcakes in just a few minutes.

This mini cupcake maker can bake 7 mini cupcakes in only 5 to 8 minutes.

 

Cupcake Makers are a helpful way to bake cupcakes without turning on the oven, especially during the summer.

These handy appliances are also very useful for baking *small batches* of sweet treats and muffins, which helps with not eating too many.

— Kirsti A. Dyer

Holstein Housewears Cupcake Maker

Regular Sized Baked Treats

Holstein Housewears Cup cake Maker on Amazon

Holstein Housewares HF-09013M Fun Cupcake Maker - Magenta
Holstein Housewares HF-09013M Fun Cupcake Maker - Magenta

Use this counter top (oven saving) colorful appliance to bake up a batch of 6 regular-sized cupcakes in minutes.

I really like the color choices for the Holstein Housewares version. It comes in Magenta see to the left and an amazing shade of Teal.

This appliance is also helpful for those with small available counter-top space since it can be stored in an upright position.

Since I like having bright colors in the kitchen, if I had to get one how, this would be the model, in Teal.

 

Holstein Housewears Cupcake Maker Video Review

Watch a demonstration of the Holstein Housewears Cup cake maker.

Reviews of the Holstein Housewares Cupcake Maker

Most of the reviews for the Holstein Housewares model were ones that I could find on Amazon, where the appliance has an overall 4.6/5 star rating.

The Original Mini Cupcake Maker

Miniature Sized Baked Treats

The Original Mini Cupcake Maker

Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker
Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker

The Original Mini Cupcake Maker allows users to make homemade cupcakes or muffins easily and quickly without turning on a larger oven, which is helpful during hot summer months. The cupcake maker can use boxed cake mix or your own favorite recipes.

The non-stick surface releases cupcakes instantly and makes for easy clean up.

 

Review of Mini Cupcake Factory fromThinkGeek

Even the Geeks are getting into fixing and baking mini cupcakes. See this review of the Mini cupcake factory

The Mini Cupcake Maker

Image from the Original Cupcake Maker
Image from the Original Cupcake Maker

Small-Batch Baking Book

Small-Batch Baking: When Just Enough for 1 or 2. . . Is Just Enough!
Small-Batch Baking: When Just Enough for 1 or 2. . . Is Just Enough!

In Small Batch Baking author Debby Maugans Nakos takes more than 250 classic cakes, pies, cookies, cobblers, puddings and breads and downsizes their proportions to yield just the right amount for those with small families, those needing to watch portions.

This book is a great addition to your cupcake maker.

 

Babycakes Cupcake Maker

Miniature Sized Baked Treats

Babycakes Cupcake Maker Kit on Amazon

1 X Babycakes Mini Cupcake Maker CC-8C
1 X Babycakes Mini Cupcake Maker CC-8C

This appliance lets you make 8 miniature cupcakes in 5 to 8 minutes. The maker features a non-stick backing for easy clean up.

Comes with a pastry cutting tool, crust forming tool, heavy-duty piping bag, 4 stainless steel decorating tips, coupler, recipe book and owner's manual.

This model also comes with 150 baking cup liners and recipes to get you started baking.

Babycakes has earned a 5/5 star rating on Amazon.

 

BabyCakes Mini Cup cake Maker

Image by table4five
Image by table4five

Video Review of Babycakes Cup cake Maker

Thebagholder gives her review of this helpful baking appliance.

Bella Cucina Mini Cupcake Maker

Miniature Sized Baked Treats

Red Mini Cupcake Maker

The Nostalgia Electrics Electric Cup cake Maker, American Originals Mini Cup cake Maker and Bella Cucina MINI Cup cake Maker all look to be very similar, if not identical versions, of the same cupcake maker. I wonder if they are just being marketed under different brand names.

All of the different versions of this red appliance can cooks up to 7 mini cupcakes in around 5 minutes.

They all have the special non-stick coating to make cooking and clean up easier.

It also comes in a great shade of Christmas Red.

Bella Cucina Cupcake Maker available on Amazon below.

Bella Cucina Cupcake Maker

Bella Cucina 13465 Cupcake Maker
Bella Cucina 13465 Cupcake Maker

Makes 7 mini cupcakes.

Non-stick baking tray for easy clean up.

 

Bella Cucina Mini Cup cake Maker - Video Review

Stinkylungs uploaded their review of this fun appliance.

Silicone Mini Cups 12 Count

American Originals Cupcake Maker

Miniature Sized Baked Treats

American Originals Cupcake Maker

Available on Amazon and eBay
Available on Amazon and eBay

American Originals Cupcake Maker on Amazon

American Originals Mini Cupcake Maker
American Originals Mini Cupcake Maker

This appliance bakes 7 mini treats in 7 or so minutes, with easy clean up from the non-stick surface.

 

Cupcake Cookbooks and Decorating Tools

175 Mini Cupcake Recipe Book

175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Easy Recipes for Bite-Size Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Mini Pies and More!
175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Easy Recipes for Bite-Size Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Mini Pies and More!

Babycakes has published their own cupcake recipe book which not only includes recipes for making mini cupcakes, but also recipes for cheecakes, mini pies and even appetizers.

Featured recipes include: Cheesy hash browns, Crab Rangoon, Spicy Empanadas, Tomato Bruschetta, mini pot poies along with a variety of interesting desserts and tarts.

 

More Cupcake Books

More books to inspire your cupcake baking.

12 Piece Cupcake Decorating Set

Wilton 2104-6667 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set
Wilton 2104-6667 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set

The 12 Piece Cupcake Decorating Set comes with everything needed to get started decorating cupcake.

Inclues 4 tips: Star tips 1M and 22, round tip 12 and bismarck tip 230, 8 disposable bags and instruction booklet.

 

Recipes for Cupcake Makers

These cupcake baking appliances can use most cupcake recipes. To make smaller batches, simply cut the recipe in half.

One easy tip is to start with a basic cake mix. One half a cake mix makes about 3 batches depending on the appliance you have chosen.

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History of the Best Cupcake Maker Lens

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The Cupcake Club is still available on Facebook page.

After reading all about these fun mini treat baking appliances do you want to own your own now?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @kerryhrabstock: We get a lot of those days during the summer in California when heating up the oven isn't something you want to do.

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      kerryhrabstock 4 years ago

      Wow. Haven't used one. Didn't know there were so many. Now living in FL, I see the value of not heating the oven up.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am enjoying all your lenses. It's hard to just choose a few to read. Glad I found you.

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      Perfect tool to baked a small batch of cupcake. Great lens!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have seen cupcake makers before, but I was a little skeptical. I will definitely think about giving one a try.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, where have I been? I din't know cupcake's had advanced to their own makers, cool!

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      Wow - I never even knew about cupcake makers. I'm in love now! I know what my next present for myself will be...

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      Janet2221 7 years ago

      These cupcake makers are adorable. I have never seen them before. Great lens!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      I want a cupcake maker! How cute!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      What a super shopper's guide to cupcake makers!