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Babycakes Donut Maker Model Review

Home Test of Babycakes Donut Maker

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Babycakes Donut Maker Model Review

Babycakes Donut Maker DN-6

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Like most folks, I do like donuts and the idea of being able to make them at home on demand, is pretty enticing. I'm all for quick snacks where I can control additives and other ingredients, but do these little appliances really work? Keep reading to find out how my home test went.

Product Despcription

    Babycakes Donut Maker DN-6
  • Makes 6 Mini Donuts in 3 to 5 minutes
  • Nonstick baking plates
  • Includes Fork tool and Cooling Rack
  • Locking lid latch
  • Red power light and green ready light
  • Yellow exterior finish
  • Cord wrap
  • 760 Watts
  • 1 Year limited warranty
  • Recipes, tips included
  • Dimensions when closed: 7.95” x 9.8” x 4.1” (L x D x H)
  • Learn more from the manufacturer
  • MSRP: $24.99

How the Babycakes Donut Maker Performed

December 14, 2011
This is a really cute little appliance and smaller than I expected - so storage should be fairly easy and you can even stand it on end since the lid latches. I couldn't resist the urge to bake a batch of donuts within five minutes from taking it out of the box. Note that it makes six mini donuts and not twelve as listed by one retailer. Prepping for baking was quick - a wipe, a little oiling for the nonstick finish and three minutes to preheat.

There's a few donut batter recipes in the manual as well as some glazes, so there's enough there to get started with. I settled on the Sour Cream Donuts recipe first off and then decided to vary ingredients and add some flavoring. My first batch was pretty good though some donut 'holes' were filled in from too much batter, but they tasted good.

These donuts need about two tablespoons of batter and you have to watch the amount and batter consistency to avoid spillage. If you add flavoring, you need to adjust the dry ingredients a little to compensate. That said, I had no problem getting edible donuts each and every batch. And removing the donuts from the maker with the fork was easy to do, but watch not to mar the nonstick finish. I think a silicone utensil or wooden tool is more appropriate.

When it comes to even browning on both sides, it really depends how fast you can drop the batter since the bottom starts to bake right away, but the top doesn't until you're done and drop the lid. So if you want even browning on both sides, the goal is to get quick at dropping batter to minimize time the donut maker is open. I could see an improvement on top browning with each batch, though after several tries they still are not quite even.

I started out using a tablespoon to drop batter - took too long, then a one inch spring scoop and finely tried the tip from the manual - to make a small plastic food storage bag into a make-shift pastry bag by cutting a small hole in a corner. That makes it easier to fill in around the center of the donut, so they are tidier and it's quicker. Most donuts took around four minutes to bake nicely. Increasing time to finish browning the top just leads to a darker-than-desired bottom.

The manual recommends using oven mitts to lift the lid and I do strongly encourage that. The unit gets quite hot when in use, so kids should use it only under adult supervision. This is a treat maker but still a serious and hot kitchen appliance. There was not much to clean after using this Donut Maker; a simple wipe where batter spilled out of the donut recesses onto the flat nonstick surface.

Overall Impression

The Babycakes Donut Maker is a fun appliance that does work reasonably well. It has enough power to properly and quickly bake donuts. Getting the donuts to brown evenly on both sides is a learned process and the quicker you drop the batter and close the lid, the more even they will be. I could see improvements in browning with each try, though I still have to get quicker at it. If you're planning on adding glaze or toppings, one lighter side doesn't really matter. That's something that will improve with each use.

Regardless of exterior browning results, the finished donuts are evenly baked on the inside and taste good. They are a nice size for serving as a treat or to guests with coffee/tea. Also good for making something quick for those unexpected guests. As for baking time, most of mine were done in about four minutes, but that can vary depending on batter consistency and ingredients. The real challenge is to avoid peeking which leads to heat loss and you guessed it, more browning on the bottom than the top. So using a timer is a good idea.

You can get quite creative with this Donut Maker and I'm sure the kids especially will love it. And six donuts seems just right; a second batch is quick to make if you need it. I had very good results adding flavoring such as Almond or Maple, as well as Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie Spices, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. You can also add an icing glaze and toppings. Baking performance is very good and at such a low price, the Babycakes Donut Maker makes a nice gift or family treat appliance. Just a note, I was rather skeptical starting out with testing this Donut Maker, but it has made me want to try even more similar treat makers.

A note about pricing: Babycakes sells it for $24.99 which is the manufacturer's suggested retail and a good price point for this appliance. However, I've noticed from my Compare Prices that some dealers have much higher pricing. So watch the prices and buy it direct from Babycakes or where pricing is more reasonable if you want a good deal.

About the Company and Related Resources

Babycakes™ is a registered brand of Select Brands, a company that sells and markets small appliances including their own Kitchen Selectives brand.

Babycakes also makes other treat appliances such as a Cupcake Maker, Pie Maker, Cake Pop Maker, Pie Pop Maker and Waffle Maker. They also have a few Babycakes Baking Mixes you might want to check out if you want some baking variety.

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