The Babycakes donut maker makes healthy donuts that are baked, not fried, so you can make them for your family and enjoy them with a little less guilt. You can use one of their recipes, tweak them to experiment on your own, or use one of many online.
The donut maker comes with a small cooling rack, recipes, a lifting fork, and a shaker for cinnamon, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. The accessories are well made and I found them very useful. The rack will hold at least two batches of carefully placed donuts, and the fork is useful not only when moving the donuts from the maker to the cooling rack, but when flipping them over in the machine.
I tried flipping them because they didn’t look done on top when the machine said they were finished cooking. It was probably unnecessary to do that, but it helped get them golden all over.Â The donuts were surprisingly soft and cake-like, with more of a Dunkin’ Donuts consistency than a Krispy Kreme one.
The Babycakes donut maker does get the job done and the donuts don’t stick when you try to lift them out, but I do have a few issues with it. First, there’s no safe place to touch when the machine is in use. Even when lifting the handle when the donuts are done or before you pour in the batter, you need an oven mitt.
Making the latch safe to touch would’ve been helpful. I didn’t have a mitt, so I was using a small towel and the lid kept slipping out of my hand and slamming back down. I can’t imagine it would have been much better with a bulky mitt, but I managed without burning myself.Â The cord is also very short.
One minor complaint that probably wouldn’t have helped much in the long run, but would’ve been nice is that there is wasted space in the middle where an extra donut could’ve gone. Other models make seven of the mini donuts at a time instead of just six. Either way, I’d have had to make several batches, though.
I picked up the Babycakes donut maker at Kohl’s when it was on sale for $19.99 and I had a coupon for 30 percent off, so I’ll say it’s worth the money (I paid just under $15). I would’ve been a little annoyed with it if I’d paid full price, which is $29.99. It works, even with its quirks, though, so I’m pretty happy.
Photo credit: Kohl’s