I happen to love mini cupcakes! Bite sized, calorie controlled, low guilt bits of deliciousness. Yum!
A friend gave me my first mini cupcake maker by Bella Cucina and I was hooked. No more dealing with heating the oven (a big plus in South Florida) and filling mini cupcake pans with batter. Now all I had to do was scoop a small amount into each of the cupcake maker’s troughs and a few minutes’ later viola, mini cupcakes!
Not long ago I learned about another small appliance in the mini cupcake world, Babycakes. I had to have one.
Being the good Type A person that I am, I needed to do a side-by-side comparison to see which I liked best. I decided to go with a simple chocolate cake batter first (check Thursday’s blog for the recipe).
When they say ‘don’t overfill’ in the instructions, they mean it! Only fill each well about ¾ of the way or your cupcakes will either stick to the top when you open the device, or the tops will burn (or both). And neither makes for pretty cupcakes. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
Perhaps I have done something to upset the cupcake gods, but the green ‘ready’ light didn’t
work on either of the products I tested.
Even thought they both cupcake makers say ‘mini’ the Bella Cucina makes mini-mini cupcakes. More like (big) bite sized, while the Babycakes are more of a true mini cupcake size. Not that one is better than the other, it just depends upon what you like better. Personally I think each has its purpose. If you want to fill the cupcakes, then the larger of the two is a little easier to work with (although I have successfully filled the smaller ones too).
The first batch always took a little more time to bake, as it seemed to take a while for the devices to fully heat up. Even though I’ve used each a few times, I’ve found this to be true each time. Given that neither of the ‘ready’ lights worked, I had to make my best guess, I let each warm up for at least 5 minutes prior to use.
Removing cupcakes can be a challenge. The Babycakes is large enough to use the edge of a heat resistant spatula to flip them out. The Bella Cucina is more challenging. I’ve found the best way for me is to insert a toothpick at a 45-degree angle thru the cupcakes and lift them out. They are light enough that I haven’t had any problems with tearing.
That being said, these cupcake makers are fun to use!
Price – $20-30 each (depending on store and sales)
Ease of use – I’d give them both a 4 of 5 on the easy scale (5 being the easiest). The hot interior plates make it tough to just tip the devices and dump out the cupcakes, but it’s easy enough to get around.
Overall – Both were fun to use. A slight advantage goes to Babycakes for ease of removing cupcakes; although Bella Cucina is a little smaller and easier to store. So overall a tie, it’s comes down to a matter of preference and what size you’d like your mini cupcakes to be.