It is easy to say that all you need to make miniature cupcakes is a mini muffin pan. But this isn’t strictly true, because you also need a well equipped kitchen, baking ingredients, paper liners and frosting to really produce a good miniature cupcake. To most of us, these are things that we already have in our kitchens. But for those who are less well equipped, or who simply want a very quick cupcake fix, there is the Bella Cucina Mini Cupcake Maker.
This countertop gadget (which appears to be the same as the Smart Planet Cupcake Maker sold at other retailers) bakes up 7 mini cupcakes is just 10 minutes. The gadget plugs into a wall and immediate starts to heat up. In just about a minute, it is ready to go. You can use paper liners or directly fill the nonstick baking cups with about a tablespoonful of batter. I was skeptical about how well the machine would work, but my cupcakes – and I tried multiple batches – turned out perfectly every time.
There are a couple of things to look out for with this mini cupcake maker. First, I would recommend using paper liners because the entire surface of the maker gets quite hot and it is much easier to get them out when they are in paper cups. Second, it is easy to overcook the cupcakes if you walk away when the machine is on; there is no alarm noise (my waffle maker has one, for instance) that tells you when the cupcakes are done. Third, although it looks like it might be great for kids, it should only be used with supervision because, as I mentioned in the first point, it does get quite hot where the cupcakes are cooking and getting them out could be tricky for small hands.
That said, it is fun to play with and great if you really only want to bake a small batch of cupcakes, brownies or some other treat. You don’t need to heat up your whole oven – which takes more time an energy than plugging this in – and this gadget is very portable so you can take it anywhere with you. It’s not going to replace my oven or my mini muffin pan, but it is fun to use and works well, so whether you’re looking for more portion control or simply an easy mini cupcake fix, this gadget just might work out perfectly in your kitchen.
CherylDecember 7, 2010
What a neat kitchen tool to have!
CandiDecember 17, 2010
Thanks for the review! I saw this on the Macy’s website on sale for $14 and wasn’t sure if it worked, thanks to your review I’m going to purchase it! 🙂
JessieApril 12, 2011
I just bought my mini cupcake maker and cooked a batch for 5 mins and the tops burned…cooked another batch for 4 mins and they burned, did a batch for 3 mins and the tops were burned but inside soft…so far im not satisfied. I would love it if you could turn the temp down. Does anyone else have this problem?
theresaApril 20, 2011
I bought my cupcake maker a couple of weeks ago and since then have made dozens of mini cupcakes – by setting my timer for exactly 10 minutes once I close the top, the cupcakes have all come out perfect! very well worth the price….especially with summer coming up and being able to make cupcakes/muffins/brownies fresh without heating the kitchen.
Even my husband has exclaimed how good they smell while cooking!
JenniferFebruary 7, 2012
Jessie – Make sure you aren’t filling the cups too full. If the tops are getting too close to the upper heating plate that may be why they are burning. Also, it may be the batter you are using. Try another type of mix and see what happens.
lindaDecember 27, 2012
just made a batch all went into the garbage and were burnt!!!its going back for sure
JeannieJanuary 7, 2013
Hi, do you use a regular recipe to bake on the cupcake maker or do you need to use a pre mix or modify the recipe for it?
Lori tFebruary 13, 2013
Has anyone tried to make tiny pie tarts. I want to make cherry pie tartlets but was hoping to get some tips ahead of time
KarenApril 20, 2013
@Jeannie, I use 2oz each of S.R. flour, butter, caster sugar, 1 medium egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1 dessert spoon milk. Mix it all together until light and lump free (all in one method).
Put about 1 dessert spoon of mix into a mini cupcake case or silicone case. Comes out lovely and light and fluffy.
ShayneMay 13, 2014
Thanks for the review. I have been tossing up whether to get one as I LOVE getting new but useful gadgets. My cupboards are getting quite full but there is always room for one more 😉 Cheers, Shayne