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Homemade Treats with the Babycakes Donut Maker

Saturday morning donuts have become a bit of a tradition in our family. There’s something decadent and whimsical about donuts for breakfast, and it’s a little luxury that has led to a lot of shared memories for our family.

The weekly ritual can get expensive, though, and some Saturday mornings we’re either too busy or sleep too late to get the donuts in time for breakfast.

That’s why I was excited to review the Babycakes Donut Maker.

Babycakes Donut Maker

The Babycakes Donut Maker comes with the maker, a metal prong for removing the donuts, and a wire cooling rack. It also comes with a booklet  full of donut recipes and possible glazes and coatings.

We tried the Chocolate Donut and Chocolate Glaze recipes from the booklet on our first attempt with the maker, and in all honesty, no one raved over it. We realized, though, that the maker can also be used with moist cake mixes, so we decided to give that a try.

Before I could take my second turn at it, though, I came home one morning after an appointment and found my kids had prepared a cake mix and were making donuts themselves! Clearly the Babycakes Donut Maker is easy enough for kids to use!

When I finally got my chance to use the Donut Maker, I quickly assembled all my ingredients:

Babycakes Donut Maker getting ready

I like that the Donut Maker has a “Ready” light which indicates the machine is properly preheated. And using a moist cake mix makes the batter-prep time very fast.

Although…you need to know that you will have A LOT of batter for donuts this way. The recipe book recommends you use a plastic bag or actual piping bag to fill the donut wells, and I have to agree that it makes things much easier.

Babycakes Donut Maker cake mix in piping bag

With using a moist chocolate cake mix, it only took 4 minutes for each batch in the Babycakes Donut Maker. This time instead of a glaze, we decided to toss the warm donuts in a paper bag filled with powdered sugar. They turned out delicious!

babycakes donut maker donuts are donebabycakes donut maker donuts on wire rack

Although I expected the donuts to be small, I didn’t really how small they would actually be. These things are itty bitty. And I could find no reliable way other than using the metal prong for removing the donuts once they were done (and be careful: they come out HOT). The only (admittedly funny) issue I had with using the prong, though, were the tiny holes I ended up making in most of the donuts. Also, if you are going to use an entire moist cake mix at once, be prepared for a LOT of donut-making. I stood here for about an hour, piping batter into the wells, tossing hot, finished donuts in the powdered sugar, and putting them on the cooling rack – over and over and OVER.

Having the Babycakes Donut Maker has been a lot of fun. I think the key is finding a recipe your family enjoys, but beyond that, it’s a very simple machine to use (and clean!), and fun to have on hand for making quick treats for your family.

*Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. 

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  • http://twitter.com/5_dollarshake Jenn

    Yes, I think I now need one of these.  :)

    • RA

      I know Kohls has a big sale going on and they are cheaper this weekend and if you shop there alot, you may have a discount coupon to make them cheaper.  Thats what we did last night!  : )  

  • http://twitter.com/Kimaloo Kimberly Hollowell

    I just bought this little guy tonight at Kohl’s. It was on sale for $29.99 so with my 15% off and $20 in Kohl’s cash, it was a whole $7 and some change. Awesome! I came across your site while I was searching online for recipes to use in addition to the ones in the booklet. Thank you for sharing the moist cake mix idea… I can’t wait to try it out! 

    • http://treerootandtwig.com Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig

      Oh, I’m so glad this was helpful to you, Kimberly! The moist cake mixes have BY FAR been the best choice for making donuts. They’re inexpensive, much easier, and taste so much better than the recipes we tried from the book included with the maker. We even used a lemon cake mix recently and just topped them with powdered sugar – delicious! Enjoy your donut maker! (ps: awesome deal you scored, too!!)

  • Jessicapiper927

    YOu are right. The recipes that come with the maker are terrible. I will try a cake mix next time! Thanks!

  • Shavid1991

    chocolate donuts keep the recipe the same just use half the amount og coacoa  put a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and its delish

  • Sa8tweety

    I just made my first batch of donut pops ( lemon with lemon glaze ) & they are yummy.  It’s hard to judge how much batter to put in , but I am learning.
    My daughter brough home the donut maker & the cake pop maker.  We enjoy home made goodies.

  • Shirley

    I made choclate choclate chip donuts last night with a jiffy muffin mix.The batter was a little runny so I added just a little bit of flour! They were delicious, with a little confectionary sugar sprinkled over them!

  • Rmsanfordjrjr

    I just got this and I love this maker. My son has food allergies and cannot have store bought donuts, he loved it! I just need to find more recipes, as he cannot have boxed cake or muffin mixes! Any suggestions on where to find from scratch donut recipes that are not meant for frying???

    • Grammy1

      My grandson also has allergies (peanuts and soy) so I just make cake or cupcake recipes from scratch.  Food.com and Delish.com are good sources.  Since gluten isn’t a problem for us, I haven’t tried any of the gluten-free recipes.

  • Meadie

    My husband brought one home that he purchased for only $9.99 at at a local warehouse. I was not impressed with the sour cream donut recipe – and think using a cake or muffin mix is a great idea. I will be trying that this weekend.

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