giveaway: babycakes cupcake maker

Giveaway is now Closed…

“Mom, why can’t I have an Easy Bake Oven!? I am the only girl who doesn’t have one!!” If you were in my house when I was a child you would hear this question at least once a week. My mother’s logic was that it was a messy toy. Why did I need an Easy Bake Oven when I could use the real one? As a 42 year old woman I still haven’t let go of the disappointment. Once a gadget junkie, always a gadget junkie. As a child my need for an Easy Bake Oven went deeper than the need to keep up with my peers. I am a born kitchen gadget junkie. I admit it. I still haven’t found a self help group for this affliction and my family has not had an intervention (yet), so I carry on with my obsession.

This past summer one of my favorite new kitchen gadgets became the Babycakes Cupcake Maker . It became my go to gadget when my family felt like cakes or brownies. Of course, nothing surpasses the freshly baked cake from the oven, but in a pinch the Babycakes Cupcake Maker was a life saver. I’ve used it to bake brownies, cupcakes and even pineapple upside-down cakes. The Babycakes Cupcake Maker is easy to clean and it does not require a lot of space. It comes in many fabulous colors and, most importantly, it is user friendly. It has definitely assuaged that little empty feeling of never having owned an Easy Bake Oven. Babycakes Cupcake Maker is just a fun gadget that makes me feel like a little girl again.

The Babycakes Cupcake Maker is such a fantastic gadget that my partner at myFudo and I would love to share it with you.  Please enter our give away: Comment on this post by telling us your favorite kitchen gadget. We’d love to hear about what you cannot live without!  Also, please check out our 2011 Christmas Card Exchange.

Winner will be announced one week from today, Wednesday, September 28th.

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  3. Those living outside the US you’ll win an Amazon gift certificate.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake -Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
This Brown Sugar Pound cake recipe comes from Martha Stewart. I love it with pineapples and so have used it to make pineapple upside-down cake. It adds that little something special.

Ingredients for Cake
1 pound (3 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon coarse salt
4 sticks softened unsalted butter, plus more for pans
2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
9 large, room-temperature eggs
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup brown sugar

Pineapple, cut into very thin, 1 inch rounds.
1. Combine flour and 1 tablespoon salt in a bowl. Cream 4 sticks butter and dark-brown sugar with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, for 8 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to medium, and add vanilla extract.
2. Lightly beat eggs, and add to mixer bowl in 4 additions, mixing thoroughly after each and scraping down sides. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 4 additions, mixing until just incorporated.
3. In a bowl cream together the 2 tablespoons butter and ½ cup brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Assembly
1. Plug in the Babycakes Cupcake Maker.
2. Place a dab of the brown sugar/butter mixture into the bottom of each Babycakes mold (do not over do it or the mixture will ooze out during baking).
3. Place a pineapple round in each mold.
4. Using a tablespoon, add the cake batter on top of the pineapple. Only fill ¾ of the mold as it will overflow.
5. Bake for about 8 minutes.

You will have enough batter to make 2 dozen small cakes, perhaps a few more. You can bake directly in the Babycakes Cupcake Maker or you can use paper liner cups (that come with the Cupcake Maker).

The Babycakes Cupcake Maker becomes extremely hot. Please be aware of this when putting your second batch into the molds.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Seven Minute Frosting
This is my go-to recipe for a chocolate cake on the fly and an impressive, but easy frosting.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup milk

1. Plug in Babycakes Cupcake Maker.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth. Increase the speed to high and slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until light.
4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and then add the cocoa powder and vanilla.
5. With the mixer running at medium-low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition.
6. Combine the water and milk in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat.
7. With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture, about a 1/4 cup at a time. Carefully pour the hot liquid into the batter. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a large rubber spatula, finish combining the batter until smooth.
8. Spoon the batter into the Babycakes mold, filling ¾ of the way.
9. Bake approximately 5 minutes.

Seven Minute Frosting
Another Martha Stewart recipe, this frosting is so light and fluffy that it will please even those who claim they don’t like frosting.

Ingredients
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
4 large egg whites, room temperature

1. Put 1 cup sugar, the corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water into a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to simmer and sugar has dissolved, about 6 minutes. Wash down sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming. Raise heat to medium-high. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
2. Meanwhile, put egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining tablespoon sugar, and beat until peaks are fluffy but still soft. Slowly pour in hot sugar syrup down side of bowl. Raise speed to high, and beat until mixture has cooled and stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Use immediately.

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85 comments

  • September 21, 2011 at 11:40 am //

    I just got a new food processor, so right now that is pretty high up on my favorite gadgets list. It is just so much more convenient than chopping…and chopping….and chopping…

    Although I am a HUGE fan of my tart pans, for reasons similar to why you like the Babycakes Cupcake maker: I can make individual pies in them when I get a pie craving on the fly and can’t justify making an entire 9′” pie for one person =)

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm //

      Thank you Stephie!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm //

      Thank you Julie!!!

  • September 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm //

    OMG this looks amazing! Not only can you cook sweet treats but succulent treats as well! I see many pizza roll-ish creations being made with this device!

  • September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm //

    My favorite kitchen gadget are my Wustof knives, which I’m not sure is really a gadget, but it makes my life so much easier. I think a good set of knives is so important for anyone that loves to cook!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm //

      Thank you Stephanie.

  • September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm //

    I love all kitchen gadgets. Well, almost all kitchen gadgets. I also own almost all kitchen gadgets. It’s the reason I don’t cook in others’ kitchens. :)

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm //

      Thank you so much for commenting Paula!

  • September 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm //

    I so want one of these for my little girl. She would go nuts over them! Off to retweet.

  • September 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm //

    Following you and retweeted!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm //

      Thank you Carolyn!

  • September 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm //

    I liked you on facebook (Andrea Cheeseman) and I am following you on twitter – this is a fantastic giveaway – I have been eyeing this gadget!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm //

      Thank you Andrea!

  • September 22, 2011 at 12:24 am //

    How fun…I’ve never seen this before!! I LOVED the easy bake oven when I was little!!

    Our one son got a quesadilla maker for Christmas last year and it’s amazing how often we use it…probably 4-5 times a week…and super easy clean up too. A close second would be the George Foreman grill…great when you don’t want to grill outside and also super easy clean up.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

      Isn’t it a fabulous gadget? Thank you so much for commenting.

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:36 am //

    My fave kitchen gadget is my 1-1/2 inch dough scooper! Perfect cookies everytime!
    ceecee

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:37 am //

    My fave kitchen gadget is my immersion blender followed closely by my egg slicer!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm //

      Thank you so much for participating Christine.

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:38 am //

    my 1-1/2 inch dough scooper!

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:40 am //

    Liked you on FB!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

      Thank you CeeCee!

  • September 22, 2011 at 5:17 am //

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. Following on Twitter!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm //

      Thank you so much Yadsia!

  • September 22, 2011 at 5:19 am //

    That cupcake maker is adorable, and the cupcake creations look to be endless! I love the little brown sugar-upside down pineapple cuppies so much! I follow you on Twitter, but I don’t use FB (as you know)………BUT, I do like you :)

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm //

      Thank you so much Lisa.

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

      Thank you Rachel!

  • September 22, 2011 at 7:12 am //

    My favorite kitchen gadget is a mini donut maker that we have. It makes baked donuts and minutes. Much more healthy for my kids and can really lend itself to doing a whole bunch of different flavors quickly.

  • September 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm //

    Hi thanks a lot for the sweet thought and for inviting me over….I would love to win this for sure…..followed u on twitter and tweeted.

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm //

      Thank you so much Nisa.

  • September 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm //

    I already follow you on Twitter (@alterkitchen), and I tweeted about your giveaway.

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

      Thank you Giulietta!

  • September 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm //

    I already follow you on Facebook (Giulia Robert).

    My favorite kitchen tool is a wooden spoon… simple and yet necessary ;)

  • September 24, 2011 at 1:57 am //

    I liked your facebook page (donna alena)

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm //

      Thank you Donna!

  • September 24, 2011 at 2:59 am //

    I already follow you on facebook.. now following you on twitter! this cupcake maker seems wonderful. the christmas card idea is also fabulous.

  • September 24, 2011 at 3:44 am //

    I sure hope that my new favorite kitchen gadget is this one!!!! :)

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm //

      Thank you Emily.

  • September 24, 2011 at 4:58 am //

    My favorite gadget is my garlic press with an insert to clean out the holes!!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm //

      That gadget sounds perfect!

  • September 24, 2011 at 5:18 am //

    Following on twitter!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm //

      Thank you Diana!

  • September 24, 2011 at 5:19 am //

    like you on facebook

  • September 24, 2011 at 5:24 am //

    liked on FB

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm //

      Thank you Diego!

  • September 24, 2011 at 5:24 am //

    followed on twitter

  • September 24, 2011 at 5:30 am //

    my favourite kitchen gadget is my kitchen aid mixer :)

  • September 24, 2011 at 9:53 am //

    Following you on Twitter, and this is a pretty cool recipe.

  • September 24, 2011 at 10:48 am //

    Hy,
    first time here…love your space..
    very interesting site you hve..
    wonderful presentation…
    Am following u in twitter..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm //

      Thank you Jay!

  • September 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm //

    New follower courtesy of Dee from Deelicious Sweets. Love that lady. I have to say it’s hard to pick a favorite gadget. My head says my kitchenaid stand mixer but my heart would say my cuisinart ice cream maker. My sentimental side would say a tiny pink spatula my Mom used when I was little and my Dad gave to me years after she passed away. I can’t pick. Does that disqualify me? Lol!

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm //

      Thank you Kim Bee!!!! So nice of Dee to introduce us!!!!

  • September 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm //

    Liked your fb page.

  • September 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm //

    Followed on twitter and tweeted the giveaway. Now crossing fingers as I adore anything pink.

  • September 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm //

    Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog and left a comment. I love most of my kitchen gadgets but the one I used the most is my KitchenAid mixer. I guess it is my fav :)

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:37 am //

      Thank you Gertrude.

  • September 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm //

    the cup cakes look very cute….

  • September 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm //

    I love my kitchen gadgets but I would have to say my KitchenAid food processor is my favorite (or at least for the moment with all the nut butters I’m making)!!
    Oh that Babycakes maker is just adorable, I love anything mini!!!

  • September 25, 2011 at 2:28 am //

    My “salad shooter” is by far the most loved appliance in my kitchen. It’s GREAT for grating (pun intended) cheese for homemade pizzas.

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:36 am //

      Thank you Ari!

  • September 25, 2011 at 2:31 am //

    Now following on twitter, and retweeted the giveaway! Keeping my cupcake loving fingers crossed!

  • September 25, 2011 at 2:40 am //

    As sad as it may sound, my favorite right now is the mighty rubber spatula. So easy to use… so easy to clean.

    Oh, and I tweeted your giveaway and liked (and shared!) it on facebook.

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:36 am //

      It doesn’t sound sad, my mothers was/is her wooden spoon!

  • September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am //

    My favorite kitchen gadget right now is my Mini Chop. It’s so perfect to chop up EVERYTHING – avocado for guacamole, onions and peppers for crabcakes, mushing bananas for banana bread, making pesto – you name it. I’m obsessed.

  • September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am //

    My goodness I didn’t even know there was such a thing! The pineapple upside down cake looks delish. You know my obsession with cupcakes, that looks like it would be a good one!

    I liked you on facebook. I don’t have twitter.

    Now, to go and purchase some pineapple….

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:35 am //

      Thank you Sweet Revelations! Isn’t if a fun gadget?

  • September 26, 2011 at 10:38 am //

    i’m following you on Twitter and a new Facebook fan!

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:35 am //

      Thank you Melissa!

  • September 27, 2011 at 1:31 am //

    Liked, tweeted, following… done :) this look so cute, especially in pink!

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:34 am //

      Thank you Tarte Pink!

  • September 27, 2011 at 4:39 am //

    My favorite kitchen gadget is our Vitamix. We got it about a month ago and absolutely love it. Made peanut butter and nutella recently with it. So good.

    Following you on Facebook and Twitter!

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:34 am //

      Thank you Macaroon!

    • September 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm //

      Congrats, you are the winner of our Babycakes maker!!!

  • September 27, 2011 at 11:51 am //

    My favorite kitchen gadget would be my kitchen shears. I use them ALL THE TIME.
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  • September 27, 2011 at 11:51 am //

    Like you on FB (SusanBenegas)
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  • September 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm //

    I am following ur blog on twitter and have tweeted the giveaway post http://twitter.com/#!/retweets .I am a blogger.My blog name is ‘ DASHAMI’S COLLECTION ‘. Visit my blog, do comment if u like any of the recipes and click ‘ Follow ‘ to get more updates.

  • September 28, 2011 at 3:27 am //

    I am following on twitter… hootowl29, and I tweeted!

  • September 28, 2011 at 3:28 am //

    Like you on FB. Leann Lindeman