It is my love for mini cupcakes that led me to purchase the Babycakes Cupcake Maker. However, it is not all what it cracked up to be . . . First, let me say, that is a nice looking machine. Very sturdy. Vibrant color. But it only makes 8 cupcakes at a time which I thought at first wouldn't be a problem but do you know how long it takes to use up cake batter when you can only do 8 at a time??? Second, so far I have not experienced the problems with the heating element that others are reporting. My other reason, aside from my mad love for mini cupcakes, to purchase this item was so I wouldn't have to heat up the whole house in order to whip up a batch. The machine, however, does get VERY hot . . . you will need a fork to remove your cupcakes and when putting in more batter be sure not to touch the hot metal. Simple sounding, I know but give it a try. Also, the plastic sides do get hot. Third, the cupcakes do not brown evenly. Now, since most folks using icing this would not be a problem. However, if you intend to leave them nekkid for a decorating party with a group of kids, the sickly pale ones may turn off many cupcake lovers. Or maybe you just love nekkid cupcakes. Whatever . . .some are very pale but are cooked throughout. So, I guess what I am saying is that I could have skipped this purchase and just bought another 12 cup mini cupcake pan. And that is what I will recommend to friends and family. It is a very neat concept but not a completely great reality.
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