Cupcakes are typical American pastry cupcakes made with soft dough and decorated with icing or cream filling. For several years, they have also been appreciated in Italy.
In fact, these candies, whose name literally means cake in a cup, are popular because they envelop in the dimensions of a small oven the elegance of the most complex cakes.
With a little imagination, it is possible to create almost unlimited variations by using delicious toppings: chocolate, vanilla, fruit and jam, or with a hint of liqueur. As for decorations, you can use frosting based on butter, frosting, small dredges, candied flower petals or chopped almonds or hazelnuts.
These cupcakes are ideal for eating alone or in the company, for a snack, at a children’s party, or for afternoon tea.
Why buy a cupcake machine?
A cupcake-cooking machine is ideal for preparing these delicious candies in a speedy cooking time, and even children can be involved in the preparation. These appliances do not need to heat like a conventional oven and are simple to use. With this introductory guide, we want to help you understand which one to choose and where to buy it. In the meantime, think about your needs.
In the market, in fact, machines differ from each other, especially by the number of cakes that can be prepared at once.
In principle, the plates are 7 cupcakes, but you can opt for smaller plates to bake 4-5 cupcakes at the same time or choose a larger machine that cooks up to 12 cupcakes together. It is then up to you to complete the cakes with frostings and decorations that the whole family will love.
In online sales, you can access a huge market, which allows you to find the machine that suits you by paying for it at a lower price than a store of household items that can offer you a maximum choice of 2-3 models.
How do I use a cupcake device?
As with any device, it is highly recommended always to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, whether it is a low-cost device or a well-known brand.
The operation of these devices is actually effortless. In general, plug the unit into a power outlet and wait a few moments until the automatic côntrole heating indicator indicates that it is ready for use (usually green). If you use cupcake paper or pastry moulds, you can pre-fill them with about two-thirds of the dough, then place them carefully in each of the holes on the hot plate.
If the coating is non-stick and the model allows you to add dough directly into the holes, pour it into each available space. Now close the lid and set the timer – usually, 8 to 10 minutes is enough to make light brown and golden cupcakes. Absolutely delicious!
How do I choose the cupcake device?
Depending on how you plan to use the cupcake machine, how many cakes you want to make at once, and whether you can also count on the little ones’ help, it’s important to consider the following features.
The opinion of those who usually prepare these candies is beyond doubt: the quality of the baking sheets makes the real difference.
Non-stick stainless steel is the most important feature of the baking sheet because the plate must also be easy to clean. Also, check the cupcake shells’ depth in the plate to make sure they are not too low.
Some models have interchangeable plaques suitable for cake pops, doughnuts or muffins.
Make sure the device’s capacity matches your needs and those of your family. The number of cakes these appliances can prepare for each batch can range from 4 to 5 pieces up to 12. If you plan to use them regularly and there are three or four of you in the family, it’s best to opt for a high-capacity device.
Especially if you’re cooking with small children, your cupcake machine needs to be fast enough to be ready for use. A machine that takes 10 minutes or more to warm up before you start will make the little ones impatient. Power of at least 700 to 800 W is, therefore, a characteristic not to be underestimated.
A clip closure, a heat light and non-slip rubber feet are the essential safety measures to allow you to prepare your delicacies in peace.
Easy to use
Your new electric cupcake machine should be easy to install, use, maintain and clean. If you find it too complicated to activate and you have to spend a lot of time cleaning it all the time, you will end up forgetting it at the bottom of a kitchen cupboard.
Generally, you will find machines with a power of 700 watts / 1000 watts whose consumption is not excessive. Also, keep in mind that usage times are quite limited and that, therefore, the use of a device of this type will not affect your budget much.
Are cupcake machines only for cupcake making?
Not exactly. Most of these types of appliances allow you to cook a wide variety of treats. For example, you can make muffins, cinnamon buns, mini corn dogs, to name a few. Some models have interchangeable sticky plates, so the cupcake machine is suitable for different cakes.
How to clean a cupcake machine?
Before cleaning the cupcake machine, be sure to unplug it from the main socket and let it cool. Then wipe the structure and baking sheets with a damp cloth and dry them with a soft cloth. If there is food residue on the cooking surface, remove it with a nylon pad or plastic bristle brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool on the device as they can easily damage it.
If you want to start making a myriad of delicious treats at home, the easiest way is to buy a cupcake machine.
There is infinity on the market, even at low prices: in this guide, we have illustrated the steps to follow to find the one that suits you.
In our writing, we gave the best marks to the model Triumph, which is a few minutes allows you to prepare 7 cupcakes in the classic size that everyone likes, neither too big nor too small. Non-stick, it cleans in an instant, and non-slip feet allow you to work in maximum stability.