Those were stupid. Unless you like “just add water!” cake mixes you can bake with a light-bulb. You’re probably thinking, “But I loved my Easy-Bake Oven!”, by which you mean, “I used it twice and then it sat in the back of my closet for three years.” I loved my Easy-Bake Oven the one time I used it, too. But I’ve found something better. Something adults can use, but that’s just as cute–nay–cuter than the Easy-Bake Oven.
It’s called the Babycakes Cupcake Maker and it’s like a waffle iron, except instead of waffles you bake cupcakes and it’s tiny and pink and I almost crapped my pants when I saw it at the store. Bed Bath & Beyond, indeed.
I’m not much of a gadget person, but you should definitely make room for this in your kitchen. It makes eight cupcakes or muffins at a time, which take about 5 to 8 minutes to bake. Seriously awesome, right?
I’m not suggesting you try catering a wedding with it or anything. But remember that scene in Bridesmaids when Kristen Wiig’s character bakes herself a single cupcake in the middle of the night? Haven’t you ever just wanted to do that? Well now you totally can, and you don’t have to worry about preheating your oven or washing pans or waking everyone in your house up with a bunch of nonsense in the kitchen, because the Cupcake Maker is portable and tiny, like one of those purse dogs. You could even bake cupcakes in the bathroom if you wanted.
Author’s Note: Please don’t bake cupcakes in your bathroom. That’s weird.
I was so pleased with my my new pink and shiny little friend that I tried it out as soon as I could, which actually was in the middle of the night. The whole process took me about half an hour. I made Blueberry Green Tea Muffins, and they turned out perfectly. I highly recommend this to anyone who bakes as a hobby.
Blueberry Green Tea Muffins
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 green tea bags
1 1/3 cup unbleached flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup small blueberries
- Heat the milk and steep the 2 teabags in it.
- Cream together softened butter and sugar.
- Beat in the eggs until blended, then pour in the green tea/milk mixture slowly and gradually while you blend the mixture on low speed. If your milk is still hot and you add it too fast, you’ll end up making scrambled eggs that taste like tea.
- In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients with a spoon. Add them to wet ingredients and blend just until combined.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Fill liners 3/4 full. If you happen to have the Cupcake Maker, they take about seven minutes to bake and you don’t need to preheat it (awesome, right?). If you didn’t immediately run out and buy one after reading my amazing blog, then these muffins will bake normally in a 375F oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Cupcakes are done when you can apply light pressure and it bounces back.