I have a love hate relationship with Groupon. On the one hand, it’s awesome because I find deals for the most interesting things I otherwise wouldn’t think I needed. But well, this same point can lead to impulsive spending. Recently I spotted a mini cupcake maker in my daily Groupon emails.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? I have long lusted over gorgeously photographed cupcakes in blogs and cookbooks but never managed to bake satisfactory ones. Coincidentally, this Groupon deal arrived just days after I discovered the wonders of Babycakes products. They have whoopie pie makers! And cake pop makers! In such pretty pastel colors of lavender, canary yellow and pink! *swoon*
So after 30 minutes of deliberation, the Mini Cupcake Maker was mine.
It became clear to me after I examined the box and instruction manuals, that this is a no-brand product. There is no indication of where the cupcake maker was made, no distributor / company name, and the instruction manual makes reference to “attached” recipes (but there are none). I had already predicted this, given the cupcake maker’s low price tag ($28). Given the fact that there are various brands of cupcake makers out there, and because they all seem to look alike, I guess it does not matter after all if my Groupon cupcake maker seems so generic and brand-less. Could it possibly be factory overrun?
So I googled and found instruction manuals for other cupcake makers, that DID include recipes for tiny cupcakes.
Cupcake Maker Recipes (PDFs)
For the test run, I made banana, oats and peanut butter cupcakes. The recipe is inspired from the Banana and Coconut Cupcake recipe from the Kambrook Little Chefs Cupcake Maker manual but I made some tweakings because I did not have desiccated coconut on hand. I also figured out that the cupcakes need to be in my Groupon machine longer than specified in the original Kambrook recipe. Hence I changed the timing from 7 minutes to 12 minutes. The result is a spongy cupcake that resembles a steamed cake rather than any cupcake I’ve tried. I also like the small portion size, which makes it seem a lot healthier.
Banana, Oats and Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 21 mini cupcakes
1⁄2 cup self-raising flour
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1⁄4 cup rolled oats
1⁄2 cup banana, diced
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 x 59g egg, lightly whisked
1⁄2 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 teaspoons peanut butter
1. Preheat the cupcake maker until the ready light switches on.
2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and oats until combined.
3. Create a well in the centre and add the banana, vanilla, egg, milk, peanut butter and oil.
4. Fold ingredients through until combined.
5. Spoon a tablespoon of cupcake mixture into each mini cupcake well.
6. Close the lid and cook for 12 minutes.
7. Turn the mini cupcakes out onto a cake rack and cool.