My kids love doughnuts. What kid doesn’t, right? And while I don’t mind giving them the occasional sugary sweet, I prefer to give them foods that are healthy. So, when I received an opportunity to review the a new donut maker from Babycakes, via MomCentral, I was incredibly excited. Not only could I give my kids healthy donuts, but I could let them help me make them! They love helping in the kitchen, and will almost always eat something if they helped make it.
After reading the manual that came with my Babycakes Donut Maker, I realized I didn’t have everything on hand to use one of the included recipes. Since I had already promised the kids they could help make donuts, I had a conundrum.
But, ah. I know that I can use cake mixes for a lot of things. The Babycakes treat makers work best with moist mixes, and my Aunt Karyn recently gave me a recipe for spice bars that I thought might work in the donut maker.
So, I grabbed a box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix and one can of pumpkin. Yep, that’s it. One box of spice cake mix and one 15 ounce can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, just plain ole pumpkin). I mixed them up in the mixer, then scooped the mixture into a treat maker bag, snipped the end off, and squeezed it into the pre-heated donut maker.
After 4-5 minutes, I had these…
OMY. As in, Oh My Yum!
Both kids thoroughly enjoyed them, and even “snuck” a few extras.
Now, the nutritional break down…
The mix made 30 doughnuts and they were about 74 calories each, with 1.4g fat, 14.8g carb, 0.7g fiber, and 0.5g protein. On the old points system, they are 2 points each. Not bad!
I loved how easy the donut maker was to use. Just fill the cavity, close the lid, and wait. I did have to use my silicone oven mitt to open the donut maker after it was heated, just to be safe. The non-stick surface wiped clean with no effort on my part. The little fork thing that is included, to lift the donuts out, was perfectly sized. The only thing I would change is the size of the cooling rack. It is only big enough to hold about 12 donuts, and I had to brake out the bigger cooling rack to accommodate the rest. Alternatively, to avoid having to change the box proportions, they could just include a second cooling rack.
Now that I have used the donut maker, I want the new Babycakes Cake Pop Maker as well. I know what a pain it is to make cake pops, and I can imagine using the cake pop maker for a whole host of other things, too! Babycakes treat makers are available in the Babycakes Shop and on Amazon.com.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.