Question: What do you get when you cross a five teenagers and Babycakes Cupcake Maker?

Answer: Cupcake Mayhem

I recently met local authors Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore from Plugged Into Cooking, who just happened to write the new cookbook:  175 Best Babycake Cupcake Maker Recipes.

In honor of the new cookbook I was sent the Babycakes Cupcake Maker courtesy Robert Rose Inc, to try out some of the recipes. In addition to all the cupcake recipes, this cookbook features appetizers, muffins, tarts and more that can all be made in the Babycakes Cupcake Maker.

The Babycakes Cupcake Maker is described as the “Easy Bake Oven” for adults.  Well I have to tell you it is for teens as well! My daughter had some friends over and when they saw the box they asked if they could make some.  I had not had the chance to try it out yet so this seemed like a good way to put the Babycakes Cupcake Maker to the test.

After scouring the pages of the cookbook on what to bake they decided on the recipe for vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I happened to have some peanut butter chips so we threw some of those in the cupcake batter, thinking it would pair well with the chocolate frosting. (Recipe Below)

The kids had a blast measuring, mixing, baking and decorating. By the time they were finished I must say my kitchen was quite the mess.  I did not mind, it was fun to watch them have such a great time.

The cupcakes turned out yummy and my daughter is looking forward to many more cupcake mayhem nights.  I am looking forward to trying out some of the other recipes. With the holidays quickly approaching quite a few of the recipes in the book would be a great to take to a party.

 Vanilla Cupcakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter softened
1/4 cup sour cream
3 egg whites, room temperature
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
(1 cup peanut butter chips if desired)

1. In small bowl, whisk together, flour , baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat sugar and butter for 1 – 2 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in sour cream. Add egg whites and beat for 2 minutes scraping the bowl occasionally. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, making three additions of flour and two of milk beating on slow speed. Stir in vanilla. Stir in peanut butter chips if desired.

3. If desired place liners in wells. Fill each well with about 1 1/2 tbs (22mL) batter. bake 6-8 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. repeat with remaining batter.

Top with chocolate frosting and additional peanut butter chips if desired.
(I did notice on baking these that the first batch took about 8 minutes but after the cupcake maker is warmed up the next batches took less time.)

Creamy Chocolate Frosting
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine melted butter and cocoa in a mixing bowl. Beat in confectioners sugar and milk. Beat in vanilla. Beat in an additional 1 – 2 teaspoons milk if thinner frosting is desired.

To purchase the175 Best Babycakes Recipes Book visit, The Babycakes Shop, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The Babycakes Cupcake Maker can be found at numerous retail stores throughout the area and online.

Read more about the Babycakes Cupcake Maker and the authors from Robert Rose Inc.

Cupcakes are the feature of every bakeshop—from trendiest gourmet to hometown favorite—while current magazines tout cupcakes for every event from glamorous wedding to homemade birthday fun.
Babycakes, the appliance that created a new, exciting product category in the housewares industry, is creating quite a stir! Today, stores are clamoring to feature this family-friendly product leader. 
We are lucky enough to offer the first and the only cookbook specially written for the Babycakes Cupcake Maker appliance. This innovative cookbook is written (with all recipes tested) for the Babycakes Cupcake Maker. The recipes in the book are the correct size/portion, and baking times are specific for the appliance. 
We offer cupcake recipes from classics and kid favorites to innovative flavors, even cupcakes with liquor. Oh, and we even remembered the frostings!  We also include recipes for mini-pies—another food trend that is rising in popularity. There is a chapter on gluten-free treats reflecting the trend toward special diet and gluten-free cooking. And, another chapter in the book features all kinds of cheesecakes—quick, easy, and packed with deliciousness.
Babycakes are versatile and appeal to absolutely everyone. Children like the small tasty cupcakes and after school snacks, while adults will love making a batch of cupcakes/muffins for the office and featuring the appetizers at cocktail parties. The book presents them all—fabulous desserts to simple baking, savory lunch to appealing appetizers, every day to holiday.
Many people exclaim that the appliance is an ‘Easy Bake Oven for adults’ and we completely agree. And, the best part? With just two bites…there is so little to feel guilty about.
Here is a sampling of recipes included:
·       Red Velvet Cupcakes
·       Curried Chicken Salad Cups
·       Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Topping
·       Lemon Meringue Mini Pies
·       Raspberry Streusel
·       Cheddar, Ham and Broccoli Quiches
·       White Chocolate Snowmen Cupcakes

KATHY MOORE and ROXANNE WYSS are recognized as leading experts in small appliances, and they wrote the booklet that is packed with the Babycakes® cupcake maker by SELECT BRANDS.
In their food consultancy firm, they develop recipes, test products and generally set the standard for innovative recipes and food information. Their recipes appear regularly in the column, “Eating for Life” in The Kansas City Star, a James Beard award–winning publication, and they appear regularly on national television. Kathy lives in Missouri and Roxanne lives in Kansas.