(Note I'm still on vacation in Florida, but I wrote this whole post before I left. Isn't that prepared of me?)
My mother-in-law got my daughter--well, me--the Babycakes donut maker for Christmas, which may or may not have been my suggestion. And I should note, that Babycakes has never heard of me and has no idea I'm writing this post, so all the opinions below truly are my own.
It did occur to me, "Hmmm, another piece of kitchenware I'll have to find a place for to gather dust," but I've a feeling this one might will spared the dust part. It really is super easy to use and a jillion times quicker than making traditional doughnuts. Plus, I'm a total doughnut purist. None of this "baked" stuff, I like them deep-fried and unhealthy. But wouldn't ya' know it? These were really good and really doughnutty. So all in all, Go Babycakes. You make a good doughnut in three to five minutes.
Given my and my daughter's last minute decision to make doughnuts having not been to the supermarket in way too long, and given my daughter's indescribable picky-ness when it comes to food, I kept things simple and used only ingredients I had on hand. She wouldn't even put sugar or glaze on hers. And she loved them. I added a dusting of powdered sugar to one, thanks to the handy dandy shaker that comes with the Babycakes. (It also comes with a handy dandy prong tool thing and a handy dandy wire rack). And I mixed up some confectioner's sugar and milk to make a glaze for a couple of the other ones.
These were delicious on Day 1, less delicious on Day 2. But I can forgive the doughnut for not aging well. Next time I'm going to shake on some cinnamon sugar, maybe some sprinkles, and spice up the recipe.
doughnut recipe for Babycakes Donut Maker(adapted from THIS RECIPE)
Prepare the Donut Maker with non-stick spray, and heat the Donut Maker according to the instructions.
Put in mixing bowl and combine:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add and blend just until the ingredients are mixed well and dough is creamy:
1/4 cup half and half
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
Immediately scoop the batter into a disposable decorating bag and close with a rubber band. Snip the tip and pipe a ring of dough into each of the molds. Close the lid and bake for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the Donut Maker and rest on a wire rack. Top with icing, confectioner's sugar or cinnamon sugar.
Yield: 9 doughnuts (which means one batch plus three since the Donut Maker holds six. I think. I think mine are slightly too big since they have those ridges around the middle, so maybe you can get 10.)