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Jakks Pacific Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker
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- Make super yummy cupcakes with the brand new girl gourmet cupcake maker
- Make the perfect cupcake icing swirl with cupcake maker
- Decorate your cupcakes with favorite frostings and sprinkles
- Make and decorate 4 cupcakes
- Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and cinnamon sugar
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The Cupcake Maker comes with four special cupcake mixes and frosting that are custom designed for use with this toy. The cake flavors include red velvet, chocolate, yellow, and cinnamon sugar; the frostings are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and cream cheese flavored. These easy-to-use mixes, which contain no wheat ingredients--a definite plus for the gluten-free crowd--and require only water as an added ingredient. (Allergy alert: the mix does contain powdered eggs and powdered milk.)
The toy comes with everything your child needs to mix, bake, and decorate the cupcakes: a tiny mixing bowl, measuring spoon, water dropper, and miniature spatula for mixing the batter and frosting; a microwaveable container for baking the cupcakes; and a cupcake frosting gadget with a shape reminiscent of a KitchenAid standing mixer. And everything your little chef needs to get started is packaged in chic, girl-pleasing, contemporary pastels.
Mix It Up
Simply mix the cake mix with water using the provided measuring spoons and water dropper to reach the desired consistency (we found that a pudding-like consistency gives the best results), pour the batter into the cupcake paper, and put it in the plastic "baking dish," bake it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and--voila!--out comes a completely baked cupcake. Because the cupcakes get pretty hot, an adult should handle them until they're cool enough to handle.
In the meantime, the frosting can be mixed up in the same manner. Again, it took us a few tries to get the proper consistency: it's especially important for the frosting to be, as suggested, the consistency of firm cookie dough to work properly with the cupcake froster.
Time to Decorate
The cupcake froster comes with a frosting tube with a plunger and decorator-type tip. Scoop the frosting into the tube with the miniature spatula and place it in the machine. (This step can prove almost impossible if the frosting is too runny.) Place the cooled cupcake below and push down the lever. The frosting machine simultaneously spins the cupcake and pushes out the frosting to create a spiral shape. Kids can put the finishing touches on with the included sprinkles or, as the "shortcut" cards suggest, with cut-up fruit or candy (you'll want to stock up on these beforehand). The finished cupcake is smaller than a regular cupcake and a bit larger than your standard mini cupcake.
The Taste Test
The quick-and-easy baking and frosting mixes make for a fun and simple introduction to baking, especially for kids who haven't already started growing their "kitchen legs." Kid-sized cooking utensils makes it fun for kids to use, and are much easier to use than Mom and Dad's larger and heavier utensils.
The cupcakes themselves cook quickly in the microwave, making for a fast turnaround that won't try younger kids' patience; but they also, to be honest, don't quite have the taste as the home-made cup cakes that mom or grandma makes. But admittedly, this opinion is formed by an adult palate. For the kids that cook the cupcakes, they will be flavored with the sweetness of do-it-yourself pride.
Adults will need to make sure, however, that the kids don't start out with aspirations to the Martha Stewart-like decorating job pictured on the box: after multiple tests, we found that the cupcake froster simply does not turn out perfectly dainty frosting spirals. This might prove disappointing, so kids should be prepared to expect more realistic, charmingly handmade results. And your kids will be sure to have a lot more fun and confidence with their own creative decorating jobs.
What's In the Box
Cupcake Froster, 4 cupcake mixes; 4 frosting mixes; two-sided measuring spoon; spatula; water dropper; mixing bowl; 4 cupcake papers; 4 "shortcut" cards; microwave baker; cupcake cup; sprinkles and sprinkle container.
Top Customer Reviews
And it begins... luckily we didn't have to assemble which was a blessing. We grab the little mixing bowl and pour in the little powdery mix. ON a side note, a big annoyance is the fact that the set starts you off with 4 cupcakes only. One in each flavor: Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet and Cinnamon. So luckily, the big kids that could participate were only 4 so there wasn't any arguing. The down side once again... only one bowl and mixing spoon/spatula. We pour in the 2 tablespoons of water, daughter mixes and we pop it into the microwave with its appropriate container. Twenty-five seconds later; VIOLA! It is indeed a cupcake, but a spongy-holey looking one. Within a minute, my honest reaction was: "WHAT'S THAT SMELL?" I kept on asking if the dog had urinated somewhere. We discovered that the "glorious" smell was indeed the birthday girls Vanilla cupcake.
The next three children went, 2 tablespoons of water wasn't enough for some of the mixes. Chocolate after it was nuked smelled like poop. Cinnamon smelled like cinnamon batter and Red Velvet smelled like different poop. Nonetheless... the 4 cousins were excited to ice. The contraption/syringe that you have to stuff the icing into is just way too small. When you finally load it and the kids start pressing down, it just plops down icing at the same point for each revolution.
At the end of the day, it was fun for them, stinky for all of us and too darn messy. You are better off with supervised baking then this junky mix. Wonderful idea, but the flavoring needs to be tweaked majorly. The kids licked off the icing and then proclaimed they didn't want any more. TYPICAL!
The mixing and "micro-baking" went well and everything was good until we hit the icing point. This contraption literally slung blobs of icing and unfortunately most of it landed and dribbled over the sides of the cupcake and made a mess. No way was this icing experience even close to the commercial version. *tears* from my daughter.
I get out a spreader and manually spread icing on top of the cupcake and let her decorate it. The worst is yet to come...
As soon as she peeled the cupcake paper liner away, the cupcake literally crumbled. She had a fist full of cupcake *more tears*.
I think it had something to do with the microwave "baking" because every single cupcake crumbled the same way. Shame really.
This is one Birthday present that will get put into the closet and forgotten about.
Next time we will bake "real" cupcakes!
Don't waste your money. Really.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This did not work but what you can't really expect much for a kit that makes cupcakes out of powder and the cupcakes tasted horrible but my 2 year old seemed to love themPublished 1 month ago by emma1211
Looked like a turd and it tasted like a turd. I'm pretty sure I was tricked to eat feces.Published 2 months ago by B. Rivera
I bought this product for my nieces on December 1, 2015. They opened the package on February 10, 2016 to use it and my sister-in-law found that the cake mixes had expired in 2011! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas. She and her mom used it for the first time yesterday. The cupcakes tasted terrible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catherine Ortenburger, CO
i was not looking for any restitution, but thank ou so very much. we will continue to purchase your items that my family likes.Published 10 months ago by Russell Torres
Although my granddaughter had a little fun with it, after three uses she never touched it again....and she really, really wanted it. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by GRAMMIEBUD