Sunbeam FPSBDML920 Donut Maker, Yellow
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- Enjoy fresh baked donuts with the fun shaped sunbeam donut maker
- Uniquely designed donut shapes create 5 delicious donuts in minutes
- Warm up & ready lights indicate that the doughnut maker is on and heating
- Lid latch holds the donut maker closed while making donuts and is designed to stand upright to minimize storage space
- Non-stick plates make clean up easy
- Fun-shaped donut maker creates freshly baked donuts
- Makes up to 5 round-shaped donuts in just minutes
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Gather around and enjoy the warm, sugary goodness of a State Fair classic with help from this adorable Sunbeam donut maker. Shaped like an oversized version of the delicious treat, complete with rounded lid, center cutout, and printed "sprinkles", the delightful appliance quickly creates up to five donuts in a matter of minutes - no more messes and added fat from deep fryers or pots of oil on the stove to contend with. Furthermore, its nonstick cooking surface easily releases the completed baked goods and cleans up effortlessly when through. To use, simply power on the unit and wait for its "warm-up" and "bake ready" indicator lights to illuminate. Fill the donut-shaped molds with batter, secure the hinged lid, and carefully remove the desserts to a rack to cool after baking. Then the decorating fun begins, with topping options ranging from frosting and powdered sugar to sprinkles, chocolate drizzles, and more - just let creativity be the guide. While the unit offers too much fun to pack away for long, its latching lid allows for space-saving upright storage in a cupboard, pantry, or drawer when not in use.
Top customer reviews
First of all, if you're looking for fried doughnuts, you're buying the wrong product. This machine makes BAKED doughnuts. I did consider buying doughnut pans (similar to cupcake pans), but after reading reviews about the pans I was worried about the doughnuts not having the same "doneness" on both sides. I like the golden doughnut.
The first thing I noticed about the machine is that it's really cute, and it has an image of sprinkles on top, which is cute.
The directions are very clear. I washed the inside with a wet soapy rag to make sure that it was clean. This machine should NOT be immersed in water, as all electrical devices.
I chose to use the basic white doughnut recipe from the booklet. It was very easy to follow. I sprayed the inside pans with canola oil so the that the batter didn't stick. Set the timer to 8 minutes. After a few tries I realized that the 6 minute suggested timing was not enough. Most of my doughnuts took 8 - 9 minutes. I am not sure why some folks are complaining that the recipe in the booklet didn't turn out. I thought that it was right on the money (except for the timing). By the way, I'm an extremely experienced home baker. I make everything from scratch, including cakes, cookies, pudding, pies, etc.
The doughnut maker makes five doughnuts at a time, which is time-consuming if you're trying to make 50 for a party (which is what I did). However, it's really a no-mess operation, which is a plus. It also takes less time than making and frosting cupcakes.
I took other people's advice and used a chopstick to remove the hot doughnuts from the pans. Doesn't scratch the pan and the doughnuts slipped out like a charm. The machine itself gets hot to the touch, but the handle to open it is made of a plastic that doesn't get hot. I didn't need an over mitt. HOWEVER, I gave this machine 4 stars instead of 5 because I think that the handle design is a smidge clumsy and the cover slams when you close it. I think that the manufacturer should fix that.
I dipped my warm doughnuts in melted butter and rolled them in sugar. I also dipped some in chocolate frosting and added sprinkles. Very cute.
The doughnuts are not giant-sized, but they're not mini either. I think they're the perfect size. They taste like a moist cake-doughnut.
I think I'll try the chocolate doughnut recipe next time, for fun, or perhaps for the next school bake sale.
1. Keep a brush and about a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a little ramekin so that you can brush the cavities between each batter refill.
2. Use one of those upside-down pancake squeeze bottles to easily fill the bottom donut cavities just to a smidge before full. This helps fill the cavities quickly so that all of the donuts cook evenly. Filling with a spoon takes too long and some will be darker than others.
3. Don’t wait until they are brownish on the outside to take them out, slightly undercook them (to a golden color). Cooking them to brown will make it impossible for the sugar to stick.
4. Gently remove the donuts from the machine using bamboo skewers and Immediately place them standing on their sides in a covered container so they stay warm – the light steam will keep the outside moist enough so that the sugar sticks without having to add melted butter.
Makes great donuts – you just have to find the recipe that works for you.
My biggest concern with this donut maker thus far is that you have to be careful not to burn your hand when it's open. It should have a feature that locks in the lid when it is open. I repeatedly had to warn my 6 year old daughter to stay clear of it when it is open in fear of it falling in her hand. You also have to be careful when closing it because there is no handle. There is a clamp but I think it could have been constructed a little better.
The donuts were not too bad. I'm going to keep trying new recipes. Overall it was this donut maker is just ok.