Who doesn’t love a cupcake? Iced and fancy or delicious and plain, they are the ultimate in home-baking. But in our busy lives we don’t always have the time to do a full-on oven bake which is where the nifty electric cupcake maker comes in.
Without the need to heat up like a conventional oven and similar in ease of use as a grilled cheese maker, the cupcake machine is an awesome way to make delicious little cake treats in no time and the kids can get involved too. Opt for a smaller capacity or go large with a tray bake style machine that cooks up to 12 cupcakes in one sitting. Then get creative with the icing and decorations for a mouthwatering treat the whole family will love.
To ensure you have the recipe for success when it comes to your home-baked cupcakes, we take a look at 10 of the best cupcake maker models you can currently buy.
The Best Cupcake Maker
Not only is the Holstein cupcake maker a nice-looking piece of kitchen kit, it is also good value, quick and easy to use, giving a batch of six tasty cakes in around 10 minutes. And the simplicity of its use makes the Holstein a contender for best cupcake maker and the perfect family baking tool. The cupcake machine itself is solid and sturdy, with a non-slip base and safety lock built into the handle to keep little fingers safe.
You can use your cupcake batter direct in the cupcake grooves in the hot plate, or opt to use your own cupcake wrappers, and an indicator light tells you when it is hot enough to use. Easy to clean, thanks to the non-stick plate, the result are golden cupcakes all the family will love. Just don’t overfill the cupcake cavities otherwise you may not get an even bake. Comes with a handy book of cupcake recipes to get you started.
Bakes six cupcakes in seven minutes
Non-stick and easy to clean
Stainless steel upper housing
Upright, space-saving design
Includes a cupcake recipe book
- BrandHolstein Housewares
- Model HF-09013T
- Weight 3.79 pounds
If a larger capacity bake is what you are after, then the Babycakes cupcake maker gives you 12 full-sized cakes per batch. With a non-stick baking plate, it is easy to use and clean, and can be used with cupcake papers or simply add your batter direct.
A secure latch on the lid will keep little fingers safe from the hot surfaces and there’s a handy ready to bake light so you know when it is at the optimum heat for an even bake. Cooking time is between five and eight minutes, depending on the cake color you prefer and while the cake indentations could be a little deeper, you do get a decent sized cake. Plus, there’s an added cookbook so you can try your hand at both sweet and savory cupcakes.
12 full-size cupcake capacity
Non-stick baking plate
Use direct or add cupcake wrappers
Latch lid for safety
Ready to cook indicator
- Model CC-12
- Weight 7.6 pounds
Our Premium Pick is a super-cute looking machine that is a cupcake in its own right, albeit a plastic one! And don’t let the sugar-sweet design fool you, this cupcake maker bakes up to six full-sized cakes or muffins in 10 minutes, with a consistent color and texture the whole family will love.
On the outside you get warm up and ready lights so you can get your timings spot on and a convenient handle to carry it around. Inside there’s a non-stick plate that has nice and deep cake indentations to house your batter or cupcake cases. The plate can also be removed for quick and easy cleaning. As a kids cupcake maker, the Sunbeam is great fun and makes great cupcakes too.
Cake-shaped outer case
Bakes six cakes in 10 minutes
Outer lift handle for carrying
Easy to clean hot plate
Warm up and ready to bake lights
- Weight 8.7 pounds
If not just cupcakes but other sweet treats are your baking thing, then check out this multi-bake wonder gadget from Babycakes. With three interchangeable baking plates, you can choose from cupcakes, muffins, donuts or sweet and savory cake pops, meaning there will always be cake-based variety in your household!
All the plates are non-stick and as they are removable, are quick and easy to clean too. You may not get the bake volume of other models – there’s a max of seven medium sized donuts or cupcakes – but for regular baking this is a real gem. The plates do get really hot but with a latch on the handle, ready indicator lights and non-skid rubber feature you have all the necessary safety spec to keep things sweet. It is quite a large unit but for its sheer versatility, not to mention the delicious bakes, the space it will take up on your work surface is worth it.
Choose between cupcakes, donuts or cake pops
Three interchangeable baking plates
Non-stick and removable plates
Ready to bake indicator light
Safety latch and non-skid rubber feet
- Model MT-6
- Weight 4 pounds
This gorgeous mini cupcake maker from Disney is an absolute delight and for less than $27, really good value for money, not least for the quality time you will get to spend baking with your little one.
A delicious hot pink casing, with the cute Minnie to appeal to your little baker, the Minnie Mouse Cupcake Maker is solid and sturdy and sits stable on the kitchen counter or table. It does only make four cupcakes at a time, but they are a decent size for ‘mini-cakes’ and we love the animal print cupcake wrappers that come included. There is also a silicon chocolate bow mold to decorate your finished bakes! The baking plate is also non-stick for perfect cakes each time and makes cleaning after a hard baking session a breeze. A safety latch on the handle, power light and a cord wrap complete the unit and make an afternoon baking with your kids a total joy.
Hot pick casing with Minnie Mouse branding
Non-stick, four cupcake baking plate
Includes animal print cupcake cases
Power light and handle latch
Cord wrap for easy storage
- Model DMG-7
- Weight 2.3 pounds
The Bakery Bites Express takes simple home cupcake baking to the next level, with four interchangeable baking plates that gives you more choice as to what you make. As well as mini cupcakes, you can opt for brownies, muffins, Bundt cakes and even cookies and savory cakes, all with the quick timings and convenience of an all-in-one baking machine.
The baking plates are quick to fit and remove and are non-stick, so easy to keep clean. The bakes are on the mini side but more than a mouthful and you can make eight tasty cupcakes at a time. Add in a ready to cook indicator light, cord wrap and a carry handle and you have a solid all-round baking machine.
Four interchangeable baking plates
For cupcakes, brownies, cookies and more
Includes a brownie cutter
Ready to bake light
Non-stick plates for easy cleaning
- Weight 3 pounds
Convenient, easy to use and just as easy to clean, this smart looking bulk batch cupcake maker will add some baking style to any kitchen. Turning out 12 full sized cupcakes per bake, this is a machine that means serious baking business. And it can turn out a gorgeous golden bake in just seven minutes with a seriously good warm up time too.
Use with cupcake wrappers or pour your batter directly into the wells, the choice is yours. Add in all the expected safety features such as handle lock, ready to cook indicator light and a non-slip base and you have a family-friendly cupcake maker that will keep your appetite for home baking satisfied. And, despite its size, the slim and upright design when closed makes it neat easy to store away.
12 full-sized cupcake capacity
Non-stick removable baking plate
Bakes to golden in seven minutes
Safety handle lock and non-slip base
Space-saving – stores upright
- BrandHolstein Housewares
- Model HU-09006I
- Weight 7.7 pounds
Small is beautiful, and when it comes to baking mini cupcakes, then the Betty Crocker knows its job! This cupcake maker is a smart little machine, with a clamshell style design and decent depth to the cupcake wells as well as a non-stick baking plate.
The high dome of the lid also adds to the baking experience and allows your mini cakes to rise to their full height. It can make seven mini cupcakes, muffins or brownies per bake and can also turn its hand to more grown up mini treats such as little frittatas and quiches. We also like that you get a piping bag, nozzles and spatula included so you can have fun decorating your tasty mini bakes, and the whole machine is safe and easy to use with the little ones.
Seven mini cupcake, muffin or brownie capacity
Can also be used for savory mini treats
Non-stick baking plate with deep wells
Domed lid allows cakes to rise
Includes a cake decorating kit
- BrandBetty Crocker
- Model BC-2930CRT
- Weight 3.89 pounds
With the quality you come to expect from Oster, their Mini Dessert Maker doesn’t disappoint. With three non-stick baking plates you can choose to make mini cupcakes, ring donuts, muffins and more. The six wells can take cupcake cases or simply pour in your batter if you prefer.
The round design means there is a decent amount of space inside the lid to let your mini cakes rise nicely and the average baking time is around seven minutes. There is also a ready to bake indicator light and the lid clicks securely into place via the handle for safe baking. As the baking plates are removable, they are also quick and easy to clean. When finished, close the lid and the whole cupcake machine is easy to store – either flat or on its side. Expensive for mini desserts but it is quick, efficient and produces a lovely golden result.
Makes cupcakes, donuts, muffins and more
Three non-stick baking plates
High lid for cake rising space
Easy to remove and clean plates
Heating indicator and carry handle
- Model 8541888054
- Weight 6.95 pounds
A good value mini cupcake machine, the Brentwood enables you to make seven mini bakes in around seven minutes, with a good rise and golden color. The baking plate is non-stick so easy to keep clean and the wells can take cupcake wrappers as well as batter directly poured in.
You also get a pre-heat indicator to let you know when it is time to bake. The round shape of the baker gives a nice height to the lid so your mini cakes can rise and there is a safety sensor that shuts the power off if it senses overheating. The handles are also cool touch, making this a great little baking machine to make cupcakes with your own little baker. And to help get you both started there is also a handy little recipe book with some really delicious cupcake ideas.
Seven mini cupcake capacity
Non-stick baking plate
Pre-heat light indicator
Cool touch handles
Best Cupcake Maker Buying Guide & FAQ
Depending on how you plan to use your new electric cupcake maker, how many cakes you want to make per batch and whether the little ones will also be helping, you need to consider the following features:
- Cooking plates: These are the business end of your cupcake baking and so the quality of the cooking plates will make all the difference to your bake. Non-stick is the most important feature of the cooking plate as you need to prize out those sponge delights with ease, and the plate also needs to be easy to clean. Also, check out the depth of the cupcake dishes in the plate to ensure they are not too shallow.
- Capacity: How many your new cupcake maker produces in one session can be the deal-breaker so make sure its capacity matches your individual requirements. If it is for casual family baking, opting for a machine that makes enough cakes in one batch to satisfy everyone will make life easier, and if you are looking to do more in one sitting, look for a larger, 12-cake maker.
- Efficiency: Especially if you are baking with the little ones, your cupcake machine needs to be pretty quick in being ready to go. A machine that takes 10 or more minutes to warm up before you can start isn’t going to cut the mustard with the kids so optimum power up and baking time are the best options to go for.
- Safety features: With little fingers getting involved, your cupcake maker needs to have certain safety features. Look for safety locks, heat light indicator and anti-skid rubber feet as standard safety measures to help you avoid burns or any cupcake making accidents.
- Overall ease of use: Your new electric cupcake maker needs to be easy to set up, use, maintain and clean. Go too complicated with the setup and functionality and you may find your new cupcake maker is only used a few times before it is relegated to the kitchen cupboard.
How to Use a Cupcake Machine
As with any electrical appliance, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions but as a general guide, plug it in and wait a few moments for the heating up light to tell you it is ready to use – it usually turns green and you are good to go. If using cupcake paper or cases, pre-fill with your cupcake batter to around two-thirds full and carefully place one into each of the holes in the hot plate. If your plate is non-stick and the model allows you to add the batter direct to the holes, then spoon it into each case space. Now close the lid and set the timer – between 8 and 10 minutes is typically enough to create light, golden brown cupcakes that are totally delicious!
The Best Cupcake Maker FAQ:
Q: What is a cupcake maker?
A: Using a similar principle to a grilled cheese toaster, a cupcake maker speeds up the making of delicious cupcakes while making it an easy process to do. With a hot plate that has grooves to add your cupcake mixture – in cupcake wrappers or, with some models, direct into the cupcake pan, thanks to a non-stick coating – an electric cupcake maker is quick and easy, giving you an even, golden bake. Choose smaller four-six cupcake capacity models or for multi-bakes there are larger machines that can do 12 cupcakes in one batch.
Q: What is the temperature in a cupcake maker?
A: Most electric cupcake machines heat to the optimum temperature to evenly cook your cakes to a golden brown, which is around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, while some models give you the option to adjust if you like your cakes a little lighter in color. The efficiency of a cupcake machine is that you do not need to wait for it to heat up, unlike a conventional oven, meaning you can cook your cupcakes in less time.
Q: How to clean a cupcake maker?
A: The non-stick nature of the hot plate in most cupcake makers should make cleaning it quick and easy but before you do anything, unplug your cupcake machine and let it cool down to just warm. Using a non-metallic utensil, carefully scrape off any cooked cupcake mixture, then wipe with a clean, damp cloth. If the plate is removable, read the instructions as they can usually be soaked in warm soapy water to remove any stubborn or burnt-on food. Make sure your cleaned cupcake maker is thoroughly dry and cool before storing it away. It is also recommended that you wipe the baking plate with a little cooking oil every now and again to extend the life of the non-stick.
Our Top Pick
Well-priced and producing six cupcakes in under 10 minutes, the Holstein Fun Cupcake Maker is a great cupcake machine to use every day and its simplicity of use makes it ideal for the little ones too. In an attractive teal, and non-stick hot plate for easy baking and cleaning, the Holstein is also a space saver, with an upright design for storing. Complete with a cupcake recipe book to get you up and running, the Holstein scoops our review’s top pick.