Throw a party with this mini teacake maker that churns out bite-sized delights.
VERDICT “An easy-to-use machine that makes pretty teacakes in a jiffy. Great for making party or afternoon snacks!”
WHAT IT IS
The Mayer Mini Teacake Maker is an appliance the size of a sandwich maker. It bakes eight petite cakes in moulds of different shapes, in less than two minutes. Included in its instruction booklet are five teacake recipes, including red velvet, chocolate hazelnut and carrot apricot, as well as frosting and glaze recipes.
It took just five minutes to preheat the appliance, before an indicator with a green light went off. I greased the moulds and filled them with batter using Betty Crocker Cake Mix, which yielded 32 mini cakes. I had to work fast – the first cakes rose quickly. After several tries, I cooked my best batch of mini cakes in 1 minutes.
1. The cakes were well baked, with a texture similar to those made in a conventional oven. 2. The heat level is fixed – there are no temperature settings to fiddle with. 3. The cakes had intricate patterns on top. Very pretty! 4. Removing the cakes from the moulds was easy – I used a fork. I didn’t have to grease the moulds before each batch.
1. There was nothing to indicate when the mini cakes were ready, so it took a bit of trial and error to determine the optimal timing. 2. The appliance didn’t heat evenly, and the batter in the moulds furthest away from the handle took a longer time to bake. 3. The handles were hot to the touch – I had to use a kitchen towel to open and close the lid. 4. The moulds are not removable or washable – I just wiped them down with a damp cloth.
Mayer Mini Teacake Maker,
$79.90, from Mayer