One item on Sophia’s Christmas list for 2009 was the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker. Before I go further, I do want to admit that,despite my love of cooking, I’m not a huge fan of toys like Easy Bake Ovens or Girl Gourmet Cupcake Makers. I feel that if your going to cook real food, you should do it in a real kitchen and learn how to do it the real way. BUT, she really wanted this OR an Easy Bake, and since this is a new toy on the scene, she got the Cupcake Maker.
First I’ll just share some observations. The instructions are simple and clear, however, the measurements for the mixes were not accurate. I realize that depending on climate/humidity, the liquid measurements to be added to the mixes were not accurate. The cupcake mix needed at least a 1/2 Tablespoon additional liquid and the frosting about 1/2 a teaspoon. And, the frosting was tricky–when they say it should be the consistency of play dough, they mean play dough. Our first two attempts were a bit runny and it dripped out from the dispenser thingy.
Speaking of the dispenser thingy, on the commercials, it looks like it decorates the cupcakes all pretty and in a controlled manner, well not so in the real world. I guess I should have known this (and at some level I did); but the first couple of times we used it, the cupcake spun itself right off of that little holder thing. Plus, the frosting application is far from cute. We always just end up spreading it ourselves after applying it with the dispenser.
The one thing that is amazing is that the cupcakes really do cook in the microwave in 30 seconds. They taste ok, but Soph thinks they’re super delicious. I say ‘eh’.
Now, despite all my criticism, Soph still thinks it’s cool. I think she likes the novelty of it. She does admit that making cupcakes with Mom and decorating them with her pastry bag and tips is more fun. That being said, for $20 I paid, I suppose it’s OK.
My overall rating is 3 out of 5. It only gets a 3 because Soph likes it. I guess it’s an OK gift if you’re giving to a non-cooking family. Personally, I’d say if you’re considering it, buy the giftee a cupcake pan, a pastry bag and some decorating tips; it’ll give them the opportunity to learn more, have more fun and maybe, spend some time with others in the family.
To see the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker in action, just check out this weeks show. Thanks for watching!
NOTE: Soph’s Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker was purchased by me (Mom) as a Christmas gift. We did not receive anything for this review.