I love kitchen gadgets, and my kids love it, whenever I make goodies, so I knew that the mini donut maker from Nostalgia Electrics would be a great fit with our frugal family. The Mini Donut Maker Kit from Nostalgia Electrics come with a mini donut maker, a fashionable storage box, a donut holder and a sprinkle container. It also comes with a small handbook, which includes simple to follow instructions as well as several donut recipes.
Figuring out exactly how much batter to use, as well as how long to bake the mini donuts took a couple of batches. It turned out that they did not need to cook as long as instructed, and our mini donuts only needed about 2 1/2 minutes of baking time or they ended up getting burned.
The donut recipes are for cake donuts, and they do taste more like cake than actual donuts. It is also suggested that you can use regular cake mixes, which will make them look like donuts but again taste like cake. My kids did not complain though, and the donuts were done in a few days. We tried decorating the mini donuts in different ways including with vanilla icing, chocolate icing and real chocolate. The preference was definitely for the real chocolate covered donuts, but again all donuts vanished rather quickly.
The kids had a lot of fun helping with decorating, and we decided to try to stick to a holiday theme.
A few days after trying the donut recipes in the instructions booklet, I decided to try a different donut recipe, which sounded promising. I also decided to make up my own donut recipe, and so I pulled out the mini donut maker again.
The first batch of donuts was based on a mini muffin recipe, and it turned out good, but it was a bit too sweet and buttery for my taste. The kids loved this cake donut though, and they were big fans of the cinnamon sugar crust.
The consistency was also again very cake like, so in my own recipe I made a several adjustments including more flour, baking powder etc. My own homemade donut recipe turned out to be the one that was most donuty, with a thick and sticky batter. It became a dense yet airy donut, and the combination of brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg turned out to be great.
What I Love About The Mini Donut Maker From Nostalgia Electrics:
- It bakes quickly – 2 minutes baking time
- It makes great-tasting donuts
- It eliminates the need for frying
- You can make both cake donuts and regular donuts
- The mini donut maker is easy and quick to set up
- The donut maker is easy to clean
Cons About The Mini Donut Maker From Nostalgia Electrics:
- Burns very easily, so keep a careful eye.
- The donuts are done in 2-3 minutes, and not 5 minutes like the included recipe booklet states
- The donut recipes included in the recipe booklet are for cake donuts
Buy The Mini Donut Maker From Nostalgia Electrics
You can buy the Mini Donut Maker From Nostalgia Electrics at Amazon.com. You can also find it on sale in store at your local Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as at some Target, Kmart, JCPenney and Walmart stores. I have also spotted several Nostalgia Electrics products at my local Publix store, so check the kitchen aisle next time you visit Publix.
You can learn more about the mini donut maker and more great cooking products at the Nostalgia Electrics website. Make sure to follow Nostalgia Electrics on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest Nostalgia Electrics news, promotions and more.
Win The Mini Donut Maker From Nostalgia Electrics
One of Frugality Is Free’s readers will win a Mini Donut Maker kit from Nostalgia Electrics as a part of the Holiday Gift Guide.
The mini donut maker from Nostalgia Electrics is a great holiday gift for any foodie, and it will be a great family gift, as everyone can get involved. Nostalgia Electrics has lots of fun party cookware products that will be great for this holiday season, and I can recommend both the mini donut maker as well as the pretzel maker.
This giveaway will end Wednesday December 6th at midnight EST.
Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary Mini Donut Maker sample for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the Minit Donut Maker and Nostalgia Electric’s.