Wednesday

Search for the perfect cupcake - Sunbeam's Pattie

 

I love making cupcakes but I live in Brisbane, Queensland.  It's hot here in summer and too hot some days to heat up the house by turning on the oven.  That's why I was very interested when I saw Sunbeam's Pattie in a catalogue.  I thought it would be the perfect solution to the heat problem and I've been proven right.

I asked Sunbeam if they would let me play with one and next day one arrived by delivery!  Thank you Sunbeam.





After a few experimental batches, the cupcakes I've made in my 'Miss Pattie' are divine.  They are moist and cook in just 10 minutes. Granted I sometimes have to do two batches but it doesn't seem a hard job.  Perhaps it's because the kitchen stays nice and cool.  I'm guessing that it's also kind to the environment as I'm not heating up a whole oven for just a 10 -15 minute bake.


The only down side of Miss Patty is that she doesn't brown the top - instead I've noticed on those that I've overcooked that it's the base that gets a bit brown. Dang!


I've tried Miss Patty with tiny mini cupcakes and they worked really well. I just cooked them for seven minutes and did a couple of batches.  With mounded icing on top they looked like little truffles and were a great post dinner party treat.

Getting the patty cases in and out is a little tricky as the whole of the 'oven' gets hot. But I haven't burnt myself yet so it's obviously pretty idiot proof.  I use a pair of tongs to help get them out which seems to work.

Here's a Quick Mix Basic Cupcake recipe from the Sunbeam book that came with Miss Patty.  I've made it a few times and it works well.

Makes 12
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking: 10 -12 mins (I think 10 as long as you don't over fill the cases and the ingredients are room temperature)

1 3/4 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 x 59g eggs, lightly beaten
125g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Preheat cupcake maker until ready light goes on. Prepare 12 patty cases for mixture

2. Combine ingredients into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 1 minute or until there are no lumps. Do not over beat.

3 Divide mixture into cases then place six cases into cupcake maker. Close the lid and cook cupcakes for 10 - 12 mintues or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (I found about 10 min was perfect). Remove using a heatproof spatula onto a wire rack. Repeat.

4 Allow cupcakes to cool and ice.

Here's a basic butter cream icing mixture

125g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
1 -2 tablespoons milk

1 Place butter into a small bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium high speed until the butter is pale in colour. Reduce speed and gradually add sugar and milk and beat until smooth.

2. Add food colouring of flavoured essence if desired. For chocolate sift 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the icing sugar mixture at the beginning.

Note to all my friends - expect cupcakes went I next turn up!

9 comments:

Emma @CakeMistress said...

No waaaaay. What a clever little device. Why, you could make cupcakes on the go! At the office! I can see me at my desk, cupcakes baking away ...

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

OMG Emma! You speak the language of a true cupcake lover. Imagine cupcakes freshly baked at the office. You prob wouldn't even need to worry about icing as they would disappear too quickly.

Marg said...

Wow, I am impressed. I am glad you tried it out as I would never have bought one thinking it would be a "lemon". Brilliant idea, soooo much better than heating up the whole kitchen in this climate. I like Emma's idea too, I can see it now in offices across the country!!!!!!!

Tina Marie said...

Kerry

Thank you for sharing about this one. It will make my cupcake making so much easier

Thanks

Tina

Anonymous said...

I was looking into this for a gift idea. I'm assuming it could even be used for any sort of cupcake/muffins recipe? With your experimental batches, what went wrong? Is it all about how long they're baking, or the ingredients?

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

I think you could use this for anything that you wanted to cook in a cupcake/muffin shape. My main challenge was getting the size of cupcake/recipe type/length of cooking ratio right. Once I mastered that it was all very simple.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine has this cupcake maker and I have used it several times and think it is the best thing since sliced bread came into being :)
Apparently they are no longer making/selling it in Australia which i think is a shame as I have tried another brand of maker and the cakes are not as good as the sunbeam one.
If anyone knows where I can buy one please let me know. Thank you
Paula

Kerry Heaney said...

Hi Paula, have you tried Gumtree? You might be able to pick one up secondhand.

Anonymous said...

Got mine off Gumtree after trying other at work. I work in a bank and we have fundraising cupcake days for cancer research. Customers love it and we use Sunbeam cupcake makers in our lunchroom churning out cupcake after cupcake. Sold for gold coin donation each and made $448 last time