- 1 What to Look For in a Donut Maker
- 2 Babycakes Nonstick Coated Donut Maker
- 3 Chef Buddy Hot Mini Donut Maker
- 4 Babycakes Multi-Treat Baker
- 5 VonShef Deluxe 12 Hole Electric Mini Donut Maker Snack Machine
- 6 Sunbeam FPSBMDM970 Multi Plate Dessert Maker
- 7 Sunbeam FPSBDMM921 Mini Donut Maker
- 8 Tasty Treats FPSBTTDDM625 Dozen Donut Maker
There are few things more enjoyable in this world than fresh, piping hot donuts. Biting into a hot glazed cake donut is just one of the simplest pleasures there is and if we would do it every single day if we could. But as you know, everyone here at Miss Mamie’s is a home baker, and while we enjoy the convenience of running down to the corner donut shop for our fix, we also love making our own at home. There are so many ways to be creative with donuts and endless recipes out there making this an extremely versatile treat to make in your home kitchen.
There are a lot of different ways to make donuts at home, but one of the simplest is with a mini donut maker machine. They are compact, lightweight and sit right on your countertop. Most are made with a non-stick coating so cleanup is a breeze and you can enjoy your freshly made donuts within a matter of minutes.ma
Making donuts at home is a great way to bring something delicious and unique to the party or a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Read our reviews to learn more about our top mini donut maker picks.
|Brand & Model||Weight||# of Donuts||Our Rating||Price|
|Babycakes Donut Maker||3 lbs.||6|
|Babycakes Multi-Treat Baker||4 lbs.||7|
|Chef Buddy Hot Donut Maker||3.5 lbs.||7|
|Sunbeam Mini Donut Maker||8 lbs.||7|
|VonShef Deluxe 12 Mini Donut Maker||7 lbs.||12|
|Sunbeam Multi Plate Dessert Maker||5 lbs.||6|
|Tasty Treats Dozen Donut Maker||4 lbs||12|
What to Look For in a Donut Maker
While these simple donut makers are pretty straightforward, there a few things you want to make sure you look for when purchasing to make the baking and clean up process as easy as possible.
Probably most importantly, you want to make sure that the baking plates are made with a non-stick surface. Without it, the donuts and treats will be difficult to remove and most likely get ruined in the process. Even with the non-stick coating, we recommend using some kind of cooking spray or oil to make extraction easy and clean.
Warming and Ready Lights
It really helps if the maker has lights that indicate the various stages of heating. Most units will have a series of lights that cover the warming, ready to bake, and finished baking stages. If you have no indication of when to bake or when the donuts are done, you can easily burn them and ruin your batch.
Make sure the baker that you buy has a cord wrap feature built in for easy storage. Some units don’t have one, and you’ll be forced to wait for the unit to fully cool down before you can wrap the cord around it and put it away.
Interchangeable Baking Tray
You will find that many mini donut makers double as a cupcake, cake pop or other pastry maker. If this is the case, make sure the baking plates are easily interchangeable. You’ll also want to make sure they are dishwasher safe for no hassle clean up.
The Babycakes doughnut machine is at the top of our list based on its stylish, bright yellow looks and easy to clean non-stick surface. It features a 6 donut-baking tray and the cook time is a blazing fast four minutes. Once you finish baking, you can get really creative with your toppings such as sprinkles or a hot icy glaze. When you go to the traditional donut store, they prepare them by deep frying them in a huge deep fryer, but at home with the Babycakes maker you will be baking them resulting in a much lighter, healthier donut that the whole family will gobble up. This unit comes with a detailed manual that not only includes instructions but also tons of baking tips and recipes to help you get the most out of your purchase. The applesauce cinnamon donut recipe is particularly delicious!
- Fast bake time
- Non-stick easy to clean baking surface
- Large power and ready lights
- Convenient cord wrap
Includes fork tool and wire cooling rack
- Some have reported uneven cooking on both sides
- Outside rim gets hot to the touch so exercise caution
Chef Buddy makes a great, easy to use unit for making fresh, delicious donuts right at home. The baking tray has enough molds for seven mini donuts so enough to feed the whole family. With this baker, you’ll never have to worry about trips to the donut store again. People love the Chef buddy as a healthy alternative to your typical fried donuts, and is great for making gluten-free alternatives to donuts made with dairy. The ingredients needed are straightforward are you’re likely to already have them lying around the house. Just scrounge up an egg, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water and you’re on your way to perfectly baked little donuts from heaven. Just pour in the batter, wait for the ready light to come on and get baking. We even tried making donuts with a pancake mix we had laying around and they turned out amazing!
- Power on indicator light and ready to cook indicator light
- Easy open cool touch handle
- Long 30-inch cord
- 3-5 minute baking time
- Hot metal slightly exposed on the side of the unit
- Rubber pads attached to the legs can come loose
With the Babycakes multi-treat baker, you have the option of making a wide array of other treats besides just donuts. While it makes donuts very well, this baker combines the versatility of their cake pop, donut and cupcake maker all into one unit! With all that function you really can’t beat the price making this one of our favorites based on the value alone. The baking time is extremely quick, around 5 minutes, and much faster than a conventional oven would handle the job. The non-stick specially molded baking plates make it easy to turn out great looking and great tasting donuts ands treats in no time. All kinds of treats are fair game with this baker and with the added bonus of being in their mini form. Hush puppies, biscuits, Swedish meatballs and endless varieties of cake pops are a button push away. The multiple baking trays included pop and with just the push of a button.
- Multi treat functionality with interchangeable baking plates
- Makes 7 donuts or cupcakes and 12 cake pops
- Easy to see power and ready lights
- Well-made closing handle
- No slip feet and cord wrap
- Recipe and tip booklet included
- Slightly burning smell during first use
- Cooking plate becomes very hot so use caution
The VonShef maker is one of the larger bakers on our list, pumping out a full dozen mini donuts and really bringing the corner bakery into your very own kitchen. With the VonShef, you are only a few minutes away from serving up mouth-watering donuts that will have everyone talking. We just love the convenience of not having to run to the store when that sugar craving kicks in and allows you to be creative when it comes to finishing them off. We tend to douse our minis in melted milk chocolate or a light dusting of sugar. Not to mention that these donuts are healthier than the store bought stuff too! The large molds in the baking plate have a non-stick coating that makes taking the donuts out after baking incredibly easy. The power and ready lights also let you know when to take the next step so there is ZERO guesswork involved. Each batch was done in about 5-7minutes and we were baking them faster than we could eat them!
Even though this is one of the larger units we reviewed, it’s incredibly easy to store and takes up almost no space on the countertop at all.
- Makes a full dozen donuts in just a few minutes
- Baking plate heats up and is ready to bake in seconds
- Power and ready lights guide the process
- Auto temp control making for error proof results
- Cool touch handle
- No rubber feet and can move around
- Latch handle is a little difficult to close
- Slightly longer bake time that other units
The Sunbeam dessert maker is a real workhorse producing mini donuts and mini brownies in record time. The baking unit comes with two interchangeable trays that pop in and out easily and are dishwasher safe for no sweat cleanup. You can bake up to 6 donuts or brownies at a time and the beautiful yellow unit makes a statement on the countertop. Operation is dead simple and our 11-year old was able to make several batches with no real instruction from us at all. The donuts it produced much lighter and moister than traditionally fried cake donuts and the brownies were gooey and delicious. The bite-sized desserts are the perfect one to two-bite treat. I would recommend this over Easy Bake ovens hands down. It’s cheaper, it’s much more versatile, and you can use regular cake mix or make your treats from scratch using the recipes included in the instruction manual.
- Easy to swap baking plates for making mini donuts and brownies
- Dual cooking surface produces even cooking and fast bake times
- Non-stick coating
- Baking plates are dishwasher safe
- No handle on the latch makes opening a little awkward
- Unit is on the smaller side but some buyers prefer its compact size
We love this no-nonsense donut maker machine for its solid construction and fast cooking time. We were able to crank out full batches of 7 amazing hot donuts in less than 4 minutes. We found the ready light to be extremely accurate and have never burned a single donut as a result. We found a great recipe online from a gluten-free cookbook and it took us longer to get the ingredients from the pantry than it did to cook up a batch. While the instructions recommend 5 minutes, we found 3-4 minutes to be the sweet spot for chewy tasting donuts. The blue color is really nice on this unit and visually makes a great gift and looks nice up on a countertop. We really went wild with the customization on this one and made donuts with applesauce, almond flour, coconut oil, etc., and the Sunbeam donut maker was able to handle everything we threw at it.
- Makes 7 donuts in under 4 minutes
- Warm-up and ready lights make this cooking error proof
- Cord wrapper for easy storage
- Non-stick bake plates
- Donut mix must be perfectly poured or lid may not close properly
- Unit gets hot and must be handled with care
This beautiful blue maker from Tasty Treats is a favorite amongst buyers and for good reason. This is the only other donut maker on our list that makes a full dozen mini donuts in just a few minutes without frying. This is also the fastest unit on the list making a dozen donuts in about two minutes flat. The baking plate heats up almost instantly and you simply pour in the batter and you’ll be eating your creations in no time at all. Other buyers can confirm the durability of this unit and have been using it non-stop for several years without issue.
- Makes a full dozen mini donuts
- Fastest cooking time at under two minutes
- Warm-up and ready lights
- Non-stick baking plates for easy clean up
- Novelty cover that turns some buyers off
- Larger unit making it harder to store
There you have it, folks. Any of the donut makers on this list will most definitely satisfy you mini sweet tooth and we hope you have as much fun playing with them as we did!