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Ten minutes to cupcakes

Dedicated appliance makes cupcakes in 10 minutes; it can also bake muffins.

A bran muffin design just wouldn't be as exciting.
A bran muffin design just wouldn't be as exciting.

Never before has cupcake accessibility been easier. The cult of the cupcake has taken on epic proportions: from dedicated bakeries to food trucks specializing in the sweet treats, cupcakes are readily available practically anytime, anywhere. It is easy to see why; they are small, portable, and sweet. However if your town hasn't yet jumped on the cupcake bandwagon, there is still hope.

Cupcakes have always been rather easy to bake, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't be made easier. The Sunbeam FPSBCML900 Cupcake Maker, which is available at Target, is a delightful little appliance that bakes cupcakes quickly and easily. The small (it has about a 13-inch diameter; 8 inches tall), 1,200-watt countertop appliance cooks up six regular-size cupcakes in about 10 minutes. Facilitating in this process are the nonstick cooking plates, allowing for use with or without paper liners.

Despite the sweetness involved, there is no sugar-coating that fact that the cupcake maker is just that: a cupcake maker. Sure, the machine could be used to make healthier muffins, but is that really going to happen? One look at the cupcake styling and it's over. Really, this gadget is best suited for getting the kids in the kitchen. Yes, they will be making cupcakes, but look at it this way: there will be enough for you too.