Cake Pops Maker

Brand: Nostalgia
Manufacturer: Emgee
Model: JFD-100
EAN: 0019756717186
Category: Food & Drinks
Price: $49.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 7.75 x 9.75 x 4.25 inches
Shipping Wt: 2.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Nostalgia Electrics JFD100 Cake Pop & Donut Hole Bakery allows you to cook delicious cake pops, donut holes and other pastries at home without even turning on an oven. Make different flavors of cake pops, jelly donuts, puff pancakes, mini cinnamon buns and more. It’s great for snack time, party time or anytime! A handy injector is included to give your donuts a variety of fillings such as jelly, cream or caramel and to decorate your cake pops with colorful frosting. Use your imagination and have fun!

Features

  • Makes up to 7 cake pops, donut holes, or savory treats
  • Non-stick coating for easy cooking and clean-up
  • Includes 25 bamboo cake pop sticks
  • Recipes included for donuts, muffins, brownies bites and more
  • Cooking time between 5-7 minutes

Top Reviews

Donut Holes maker rocks!
by Bianca (5 out of 5 stars)
September 20, 2011

I just got this in the mail for my 3 yr. old's b-day party. I am planning a camping theme and plan to make brownies filled with marshmallows then rolled in graham cracker crumbs. As a test run I made lemon poppy seed donut holes from a mix I had on hand. I cooked them for 3 minutes then flipped the machine over (as suggested by another reviewer) for the remaining cook time 3 minutes. They turned out great and perfectly round. I made a couple without flipping the machine and found they were equally round (See image). I am very pleased with the results. Note that subsequent batches require less cooking time as the machine keeps getting hot. I shaved a minute and a half off the cooking time by the third batch.

The size is perfect for little hands. My daughter loved having her hand full of it and hubby liked that it wasn't too small for him. It will be good to make a batch of biscuits or corn muffins for dinner without heating up the kitchen too.

I haven't used the injector, but I am not sure of the quality of it. There is a rubber ring inside the tube that kept coming apart from the plunger. Maybe some law of physics will keep it all together when it is filled...we will see.
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Neat idea but fell a little short for me
by Colleen (3 out of 5 stars)
May 28, 2014

I used just regular cake batter in here and they were complete flops. They puffed up pretty good but as soon as they settled, they were all flat on top. I had better luck with a ebelskiver pan because I can rotate the cake partway through the cooking process and get it to puff up evenly. Also, since you only make 7 at a time, it's incredibly time consuming to make a large batch. If I use this again, I"ll try a much thicker batter and shoot for a small batch.
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Simply love it!
by crisso (4 out of 5 stars)
June 9, 2012

Usually when making chocolate cupcakes...you end up not being able to really see the detail of the cupcake liner. I figured if I make these donut holes I could solve that problem...and I did. It took me a couple of times to see how much I had to fill the well so that I could get a bigger "piece of cake", then I put some filling on top of it, then some whipped cream and finally a sugar decoration and VIOLA! They were a hit! I guess the only reason I didn't give this a 5 rating is because I took me longer to make 100 of these little yummies vs. placing my 4 - 24 cupcake pans in the oven.
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Got so hot it baked itself
by DClark (2 out of 5 stars)
August 30, 2013

Worked OK one time, during pre-heat for second use started to smoke, make crackling sounds and apparently burned itself out. The Cake Baker got extremely hot during First batch of cakes, so hot that the user had to almost stand back and definitely wear heavy oven mitts, which makes ladling dough and removing cooked cakes quite difficult; so, it is kinda dangerous. This unit obviously got so hot it cooked itself and was likely defective, and, consequently, may not be representative of a properly functioning baker. Cakes were good though. Can't recommend and returned failed unit for refund.
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first batch: video demonstration
by Desert Gypsy (4 out of 5 stars)
November 13, 2011

This is a video of making my first batch of donut hole/cake pops using the Nostalgia Electrics JFD-100 Cake Pop & Donut Hole Bakery
. I prepared a 1/2 box of Sof' Ella Pound Cake Mix, 17-Ounce (Pack of 6) and used the OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop to fill the wells.

The first batch turns out near picture perfect; this batter is pretty dense so I think a lighter/regular cake mix would have yielded a more perfectly symmetrical round shape but these are pretty close as you can see. This being a thicker batter I am guessing this is what I can expect using other thick batters like for muffins, zucchini bread, etc.

I used a couple of very helpful hints from other reviews:
* I flipped the unit over using pot holders at about the 3-4 minute mark. IMPORTANT: the unit LOCKS closed if you apply a little pressure to the lid and this way you won't spill the contents or create a seam on the cakes. I practiced engaging and releasing the latch a couple of times before plugging it in so I'd have the hang of it without it being hot. To release the lid you have to pinch where the black latch meets the top lid at the front of the unit; the top and bottom are pretty hot at this point so I used a fairly thin pot holder to release the catch without burning myself.
* I used a carving fork to gently lift the finished cakes out of the wells taking care not to pierce too deep, placing them the cakes an empty egg carton. The egg carton suggestion works very well (thank you MommaOat!) because while they are hot they can still change shape. I thought I might need to place the cakes in the freezer which was also recommended by the same review but by the time the second batch was complete they seemed cool enough to handle a dollop of whip cream without melting it. Oh, and the first batch cakes turned out *very* good taste and texture wise; slightly crispy outside like if you toasted a rich buttery piece of pound cake, very dense and moist on the inside. Very pretty topped with a tiny bit of whipped cream and a few fresh raspberries which balanced both the heavy and sweet of the cake.

Second Batch: here's where I ran into a little bit of trouble - using the same timing, flip method etc, the top halves were very dark and and the cakes VERY fragile compared to the first batch. I had to use two plastic forks as "tongs" to get them out without breaking them. The instructions state to close the lid between batches to promote even heating which may have been a factor - maybe I took too long reloading it combined with only four of the wells were filled for the second batch. I had read that the unit gets hotter as you progress so I'll need to keep that in mind and maybe bake the second batch one minute less next time. I'll update the second batch results at a later date.

I love that I didn't have to heat up the oven to make these treats; preheating took 3 minutes and I can make as few or as many cakes as needed. Easy cleanup - I let it cool down and wiped with a wet paper towel. Came with 25 nice quality bamboo sticks for pops too. Despite the trouble with the second batch this is a fun gadget and I can definitely see making good use of this with many types of recipes.
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WAS A Great Little Machine
by Lake Lady (3 out of 5 stars)
July 14, 2013

I have another cake pop maker that makes the small cake pops. This makes bigger ones, about 3 bites big. My husband likes the bigger ones. It's easier to fill the cake wells compared to the smaller one. I used regular cake mixes and reduced the liquid by 1/4 C and the cake pops turned out great. I only had to cook them for 4 minutes. At 3 minutes I flipped the pops to try and give them a more uniform coloring. This is not a professional machine so I can't expect perfection. They look okay and taste great. Not burnt on the outside and the inside nicely done. Muffin mixes are mixed as directed and used. They were great!

To fill the wells I tried the plastic bag. I then bought a simple cupcake decorating kit and it works great. It holds enough for the 7 wells. While they are cooking I refill the container. When all done, I wash it and fill it with whatever filling I want and shoot it into the pops. So easy. I used a "fork" for roasting marshmallows to lift the cake pops. I got it for $1.00 and it works perfect. I put the pops on toothpicks into styrofoam to cool and to keep their shape. The maker cleans up nicely. Nice little machine.

It is now September and the machine got so hot after the 1st batch it burned the second batch! I have only used it 3 times! Very disappointed.
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Great for gluten free lifestyles
by M. Hamm (5 out of 5 stars)
August 24, 2011

Just received this about 2 days ago, and am very happy. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in my mid 40's, so I grew with wheat products (cakes, cookies, bread, pasta, DONUTS), and only recently had to do without. I do have a healthy diet, and ate donuts perhaps once every 10 years, but the minute someone says "you can't eat this again, not EVER", you kind of get a hankerin' for it. Also, I do understand there are a lot more gluten free products available in grocery stores, but they are still processed, processed, processed, and almost WORSE than the gluten filled counterparts.

I made a batch the first time last night, and I have to say I was very successful. For those who have noted "I followed the recipe and instructions and they didn't look anything like the picture on the box"...........COME ON, get with the twenty first century. Every photo of food on a product box is more than likely created by a food stylist. Nothing looks like the picture on the box.

I find when I purchase products like these, I always check and read all the Amazon.com reviews. Not only can you decide if the product is worth purchasing, but you can get inside tips on how to use a product SUCCESSFULLY. Usually, there will be someone else who has worked out the kinks, and will be happy to share that info with you.

I started with searching the internet on "How to make round aebleskiver" (Danish pancakes). (I found Aunt Else's Aebleskiver. She even sells gluten free mixes). Aebleskiver are the round stuffed apple pancakes, which use the same kind of pan as this donut hole maker. Then I went on YouTube and did a search for "how to make aebleskiver" and found a number of excellent videos on how to use the pan..........it's CRITICAL that you must open the maker during the cooking process and turn each one with a chopstick or other stick type instrument.

The Youtube videos will show you the proper way to turn the donut.

On my very first batch, I used non-stick spray, not oil or butter, and it worked great. I did a search on the internet for gluten free recipes (aebleskiver, ebleskiver, donut, etc) and there are a lot. I used a recipe with gluten free flour with additional 2 tablespoons of corn flour, xanthem gum, eggs, a bit of sugar and buttermilk. I did not separate the eggs and beat the egg whites separately, I just put the whole egg directly in the mix. I tried putting the jam in the middle, but this did not work well. It's hard to keep the jam in hole, I recommend making the holes plain and filling with jam after done. The jam oozed out of all the holes.

The second run, no jam, I filled the wells just a teaspoon above full, used the turning technique I learned on YouTube, and PERFECTION.

So if you must be gluten free, and crave donuts, but don't want the hassle or fat of deep frying, DEFINATELY give this a try. Just make sure you learn and use the flipping/turning technique during the cooking process, and you too will have tasty, beautiful donut holes..........unprocessed and flavorful. I can't wait to make gluten free bread balls, instead of sticks.

I will try to take photos and upload on my next run.......I just need to not make too many of these, or I will be as big as a house!!! Yum!!!

Enjoy
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LOVE THESE DOUGHNUT HOLES...PERFECT FIRST TIME OUT!
by Movie lover from HB (5 out of 5 stars)
November 16, 2012

I purchased this and the Baby Cakes one. Tried this first. I used their "Quick Donut Holes" recipe, then after cooked rolled them in Glaze and Cinnamon crumb topping recipe I found at acaptiveaudience.blogspot.com site (recipe for Cinnamon Crumb Doughnuts). Love at first bite! Tasted as good as any "fried" crumb doughnuts I've ever had - AND, only one of these satisfied my cravings... so much less fat/cals, etc. for one of these than a whole doughnut.

I used another reviewers suggestion to put batter in with med ice cream scoop she recommended - and it put out the perfect size for each cavity. The dough was too thick to pour, which is fortunate as I tried a recipe from Baby Cakes one (much thinner) and excess poured over both machines cavity areas.

The Baby Cakes test was a disaster. What a mess! Makes Doughnut holes 1/3 the size of these. Cavities in that one are so small that I found it almost impossible to not drip batter all over while trying to get LESS than 1 TB in each cavity. Ended up making a funny-looking pancake with doughnut bumps. Baby Cakes might be great for young kids who don't eat much, but end pieces just way too small for me to enjoy - as opposed to this one.
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Easy and Great Results
by Scarlett (5 out of 5 stars)
July 14, 2012

I'm not a baker, and this was easier than I thought. I used a boxed cupcake mix. I don't recall the brand (Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines), but it said something like "da middles, which referred to a packaged cream included in the box to fill the cupcake centers. Here's my tips: 1) DO NOT heat the unit until after completely filling all of the cavities. In an effort to be neat and taking time to squeeze in the filling, what resulted was that by the time I got done filling the cavities the cake had begun to cook (and rise) so the cavity did not accept the needed amount of batter to make a full cake pop. 2) if you use a filling, don't be stingy. The filling was much more fun than the plain cake pops. I found myself tossing the half eaten ones without the filling in search for the yummy surprise contained in the other half. In the future, I think I'll experiment with other things in the middle like home made (or store bought) custard fillings and maybe a piece of fruit or a soft candy like caramel.....just a thought.

As far as the frosting process goes, I did not use the Babycakes chocolate dipper I bought for the job. I wanted to make red, white and blue cake pops for July 4th, so once I divided the store bought frosting into 1/3's there wasn't enough frosting to fully immerse the cake pops when frosting them using the Babycakes unit. I used a small custard dish in which I microwaved the frosting. Recipes are included but I opted for box mix and container frosting which worked just fine. I used cream cheese frosting which I melted in the microwave for a few seconds, just long enough to make it "dippable". You'll have to test your own microwave for best results. Then I dipped them in the frosting using the little ladle that comes with the unit.

One box of cupcake mix yielded 3 1/2 batches; each batch is 7 cake pops. The small unit size is nice, but a larger size with more cavities would make it easier to make lots of cake pops faster.
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Gluten free cake mixes worked great in both cake pop machines by Nostalgia!! (Small & Large Balls!)
by Szizzy Lea (5 out of 5 stars)
December 23, 2016

I've bought the small and larger cake pop machines. They both worked nicely! They didn't come with a tong or fork gadget for removal from machine. The larger size had an injector for fillings and 20 bamboo sticks. One big tip! Different flavors react differently with baking in the machine. I only used GLUTEN FREE mixes. The Devils food cooked longer than specified per all purpose instructions. These batters are lighter than regular cake mixes. Please be careful when baking and not over cook. You will have a really dry product or burnt. Hopefully you smell them if they burn!! Hahahaaa! If someone would like help, please contact this review! I would love to help you!

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