Unitasker Wednesday: Muffin Magic

muffin-magicAll Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Are you tired of making muffins the old fashioned way? Now you can make muffins in mere minutes with Muffin Magic!

The Muffin Magic is marketed as a space-saving alternative to the traditional way of baking a muffin. So, instead of owning an oven, you would own a Muffin Magic. Can you imagine having friends over to dinner and showing them your kitchen and explaining that you don’t own an oven because you have a Muffin Magic instead? “Tonight, we will have muffins with a side of muffins, followed by muffins for dessert!”

Did I mention this thing makes three whole muffins?

Thanks to reader Arielle for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

36 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Muffin Magic”

  1. posted by RML on

    Three whole muffins! That really made me laugh and made my afternoon :) Thanks!

  2. posted by Not that Matt, the other one on

    Unitasker yes, but it’s three muffins I don’t have in front of me right now. Damnit, listen to my plea, muffin gods, and grant me a delicious morning treat to go with my black coffee. The depths of my tortured soul pour out to you for some sweet moist goodness. The seconds tick by and still you seem to mock me with your silence, matching all too well with the absence of any detectable muffin scent in my nose. CURSES!

  3. posted by Shruti on

    Though silly, this could be useful for college where you don’t necessarily have an oven…

  4. posted by jane on

    I don’t know – I live alone so I almost never want to make a batch of muffins (I would eat them all!), so three makes sense to me. But you can make three muffins in a conventional muffin pan very easily, so I agree with the general snark.

  5. posted by MAC on

    That’s just silly!

  6. posted by Margaret on

    Please tell me where I can get one. I live alone and what am I going to do with 12 muffins? So I end up not having any. If I could make three, that would satisfy my sweet tooth and none would go to waste.

  7. posted by Karyn on

    Kinda cool looking, but really, if the fit takes me and I just can’t settle for ONE muffin from a local bakery, and I just have to bake ‘em fresh at home, then I can just pop the extra muffins from a one-dozen recipe into the freezer for future consumption. Not that I need to make muffins a staple of my diet, anyway. :P

  8. posted by Kate on

    What I’m stuck on is… how would you even find a recipe for THREE muffins? You’d end up with all sorts of extra muffin batter. What a weird product.

  9. posted by Jen on

    Yeah, and if you could find a recipe for three muffins, why couldn’t you just bake them in a regular muffin pan?

  10. posted by Mr. Lippman on

    But I only want to make the Top Of The Muffin!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHtWEH0euh4

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muffin_Tops

    Is there a unitasker for that?

  11. posted by Celeste on

    There is a shallow baking pan for making essentially nothing but the muffin tops; to me they are like puffy cookies. Not that this is a bad thing. LOL!

    I’m with Kate; it’s all about the recipe! What are you supposed to do, use half an egg? Get real!!! Or make a quadruple batch to share in four times as much cooking time as baking a dozen would take?

    All hail the perfect UniTasker. Nothing can top this one!

  12. posted by Karyn on

    @Celeste – “Nothing can top this one!”

    Oooohhhh, DON’T say that….!

    *hides eyes in dread of what might manifest itself next Wednesday*

  13. posted by Tina on

    Is a bread-maker considered a unitasker? There is probably one good thing about these small appliances like the Muffin Magic. It is used less energy than an oven. Unless you are going for quantity, then the oven come into use. The same thing with the bread maker and toaster oven, they use less energy. Unless you have a gas stove. I don’t know how that would compare, the use of gas vs. electricity. Any ideas?

  14. posted by Janet on

    You still have to mix up a whole batch. What do you do with the left over batter?

  15. posted by SavvyChristine on

    What gets to me is the idea of making muffins in “mere minutes.” Muffins only take 15 minutes to bake in a conventional oven. What’s so hard about waiting the extra 12 minutes it would take to bake them in an oven instead?

  16. posted by Amanda on

    Drat. The Muffin Magic is currently out of stock at Amazon and THEY DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY WILL GET MORE.

    This thing is almost as silly as that thing that makes the Slider hamburgers.

  17. posted by Karen on

    You laugh, but I have a brother in law who does not have an oven. Until he got married, he didn’t have a clothes dryer or an oven. They both use too much energy, and I believe his kitchen wasn’t wired originally for an oven (220 outlet?) or something.

    Anyway, he told his bride she could choose either a clothes dryer OR an oven. Seeing as how they live in a region where it gets cold and rainy at times, she opted for the clothes dryer.

    No, I don’t know how they bake muffins. My mother in law has mentioned they have a microwave oven and a hot plate, though.

  18. posted by knitwych on

    For those of you who live alone and bemoan the leftover muffins (and the temptation to snarf them all down – which I totally understand!), just make a batch and freeze what you don’t eat. :-)

    As for the muffin magic, I got a good laugh out of this, but not as good as the laugh I got from Not that Matt, the other one’s post. :-D

  19. posted by Melissa (oddharmonic) on

    People who want to bake muffins in small quantities can already do that in a countertop toaster oven using a six-well muffin tin or foil baking cups, which are strong enough to stand alone on a baking sheet. I’ve read about baking in a slow cooker (crock pot) but have never tried it.

    Using half an egg would be easy with egg substitute (e.g., Egg Beaters), just halving whatever the product packaging says is the equivalent to one egg.

    I’ve yet to try baking in small quantities, but it seems like halving and even quartering recipes shouldn’t be too hard, although I’d expect a little trial and error at first.

  20. posted by Mo on

    People are laughing at three muffins, but there’s a great cookbook I highly recommend for singles/couples — Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos.

    It has recipes for 2 muffins, 4-5 cookies, tiny cakes made in tin cans, pies in texas muffin tins. Great for when you want to bake something sweet, but don’t want the leftovers around. I was originally afraid that I’d be tempted to bake all the time, but it is just as much prep and cleanup as a full batch, so no.

    I actually use small pans intended for the top layer of a wedding cake for the cakes. They fit inside my regular pans in the drawer, so I don’t really consider them clutter.

    I vote Small Batch Baking as being unclutterery.

  21. posted by Jessica on

    @Mr. Lippman

    You bet!

    http://www.pleasanthillgrain.c....._pans.aspx

  22. posted by Janell on

    Sorry to bust your bubble However! This is great for Single people who are on a diet and would like a taste of homemade goodies. Not that I own one.

  23. posted by catmom on

    Knitwych, I’m with you on baking and freezing leftover muffins. I’ve been doing it for many years. Another idea is to give them to someone who loves home baked goods.

  24. posted by Kai on

    I’m a vegan, halving recipes would not be a problem at all.
    I can’t buy my 3 muffins from a bakery, there’s none baking vegan stuff in my area.
    I’m also single, so heating up the whole big oven even for 6 muffins (I have a tin for 6) feels like a waste of energy.
    I still wouldn’t buy the thing, allthough i’d envy a person, who would…
    I’d be a fraid that if I buy this thing, i’d start buying all sorts of unitaskers.

  25. posted by CJ on

    I have one of these, and I love it! I freeze ready made muffin mix, and pull one muffin’s worth out of the freezer the night before. Then in the morning, I pop it in the muffin maker while I get dressed, and by the time I’m ready to go my breakfast muffin is ready. Mmm, fresh muffins for breakfast!

    It’s really easy to make muffins in this too, they also come out perfect. And if I make more than three, I’ll eat more than three :)

  26. posted by Jeanne Thelwell on

    Although I agree that this is an unnecessary appliance, some of the objections aren’t really sensible. 1) I’m sure it comes with recipes for batter in the right amount and suggestions for conversion; 2)muffin batter freezes, so you can make a batch for the normal 12, and freeze the leftover in 3 batch-appropriate units; 3)you can measure half an egg by beating it until uniformly mixed and measuring half of it.

  27. posted by momofthree on

    But, wait, Mr. Pitchman, I am the mom of three in a family of five–Who’s gonna want to wait for another batch to bake? The kids are hungry now and hubby has to leave for work.
    How about a muffin maker for five or six at a time?
    Well, yells Mr. Pitchman, ala Billy Mays, just you wait, for next week we will be introducing our latest product, just for moms like you!

    Next Week: It’s Vince, the sham(scam)-wow guy touting the virutes of a muffin maker for 6, and it has an optional muffin top maker only insert. Made by the germans, because you know they make good stuff!!!

    Unclutterer–keep up the good work! I love UW’s!!!

  28. posted by Springpeeper on

    With three teenage sons, I always double the recipe and never bake fewer than two dozen muffins at a time. Half of those muffins vanish before they’ve even cooled!

    It’s not so much that this thing makes only three at a time (which is fine for single folks) but that it is basically a muffin tin with an “oven” attached, making it a prime Unitasker. Imagine if all your baking dishes had “ovens” attached to them! Space-saving?

  29. posted by JC on

    For gifts, my sister usually gives me something she wants to try, but doesn’t want to spend the money on herself in case it doesn’t work as promised. (Um… I think that makes me a gift guinea pig) She doesn’t buy me appliances though, thank goodness. She once bought herself a crepe maker. Hello… just use a decent skillet and you’re good to go.

    A while ago she gave me a set of those silicone individual muffin cups. They are fantastic for space saving as they take up far less room than a muffin tin, and sit atop a cookie baking sheet in the oven. I thought washing them might be a pain, but not so. Our family runs on a more traditional schedule of having a baking day once a week when we bake for the week and freeze. You sacrifice the pleasure of “fresh from the oven” but the time saved is worth it, and we save energy by running the oven far less.

  30. posted by Lisa on

    My kids love fresh, hot muffins for their bedtime snack. We have a plastic muffin maker for the microwave. It makes 7 muffins in about a minute and a half. It also works for biscuits and corn bread. I have a recipe for muffin mix to which I just need to add water, so it’s perfect. We use it about 3 nights a week. And it doesn’t heat up the kitchen in the summer.

  31. posted by K.C. on

    Laugh at the unitaskest of Magic Muffin Maker all you want but I can testify it makes perfect muffins every time with much less mess and bother than making muffins in an oven. Had one of these for years, wouldn’t part with it for the world.

  32. posted by brittany on

    Um, guys, this is not a unitasker. It clearly also makes unfrosted cupcakes as well as muffins.

  33. posted by Mike on

    You can make muffins in a toaster oven or toaster oven/microwave combo; that’s probably a more sensible choice than this.

  34. posted by Carolin on

    @Margaret: You could also take a 6 or 12 muffin pan and only fill three. Fill the rest with water I heard, so the pan doesn’t get warped.

  35. posted by Jess on

    A breadmaker is NOT a unitasker because it mixes and kneads the dough (no small task), warms it for rising, punches it down, and then (if you wish) bakes the loaf too. Or beeps at you so you can shape your own rolls or loaf.

    But all this muffin baker does is bake them. I admit to owning a unitasker waffle iron, but I don’t know how else you can make waffles? And what a pain to clean…

  36. posted by Vicki on

    Hi Linda,
    Could you please post your muffin recipe that you just add water to?
    I would love to have it.
    Thanks,
    Vicki

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