Tefal claims its new Cake Factory is the ultimate cake maker, giving you the perfect homemade treats every time without the guesswork that sometimes comes with baking.
The Cake Factory (KD801840) uses preset programs to precisely regulate the temperature during baking, which Tefal says gives more consistent results than you would get with an oven.
With over 200 recipes to choose from, it’s designed to get your favorites every time and even let you put on complex shows you never thought you would try.
It’s available to buy online for around £ 170, but do you really need another gadget competing for space in your kitchen? Read on to find out if we think it’s worth the fun.
Tefal Cake Factory: how does it work?
The Cake Factory is like a mini-oven specially designed for baking. It has five preset programs which can be used to cook a wide variety of recipes.
These programs electronically regulate the temperature throughout the cooking process for precise results. Experienced bakers can also use it in manual mode if they wish.
Unlike other baking machines, which tend to make specific products like cupcakes or brownies, the Tefal Cake Factory can do everything from pavlovas and baked cheesecakes to gluten-free banana bread and cakes. of chocolate lava.
The recipe book included with Cake Factory contains 22 recipes, and you can expand the selection to over 200 by downloading the free app to your smartphone or tablet – so you’ll never be short of ideas.
It comes with a non-stick baking sheet, silicone mini muffin pan and mini cake pan. You can also buy additional molds for specialty pastries, such as mini éclairs or butter madeleines, for around £ 12 each.
Are the recipes easy to follow?
We found the recipes to be clear and easy to follow. There are recipes for both novice and experienced bakers, and the level of difficulty is clearly marked.
You can filter recipes on the app by special diets or by what you already have in your fridge, and save your favorites or add them to your shopping list.
One thing to watch out for is that with some recipes the app defaults to three batches, but other recipes don’t – so be careful of this when adding recipes to your list. races or start a new recipe to avoid making more than you need to.
Is it easier than baking in the oven?
Baking is quick and easy with Cake Factory, and there’s no need to monitor it while baking or adjust position, time, and temperature like you might with baking.
Clear instructions and simple controls mean we had no trouble getting started and selecting the right program.
When the cooking time is almost up, the machine display will show a second by second countdown and a beep to let you know it is finished. You can even set a timer through the app to let you know when to come back, if you feel like taking a stroll while cooking.
We’ve found the lid handles and trays to be easy to grip, so you shouldn’t have any issues getting your pastries out safely once they’re ready. The cakes came out effortlessly from the baking tray and silicone molds, and they were very easy to clean afterwards.
Does it cook faster than an oven?
At first glance, cooking times don’t seem much faster than traditional oven cooking. But due to its small size, the Cake Factory is extremely quick to heat up compared to an oven, so it doesn’t require any preheating time. So if you always forget to turn on the oven before baking, the Cake Factory can save you a bit of time.
What is the quality of the cakes?
We’ve tried quite a few recipes with the Cake Factory – then a few more just to be sure – and have had great results every time. Our cakes were all well risen with no cracks or burnt edges, and the sponges were light and chewy.
Large and mini sponges are cooked extremely evenly. Our large sponge cake was golden all over and our mini raspberry cakes (above) were a perfectly even color.
Our chocolate lava cakes were leavened and baked on the outside, with a perfectly gooey core. They were really quick and easy to prepare, ideal for a mind blowing dessert.
However, we found a peculiar quirk when baking chocolate brownies. The two batches we made developed a big air bubble in the middle during cooking. It sounded odd and meant that some of our brownies were slightly thinner than the others. But it didn’t affect their cooking or taste, and we had no issues with the other recipes.
Should you buy the Cake Factory?
If you want a quick and easy way to create baked goodies at home, this gadget is worth considering. it could be good for baking newbies who aren’t very confident about judging oven times, hosts who want awesome but easy desserts, or busy households who want to bake more, without the stress.
However, if you are already a passionate and seasoned baker, this may not be for you. It doesn’t have the flexibility and control you get with a traditional oven, and you might miss having a viewing window to let you keep an eye on your pastries.
If you’re looking for a fast and accurate oven that will help you achieve the best baking results, check out our list of Best Buy Ovens.