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Chocolate Cupcakes..Be Mine

Chocolate Cupcakes.  Making special treats with your coffee maker is fun and easy and even better if it’s chocolate. You can bake 4 mini cupcakes at a time with your coffee cake maker.

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I only make  mini cupcakes, as larger ones won’t cook all the way thru. Use any recipe or your favorite Chocolate Cake Mix. If you don’t want chocolate use any flavor you like.
I only use water when using a mix to make cupcakes with my coffee maker, it makes a lighter cupcake than using eggs and oil. I’m not sure why, it might have to do with baking at such a low temperature. (Anyway it’s all about experimenting, so try what ever you want.)  Besides it makes it real easy to just add water,  you don’t need to have anything else on hand. Since you’re not using eggs, you can eat the batter raw, it makes a great frosting if you have any left over.

You can make  4 mini cupcakes at a time with your coffee maker.  But you’ll need to build a mini oven.

Mini Oven  1 metal bowl, (three cup size will works nicely).

Cupcake Holders   4 metal cupcake holders.
A few things I’ve tried.

  • 1/8 cup measuring cups, sold individually as coffee measuring cups. Cut the handles off leaving about 1 in. I used tin snips to cut mine.
  • Sleeves made from a soda can. Cut 3/4 in. strips from a soda can and use 2 paper clips to hold them together. I used my scissors to cut them, be careful they will be sharp.

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                   Mini Oven                                                        Cupcake Holders


       1/8 cup measuring cups and a sleeve made from a soda can

Pre-warm your oven place your metal bow upside down on top of the burner and let it warm for about 5 minutes.

Bake Your Cupcakes (4 at a time)

  • 1 cup cake mix (makes about 12 cupcakes / 3 batches).
  • 1/2 c water (this is only a approximate, some batters may take less).
  • Make the batter just slightly looser than brownie batter, but not so loose that it will pour.
  • Put papers into your metal cups and fill just over 1/2 way with batter.
  • Put your 4 cups onto the burner.
  • Put your heated bowl back over them.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes.

Frost or leave un-frosted, but remember if you make your cupcakes with out eggs you can use some of the batter to frost them. And who doesn’t love to eat the batter and lick the spoon.


Split Pea and Ham Soup

Split Pea and Ham Soup (Cooked in the Pot)
Cook time, app. 4 hours. The same as a slow cooker.

I love pea soup and whenever I buy a ham I always get the biggest one I can find so I can make split pea soup.

Making pea soup in the coffee maker is much like making it in the slow cooler.

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Since I wanted to use the bone for flavor I had to break it up so it would fit into the pot. I couldn’t cook it with the peas so I cooked it by it self with 4 cups of water for about 2 hours, then I used the broth to cook the peas in.

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4 cups    broth (you will be making this from the bone, include any juice you have from the ham unless it it is very sweet from the glaze)
2 cups    split peas (one 16 oz bag)
1/4 tsp    minced onions, dry
1/4 tsp    pepper

1/2 cup  carrots
1 lb         ham cut into chunks (you may only be able to get 1/2 of it in the pot)

insulate the pot

  •    Wrap the coffee pot with a double layer of foil, do not cover the bottom.
  •    Take an 18 inch piece of foil, fold it in half lengthwise and wrap it around the pot.
  •    This will help raise the temperature of the contents in the pot.

Never put a hot pot on a cold surface, put it on a pot holder or a towel
Never use a metal spoon in your coffee pot. Always use a wooden or plastic spoon, the glass is delicate and you don’t want to break it.

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  • Add the bone to the pot. Add any juices you have from the ham unless they are to sweet from a glaze. Put the pot on the burner.
  • Pour 4 cups of water in to the reservoir, turn on the machine and allow the water to drip thru on to the bone.
  • Put a double layer of foil on top of the pot.
  • Cook about 2 hours to make the broth.
  • Take the bone out of the pot and leave the broth.
  • You will be using the broth to cook the peas in.

cook and stir  (cook app. 4 hours, the same time as a slow cooker)

  • To the broth, add the peas, dry minced onions and pepper. Give it a stir. (wooden or plastic spoon)
  • Put the foil back on top.
  • Put the pot on the burner and stir after about 10 minutes. (wooden or plastic spoon)
  • Stir every hour bringing up the peas from the bottom. (stir to make sure they all get cooked well)
  • Cook for about 2 hours, add carrots and stir well bringing up the peas from the bottom.
  • Cook for 2 hours more, until split peas are done to your liking.
  • Add the ham, cook until hot. (You may not be able to get it all in the pot.)


This is only 1/2 of the ham, so the whole ham might not fit.

Cook time, app. 4 hours. The same as a slow cooker.

Caution: Never put a hot pot on a cold surface, if you need to put it down not on the burner, put it on a hot pad or a towel.


Welcome to my new site.

We are just getting started here. As most of you know Michaeleen Doucleff over at the food blog on wrote an article about our facebook page, it was posted on Nov 18, 2013 Titled: Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew UP Your Next Dinner.  The facebook page went VIRAL overnight, so we have been busy re-posting and updating it.

Since we’ve been and getting tons of likes and exposure we decided to finally start a Blog in order to better answer questions and share more information. It’s something we’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but we just got busy with other projects. We will still be at facebook, supporting the blog and answering questions. But we can post so much more information here where it will be easy to access. I hope to have a lot of things posted in the next couple of days. So we hope you will stick around for the journey.

You can find the article here.

If you haven’t read it go and do it, some of the comments are so funny. There are some really great stories over there too, so go and check them out. And again, Thank You to Michaeleen.


Necessity is always the mother of invention.

The idea of Cooking With Your Coffee Maker started with one of our nephews complaining that the he preferred MRE’s to the food in the mess hall in Afghanistan.

Since a coffee maker was the one appliance that all the soldiers have, I began to wonder if the water from a coffee maker would get hot enough to make instant oatmeal. You see I dont own a coffee maker because we are not coffee drinkers in my house, so I went out and bought my first coffee maker.


Cooking with the coffee maker became a fun and weird science experiment. Trying different containers and taking their temperatures to see how hot the water would get and to see if I could raise it became an obsession with me.  I tried a metal camp cup first it would hold 2 cups of something, would not break and was easy to wash. I wanted to try using something other than the pot to avoid have to clean it, besides you could cook and eat out of the cup. Well the metal cup worked great. It not only held the temperature but also increased it. Instant oatmeal made with boiling water somehow just does not seem to be quite done, it still needs a little cooking, usually in a micro. But if you leave that same cup of oatmeal on the warming plate of your coffee maker for a few minutes it comes out just right. Next I tried ramen and mac & cheese, these also worked out well. Now I was getting the hang of how to cook with my new favorite kitchen appliance. The secret is using a lid to hold in the temperature and raise it even more. If you want to fry or bake you will need a sierra cup, and dont forget the lid.


I wanted to come up with some recipes, tips and hints to send to Ty (that’s my nephew) so we could send him some food he could cook for a break from bad chow and MRE’s. As the experiments progressed I realized I was writing a book. I printed up a down and dirty copy to send to my nephew and posted a few pictures on face book.


So see, you can really cook with your coffee maker. After I had made mini cakes, pizzas, hamburgers, hard boiled eggs and breakfast burritos with sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese, soup from scratch with raw meat and cooked a corned beef, I knew there wasnt much I couldnt make with mine.