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Dear Chef Mom: My daughter got an Easy Bake Oven for her birthday, and wants to bake something new every weekend. But the mixes are incredibly expensive -- about $3 per cake! Is there some way to make mixes at home?
Chef Mom says
The Easy-Bake Oven was introduced by Kenner in 1963, and more than half a million of these toys were sold in its first year on the market! By 1998, more than 16 million Easy-Bake Ovens had been sold -- and more than 100 million mix sets have been used.
Since the price of those mixes is so high for what you get, they are not such a good value to parents or kids. You can, however, make your own mixes at home. Start with these easy recipes!
Easy Bake Oven brownies recipe
Easy Bake Oven quick cake recipe
Want more? Amanda Formaro of The Family Corner offers us the two recipes below, and you can find several more on her site.
Easy Bake Oven chocolate cake recipe
Note: For a vanilla (yellow) cake, omit the cocoa and add a drop or two of vanilla with the milk.
Easy Bake Oven peanut butter fudge recipe
A few more notes
Just like their costly commercial counterparts, these mixes above don't include one of the most typical leavening ingredients: egg. While that's great for kids -- because the batter is then safe to eat -- the end result isn't usually as tasty as a full-sized (read: normal) cake would be. But since when has making cakes in a toy oven been about taste?
A thought from Chef Mom: Be sure to wash and dry the cake pans after use as they can rust. But if you need new pans or any other Easy Bake accessories, Hasbro has an order form online.
We hope your kids enjoys these recipes!
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Photo credit: Hasbro