Children of the 80s can divide along many lines. What was your stance on slap bracelets? Did you wear Button Your Fly t-shirts? How were your Easy-Bake Oven skills?
We found that out this morning, when our staffers starting sharing their Easy-Bake Oven moments.
- The Light Bulb
“My parents wouldn’t get me one when I was a wee little tot,” said one staffer. “They said that if I wanted to cook something, I could use the real oven instead of a light bulb. I guess it worked out for the best, but it’s still kind of harsh to tell a 5-year-old that they need to ‘be above’ the pink light bulb box all her little friends are baking mediocre personal brownies in.”
Don’t worry. We’ve started a GoFundMe for her and she’s excepted to recover.
The rest of us, though, rocked our single-serve desserts, patiently waiting twice as long for a dessert that could cook in half the time in a real oven.
The 1964 Version
2. The Ding!
“Even though my mom would let me help her in the kitchen, I loved my Easy-Bake Oven! From start to finish, one could bake up their very own food creations with ease. I was especially fond of the chocolate cake — stirring the ingredients, anxiously watching it cook, and DING! Fresh from the oven desserts. Even though it was only half of a bite, it was always delicious.”
The 1994 Version
If your kids really want to cook, consider bringing them into your kitchen, where they can safely make lots of fun, creative things, like this Edible Nutty Putty.
Play, eat, repeat!
3. The Knockoffs
“I actually had a Queasy Bake Oven, but it worked the same way. My mom actually got me a cookbook made for kids’ mini ovens one Christmas. My favorite recipe was mini pizzas, which was a crust of pre-made biscuit dough covered with tomato sauce and topped with cheese and thinly sliced hot dogs. ”
The “Boy Version”
The makers of Easy-Bake Oven introduced the Queasy Bake Cookerator to try to interest boys in cooking, offering recipe for Mud n’ Crud Cake (with color-changing gravel). It’s worth noting that the “boy version” is nearly three times the price of the new Easy-Bake Oven on Amazon. A petition in 2012 lead Hasbro, the makers of Easy-Bake Oven, to introduce gender-neutral packaging.
4. The Regret
“I dreamed of owning an Easy Bake Oven from a young age. I spoke about it often, and even though I had a regular oven (my parents’) and quite frequently baked in it, that gadget of baked good goodness still taunted me from toy store shelves. So, at age 16, I got an Easy Bake Oven as my ‘gift’ after wisdom teeth removal surgery. My then-boyfriend and I made cakes a few days after my surgery. It was okay, not great, but fun. And then, about an hour after finishing our chocolate cake, we both had the WORST stomachache (and other accompanying features of gasto distress). Turns out those mixes are barely edible and definitely not delicious, and we paid for it gravely. I immediately gave my Oven to his young niece, and I never looked back.”
The new Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven comes with sparkle cake mix, so we can only imagine how that turns out.
And in case you’re interested in a hearty dose of sports humor with your tiny baking efforts, check out Shaq’s cooking prowess.
5. The Realization
“The moment I realized that the breakfast sandwich maker was basically the Easy-Bake Oven for millennial, and that it was approximately 8 times faster, my head basically exploded. Instead of cooking my English muffin breakfast sandwich for 15 minutes under a light bulb, I can do it in two. Granted, nothing dings at me to tell me it’s done, but I guess we all have to grow up sometime.”
The new Easy-Bake Oven. At least it’s pretty!
Looking for new Easy-Bake Oven recipes to try? Here are a few of our favorite, most ridiculous recipes to try.
Cook Time: 1 Hour (yes, one whole hour, in 15 minute segments)
- 1 white cake mix
- white frosting
- 1 Package food coloring drops; red, blue, green, yellow
Prepare cake batter as usual.
Mix separately small quantities of batter with each of the food coloring drops to make batches of red, yellow, blue and purple (red & blue) colored batter. Use enough batter to just cover the bottom of the Easy-Bake Oven cake pan.
Bake each color separately in Easy-Bake Oven cake pans for 15 minutes.
Cool finished layers 10 minutes before removing from tin. let cool completely.
Mix three batches of frosting with food coloring to make small amounts of orange (red & yellow), green and indigo (red & blue) frostings.
Layer cake and frosting.
Frost top and outside of cake with white frosting.
Pizza for One (aka, a Bagel Bite)
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 dash Salt
- 1 teaspoon margarine
- 2 1/4 teaspoon milk
- 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoon mozzarella cheese; shredded
Preheat Easy-Bake Oven 15 minutes.
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and margarine until dough looks like medium-sized crumbs. Slowly add milk while stirring. Shape dough into a ball and place into a greased pan.
Use your fingers to pat the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan, then up the sides. Pour the sauce evenly over the dough, and then sprinkle with the cheese.
Bake in Easy-Bake Oven 20 minutes. Remove.