The Not So Easy Bake Oven

The Easy Bake Oven has been around since 1963. During the past forty-eight years a few cosmetic changes have been made to this so called child’s toy.  The oven still uses a 100 watt light bulb to cook the cakes and cookies. Originally it was designed to look like an oven, just like Mommy’s.  In 1993 the company upgraded the style to a microwave.

My granddaughter Malia received an Easy Bake Oven, with all the cooking accessories and mixes for Christmas last year. The accessories where quite elaborate. There were punches and molds in many different sizes and shapes to make designs on the cakes and cookies. She had everything she needed to make those beautifully decorated   sweet treats as shown on the boxes of the mixes.  

Malia waited until the time was right to use her oven, and I was the lucky one she wanted to bake with. (I really think nobody else would do it). We chose a day we would have the house to ourselves.  We, or rather I, washed all the little pieces we were going to use. We pre-heated the oven (or light bulb) for fifteen minutes. She decided what cakes and cookies we were going to make . We were baking a different desert for each person to eat at  dinner. 

It took us three hours to make four tiny, flat, nasty tasting cakes, and three cookies that could be used as a weapon. I believe if hit by one, it would hurt more than a BB pellet. I estimated the cost of those inedible delights was over fifty dollars.

The one and only positive thing about the Easy Bake Oven was Malia and I used it together.  I think she would have preferred to make a real cake or brownies in her Mom’s oven. She helps her bake cakes, cookies, and brownies all the time. Then she would have been able to eat what she had baked.

It’s hard to believe the Easy Bake has survived all these years. I put the oven in the same category as those Play Dough kits. You have seen the commercials that show kids making all kinds of realistic looking things.  It’s disappointing to the kids when they cannot create the same things they see on television.

I know the next time I’m shopping for a child; I will try to buy something that they can really enjoy playing with. Or better yet money or clothes is always a safe bet.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Garry
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 14:44:04

    I’m quite sure my extremely smart Grandaughter will come to the same conclusion that my wife did. This is more than likely the first step of an eventual trip to the garage sale circuite, where some other little girl will discover that the easy bake oven will not replace Mama’s oven.

    My only regret is that I was not there to taste the results, See you Saturday.



  2. Babe's Place
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 15:24:16

    Garry that is one thing you were lucky you didn’t have to endure, eating those nasty cakes. I almost broke a tooth on the cookies. Malia already decided the big oven is better. She likes her sweets too much. Love you my dear Babe II.


  3. tsonoda148
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 16:23:18

    Oh gosh, that’s so true Mary, about those ovens and Play Doh. A disappointment, really, for the kids. However, since Malia had her grandma to help her, I’m quite sure that the baking adventure was a memory-maker. Love this post!
    Love you!


  4. Babe's Place
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 17:36:57

    We did have a great time, however she agrees the big oven is much better, Larry and Laurie’s 20th anniversary is today. When they go out for dinner tonight, the kids and I are making a cake, in the big oven. I’ve been swimming with the kids everyday since I got here. I’ve done gone over the swim suit phobia. Nobody really cares what I look like.(the boobs still looks good.) LOL Love ya Mary


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