“Mom, can we bake?”
These are words I recently heard while grocery shopping with our little DD. Her enthusiasm was quickly followed by “We’re going to Bake”, along with a large smile she provided a stranger. Little did she know that our baking is as easy as taking premade dough out of the container, rolling it onto a pan and then sticking it into an oven. I quickly took the dough off the grocery shelf and gave a heartfelt grin back to the old Oma staring at me in slight disgust. These are what we call croissants in our home.
Much to DD’s delight, we received an Easy Bake Oven for review. It has been years since I have seen one of these in action, and never actually owned one myself (perhaps this is why I am not a baker today). I was somewhat excited to get this unwrapped and start the process of making incredible baked goods. Thankfully, the oven comes with a few baking packages so the kids can start
making a mess baking right away.
We went straight for the cupcakes. Seeing as DD is only 3, she needed adult help. I was pleased to help her out, I need a bit of practice baking, what better way then to use a kids oven that is nearly fool proof. Together we plugged the oven in, waited the mandatory 20 minutes to preheat and started mixing the the ingredients.
The cupcake mixture only requires water to be added, no milk, no eggs, nothing! Making it super easy for children (or adults that have very little experience baking). We filled the cupcake tin with 1/2 the batter and were able to bake 6 cupcakes at a time. The tin is tiny – extremely tiny, but remember we are making cupcakes for tiny children, not full grown adults.
Once the oven was ready, I placed the tin into the oven and pushed the tin into the middle of the oven using a special tool – it looks like a long spatula. And then we waited for our cupcakes to bake. Once our timer went off, 10 minutes later, I once again used the tool to push the cupcakes down the “conveyor belt” a little further and waited a full 5 minutes before using the spatula to pull it out the other end. At no point is there any chance that kids are going to touch something so hot it’s going to burn them.
The quarter sized cupcakes easily came out of the tin and then using icing (mixed with water) we topped off our cupcakes and added sprinkles (also included) as a finishing touch. I allowed DD to help with the mixing and sprinkles. We then repeated the first steps over again to make 6 more cupcakes.
Alright, I was proud of what we made. They were adorable and they tasted yummy too. Sure, they were small (really, really, really small), but I wouldn’t want my child making 6 standard sized cupcakes at their free will to be consumed as they wanted. With these pint sized adorable mini cupcakes she could have eaten all 12 and it wouldn’t have equaled a single cupcake. All three of us enjoyed the cupcakes – DD made sure to show her dad the creation she had just made – much more impressive then crescent rolls. How cute would these be for a tea party?
The Easy Bake Oven has kind of inspired me to try a bit harder to do some real baking. It was easy to use and DD and I had a lot of fun baking (and eating) together. I’ve enjoyed using the Easy Bake Oven, so I’m pretty sure kids of all ages will also enjoy the experience. This is one of my top suggestions! Oh yea, and clean up was a cinch as well.
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