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26 Sep, 2006

small scale baking

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

Marla’s recent post reminded me of something we haven’t done around here in awhile.

Sarah had an afternoon playdate, so Emma and I dug the Easy Bake Oven (full title: “Easy Bake Oven and Snack Center”) out of The Pit We Shall Call The Basement.

We made sugar cookies from the mix. Those were okay, but then I decided we should bake a cake from scratch. Yes. You read that right. And guess what? It didn’t work. It had a gross-looking texture, much like a very wet sponge. Once it got iced it looked sort of normal.

Here’s the recipe we used. Where did we go wrong? Note: I would never use again. DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE IT IS POSTED HERE FOR CONSULTATION PURPOSES ONLY.

6 teaspoons flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon shortening
1 Pinch salt
6 teaspoons milk

Mix all dry ingredients, slowly Add milk. Pour into greased baking pan that comes with the toy oven. Bake as directed.

Note: For a vanilla (yellow) cake, omit the cocoa and add a drop or two of vanilla with the milk. Makes 1 serving.

Here’s the finished product (click to embiggen):

The finished product looked like a frosted wet sponge

In case you’re wondering, yes, it got eaten. The reviews were favourable. (?)

And licking the bowl is always the best part:

Baking with the Easy Bake

Mission accomplished. :)

Here’s a question for you. This recipe didn’t call for egg, but when you do use raw egg in batter or dough, do you let your kids lick the bowl?

4 Responses to "small scale baking"

1 | Marla

September 26th, 2006 at 1:55 pm


Ya know, it’s sad. My favourite “home made” cakes come from the Bulk Barn. Why?

2 | Myra

September 26th, 2006 at 3:10 pm


Yup. The way I look at it is thusly: My mother did, my mother’s mother did and we all managed to live another day (and lick another spatula). Throw caution to the wind: let ’em lick the bowl! :)

3 | Myra

September 26th, 2006 at 3:13 pm


p.s. you got me thinking… and I found the following site:


Mmmm… brownies.

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