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Easy Bake Experience

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:13pm

It all started innocently enough on Christmas morning when my children opened a gift from Santa. This gift was the dreaded wished for Easy Bake Oven. Although, Boy Child wanted the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker, his second choice was for the Easy Bake Oven so he was not disappointed.

We I refused and tried to prolong the agony just hadn't had a moment to open it and start baking for a week or so. That is not to say that we were not constantly hammered daily with the onslaught of "when can we use the Easy Bake Oven" serenade. So one evening after work, out she came! Unfortunately, after reading the instructions we realized that we did not have a 100watt light bulb and the little honey had to go back into the box until Dad could retrieve one from Home Depot the next day.

No sooner was Dad in the door the next evening when the sweet sounds of "did you get the 100 light bulbs" were flying from Boy Child's lips. What a hoot. He thought we needed 100 light bulbs! Dad explained the difference and then announced that, yes he did in fact have the coveted 100watt light bulb.

Upon my arrival to the humble abode (with the ever nutritious McDonald's dinner since it was a very snowy evening and I forgot to take something out of the freezer), it was clear by the excitement that there was going to be some baking tonight!

While the oven had to preheat for 15 minutes, we added the water to the packet of yellow cake mix which was conveniently supplied with the oven. Wow, it makes just enough for one pan.

Carefully, we inserted the pan of batter into the oven.

We waited while it baked.

And we waited.

Okay, got a little bored with waiting. Boy Child headed to his computer to continue his Putt Putt Travels Through Time game and Diva and I made our fun! Hey, 12 minutes is an eternity to a 5 and 9 year old!

After the 10 minute cooling time, Diva had the honors of mixing the chocolate frosting and icing the cake.

What is a cake without some sort of decorations. Boy Child held the honors of the sprinkles (or jimmies if you are from the 'burgh).

The moment of truth! What will it be ~ a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Oh, how they have waited and built up their expectations of this moment!

While Boy Child was gravely disappointed, I can tell you that Diva said she loved it. She had hoped that the cake would not have been so crunchy but she thought the flavor was very good. I do have a video testimonial of her as well but I had turned the camera when I took it and I do not know how to turn the video now so that it is not lying on it's side - sorry.

There you have it folks. If you've tried the Easy Bake Oven and you have any suggestions on which cake/cookie/brownie mixes are great tasting, then please let us know so we may purchase them and give it another chance. Otherwise, the local thrift store may just be getting a deposit.

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