Does anyone remember the Easy-Bake Oven? Back in 1963 when it was first released, the kid’s baking toy was all the rage. In fact, it’s part of a fad that never totally died.
While different versions of the kid’s oven have been released over time, to this day, it is a toy that kids are still using.
Originally, the Easy-Bake Ovens were designed with an incandescent bulb to heat things up. However, the modern ones actually have real heating elements inside that, surprisingly, work half decently. By using the brand’s baking mix packets, you can cook all kinds of items in them from muffins to small cakes, to pretzels.
It certainly is a versatile little toy, and it turns out, it’s not just for kids either. Two adult women on the Ladylike YouTube channel set out to test an Easy-Bake Oven for themselves recently and create a video guide for using the toy. What they found out is pretty hilarious.
Here is a list of all the things we learned:
1. You can’t fit your hands inside one.
The toy has been through several different safety iterations over the years. Originally, you could pop whatever you wanted into one just like a toaster oven, but that proved to be too dangerous for kids. They would stick their hands inside them. The ladies tried to stick their hands into one of the modern ones though and it proved impossible.
“You can’t get my little hand! No, no, no!” she says in the video.
2. The time for the recipes might not be accurate.
They tried to cook a red velvet cake using the mix that came with the toy. It proved pretty hard to get out of the oven, but once they did, they realized it wasn’t quite done yet and had to put it back in. The cake didn’t cook as fast as the recipe said it would.
“This is essentially toasting this batter,” the ladies joked.
3. The pans are not non-stick.
The Easy-Bake Oven comes with all sorts of kid-sized pans and baking supplies for using with the toy. While you might expect that the little pans would be non-stick, the ladies found out the hard way that they definitely aren’t. You need to apply cooking spray to the pans before using them or else you’ll have a problem.
“Half the cake came out, and the other half is still in the pan.”
4. They are a whole lot of fun.
They tried to make the pretzels, but when they attempted to roll the dough into twists, all that really happened was the dough stuck to their hands. Ultimately, they had more dough on their hands than in pretzel form. While none of their baking experiments went exactly as planned, they did enjoy themselves in the process.
“So, what we’ve learned is nothing, but on the flip slide, we’re having fun.”
The ladies’ conclusion is about what you would expect.
If you are looking to do some serious baking, the Easy-Bake Oven is probably not the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you are looking to have some fun with friends and make some cool edible treats, the toy oven is pretty perfect.
Even though the cakes and other baked goods aren’t going to come out looking incredible, they are tasty enough, especially when you consider that the ingredients are just powders and water.
“It’s food for kids. It comes from powders. What are you really expecting? However, it was fun to make it. I laughed a lot during the making of the food,” she explained.
The Easy-Bake Oven is one of the best selling toys of all time and there is definitely a reason for that.
Watch the full video of the women trying out cooking with the Easy-Bake Oven below.
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