My girls have been after me for a while to buy them more mixes for their Easy Bake Oven. And, while the inner child in me is as drawn to the beautifully packaged treats in the toy aisle, as my girls are, there is the reality of the obvious waste in paying triple or quadruple the price of a full sized cake mix, for the tiny, and not so tasty versions, prepared for light bulb baking.
I finally got around to Googling homemade Easy Bake Oven recipes. It turns out there are quite a few. We (the girls, and my inner child), have great plans to try them all, and post our favorites.
Most of them require some sort of oil, or butter, that would prevent them from being mixed ahead, for easy, child friendly use. Though my older girls could certainly handle a little mixing, it does up the mess factor, and requires some supervision.
We did see though, that many sites suggested a simple recipe of 3 tablespoons of any packaged cake mix, and one tablespoon of water, or milk. That sounded pretty simple, perhaps too simple - just the kind of starting place we like. We actually wondered which would be better water, or milk?
So, last night, the girls tried both versions. They made one cake with 3 tablespoons of Duncan Hines white cake mix, and one tablespoon of water, and another with 3 tablespoons of the same cake mix, and 1 tablespoon of milk, baking them each for 12 minutes in their little oven.
The results were interesting. The cake with water (pictured below, on the left) looked better. It rose more, and looked generally fluffier, and more cake like.
But, despite a better showing, after sampling the two cakes, the girls declared the cake with milk, the hands down winner. It had a thicker, creamer texture, and tasted more like a regular cake.
We measured out the rest of the open cake mix into snack sized, resealable baggies. We ended up with 18 baggies, each with 3 tablespoons of mix, which I stored back in the original cake box. We often find cake mixes for under a dollar, and the baggies were about two cents a piece - bringing our Easy Bake Oven back into the world of affordable fun.
It's great to be a homeschooler.