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Old 11-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Question Easy Bake Oven - do you have to use their mixes?

My DD is getting an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. Target had it for $20, and a coupon for 2 free mixes to go with it.

I was shocked at the price on the mixes! They were about $5.00 each, and the serving size was one.

I realize this cooks using a light bulb, but is there anything you can use in this other than their mixes that turns out ok?

She is going to be really bummed that I won't be running out to buy more of these very often.

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Old 11-16-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
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I have used any type of cake mix you can get at the grocery. What they sell is just a single serving stuff at a really high price I think.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:14 PM   #3
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jiffy mixes are GREAT in an easy bake.

they are small mixes so you won't have gobs of batter to bake up.

and they are cheap. I get my blueberry muffin mixes for like 35 cents. cake mixes are well under a dollar. they have frosting mixes too.

corn bread
cake
frosting
various muffin mixes (which make good 'coffee cakes' in the easy bake)

and you can fill up a box for her with them for under $10.
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:01 AM   #4
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Oh, so glad to here you can use the Jiffy mixes in it!

I can't imagine how anything actually "bakes" in the thing with only a lightbulb.

Not sure why she wanted one since she loves baking and uses the regular oven. She is 9 and said she has always wanted one, so she will be happy.
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I just googled Easy bake oven recipes and a ton of ideas came up
recipezaar had some and Ask Chef mom. Maybe you could make her some recipe cards to go along with it.
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I agree the prices of the mixes are insane. When my dd was into baking with her Easy Bake oven I would find recipes on-line. You can find lots. Mostly cakes, cookies, brownies. Granted they are not the greatest recipes, but when you cook with a light bulb you can't expect much.
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I found the whole Easy Bake oven such a waste of money---
we had way more fun just baking in the real kitchen.
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They have a really cut cupcake one now to- it has a dispenser for the icing even but yea- now you pay big bucks for the mix and the frosting.... humm. i put it back when i saw the prices on the mixes...
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They have a really cut cupcake one now to- it has a dispenser for the icing even but yea- now you pay big bucks for the mix and the frosting.... humm. i put it back when i saw the prices on the mixes...
I got that one for my niece for Christmas. Whenever she comes over we make cupcakes, so my guess is it will end up back at my house where she gets to pop the eggs (otherwise known as cracking the eggs ) I just plan on using regular ole mix after we use what comes with it!
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My DD got one several years ago for her birthday. The twins were using it just this past weekend. We ended up buying a recipe book for the easy bake oven that came with measuring spoons for the miniscule amounts of ingredients you needed to make the recipes. She was thrilled with that because she had her own cook book.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:22 AM   #11
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My oldest is getting her 2nd EBO for Christmas. We bought her an EBO last year and then there were a bunch of recalls so we had to send it back. She will be 7 in February but loves to cook and is very mature so we bought her the one that resembles a microwave. I'd love to still have mine from when I was a child but I have no idea where it is LOL Anyway I too don't like the prices of the mixes, we did buy her the doughnut and waffle mix because this is all she is getting except maybe a new outfit and some stocking stuffer stuff.

I found this site: http://www.budget101.com/kids.htm
another one: http://www.eborecipes.com/
and this: http://www.nancys-kitchen.com/easybakeovenrecipes.htm

Here is an idea, one I just thought of: make up the mixes ahead of time and put them in ziploc baggies (date and label them) and wrap them up all pretty and give them to her Christmas morning with her EBO. Homemade mixes for the fraction of the cost
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Thanks for all of the tips, everyone!
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Oooohhh, great tips. My boys are getting one for Christmas too!!
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