This memory was added on: January 4, 2017
I was born in 1961 and became aware of the Easy Bake Oven when I was five or six. I don't remember at that time it being marketed for boys. Little boys did not play with toy ovens period. Because I wanted one, and had to beg and cry more than I ever have for any other toy in my life, for that oven. My Mom told me I would be teased but finally gave in. Little boys who played with Easy bake Ovens got teased a lot. And of course I couldn't just keep it in my room, I had to take it out in the yard to play with. By the way, I remember mine as being pink, but it could have been aqua. The color didn't matter, I mean pink would have made it worse because again little boys were not supposed to like pink just as the were not supposed to like baking. So anyway while out playing in the yard I overheard a neighbor talking to my mother, "I don't know why you bought that for him, he is going to get teased for it" My mother replied some of the best chefs in the world are men. I was surprised to hear my mother stick up for me she had at first refused me for the very same reason the neighbor had just pointed out to her. So sometime later I was outside alone with my oven and sure enough a boy my own age came along and started teasing me. So I thinking to use my mother as an ally went crying into the house complaining that the boy was teasing me.
My mother did not do as I expected, instead she explained to me "You wanted the oven, and we told you what would happen. So either ignore him, or do something about it (kick his ass is what she actually said). But I am not going to fight your battles for you. I am forever grateful that she did this. It was a defining moment in my life. It help me face other "battles" to come. Like when I wanted to take tap dancing lessons, etc. I became a stronger person and developed a resolve to doing the things I liked even though they may not be acceptable as the "norm". It made me stronger , and in the long run more compassionate for those who marched to the beat of there own drum. And while I certainly wasn't the only boy to have an Easy Bake Oven and such, I do believe I was a pioneer in such matters.
This memory was added on: August 26, 2010
Even though I'm a guy I loved the Easy Bake Oven for the reason it kept my sweet tooth in heaven when I was a kid. My girlfriend down the street got one and it was second love. Those cup cakes were as good as the real thing, even though smaller, and I could imagine the cakes were really bigger [the frosting was literally the icing on the cake]. So even though I never had one myself [thank goodness] that EBO did play an important part in my being a Boomer. Now my wife uses a real oven, the cupcakes and cakes are bigger and so is my belly. [I don't think it works off a light bulb, either].
This memory was added on: August 26, 2010
When I was little, Santa brought me an aqua Easy Bake Oven (which used 2 – 100 watt light bulbs) for Christmas. My dad’s birthday was Jan 2 and I had already mastered the oven by that time so I offered to make my dad’s birthday cake that year. My mom usually made his cakes but the first one burned and the second fell in the middle so my dad ended up with the little chocolate covered yellow cake that I had made (with only one candle on top) and a cherry cobbler for his birthday. Both of those were cut into fourths so everyone had a small piece.
My dad had quite a few birthday cakes through out his life but the one that he loved the best…was the one I baked on that little aqua Easy Bake Oven. I remember being so proud as I brought that little chocolate covered cake out to the table for his birthday.
This memory was added on: April 18, 2010
I received my Easy Bake oven in the early 1960's (turquoise or aqua green). The next year I received the pop corn popper. I still have both. In 1986, a dear friend gave my daughter the yellow Easy Bake oven that her and her sisters grew up playing with (it is still in the original box). Both ovens (with pans and mixing bowls) and the corn popper are displayed in my kitchen alongside my Imperial Sugar "My First Cookbook" and my Suzy Homemaker mixer. One glimpse of them brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother and my childhood.
Glenda H, R.N.
This memory was added on: August 18, 2009
I got my aqua easy bake oven when I was probably around 8 or so. That was 40 years ago and I still have it. Unfortunately, there are no accessories and there's no place to put a pan if I had one. I remember opening it up on Christmas Eve. My dad said he couldn't afford one for me but I opened the gift and there it was. I loved making the mixes that came with it and I remember my dad asking for another "piece of rubber" when I made the pizza. I hope someday to get another aqua easy bake oven with accessories. What a memory!
This memory was added on: October 26, 2008
I was lucky. I had two ovens -- one was aqua and one was the olive green color of the 70's. They were so cool!
I loved making brownies and cakes. I tried to make the pizza and it tasted nasty!
This memory was added on: September 27, 2008
I was 6 when I got my first Easy Bake Oven. Oh, what tasty treats! Mom would always provide some extra ingredients that we could mix in with our packets. Things like chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut and believe it or not once pickles! Mom was from Georgia and her Grammy used to make Blondies with diced pickles. Mom loved that memory and thought that we would too. I have to say, though, it was not a big hit. I don't think we did that one again, but we did make these really cool cakes with happy faces on top made out of chocolate chips and coconut for hair. I loved my Easy Bake Oven!
This memory was added on: June 20, 2008
I had the Holly Hobby Bake Oven - what joys of making cakes and cookies with it. My daughter has now had the Easy Bake Oven for the past few years...every year for Christmas, she gets more goodies to bake in it. She ten years old. :-)
This memory was added on: March 19, 2008
I was only 2 when we got our avocado green easy bake oven, which I now know was the 1969 model (just like me!). My brother desperately wanted one for Christmas, but attitudes as they were at that time, this was deemed not an option, and Santa brought it as a joint gift (somehow fine to play with if his sister owned it).
Fast forward to 1982 and I was heartbroken to discover my brother had given our mint condition easy bake oven to the 2 year old next door (who did not have a reputation for being kind to toys!). I wanted to keep it for my own children!
Thank goodness for ebay. When my son turned 2 I started hunting, and we have just started our easy bake adventures together at 3. Resplendent in Avocado green, it came with 2 of the original pans, but sadly no muffin tins.
Now we are just figuring out bake times.
This memory was added on: October 23, 2007
I recall having a easy bake oven during the 60s, I used to cook cakes for my older brothers, they would ask me to, when my oldest brother went to Vietnam in 1963, he wrote to me and asked me to bake him some and my mom wrapped them up and we put them in a box and sent them to him.
I have so many happy memories and some sad ones, when my other brother went to Vietnam, he asked for the easy bake cakes too, I didn't find out till I was grown, that he nevner got to eat the last batch I sent to him, he was killed by a roadside bomb in Vietnam, they found the cakes in his pockets, but The easy bake oven is a great memory, knowing he loved them so much, he carried them around with him in Vietnam, kinda wish i still had that oven.
This memory was added on: April 28, 2007
I remember wanting an Easy bake oven for christmas, but being a boy, my parents never gave me one. Finally, I saw one at a garage sale for $1. I had the dough and purchased it. I remember having fun with my brothers and sister making things with it. We used regular cake mixes and even made little pizzas using frozen bisquit dough. Wow, what a great toy. I purchased one for my daugheter a few years ago for christmas but she simply wasn't interested. Kids these days are simply overwhelmed with toys and advanced technology. Nevertheless, the Easybake oven gave me an interest in cooking but didn't make me a sissy. A great toy and great memories
This memory was added on: April 9, 2007
This was a cool toy. I baked cakes for my older brothers and their friends. Imagine...all that from a light bulb! Once it oozed out because I ran out of the mixes and used a regular cake mix...what a mess. I later bought one for my own daughter, but I don't think she enjoyed it quite as much as I did.
This memory was added on: March 18, 2007
This was the best ever! I loved my easy bake oven! I played with it constantly and if I still had it I'd probably still be playing with it!
This memory was added on: March 3, 2007
My Lord! I loved my Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven! It was that toy that started my catering career! I would love to have one to put in my shop! I cooked everything in that oven. My mother was very upset with me when I used up my baking mixes in one day, so she refuse to get me more. Well, I thought all baking mixes were the same so I went into the kitchen and broke out the Duncan Hines Cake mix. I added water like I was suppose to and put it in the pan. After five minutes I went to get my cake out and the thing was stuck! I cried to my mom and when she went to help get it out, she saw the mess I made in my room! She was pissed and had to rearrange the kitchen because of me. At three, I could read and I started going for the eggs and everything else to cook on my little fake oven! Ahh the memories! The spankings! Those were the good ole days. I truly suffered for my craft but it paid off! Thank you, Holly Hobbie!!!
This memory was added on: February 16, 2007
I never had an oven but my neighbor friends did. Those cakes were always the best ever. I remember it was pink and we never knew that it was a mere lightbulb that heated up the oven!
I did more baking as a kid than I do now as an adult. Maybe I need another Easy Bake Oven?
This memory was added on: January 30, 2007
I too, never got an Easy Bake Oven, but always pined for one (my cousin had one). I recall getting a big box of Easy Bake mixes from somewhere, but never the oven. This was the one where you could make bubble gum, even. I ended up eating the powdered gum out of the package because if I cooked it in my mom's oven, it came out like globs of hard plastic! I was mortified when I first saw the Easy Bake microwave. I mean, sure they have to keep up with technology, but OH, tamper with my MEMORIES??!! :-D
This memory was added on: December 31, 2006
My sister and I got an easy bake oven for christmas just liked we had hoped. After playing with it a bit we went to the store with my mom. When we returned home all the packages of cakes and other things were completely opened and cooked and eaten by our brothers! That was the end of it for us they never bought us more supplies. We just pretended after that. What a bad memory:( Brothers be nice to your sisters!
This memory was added on: December 30, 2006
I got one last year for Christmas from my sister-in-law who knew that I felt deprived because I never had one as a child. Tonight I'm making two recipes to bring to her since I finally got around to using it. I felt like I was seven and no longer deprived!
This memory was added on: December 27, 2006
I have a yellow easy bake oven that I got when I was a child in 1974. I still have it and the original book in my hope chest. I cherish them. I used to make cakes in the summer for all the neighbor kids.
This memory was added on: December 25, 2006
i just gave my 6 year old daughter my holly hobbie bake oven for christmas ,she is so excited, and so am i. i used to bake mini pizzas in it,and many other inventions. i hope she will be as fond of it as i was.
This memory was added on: December 22, 2006
I just brought my seven year old daughter an Easy Bake Oven for this Xmas and it brought back soooo many memories! My sister(who is now a pastry chef!) and I shared one and she totally hogged it but made the cutest cakes! She would make double layer "cakes" and when the mixes were gone we used Jiffy cake mixes which produced the same yummy but gummy lol cakes. That lighbulb got that little pan hot! I remember being burned a few times trying to push out the cake, which at times stuck to the insides of the oven. My sister got so ruthless that she would sell them to our cousins and friends for 10 cents! We had great fun, I hope my daughter experiences the same fun...minus the burns!!