Here is a question for all of my readers and followers. Does anyone remember the “Easy Bake Oven” from Hasbro? It was that plastic and metal tiny toy oven that allowed you to actually bake real cakes. You would mix up the batter, pour it into a tiny pan and then push the pan into one side of the oven. On the other side the cake would come out. I remember having one as a kid and loving it because it made me feel like I was a baker. Well guess what this year is the 50th anniversary of the “Easy Bake Oven”. It is hard to believe it has been 50 years since the first “Easy Bake Oven” came on the market.
To help celebrate this 50-year milestone Hasbro invited the media and press to a special promotional event in Manhattan last Thursday, October 3rd. The event was hosted by Gail Simmons, former “Top Chef: Just Desserts”, host. She partnering up with Hasbro to celebrate this 50-year milestone and help release their newest and more improved “Easy Bake Oven”. All I could think about going into this event was how many tasty goodies and treats would be there.
Most importantly, Gail shared recipes for the modern Easy-Bake oven, which, yes, you can totally make with kids.
Or you can just discreetly go to local Toys R Us and finally buy a Easy-Bake for your very own.
Double Chocolate Rocky Road Layer Cake
(Courtesy of Gail Simmons)
For the cake:
2 Easy-Bake Devil’s Food Cake Mixes
12 teaspoons water, divided
¼ cup chopped walnuts, divided
¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
For the frosting:
3 Chocolate Frosting Mixes (water as per directions)
½ cup mini marshmallows (approximately 40 pieces), 20 cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Plug in Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven and turn it on. Preheat for 20 minutes.
Spray baking pan with cooking spray and spread it evenly. Set aside.
Pour 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix and 6 teaspoons of water into a bowl. Break up any lumps and stir until smooth. Add chopped walnuts and chocolate chips, and mix well. Spoon the batter into the baking pan. Spread evenly using the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula.
Follow Easy-Bake Baking Basics directions. Baking for 20 minutes. After removing the cake from the oven, let it cool completely. Once cool, slide a butter knife around the edge of the cake and remove it from the pan onto a flat plate, upside down. Set aside. Hand wash the baking pan, spray again, and repeat with the other Devil’s Food Cake Mix.
While the cake is baking, pour 3 chocolate frosting mixes and 3 teaspoons of water into a bowl. Break up any lumps and stir until smooth. Using a small spoon or offset spatula, frost the top of the first cake with about 1/3 of the frosting mix in an even layer. Place the 20 halved marshmallows, in 4 lines of 10 halves, across the cake, flat side down. Top with the second cake, upside down, pressing lightly to secure it. Frost the top of the cake using another 1/3 of the frosting mix. Then carefully frost all sides. Scatter the remaining marshmallows over the top of the cake and gently press the chopped walnuts against the sides to cover before serving.