Jan 30

Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Refill Mixes for Just $0.12 Each!!!

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

My oldest daughter turned 10 a few months ago -- that precarious age where she's on the cusp of leaving childish things behind but isn't quite ready to give it all up. Her Christmas wish list was an interesting study in this, filled with clothing, a Beats Pill, a Vera Bradley purse, earrings, etc... but one item stood out:

An Easy Bake Ultimate Oven.

I have to say I was torn... I debated purchasing one for days, because I just honestly didn't know if she'd actually use it. We had one several years ago, and it was promptly donated, as my kids quickly grew frustrated with how long it took to bake one teeny cake that was little more than a bite for each. But being the lone toy in a sea of preteen dreams, I finally decided, what could it hurt?

And what do you know -- she has used it near daily since opening it Christmas Morning! She loves to make special cakes for everyone in the family, and I love to watch quietly from afar, as she carefully stacks layers of various cake flavors, frosting each to perfection and topping them off with her favorite rainbow sprinkles. I'm so glad that I caved, because I would have missed out on so much joy.

The down side to it? Those gosh darn Easy Bake Oven Refills are ridiculously expensive! I mean, we're talking $6.99 for a refill pack that makes just 2 cakes. Whoa, I would have dropped hundreds on these things by now!!! But I got smart and figured out a way to make our own homemade Easy Bake Oven Refills...

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Mixes

It took some research and a lot of trial and error, but my daughter and I hit upon just the right formula for using store bought cake mixes to make our own Easy Bake Oven mixes. We tested several brands in the process, and while the method I'm going to share worked reasonably well for all, we both agreed that the Duncan Hines Signature cake mixes produced the best results.

Given that a box of this cake mix retails for around $1.28 at Walmart and we were able to get about 11 Easy Bake Oven mixes per box, you can easily see how the savings add up. That breaks down to just $0.12 per mix versus $3.50 for a single Easy Bake Oven refill!!!

I picked up three boxes of Duncan Hines Signature cake mix, one each of French Vanilla, Dark Chocolate Fudge and Strawberry Supreme, which is enough to make 33 Easy Bake Oven refills in under 15 minutes. In addition, I recommend picking up a can of Pam Baking Cooking Spray to prepare the pan, a couple of tubs of Duncan Hines Fluffy White Whipped Frosting, and some Great Value Dessert Sprinkles.

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I also found this adorable Mainstays Mini Turner and matching spatula that are the perfect size for smaller hands, so I grabbed them, as well.

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Making your own Easy Bake Oven mixes is super simple when you follow these instructions. I recommend these Ziploc Snack Bags, because they're the perfect size to hold each mix. I also created these simple Easy Bake Oven mix labels that are designed to print on standard Avery 5160 address labels. Of course, in a pinch, you could just print them on regular paper and tape them on.

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Yield: about 33 Easy Bake Oven mixes

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes



  1. Sift each cake mix into a large bowl. There will be chunks of dried strawberries in the Strawberry Supreme cake mix, and these can just be discarded.
  2. Measure each mix into precise 1/4 cup portions by spooning the mix into a 1/4 cup measuring cup and then leveling it off with a knife. Place each portion in a Ziploc snack bag and label (find printable labels here). You should end up with about 11 refills per box of cake mix.
  3. To prepare each mix:
  4. Preheat the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Lightly spray the Easy Bake pan with Pam Baking Cooking Spray. Here's a tip for making this less messy.
  6. When the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven is done preheating, mix the bagged refill with 2 tablespoons of water and spread it evenly in the prepared Easy Bake pan.
  7. Bake in the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven for 17 minutes.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes, then frost and decorate with sprinkles.


How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

A few tips for best results:

  • Measure the mixes precisely using the method described in the "recipe". If you pack the mix into the measuring cup too densely, your cake will rise too high and stick to the top of the inside of your Easy Bake Ultimate Oven.
  • Cooking spray is a MUST to get the cake to release from the pan easily. As I mentioned, I like the Pam Baking Cooking Spray for effectiveness, as well as flavor. Be sure to check out this quick tip for applying cooking spray with less mess!
  • Don't premix the cake batter while waiting for the Easy Bake Oven to preheat. It will rise too high and could possibly stick to the inside of the oven. Mix it up after preparing your pan and place it in the oven right away.
  • For a fun change of pace, my daughter likes to shake decorating sprinkles on top of the prepared batter once it's spread in the cake pan. This creates a "funfetti" style cake without muddling the bright colors!

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

So there you have it -- 33 Easy Bake Oven refill mixes for under $4! I think these would be an awesome gift idea for any little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Ultimate Oven. Just package up the mixes with a can of the cooking spray, frosting, and sprinkles. Toss in a super cute mini turner and spatula, and you've got hours and hours of fun for well under $20 (not including the oven).

If this tip helped you save some money, I hope you'll repin and share below!

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by Tara | 49 comments

  • Samina

    What a great idea! My son's birthday is next month & he's been asking for an Easy Bake Oven. It'll make a great preset & this will be a lovely way to not break the bank once he gets it.

  • nancy

    Do i really have to take the Dunkan Hines Signature mix or i can take the betty crocker one? I don't know if there's a difference or not?

    • Nancy, I tried a Betty Crocker mix, and I found it left large white chunks in the sifter after sifting. My guess is they're baking soda or powder, but either way, I found the mix to have a lot more rise and would often rise too high while baking. It does work, I just got the best results overall with the Duncan Hines mixes.

  • Debbie N

    My granddaughter received the Easy Bake for Christmas and I am so glad to know this! Thank you for sharing! Not only are the refills expensive, they are hard to find where I live.

  • christie elkins.

    Thank you SO much for this post! My seven year old and I were literally just talking about how she was out of mixes (and I was thinking about the price tag, ha!) This is a much simpler and cost effective way to keep the Easy Bake love alive! :)

    • Oh, I know -- I couldn't believe how much they were. I kept checking the box thinking there surely must be another pan included with them at that price!

  • Lynn Thiessen

    Light bulbs are nearing end of their useful life and we are all transitioning to the new longer lasting, more expensive, versions. Not sure how easy bake will transition because they need the heat the bulbs generate. Frankly, I never liked how the ovens worked anyway. Trashed the one we had and used our toaster oven with direct supervision. These recipes are wonderful. Consider using muffin tins and watch your time/heat. Those so inclined could post their findings.

    • Actually, the newer ovens use a true heating element rather than a light bulb, so they do work better than the old light bulb models. A toaster oven is a wonderful starting place for teaching them to bake full size cakes, though!

  • Holly Schumann

    Would this work with the cupcake pans too? Same proportions just divided up into the
    Cupcake pan that came with the cupcake set instead of on the sheet?

    • Good question, Holly! Unfortunately, we don't have the cupcake pan currently. I suspect the mix should work just fine, but I'm not sure if it will make more batter than you need for the cupcake pan. I'll have to track one down and try it, but if you test it out in the meantime, I'd love to hear your results!

  • DD

    How is it that these cakes come out so well without eggs & oil? :-)

    • I know, right? My daughter actually prefers them to the Easy Bake mixes, so it's a win-win! :D

  • Jessica B

    This is awesome! My niece got an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas and I think I'll make a bunch of these for her birthday next month. I had an Easy Bake when I was a kid back in the 80's, and it was SO different from the ones they sell today!

    • They are very different -- even the one we had a few years ago still used a light bulb. These cook a good bit faster, and these semi-homemade mixes taste soooo much better than the kits. Hope she loves them as much as my girls!

  • Karen K

    Great idea! And you can re-use the Ziploc bags a few times with the same cake flavour, to save $ and be environmentally conscious...

  • L.Zink

    I've read to use a mayo (egg/oil) with water combo to add to the cake mixes., and curious how that would work. My granddaughter is receiving an Easybake for her birthday this weekend, so I will be busy making up mixes. I love the simplicity of how you explained the process. Thank You!!

    • Hmm, I've not tried that combo, but I'm not sure it's really necessary. The cakes taste great as is... Hope she loves her gift!

  • Ashley

    What a GREAT post! I have several boxes of the Duncan Hines Butter Cake mix. Do you believe I could use one of those boxes instead?

    • Hi Ashley! I've tried other brands, and they all seem to work reasonably well. But the Duncan Hines Signature mixes produced the most consistent results in my tests.

  • ReecyPiecey

    Will this work for the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven?

    • Good question! I'm actually not familiar with the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven, but I did a little research on Amazon. It sounds like they're very similar in heating and cooking times, but the pan is slightly smaller than the Easy Bake Oven. If you find that my measurements make too much batter for your pan, I would reduce the cake mix measurement to 3 tablespoons and add just 1.5 tablespoons of water to it.

      If you try it, can you please come back and share what worked best? Thanks!

  • Jody

    Can you use any flavor of cake mix and do the same thing? Or are these the only flavors you can use with these measurements? We just got an oven for our little man for Christmas and love this idea.

    • Hi Jody! The flavor a I mentioned in the post are the only ones we tested, but I suspect other favors would work as well. I still think the Duncan Hines Signature mixes would the best of all the ones we've tried, and the sifting is key. Have fun baking!

  • Sami

    First off, you are my hero. My daughter got an EBO for Christmas and I am working on making her a set. Am I correct in reading that Duncan Hines SIGNATURE mix is the only or best one to use? I also am going to be making a seperate set for my son because I know he loves to cook but he is gluten-free. Any advice?

    • Yay, so glad I can help out, Sami! The Duncan Hines Signature mix is not the only mix you can use. I just think it worked the best, with the most consistent and tastiest results, of all of them. But the recipe has worked well enough with all of the mixes we've tried.

      That said, I've never tried a gluten-free mix. I'd recommend doing a trial run with the amount of sifted mix and water as written, and then you can adjust it from there as necessary. Use less water if your cake rises too much, or add a little more if it's too flat. If you have a chance, please come back and share your results so other gluten-free readers can benefit.

  • Josey Schaub

    I got 16 mixes per box of cake mix. Shoot. Dumping back and trying again. The things we do for our kids.... :)

    • Oh, no -- hope you got it sorted out, Josey! If you're using a different brand of mix, you may have more or less packets.

      • Josey

        Nope, I had to just go with it. We'll see how they turn out when my daughter starts to use them. I used Duncan Hines Signature cake mix and sifted, spooned, then leveled off each quarter cup measure but ended up with 16, twice. So I tried not sifting (yet still spooning and leveling) the second box of mix and came up with thirteen packets. I'm a baking jinx. Oh, well! I can't wait to see how it turns out, though :) Thanks for the recipes.

        • Becky

          I'm a long time baker and I got 16 packets as well last night when I was making up a gift for my grand-daughter. Used the Duncan Hines Signature mix. Tara do you recommend going with what I have or re-measuring into 11 packets?

          • Wow, that's so strange -- I wonder if they reformulated their mix or changed the size? I would just go with whatever you come up with using the methods I outlined. 1/4 cup of mix and 2 tablespoons of water is what consistently produced the right amount of batter for the pan that goes with the Easy Bake, so the actual number of mixes you get from a box shouldn't matter.

          • Becky

            Will do. Thanks SOO much - this is going to make a GREAT gift! I can't wait to see my grand-daughter's eyes light up! I got the baking utensils you suggested and found a cute apron too!

  • Amy

    Thank you so much for this post! The directions and labels have made my Christmastime SO much easier. I really appreciate it!

  • Donna

    Hi Tara. Have you tried making up your own refill packs for cookies mixes too? I heard that someone used the little Betty Crocker packs that you can buy at the dollar store, but not sure if that works out well. I would guess that you would use the same 1/4 cup mix since that's what the envelope had for the sample chocolate chip mix that came with the oven.

    • It's like you read my mind, Donna! My girls got the Girl Scout Cookie Oven for Christmas, so a cookie mix DIY is on my to-do list for next week, and my plan is to test it (and hopefully perfect it) for both ovens. So stay tuned!

  • Shelly Dyb

    Have you tried with any brownie mixes? That's my daughter's favorite.

    • I haven't -- but I will add them to my list! I'm sure my girls wouldn't mind taste testing some brownies. :)

  • Keila Damaris

    My niece will receive an EBO as a gift. I was checking for recipes for her and found your page with this amazing idea. Where I live is kind of difficult to find the Duncan Hines mixes. I was wondering if the Pillsbury one will do the work. Thanks in advance!

    • Yes, you can actually use any boxed cake mix -- the Duncan Hines were just my personal favorite. As I mentioned, I did find with some mixes that there were clumps left in the sifter after sifting, and in this case, I just discarded them. It didn't seem to affect the rise of the cakes we made or anything. Enjoy!

  • Jeri

    Awesome idea! I'm not sure I did the dividing correctly though. I ended up with 14 baggies per box of cake mix. They were the exact same ones posted. I'll just watch the liquid when we bake to make sure they aren't too runny. My 1st grader got her 1st Easy Bake Oven for Christmas and this is going to be so much fun for us! Thank you!

    • Hi Jeri! Several other readers have commented recently that they got more packets out of a box, as well. It sounds like they may have changed the amount in the box, so I'm planning to grab one next time I'm at the store to check it out. Either way, as long as you're doing 1/4 cup of the sifted mix with 2 tablespoons of water, you should be fine.

  • brneyedgurl19

    Thank you so much for this. I got my 3 year old an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas this year since she loves baking and to my dismay, all of my local stores either have a VERY limitied selection of refills or never have any in stock at all. Not only is this much cheaper but is AVAILABLE anywhere! Here's to a "sweet" 2016!

  • Ebony W

    Thank you so much for sharing this tip. I just prepared mixes for my grand nieces using the French Vanilla and Strawberry Signature mixes. I was able to get 17 out of the vanilla and 14 out of the strawberry!! I created labels for them and packaged them with a mini bowl, spatula set, measuring spoon set, frosting, sprinkles and a cut little oven mitt and placed in a pretty pink cake box. Thanks again =)

  • Veronica

    I plan to buy some cake mix and give these a try! Have you tried making brownies with a regular brownie mix? I'm wondering if the same proportions would work.

    • Hi Veronica! I actually picked up a box of brownie mix to test this last week, but I haven't gotten around to it, yet. I also grabbed a couple of bags of cookie mix to test them. Hoping to get to them and share my results very soon, but if you try it in the meantime, please let me know how it goes!

  • Nidia C

    Hi Tara! thank you so much for putting the time and effort to do this...I do have a question, my daughter got the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven, do you think the recipes will work the same?

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