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

Learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven mixes from boxed cake mix… Yields 33 refills for under $4, making them just $0.12 each!

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Easy Bake Oven — To Buy Or Not To Buy?

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 take on this, filled with clothing, a Beats Pill, a Vera Bradley purse, earrings, etc… but one item stood out:

An Easy Bake Oven.

I have to say I was torn… Would she actually use it? Or was it just a total waste of money? I added an Easy Bake Ultimate Oven to my Amazon cart but continued to debate purchasing for days.

You see, we had one of these toys several years ago — but it was promptly donated when my five 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 mixes 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 mixes…

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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 refills. We tested several brands in the process, and while the method I’m going to share worked reasonably well for all brands, we both agreed that the Duncan Hines Signature cake mixes consistently 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 mixes in under 15 minutes. In addition, I recommend picking up a can of baking spray to prepare the pan, a couple of tubs of white frosting, and some rainbow sprinkles.

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I also found this adorable mini turner and matching spatula that are the perfect size for smaller hands, so I grabbed them, as well. Unfortunately, they’re no longer available online, but I just stumbled upon this adorable silicone mini utensils 5-pc. set that I love even more!

Setting Expectations For Easy Bake Oven Recipes

Before I share how to make your own refill mixes, I want to be very clear about what you should expect from them. Gourmet cakes? No. A budget-friendly mix that will allow your child to bake a perfectly edible and tasty (enough) cake all on his or her own? Yes!!!

Eggs and oil are not necessary to attain this goal. A little smear of frosting can up the tastiness factor, but I’ve eaten many, MANY plain cakes without complaint. :) Also, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a child’s toy, not a calibrated oven. The baking time may need to be adjusted slightly to achieve desired results.

With this goal in mind, my girls have been able to enjoy using their Easy Bake Oven whenever they want without emptying my wallet. They’ve been totally thrilled with these Easy Bake Oven mixes and have enjoyed hours upon hours of baking fun with them! And this is my intent in sharing these Easy Bake Oven recipes with you.

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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. Label each with 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.

NEW: By popular request, I’ve added another set of printable labels for use with the Duncan Hines Signature Lemon Supreme, Orange Supreme, and Red Velvet cake mixes! These also work with the Avery 5160 address labels and can be downloaded here.

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How To Make Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Yield: about 33 Easy Bake Oven mixes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven mixes from boxed cake mix… Yields 33 refills for under $4, making them just $0.12 each!

Instructions

For the mixes:

  1. Sift each cake mix into a large bowl. There will be chunks of dried strawberries in the Strawberry Supreme cake mix -- 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 and here). You should end up with about 11 refills per box of cake mix.

To prepare each mix:

  1. Preheat your Easy Bake Ultimate Oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Lightly spray the Easy Bake pan with Pam Baking Spray. Here's a tip for making this less messy.
  3. When the Easy Bake Oven is done preheating, mix the bagged refill with 2 tablespoons of water and spread it evenly in the prepared Easy Bake pan.
  4. Bake in the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven for approximately 17 minutes.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes, then frost and decorate with sprinkles.

Notes

DO NOT pre-mix the cake batter while waiting for the Easy Bake Oven to preheat. It will rise too high and stick to the inside of the oven. Read through these additional tips for best results.

High altitude bakers: Thanks to Sarah for sharing that you can adjust these mixes for high altitude baking by adding 1/4 teaspoon of flour to each snack bag!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 prepared mix
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: .5gSaturated Fat: .1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20.9mgCarbohydrates: 2.7gFiber: .1gSugar: 1.5gProtein: .1g

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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 Oven.
  • Cooking spray is a MUST to get the cake to release from the pan easily. As I mentioned, I like this baking spray for effectiveness, as well as flavor. Be sure to check out this quick tip for applying cooking spray with less mess!
  • DO NOT pre-mix the cake batter while waiting for the Easy Bake Oven to preheat. This can also cause it to rise too high and 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, 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!

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 Oven. Just package up the mixes with a can of the baking spray, frosting, and sprinkles. Toss in some super cute mini utensils, and you’ve got hours and hours of baking fun for well under $20 (not including the oven, of course).

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Ready to graduate to baking with a real oven? These brownie mix cookies are perfect for kids to start out with! With just 3 ingredients, it’s an ideal recipe for beginner bakers (as well as busy moms)…

I’d love to see how your Easy Bake Oven refills turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!

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Tina

Monday 27th of July 2020

Have you tried with the brownie mix?

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Hi Tina! I have not, but I will definitely give it a try. I'm thinking brownie mix would require at least a little bit of oil, so it will probably take some trial and error.

Crystal

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

We are trying 'just add water' cake mix from Bulk Barn. Working not too bad at the moment - we didn't leave it in long enough tho! LOL.

Jean Wright

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Hi Tara, I am typing up labels for Sugar Cookies for my granddaughter. I am wondering how many patties to make out of the batter, so that cook time would be 6 minutes? I am thinking 4 or 6? Thanks for all you work on this! Jeanne

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Hi Jean! It should make 6 cookies.

Andrea

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Hi,

Did you use the cake mixes that only required water? Or the ones that also required oil and eggs? I am having a hard time finding the only water ones....

Thank you!

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Hi Andrea! It shouldn't matter either way -- just any boxed cake mix should work. Like I said in the post, oil and eggs aren't necessary. You won't end up with the most delicious cake you've ever had, but they're perfectly edible and no worse than the refill mixes that cost a ridiculous amount.

Dannielle Spaulding

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

I tried this with my daughter and our cake didn’t rise at all. Do you know of what to do differently? Thanks!

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hi Dannielle! My girls are both teenagers now, so it's been quite some time since I've tested this tutorial. I actually ordered a new Easy Bake Oven a few weeks ago so I could test some gluten free cake mixes out with it, as well as fine tune the cookies recipe that so many have requested. Could you tell me what brand of cake mix you used so I can give it a try? Back when we used to make these all the time, all of the cake mixes we tried worked. But some did work better than others, which is why I recommended the Duncan Hines Signature mixes as our favorite back then.

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