My Little Chefs received an Easy Bake Stylin’ Sweet Cake Kit as a gift from my Brothers family. From the outside it looks like a lot of fun! The packaging is pink, just the right color pink to attract any little girl.
Upon opening there are a lot of parts but after consulting the manual we were able to easily figure out which part does what. I read the instructions to the Little Chefs and explained the steps we were going to follow. The manual advises to tape down wax paper and only bake/decorate on the wax paper because it may cause staining. My first thoughts were my Little Chefs NEVER keep everything in a designated area, I do not like them to play with things I know will stain. This was going to be fun. We thought it would be a great idea to wear aprons to prevent staining on most of their clothing.
Little Chef A and D both measured out the cake mix and water and stirred until smooth. They poured the mix until the line. After 15 seconds in the microwave Little Chef A lifts up the lid and says, “Wow! That’s not right? It is not past the top. It is just in its same place.” She was right, the cake did not rise something must be wrong. We read the directions again and agreed we did everything correctly. The next cake was cooked 5 seconds longer, but the results were almost the same. I said, “I don’t know why the cakes are so small.” Little Chef A responded, “Maybe that is how the inventor wanted them to be.” It was not until we filled the cake mix to the top (not the line halfway) that we could get the cake as tall as it should be.
The fondant does take a long time to mix. The Little Chefs were getting frustrated when finally it came together..kind of …. in little balls which them they had to mix with their hands. Covering the cakes did not work very well. The molded the fondant in the given mold, placed the cake (we did 2 cakes to make it the right height!) in the hole and flipped it over onto a plate. The problem was the cake is smaller then the hole and they fell right out. The fondant covering was never attached to the cake. It covered the cake and made the cake at least twice as large as it really was.
Decorating the cakes were a lot like using play doh. They enjoyed rolling the fondant out and creating designs. The tools were cute, but my Little Chef had to put all their weight on top of the mold to get it to transfer to their fondant. Even then it came out very light. They had a very hard time attaching the fondant shapes to the fondant covered cake with frosting. Its a good thing the cakes did not need to be moved to be judged! Little Chef A became a little frustrated with the designs so she decided just to make balls. One sister followed and did the same.
Little Chef A liked this because it “has more designs then regular cooking.” We will keep the instruments because I know the next time we make a cake or cupcakes they will want to make a design. In my opinion I would rather let them whip up a box of cupcakes then decorate them. These small cakes were so incredibly tiny!