The baking mixes that come with Easy Bake and other kid ovens normally carry peanut and tree nut allergy warnings, so we have been unable to use those. Luckily, we found a self-published book online that featured “homemade” recipes for “little oven” treats. Besides being nut allergy-friendly, making your own recipes offers your kid without all the chemicals and they’re much more affordable, too. Here is one of my kids favorite recipes — we tweaked it a little from the original and it works great.
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s or VermontNut-Free)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight bag or container.
To make a cake
- Mix 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cake mix with 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine and 1/2 a beaten egg (you can also use egg substitute like Egg Beaters)
- Pour into Easy Bake baking pan that’s been greased and floured
- Bake in mini oven for about 15 minutes.
Use this same basic recipe to make yellow cake mix as well—just leave out the cocoa. I’d add a little vanilla with the wet ingredients for better flavor.