Newsweek recently reported toy giant Hasbro’s recall of all Easy-Bake Ovens produced after May 2006. What trouble could a light bulb in a box possibly cause, you ask? Seems the recall is a result of the product’s redesign last year, which replaced the old 100-watt light bulbs with a new low-heat cooking technology that warmed up the oven faster.
Good news if you’re a cake; bad news if you’re one of the nearly 30 kids who reported injuries as a result of using the new oven. The biggest problem? Very young children (most in the 3- to 5-year-old range, significantly younger than the 8-years-and-up that Hasbro recommends) can pop their tiny hands into the oven’s tempting maw, catching them in the cake slot and getting burned if the oven is turned on at the time.
So, first it toasts your little sister’s fingers, then it make you gay. And even though baking in the oven is generally limited to rubbery little cakes made from the company’s mixes (and now brand-stamped with every kiddie character from Dora the Explorer to SpongeBob SquarePants), the adult-writtten Easy-Bake Gourmet Cookbook encourages the tots to fire up all kinds of made-from-scratch craziness, like kumquat-date sticky toffee pudding and queso fundido with roasted poblano vinaigrette.