The Easy-Bake Oven is a working toy oven. For many years an ordinary light bulb was used as its heat source, but the newer versions have a true heating element. Eleven different versions of the Easy-Bake Oven have been sold. It comes with packets of pastry mix and small round pans. (Additional mixes can be purchased separately.) After water is added to the mix in the pan, it is pushed into the oven through a slot. After cooking, the cake is pushed out through a slot in the other end.
The early models were designed to look like miniature conventional ovens. Later models were designed to look like microwave ovens. The current model looks more like a modern floor-standing oven.
This toy was the invention of Ronald Howes, who conceived of the design, built the first model, and sold the rights to Kenner. Mr. Howes also had a hand in either inventing or refining many other classic Kenner toys such as Play-Doh, Spirograph, the Give-a-Show Projector, and the Close-and-Play Record Player.
Several generations of girls have spent many happy hours mixing, baking, and eating their creations thanks to this classic toy.