Tuesday, August 09, 2011

In a Minute Cake Maker?

The Ideal "In a Minute' cake maker concept confuses me, mostly because there's no baking involved in the baking. So many questions.

 So why do you need an oven at all, why wasn't this set simply a bowl, a cake pan and an egg timer?
What the heck was the "cake" made of? Was it a high quality polymer created by the good people at DuPont?
Did it taste any good?

Please somebody fill me in on this...


Dolly the Bird said...

I know the one I had in the early '80s was actually a tiny microwave. I have a picture of me 'baking' a birthday cake for my mom when I was 4! I actually remember the cake being pretty decent, amazingly enough. I do recall one of my friends having a slightly older one that had been her big sisters in the late '70s. It kind of looked like the one pictured, but I swear it was bigger and had a rack or something on it? Anyway, it used a lightbulb to 'cook' the cake. Needless to say it took WAY more than a minute! We still thought it was the most terrific thing ever!

Anonymous said...

All you had to do was add water to some sort of powder, mix it, smoosh it into the cake mold and wait about a minute. No electricity or any power needed. I never had one, but I can't imagine it tasting very good.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brian,
Did you know that megomuseum.com, is also using Mr. Brick Mantooth, as one of their unofficial mascots?
I'm all for lots of sites promoting that 1970s-hero, B. Mantooth.

Cheers, TR

Plaidstallions said...

@TR It's all good, I'm part of the Megomuseum family.

PDXWiz said...

Bizarre. Clearly a ripoff of Kenner's Easy-Bake Oven. I found online in the Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries Vol 28 Part 14 Issue 1, the In a minute cake maker; party set. @ Ideal Toy Corp.; 15Jun72; A415309. The Kenner classic dates back to 1963. The Kenner cakes must be good, or else the product wouldn't have stayed on the market all these years, I'm guessing. One blog entry I found so far says the cakes did taste good. Since Kenner sold 16 million of them over the years (and later had a recall of a redesign that sold over 980,000 copies), I can understand why Ideal played copycat. I always wanted to try out the Easy Bake when I was a kid to see if it really worked. Those catalog pictures and commercials made it look cool... If I'd seen the Ideal knockoff, I'd've wanted to try it, too.

Fabulous find!

Gordon Long

Eric Scales said...

My daughter got a no heat oven that cooked cakes and things with "the power of ice". We never could figure out how it worked. But yeah, it advertised that it was a no heat oven. You filled a little pan with ice cubs, and just set them in there. Then you put the cake mix and water into it's own pan, waited a while and eventually it was done. She only had the interest to do it once and the cake was super thin and hard, like we had dried it out or something. Not sure how it worked but have been dying to find out.

zannebee said...

I found a commercial for you. It looks absolutely disgusting.



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