Chrysta 10 min. 15 min.


God Bless Ronald Howes, Inventor of the Easy Bake Oven


When I was a little girl, one of my greatest joys came from baking.  I loved the smell that takes over your home when you bake, I loved creating desserts, and I loved how people kind of come together around dessert.

In the summers when my mom would take my sisters and I to North Carolina, I would shadow my Aunt Dia and watch her bake amazing cakes and confections.

I wanted to bake in the real oven like a “big girl”, but wasn’t allowed for obvious reasons as a cake-loving 6 year old.  When I was about 7 or 8, my mom and Aunt Dia bought my an Easy Bake Oven.  And I LOVED it.  I was able to make desserts just like My Aunt.

Sure, I know it wasnt baking from scratch.  (That skill came a few years later).  But there was something exciting about taking those little pouches of dust, stirring it up in a bowl with water and other miscellaneous ingredients, and watching that light bulb turn that powdery goodness into an amazing (ok, amazing in the eyes of a child) chocolate cake layer or sugar cookie.

How I loved my Easy Bake Oven!

I even started to sell my baked goods to local neighborhood kids.  There’s something magical about making a product that people love, and dessert is one of those universal things that make people happy.

 Flash forward 25 years, I’m a bakery owner and I’m recreating said magic and joy everyday.

So I guess, in part, I owe a lot to Ronald Howes, the master inventor behind the Easy Bake Oven.

Ronald Howes passed away a week ago today.

His passing got me thinking a lot about baking, my joy of that easy bake oven, as well as the legacy he left behind.  EVERYONE’S heard of an Easy Bake Oven.

A year or so ago I read a proverb that essentially asked what mark will you make on the world when you leave this earth.  What will you leave behind?  Will the world have been better off as a result of something you did?

I’ll be thinking about this proverb again this week.