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Thursday, July 19, 2007

The High Cost of Making Cupcakes

posted by on July 19 at 12:14 PM

For the second time this year, toy-maker Hasbro is recalling Easy-Bake Ovens due to reports of kids getting their fingers caught in them, and sometimes suffering burns, some of them severe.

There have been 249 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught, including 77 reports of burns, 16 of which were reported as second and third-degree burns. There was one report of a burn serious enough to require a partial finger amputation to a 5-year-old girl.

Approximately 1 million ovens are affected.


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Due to the obvious threat posed by cupcakes to the citizenry of Seattle, I have asked the City Council to introduce legislation licensing the manufacture of small, baked cakes, and have asked the Department of Health to revoke the licenses of all existing cupcake makers in the City of Seattle (especially chocolate ones).

I representative of my office will be around to confiscate all existing cupcake stockpiles in the immediate future; they will be disposed of in a proper manner.

Posted by Mayor Greg Nickkkels | July 19, 2007 12:37 PM

Because nothing says "yum" like baking a cupcake for 3 hours with a 100 watt lightbulb.

Posted by monkey | July 19, 2007 12:50 PM

"If A + B + C is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."

"Which company do you work for?"

"A major one."

Posted by Original Monique | July 19, 2007 12:54 PM

boo hoo, a partially amputated FINGER??

that's nothing compared to the time i got stretch armstrong wrapped around my wang the wrong way and the dog pulled on it too hard.

my first emergency room visit, circa 1977.

they just don't make kids toys like they used to.

Posted by zilch | July 19, 2007 1:05 PM

Why don't they do a nationwide recall of doors? Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore all agree. More kids get their fingers and other appendages messed up by swinging doors. Ban them now! Far more dangerous than some stupid box with a lightbulb.

Posted by Jim Morrison | July 19, 2007 1:36 PM

Hey you got to break a few eggs if you want to make a cupcake!

Posted by Jake of | July 19, 2007 1:37 PM


Is there a right way to get stretch armstrong wrapped around your wang?

But seriously, those injuries are nothin' compared to what could have happened in a real kitchen.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 19, 2007 1:53 PM

Easy Bake Oven made me gay when I was a kid.

They should recall them for THAT.

Posted by fun shaped | July 19, 2007 2:22 PM

Dear Upset Seattleite:

I have been trying to use my easy bake oven with a lightbulb, but my 6 watt Compact Flourescent Lightbulb won't bake my cupcakes and my friends and stuffed animals all get sick when they eat them.

What should I do?

Signed, Code Pink

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 19, 2007 3:35 PM

Has the Easy Bake Oven become way more intense over the years, or is this really the big-stupid-baby world we live in? I bet 75% of those injuries were a result of the classic childhood game of "hey, see how long you can do that before it hurts", anyhow.

Posted by Dougsf | July 19, 2007 4:13 PM

Code Pink @9, try a 100 watt incandescent light bulb. They give off more heat than the florescent ones do. And, uhh, if your stuffed animals are getting sick, you should consider giving up acid.

Posted by lawrence clark | July 20, 2007 12:23 AM

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