Chef Catherine Ralston, a 12-year-old received the title of “Baker of
the Year” on this day in 2009. She competed against six other finalists and all
had to create something yummy using an Easy-Bake Oven. Ralston’s Queen of
Hearts Strawberry Tart was a huge hit. Created by Kenner (now Hasbro) in 1963, the
Easy-Bake Oven, a toy oven that really bakes using a lightbulb, originally
debuted in turquoise. It has been recorded that over 500,000 units of the
appliance were sold during its first year.