Duff Goldman's Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery
Duff Goldman, of Charm City Cakes and Ace of Cakes fame, teamed up with Girl Gourmet to make the Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery (buy at Amazon), a kit that lets girls (and boys) make and roll out their own fondant to decorate a mini two-tiered cake that even comes with an air-powered icing gun. And it's kid-safe in that you mix the provided cake batter with water and microwave it for 30 seconds. Certainly a step up from an easy bake oven!
We were a little skeptical — how could a $35 toy be any good? But what sold us on it was the blog Super Chef's interview with Goldman, in which he described the Cake Bakery as "miniature versions of tools we use, the fondant rolling mat, the texture mats – everything you need to make a two-tiered cake," and discussed his working relationship with Jakks, the toy manufacturer: "I told them that you are not putting my face until I play with it and it has to be quality and good and exciting for the kids... You have to understand your craft, and little kids are going to understand that you have to get Craft right before Art." Meaning that it's not going to be easy: kids are going to screw up a lot until they figure it out. And you'll be ordering a lot of refills.
Here's a commercial for Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery that shows it in action: