It’s holiday time: feasts, parties, cookie exchanges. In other words, baking, baking baking! These baking shows can be really fun to watch with your kids, especially if they afford you an opportunity to get into the kitchen to try out some of the recipes as seen on TV. You can even binge watch some of these while you bake. So fire up the oven, tie on the apron, and let’s get cooking. (Note: The final link to Grace Stirs Up Success is an affiliate link.)
This is so much fun to watch. Talk about belly laughs! There is something addictive about watching wannabe bakers attempt to recreate baked masterpieces with no instruction whatsoever. Their cakes, cake pops, cookies, or whatever they are supposed to be come out looking so bad, you’ve gotta love ‘em. Overall, I would give Nailed It a PG rating. There are occasional some double entendres from comedienne host Nicole Byer, but they are bound to breeze right over kids’ heads. Highly recommend for LOL funny!
Okay, time to get serious and move over for the professionals. On Sugar Rush, four teams of expert bakers compete for 10 grand. Teams are eliminated along the way, and only two are left for a final bake-off. With bakers working against the clock, things can still go wrong, just not epically wrong like on Nailed It. Sugar Rush is in the tradition of Cake Wars and Cupcake Wars.
New episodes are on tap for the baking show that has garnered legions of fans and found a home on Netflix. More proper than American baking shows, baking experts show off their stuff in a more formal kitchen that makes them seem more like professional chefs. Like the other baking shows, it’s a lot of fun to see the creativity infused in the elaborate baked goods. There’s also a Great British Baking Show Holidays to get you into the spirit of the season.
Got a kid age preschool to nine years who loves to bake? Then Butterbean’s Café, a new animated series from the creators of Bubble Guppies, might be for her. Butterbean is an adorable and resourceful fairy with frosted cookie wings who uses her baking for good at her café. Her nemesis is Ms. Marmalady, a scheming fairy determined to put Butterbean out of business. Of course, the good fairies win every time. As the saying goes, you win more flies with honey!
This is a movie rather than a series, but Grace Stirs Up Success is my daughter’s and my favorite among the American Girl movie and show series. We’ve watched it many times together and never grown tired of it. Grace was the American Girl Doll of 2017, and in the movie version Grace (Olivia Rodrigo) uses her talent for baking to help her family. First, Grace builds her confidence in baking by starting a cupcake business. Then she winds up helping her aunt’s family in Paris at their small patisserie, and along the way she learns the importance of teamwork in the kitchen. When she returns from Paris, she lands a spot on the TV show Master Chef Junior, where she competes in hopes of saving her grandparents’ struggling Massachusetts bakery. I love the touching portrayal of Grace with her mother, portrayed by the beautiful and talented Virginia Madsen.
What are your favorite baking shows? Share it in the comments section!