One of the best parts about baking, besides eating it of course, is sharing it with your friends online! The recipes in our Happy Bear Baking Kits are specially crafted to be as photogenic as they are delicious: very. Follow these tips to help you rack up all the likes!
Preheat your Oven!
We know it can be super tempting to just slide everything in the oven as soon as you can, but good baking takes time. Letting your oven preheat means everything will bake evenly, so you’re less likely to end up with treats that are over or underdone! Since every Oven is unique, (just like our recipes!) we recommend giving your oven an extra 10 minutes or so, to ensure that it’s up to temperature!
There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baking, and it can be hard to resist cracking your oven door to catch a whiff while you just “check and see if it’s ready” but every time you open the oven you’re introducing much cooler air, which can mean things take longer than normal to bake. If you need to check on the progress you’re making with your baking, use the oven window!
At Happy Bear Baking Company even our professional baker bears have been known to snag a cookie or scone right as it’s piping hot out of the oven, but if you want the most photogenic baking, be sure to let everything cool completely before you get your paws on it! Once things are cooled off they’re less likely to crack and crumble when you put them on a plate. You can set your goodies aside on the counter to let them cool down, though if you have a wire rack that can also help!
Any of our Baker Bears will tell you, a tidy kitchen is a happy kitchen! While you’re waiting for your goodies to cool, take this time to make your mama bear proud and clear up the mess you’ve made! No one wants to see a mess of crumbs and batter! Give everything a wipedown!
Props are Cool!
Just your baking by itself can sometimes be a little lonely. Props can help give your photos a chance to show off your personality! Try experimenting until you’ve got something that compliments your fresh baked treats, such as some jam, a cutting board, nice plate or your favourite mug can work perfectly here!
Use lots of light!
Once your goodies are nice and cool, they’ll look their best in good lighting! Our Photograbear recommends that you try and use natural light as often as you can, because sunlight is very flattering. If you don’t have many windows, or you’ve decided to bake at night, that’s totally fine! Consider turning on all your lights and try to avoid the flash on your phone if you can help it! Using lots of light also means that you’ll be less likely to need a tripod!
Follow all of these tips and you’ll have baked goods as beautiful as they are delicious!
When you share photos of your yummy treats, don’t forget to tag us on instagram @happybearbaking and use #happybearbaking for your chance to win a free Baking Kit!