By Ashley Moulton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sugary sweet baking competition with tried and true format.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some baking terms and techniques are demonstrated.
Contestants demonstrate baking skills, creativity, and overcoming challenges.
Positive Role Models
Fantastic representation. Contestants are diverse and talk about their backgrounds. Contestants are very friendly to each other and are good sports about winning and losing.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some unnecessarily clinging outfits (but no sensitive body parts visible).
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Cursing-adjacent phrases like "heck," "freaking," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
A few brands receive lots of visual product placement, but they are not mentioned by name. Grand prize is winning $10,000.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some baking challenges include alcohol and adults mention relaxing with a cocktail. No on-screen drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baketopia is a baking competition series hosted by the wildly popular YouTuber Rosanna Pansino. There's a fair amount of product placement, though no brands are mentioned by name. Guests use some cursing-adjacent phrases like "heck" and "freaking." Alcohol is an ingredient in recipes (with no on-screen drinking), and some outfits are a tad revealing. Otherwise, contestants and hosts are very kind to each other, and kids will enjoy seeing the amazing cake creations come to life.
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What's the Story?
BAKETOPIA is a baking competition show featuring amazing confections and an equally sweet host, YouTuber Rosanna Pansino. Amateur and professional bakers cook up their version of viral-worthy baking trends. In the Tier One challenge, contestants make a smaller-scale dessert. In the Final Tier challenge, the bakers make highly technical works of art in cake form. Their work is judged based on taste, presentation, and creativity by the "Cake Council" (Pansino, and baking experts Donal Skehan and Timbo Sullivan). The winner takes home a grand prize of $10,000 and the colorful Baketopia trophy.
Is It Any Good?
Kid fans of Rosanna Pansino's wildly popular YouTube channel (or baking competition shows in general) will enjoy Baketopia. Kids will enjoy the incredible baking wonderland set, Pansino's outlandish outfits, and the beautiful cake creations the highly skilled contestants bake. Adults may find that the series falls a bit flat. It has all the ingredients of an enjoyable cooking show (popular host, amazing cakes), but its predictable format lacks a hook to keep viewers' interest. Pansino herself has the same over-excitable and friendly persona as her YouTube videos, but since her role is limited as a host, she's not enough to carry a whole show. Grown-ups will appreciate that the contestants and judges are very polite to each other. Besides the product placement throughout the set, there's little that's problematic in this show. Parents can feel good about letting their mini foodies watch Baketopia, but it may be too boring to watch together as a family.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the desserts featured on the show. Do you think you could try to recreate any of them in your own kitchen?
Did you notice logos for any products in the kitchen? How do you think they got there? How do the show's producers decide which brands to show and which to hide?
- Premiere date: March 25, 2021
- Cast: Rosanna Pansino, Donal Skehan, Timbo Sullivan
- Network: Max
- Genre: Game Shows
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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