If there’s one thing I know more about than the majority of people on this planet – its baking and cooking YouTubers. I will never be able to divulge the reason why I love these tutorial videos so much. I’ve decided to amalgamate my knowledge into one post to crown my top five favourite YouTube channels – and let you know a little why I find each one so individual, addictive and awesome.
5. Cupcake Jemma
Now, three-or-so months ago Cupcake Jemma would probably have sat just outside my top 5, but recently I have fallen in love with her channel. She is not as jovial or rehearsed as the other YouTuber’s in this group but her individual style and more casual approach is extremely endearing. Cupcake Jemma is the owner of Crumbs and Doilies bakery in London. She is trained in patisserie and its very obvious when you watch her videos that she is very comfortable in the kitchen. Recently cracking one million subscribers, I think people are starting to realise just how great Jemma really is!
4. Rosanna Pansino
Rosanna Pansino’s channel shot to fame from her regular cooking show appropriately named ‘Nerdy Nummies.’ Whether its Super Mario, Candy Crush Saga or Pirates of the Caribbean, Rosanna will find SOMETHING to be inspired by, and bake it! She is methodical, clean and all of her bakes look flawless! One thing I love about Rosanna is she always dresses up in the theme of what she is baking for that episode. Some of my favourite videos of Rosanna (although they may not be cooking/baking) are the challenge videos, where her and a friend or fellow YouTuber will taste/try a variety of things blindfolded and compete to guess the most correctly. 8.3 million subscribers can’t be wrong!
3. My Virgin Kitchen
Best known for his giant foods, food gadgets and mini foods, Barry Lewis is a no-frills British baker who loves a laugh. Barry is a self-taught cook, which is what inspired the ‘virgin’ in his name. Barry’s bakes my not be as technically perfect as those of Rosanna Pansino or How to Cake it, but his give-it-a-go mentality and positive nature really bring his videos to life. Although the channel started off as his own, his wife Becky (known as ‘Mrs Barry’) often gets involved and does some of her own videos too. Recently Barry has been getting his two young daughters involved more. The girls are unpredictable and confident and unforgivingly adorable! I definitely recommend giving My Virgin Kitchen a watch, Barry really knows how to brighten someone’s day.
Apart from being irresistibly charming and cute, these five boys (men) host their cooking channel with complete class. The videos have the perfect amount of information, witty humour, and a little bit of stupidity (okay, sometimes a lot). The premise of the channel is basically one of the guys, Ben is a trained chef, as is his friend James, the other three are what they like to refer to as ‘normal’ (just means un-trained). My favourite episodes are the ‘Ultimate Battles’ where the three non-chefs cook-off in a three way battle based around a specific theme. These boys are hilarious, and if you don’t mind a bit of British humour and some serious food-porn then you’ll love this channel just as much as I do!
How to Cake it
Oh Yolanda, how could you not be my number 1… back to where my YouTube baking obsession began. Every video ‘How to Cake it’ releases is well produced, edited and always sports high-quality content. Yolanda is genuine, natural and funny in front of the camera… and not to forget, seriously talented. She’s a self-taught baker who produces some of the most life-like flawless creations, all using fondant, candies, her perfect Italian meringue buttercream and of course… cake! She’s best-known for her cakes that look like common foods; among others she’s made sushi, a burger, spaghetti and meatballs and even an avocado! She has new videos every Tuesday, so if there’s one thing you do this week in your spare time, check her out!
My Cupcake Addiction, Emmy Made in Japan, and Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking.