June 18, 2016
Behind the Scenes of "Martha Bakes" on Facebook
It’s hard to believe we just shot our seventh season of Martha Bakes for PBS. It seems as if we just finished shooting season-six up at my Bedford, New York farm. I love Martha Bakes - it’s a show where I get to share my best baking tips and techniques for making all your favorite baked goods right at home.
For this new season, Martha Bakes was taped in our kitchen set at our historic Starrett Lehigh offices. It is one of the many kitchen designs you’ll find exclusively at The Home Depot. Yesterday, I hosted our most recent Facebook LIVE chat, and thought it would be great to take you behind the scenes of my television show. Here are some photos…
If you missed our Facebook chat, just click here. And, be sure to watch Martha Bakes on PBS. This weekend, I am making delicious one-bowl desserts - check your local listings for times.
1 There's a lot of work that goes into creating my television food show, and a great deal of it occurs right here in our prep kitchen. All the swaps of everything we bake for the show are made right here.
2 I also have an excellent group of people who work with me to create the shows you watch on PBS - chefs, stylists, producers, and our technical camera crew. Everyone works very hard behind the scenes.
3 While Jason Schrieber glazes carrot strips, Thomas Joseph works on a shortcake batter.
4 On the other side of the counter, Molly scoops chocolate dough onto a baking sheet for our whoopie pies, while video producer, Samantha Schutz, records our Facebook show on an iPhone.
5 These whoopie are chocolate, but they can also be made using pumpkin or gingerbread.
6 The whoopie pie is an American baked treat made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet, creamy frosting sandwiched between them. Watch Martha Bakes for my delicious version of this popular dessert.
7 Nikki is frosting some delicious carrot cupcakes.
8 Carrot cake contains carrots mixed into the batter - you can see the carrot pieces here.
9 We use a fabulous orange cream cheese buttercream frosting.
10 And then we top them with candied carrot strips. These are so much fun to make. You will love my recipe.
11 Jessie Damuck cuts carrot strips for our cupcakes - we use only the most natural ingredients for everything we make.
12 Geri Porter washes all the many dishes, pots, pans, bowls and utensils that are used on the show - both on camera and off camera.
13 We use a lot of these bar towels in our kitchen - I always have wet towels and dry towels close at hand, so I can "clean as I go".
14 Molly, Nikki, Samantha and Thomas stop for a quick snapshot.
15 Here I am on set with Anduin Havens, who makes sure everything is positioned properly for our cameras. She is also in charge of set-design, so all the props we use look nice for the show.
16 Kim Miller-Olko oversees the production of all our television shows and videos.
17 Kim and our producers watch the show from several monitors in one corner of the studio.
18 Gary Nardilla is my longtime director of photography.
19 Gary also has a monitor, so he can make sure the cameras capture all the necessary details.
20 The technical crew stands for many hours behind the cameras and numerous lighting equipment.
21 And then, what you see on-camera is the final shooting of our show. I did the open to our last show right on Facebook. If you missed it, watch it here, and be sure to catch Martha Bakes on PBS. https://www.facebook.com/marthastewart