How Long Does It Take for Yolanda Gampp to Bake a Cake?

Yolanda Gampp has baked large and elaborate cakes for her YouTube channel. The videos aren’t very long, so they don’t reflect the real-time it takes to create the delicious desserts. The Crime Scene Kitchen judge revealed how long it really takes to bake, carve, and decorate the cakes.

How long does it take for Yolanda Gampp to bake a cake?

Yolanda Gammp poses on a runway in a black gown with her hands on her hips.
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Gampp admitted that editing does make it seem like her cakes don’t take that long to create. But she revealed to Mashable how long her creations really take.

“I think a lot of people assume that you do everything in one day. You know what I mean?” she said. The baker later added, “And I feel responsible because obviously our videos are edited down. I take three days to make a cake, and you watch a 12-minute video. And I joke about it all the time. I’m very open about it.”

She later revealed, “I once said, every minute you see on YouTube is actually two hours and I’m not lying. And even when I wrote my book, I was adding it like with the publishers that I broke my recipes down into days, letting people know that there is definitely a prep day in the world of cake decorating.”

She wrote the book, How to Cake It: A Cakebook. The book included recipes for cakes designed as a burger, watermelon, pizza, and more. Although she’s known for her carving skills, the book includes some cakes that don’t require any carving. 

Yolanda Gampp says she doesn’t practice before making her cakes

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Gampp made a Thanksgiving turkey cake in 2015. She used vanilla cake, pound cake, and Italian Meringue Buttercream to form it into the correct shape. 

“It took me three hours to carve the shape. And it was one of the cakes where the whole time I was doing it, I was thinking, ‘Why did I say I could do this?’” Gampp said. “A lot of people don’t realize, but pretty much 95% of the cakes on the channel I’ve never made before.”

She also noted that she doesn’t do trial runs before filming. “And I’m doing it for the first time on the channel,” Gampp said. “I don’t practice. I haven’t made it 10 times. And I’m the type of person who I still consider myself a student in the world of cake decorating. So every time I make a cake, I want to try something different, do something different, make it in a way I’ve never made it before.”

It’s not surprising that Gampp has taken a break from making her elaborate cakes due to her new job. She’s now a judge on Crime Scene Kitchen, which airs on FOX on Wednesdays on 9/8 CDT.