“Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” a competitive series for kids 6-14 that combines the wonder of baking with the ingenuity of young pastry chefs comes to Disney Channel this February. Whisking its way onto our screen from Monday, 7 February on Disney Channel, DStv channel 303, the show features young Peyton Bala – the 11-year-old daughter of Melanie and Zwai Bala, performing the theme song.
The 13-episode series is hosted by multitalented stars Dara Reneé (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) and Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home”), who, along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, will guide kid contestants through a series of challenges and surprises as they create the most extraordinary cakes inspired by the magic of Disney.
The Bala family were approached by local production company Audio Militia, who were looking for a young female vocalist to record the theme song and someone had mentioned to them that Peyton sings.
“Her dad Zwai and I discussed with her, whether she wanted to do it, as we believe that she should only do the (musical/performance) things she wants to do, with no pressure from us,” says Melanie. They were sent the guide vocals and track for Peyton to practise, before she went in to record under the watchful eye of her dad Zwai.
“We recorded the different versions of the vocals in about 90 minutes, with the producers and Peyton’s dad there to help where needed, as she can still be shy about singing in front of people. The final product was then sent off to the US for approval, which we received about a week later,” adds Melanie.
Peyton, a wonderfully talented young girl says she’s very happy and grateful to have received the opportunity to sing the song. “I was pretty nervous but the people I worked with, were very kind and they helped me a lot. I think the show is very cool and is lots of fun,” she says.
Imagination rules and teamwork triumphs in “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” as three teams of two race against the clock to design a Disney-inspired cake utilizing Tastemade’s – a modern media company – signature recipe videos and an enchanted pantry filled with a wonderful world of ingredients and surprises. Hosts Reneé and Brown, along with pastry chef Gomez, guide the kid bakers through a series of challenges, fun games, and unexpected twists, all designed to elevate the contestants’ baking abilities, techniques and creativity to new culinary heights. Each episode will declare a winning team to be named Disney Baking Champion. The winning recipe will become a featured Tastemade video.
Co-hosts Reneé and Brown are Disney fan-favorites of audiences of all ages worldwide. Reneé is captivating viewers in her starring role as Kourtney in the Disney+ hit series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” set to debut season two this Spring. The versatile performer is also known for her breakout role in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Freaky Friday” as well as her recurring guest star role on ABC’s hit series, “black-ish.” Brown is best known for his starring role as Booker in Disney Channel’s hit series “Raven’s Home,” now airing its fourth season. He first dazzled audiences singing on “America’s Got Talented” at the age of six. He went on to land recurring guest star roles in numerous hit series, including “black-ish” and “Devious Maids.” A talented voice actor, Brown can also be heard in several hit animated series, including “Puppy Dog Pals,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and “The Owl House,” to name a few. As hosts of “Disney’s Magic Bake Off,” the powerhouse stars will keep viewers entertained and empower the kid contestants to have fun as they set out to become Disney Baking Champions.