Not all food photo shoots go as planned. If the food isn't right, the shoot isn't going to be right either. It's important to buy more food than you think you'll need, because sometimes you have to start again... and again... and again...
This shoot was not a success at first. It took four "do-overs" for me to get the bundt cakes out of the pan in one piece. On the fourth attempt, as I slowly turned the cooled pan upside down and felt the mini cakes detach in one piece, I literally did a happy dance in my kitchen. I knew that I had personally learned two big secrets for baking success: Patience and lots of butter.
I cook more often than I bake, so sometimes I try to break the rules with baking like I do in cooking. For example, sometimes I don't let things cool as long as the recipe says. Or, I don't use the exact amounts of the "good stuff" in an attempt to be more healthy. My advice is don't do that.
If you're baking, follow the recipe exactly because baking is not the same as cooking. If the recipe says to let it cool for 30 minutes, let it cool for 30 minutes (not 20 minutes because you're too excited to wait). If it says to coat the pan with butter, coat the pan with butter (don't use olive oil). There's a structured recipe for a reason and now I know why... because it works. And, it was so delicious!
When you're shooting by yourself and want to play with some movement shots (like the falling powdered sugar), I recommend investing in a remote control shutter release or try using the self timer setting on your camera. This will allow you to step away from your camera and be a part of the scene.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!