Baking Life Tips, Tricks and Ooey-Gooey Getting Started Guide

Sat, Aug 7, 2010

Baking Life, Social, Tips & Tricks

Cookies, cakes, tips and tricks… oh my! Baking Life is a Facebook game developed by ZipZapPlay that lets players open their own bakery, serving cakes and delicacies to customers, personalizing cupcakes, hiring friends to be part of your staff and run it to make it profitable making it the best bakery in town.

This quick start guide from Gamezebo will provide you with tips and strategies to get cooking in Baking Life. Build the best bakery in town, stir up the sweetest treats, and watch your hype meter soar!

Bakery Menu Tips
On the right side of the game screen, your “hype” indicator acts like a popularity rating. The higher the number, the more popular your bakery will be and you will have more customers. If you need to move things around but don’t need to buy anything from the store, then click on the “edit bakery” button to take you to edit mode.

Your progress bar and wealth indicators are found below, just on top of the neighbor’s list, which will let you know how your bakery is doing in terms of cash flow and experience. There is no need to put a chair behind the door or removing it to stop from customers coming in. Just below your bakery sign, you can click on it to toggle between open and closed. Neat feature!

Preparing Recipes and Baking
These are the main responsibilities to run your bakery. Clicking on a clean oven will open up the recipe book. You can choose a mixed variety of baked goods from cakes to croissants and pies. Every item has a fixed cost except the personalized cupcake, which you control the cost when you start decorating it.

Once you’ve chosen what to bake, several bubbles will appear on top of the oven. You need to add ingredients and prepare it before it starts baking. Take note that each item will reward you certain number of experience points, depending on what cake you chose to bake. Usually the longer time it takes to bake, the bigger points you get.

Once it’s done (bubble has a pink circle at the outer edges), click on it to transfer the baked goods to the display case. It’s now ready to be sold to your customers. Take note that you have serve it before it gets burnt or you end up losing money since it can’t be sold.

Personalized Pastries
For personalized cupcakes, you get to choose the liner, type of cake, frosting and topping. Some of the liners are free and some need to be purchased. All of the cakes and frosting are free for now. No free toppings though. The cost of the final product will depend on your choices and what’s great is you are in control.

Once you’re done, you can opt to send your creation to a friend or just bake it for yourself to sell. The benefit of sending it to a friend is you get more servings to sell in your bakery. The example above shows you can earn 73 coins if you send it to a friend versus just baking it for yourself which will only reward you 28 coins.

Staff up!
Running your bakery alone is not a good idea.To keep your labor costs down, you can recruit a friend to be part of your staff. This means no wages! This is recommended so that you don’t have to incur extra costs to pay a temporary worker.

Click on the “recruit friend” button or the temp worker for you to post the wanted ad to your wall. Your friend gets a signing bonus. This icon disappears if you’ve filled up your vacancies. As you progress through the game, the number of staff members will increase. Soon you will need several cashiers and servers.

Neighborly Advice
Visit your neighbors’ bakeries and you’ll be rewarded 300 coins. You will see a bouncing money bag, usually found at one of the cash registers. Sometimes you’ll see a tip jar in one of your neighbor’s bakery. This is a bonus and you’ll be rewarded an extra 450 coins!

Thanks again to Gamezebo for providing these tips. For more information, please visit their full Baking Life walkthrough. Are there any great strategies we’ve omitted? Let us know in the comments what tricks you’ve cooked up for success in Baking Life on Facebook.

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