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Cake Boss on TLC

Did anyone watch the premiere this week? I was especially amused by the some-what veiled jab at Duff and other cake artists who decorate foam then serve sheet cake. The Cake Boss made a point of marveling at how amazing their creations looked and noting that the entire cake was edible (IIRC his exact words were "good tasting"). It was also very interesting to watch the inner workings of bakery that produces decorated cakes but isn't just a cake decorator.

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  1. I did like this show. His bakery is definitely not "everybody is cool and laid back" like Duff and crew. His cakes looked delicious, as did his other confections.

    1. Looks better than Ace of Cakes (hate that show so much)

      1. I thought I saw the first episode a few weeks ago? Maybe that was a sneak preview?
        I've been to his place, in fact, walk by it everyday. He currently has the three white wedding cakes he did for the photo shoot in the window.
        His product tastes good, every party we go to, someone will bring something from there, but his prices are just way to high, and I'm sure the added exposure/business he will get from the show will make them go up even more.

        1. I caught the episode where the owner was yelling at one of his decorators for working too slow, then grabs the filling and shows him how to do it faster. Hilarious and much more real than other food shows.

          1. His operation is much closer to real world businesses than Duff's, which is more leisurely, like a soap opera (albeit a funny, loveable one).

            Personally, I don't mind Duff decorating styrofoam, which isn't much more inedible than fondant, IMHO. There's room for all sorts of cake philosophies. It depends on what the client wants, and is willing to pay for.

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              1. re: Claudette

                "I don't mind Duff decorating styrofoam, which isn't much more inedible than fondant"

                Solid point! I am enjoying the Cake Boss since it's showing a succesful family business. Their style is also very classic and the show gives the viewer a glimpse into the reality bakers face with cakes that fall and delivery malfunctions.

              2. I've also been to his shop - several times - Only because it's the only cake/pastry shop around (well the most convenient one anyway)
                So far I have been completely underwhelmed by everything I have tried.

                His stuff pales in comparison to any Italian bake shop in Brooklyn.

                His wedding cakes are very pretty, but as far as the cannolis, pies, cupcakes etc. -meh!
                Far too sweet.
                I did enjoy the show though!

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                1. re: NellyNel

                  I think I've had something from them maybe once when one of my co-workers brought in some cookies from their. She always raves about the place. I've always wanted to stop in, but the lines always turned me off.

                  BTW--many of the Italian bakeries in Brooklyn that were once great are now just OK. The bakeries by me are just good to awful.

                  1. re: MrsT

                    Yes, I'm sorry to say the good old Italian bakeries are a dying breed. It's sad.
                    My mother who still lives in Brooklyn, was just complaining she went into one on 13th Avenue last week and ordered a lemon ice.
                    She said she had to spit it out because it was an American version, not homeade and very sweet. -She was expecting a lemon ice the way the bakeries used to make 'em - - homeande, tart and with strips of lemon peel - even a stray pit or two!!
                    I wonder is Spumoni Gardens is still the same?

                2. I might like the show better if it came out a few years ago. With Ace of Cake on Foodnetwork, Amazing Wedding Cakes on WE, and then the various one episode wedding cake shows that occasionally pop up I'm just tired of the concept.

                  1. Just had a mini-marathon, found Cake Boss on our On Demand menu. I enjoyed it a lot more than Ace of Cakes. The wedding cakes he made for the magazine shoot were gorgeous!

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                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      Cake Boss is my new guilty pleasure after Bridezillas. He is like the child Tony Soprano would have with Gale Gand ;>

                      1. re: lucyis

                        OMG, that's a great description of him!

                        1. re: lucyis

                          Did you see the "brown water" rant? It had to be staged -- those jamokes were just too funny. You couldn't have cast it any better. Tony Soprano? You hit the nail on the head!!

                          1. re: PattiCakes

                            Speaking of staged, the social club delivery was staged, the mob would never let them film like that in their environs esp talking about the boss and other mob references.