Hoboken “Cake Boss”

4/15/2009 Update:

Here’s a multi-story update. At last weekend’s Easter Egg HuntCarlo’s Bakery’s Buddy Valastro had provided the delicious cakes and cupcakes for the event – and TLC was on hand filming for an upcoming episode of “Cake Boss.” See photo gallery below:

(Thanks to Steve from HFA for the photos)

Read more about “Cake Boss” after the jump…

3/26/2009:

Remember the post from a couple days ago about how “Cake Artist” Buddy Valastro from Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop won the $10,000 prize on The Food Network’s “Battle of the Brides” show?

Well – winning gets you places it seems – as Buddy has a new show coming on TLC!

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TLC whips up cake-themed docu-soap

‘Cake Boss’ will follow baker Buddy Valastro
“TLC has ordered a new docu-soap series called “Cake Boss” that follows baker Buddy Valastro.

Valastro’s elaborate confections for celebrities like Britney Spears have been featured on shows ranging from “Today” to “The Sopranos.” The show will follow the New Jersey-based Valastro and his Italian family as they run Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken.

” ‘Cake Boss’ is a great mix for TLC,” said Eileen O’Neill, the network’s president and GM. “There’s great payoff watching Buddy’s amazing wedding and birthday cakes come to life, set against the backdrop of bigger-than-life characters and a relatable family dynamic.”

TLC will air the show’s pilot April 19, with the series launching in early June.

“I was born into this business and practically have icing in my blood,” Valastro said. “My passion is uniting Old World recipes with modern techniques, and I can’t wait to share what we’re doing with TLC’s audience.”

TLC also recently announced a new season of its flagship workplace series “American Chopper” and soon will have season premieres of “Royal Inquest” and “The Little Couple.” Since O’Neill took the helm of TLC in August, the network has claimed five consecutive months of year-over-year audience growth.”

40 Responses

  1. 9 says:

    Watched the show for the first time last night. Gotta give the guy credit. He’s very personable.

  2. PJIII says:

    Their cake designs are very inventive.

  3. TBizzle says:

    Mayor Realstuff-
    I was actually not being defensive, I was glad to hear he was not yet another Hoboken City employee milking the system.

    And as to how I could possibly think Hoboken tax dollars were involved- when they wanted to see a fire truck (because they apparently can’t afford Google Image Search) the fireman/baker was all too eager to use connections to get Hobokens Bravest to roll up with 2 trucks (yes…OUR tax money at work)…not knowing he was a Harrison FD, is that not a fair assumption he was a HoboFD?
    As far as the cake, I also don’t think it’s a stretch to think the HFD had a hand in paying for it…yes it went to a good cause…but if it was paid for by HFD, and I admit I don’t know that for fact, do you think it was a fireman’s personal credit card or a department expense?

  4. elainetyger says:

    27 Puddycat – unfortunately, the last couple of times I went into Giorgio’s, the only person behind the counter was a disheveled old man who put his hands all over the food without wearing gloves or using wax paper. I wonder whether he’s related to the disheveled old man behind the counter at the Antique Bakery who does the same thing.

    • Puddycat says:

      Hi elainetyger – I know which older gentleman you are talking about at the Antique Bakery – he is related to the baker, so I assume he is trying to help out the family business. I really like the the wheat bread there and keep going back for more, gloves or no gloves, LOL. :) I don’t think his English is that good, so maybe pointing at the wax paper would come across as a request to use it? As for Giorgio’s, whenever I’ve been there, I’ve been served by the two friendly daughters who are very hygienic with the baked goods. The only time I was served by a gentleman was about a year ago or so – it was the baker himself. I recall picking out quite a bit of stuff (for a holiday or party), and didn’t notice anything strange in how he was handling the food. Maybe if you go back to Giorgio’s and are worried, ask to be served by the daughters, as they are often in the back, if not in the front area. Take care!

      In response to elainetyger who said:

      27 Puddycat – unfortunately, the last couple of times I went into Giorgio’s, the only person behind the counter was a disheveled old man who put his hands all over the food without wearing gloves or using wax paper. I wonder whether he’s related to the disheveled old man behind the counter at the Antique Bakery who does the same thing.

    • pawzclawz says:

      The disheveled old man is the owner of Giorgio’s bakery.

      In response to elainetyger who said:

      27 Puddycat – unfortunately, the last couple of times I went into Giorgio’s, the only person behind the counter was a disheveled old man who put his hands all over the food without wearing gloves or using wax paper. I wonder whether he’s related to the disheveled old man behind the counter at the Antique Bakery who does the same thing.

      • mooshu says:

        Thanks for grabbing my attention on this one.

        While I’m sure the “disheveled old man” at Giorgio’s washes his hands prior to handling pastries, any germphobe who criticizes him can go blow him/herself. Giorgio is one of the nicest folks I’ve met in Hoboken, hands-down.

        In response to pawzclawz who said:

        The disheveled old man is the owner of Giorgio’s bakery.

  5. willow says:

    I just watched the show from dvr. I thought it was pretty good. Good advertising for the rest of the city. I personally haven’t eaten anything from bakery in a while. Last time got some stuff and was a little pricey but was tasty.

  6. Stpaddygirl says:

    I’m not sure if I really like this show or really dislike it..definitely if it wasn’t filmed in my hood I would not be watching that is for sure.

    So I guess Buddy can’t walk to the fire house on 2nd & Jeff the truck has to come to him? Stupido.

  7. Floridagirl says:

    I watched the show tonight and absolutely loved it! I was born and raised in NJ and watching this show made me feel like I was back home. When they showed the New Jersey Fireman’s Home I really got excited since I lived in Boonton from the time I was in 2nd grade till I graduated from Boonton High School. After that I lived in Paterson. I’m looking forward to seeing the show next week. Great job Buddy and family!!! Next time I am Jersey, I will stop by your bakery. There is nothing like that here in Florida. Just lousy baked goods from Publix or Wal Mart. ~~Sigh~~

  8. HansBrix says:

    I saw the episode last night featuring the bridezilla with a screw loose. We witness her having a stifled tantrum when she sees her cake the day before and doesn’t like it. She then proceeds to wreck it.

    Now I understand stuff like that is ratings gold but I’m having a tough time believing someone, even a spoiled brat princess, behaving in such a way with cameras and mic in her face knowing that she’ll be portrayed in a negative way to a nationwide audience.

    I saw that show “Bridezilla” once. Same deal. I’ll easily wager that those actors are coached if not scripted.

    Hey I could be wrong. But what I saw seemed a little too over the top. Or maybe this is what everyone assumes and I just answered the clue phone…

    • homeworld says:

      Just like his “pranks” where he dumps flour and stuff on employees. A lot of it seems too scripted.

      In response to HansBrix who said:

      I saw the episode last night featuring the bridezilla with a screw loose. We witness her having a stifled tantrum when she sees her cake the day before and doesn’t like it. She then proceeds to wreck it.

      Now I understand stuff like that is ratings gold but I’m having a tough time believing someone, even a spoiled brat princess, behaving in such a way with cameras and mic in her face knowing that she’ll be portrayed in a negative way to a nationwide audience.

      I saw that show “Bridezilla” once. Same deal. I’ll easily wager that those actors are coached if not scripted.

      Hey I could be wrong. But what I saw seemed a little too over the top. Or maybe this is what everyone assumes and I just answered the clue phone…

  9. rag246 says:

    This is the best thing that happened to Hoboken since Re-Juice-a-Nation was featured on the Chappelle show.

  10. oceanbloo says:

    I know it’s been discussed before, but I still can’t get over the line in front of Carlo’s on Saturdays. You’d think they were giving stuff out for free.

    I’m happy for the extra business Hoboken gets, but think that anyone who stands in that kind of a line for pastries is a little bit nuts.

  11. HomeTeam says:

    I think it was Monday or Tuesday, but a tour bus pulled up in front and about 30+ people tumbled out and started taking pictures and screaming like Justin Timberlake was making a cake in the window.

  12. YipYap says:

    You mean they use writers and have retakes? Say it ain’t so Cake Boss!

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