|Opening theme||"Sugar, Sugar", sung by:
The Nerds (2009–11)
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights (2011–)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||151 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes, special 42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||High Noon Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||April 19, 2009– present|
|Related shows||Next Great Baker
Cake Boss is an American reality television series, airing on the cable television network TLC. The show follows the operations of Carlo's Bake Shop, an Italian American family-owned business in Hoboken, New Jersey owned and operated by siblings Buddy Valastro (to whom the series' title refers), Lisa Valastro, Maddalena Castano, Grace Faugno and Mary Sciarrone. The show focuses on how they make their cakes, and the interpersonal relationships among the various family members and other employees who work at the shop.
The show premiered on April 19, 2009, and four additional seasons followed, premiering October 26, 2009, May 31, 2010 (returning in October), January 31, 2011 (returning in September), and May 28, 2012, respectively. The show's sixth season debuted on Monday May 27, 2013 at 9PM ET, the second part of the sixth season aired on December 30, 2013.
- Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr. (born March 3, 1977) – The star of the show, who has worked at the bakery since age 17 in 1994. He is the only son and the youngest child of Bartolo "Buddy" Sr. and Mary Valastro. He grew up in Little Ferry, New Jersey. He is married to Elisabetta "Lisa" Valastro (née Belgiovine) with whom he now has four children: Sofia, Bartolo "Buddy" III, Marco, and Carlo Salvatore. In 2012, as a result of the attention that the series brought to Hoboken, New Jersey, the Hudson Reporter named him as an honorable mention in its list of Hudson County's 50 most influential people.
- Joseph "Joey" Faugno (born October 10 1967) – The shop's head baker. He is married to Buddy's oldest sister, Grace. They have two children: Robert and Bartolina.
- Mauro Castano (born August 18, 1963) – pastry chef and Buddy's right-hand man. He is married to Buddy's second oldest sister, Maddalena.
- Frank "Frankie" Amato, Jr. (born August 29, 1978) – cake decorator. He is Buddy's first cousin, the godfather to his son Marco, and has two children of his own.
- Danny Dragone – multipurpose employee, worked at the bakery since before Buddy was born. He is a close family friend, and his daughter, Tatiana, works at the bakery. He is nicknamed "the mule" for his versatility.
- Grace Faugno (née Valastro) – (born June 30, 1966) Buddy's oldest sister. She works front counter. She is married to Joey Faugno, the shop's head baker. They have two children: Robert and Bartolina.
- Maddalena Castano (née Valastro) (born August 15, 1967) – manages the front counter. She is married to Mauro. They have three children: Dominique, Bartolo "Buddy", and Mary.
- Mary Sciarrone (née Valastro) (born September 30, 1969) – Cake Consultant and Buddy's third oldest sister. She is married with two children. In the fifth season episode "Stained Glass & A Surprised Danny", she was fired because of multiple incidents involving her making inappropriate statements. Mary was rehired as a cake consultant a few weeks after being fired.
- Lisa Valastro (born December 31, 1974) – Buddy's youngest sister, she works the store front. She has three kids, Teresa, John, and Isabella.
- Maurizio Belgiovine – delivery boy and structure builder. He is Buddy's brother-in-law.
- Ralph "Ralphie Boy" Attanasia III (born September 6, 1984) – bakery sculptor.
- Marissa Lopez – Buddy's intern (winner of Season 2 of Next Great Baker), later becoming manager of Carlo's Bakery's new location in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
- Mary Valastro Pinto – Buddy's mother. A show regular until her 2010 retirement; still appears on the show on occasion. Announced in 2012 that she has been diagnosed with ALS. The family's struggle and reaction was documented in the Season 5 episode, "A Bittersweet Homecoming", on July 23, 2012.
- Remigio "Remy" Gonzalez – Buddy's former left-hand man and the ex-husband of Buddy's sister Lisa. Remy's first and only child, daughter Isabella, was born on the Cake Boss episode "Mother's Day, Mama and Mom-to-be". He left the show after being arrested for alleged sexual assault.
- Salvatore "Sal" Picinich (1947 – January 30, 2011) worked at the bakery from 1964 and was one of Buddy's most trusted employees. Picinich stopped appearing on the show at the end of 2009, when he began battling cancer, but returned in the summer of 2010 to accept the Employee of the Century Award on the occasion of the bakery’s 100th anniversary. He died January 30, 2011.
- Kevin "Stretch" Krand – a delivery boy who left the shop to continue his education.
- Tony "Tone-Tone" Albanese – Buddy's second intern.
- Daniella Storzillo – a sculptor and decorator at Carlo's. She left to work as a real estate sales associate.
- Stephanie "Sunshine" Fernandez- top decorator at Carlo's. She was the first female employee who did not work with sales, as stated by Buddy Valastro. She left for an opportunity to finish nursing school nine months earlier. Before leaving to become a nurse, she appeared on the show's spinoff, Next Great Baker, where she was chosen by the season 2 winner, Marissa Lopez, to help her build her American Dream cake.
- Dana Herbert – winner of Season 1 of Next Great Baker
- Ashley Holt – winner of Season 3 of Next Great Baker
- Paul Conti – bakery employee (former contestant of Season 3 of Next Great Baker). was only in a couple of episodes because he lost his house and his job.
- Anthony "Cousin Anthony" Bellifemine – baker and former delivery boy, Bellifemine left unexpectedly at the end of season 6.
The popularity of the show has resulted in increased business for Carlo's Bake Shop, and increased tourism to the Hoboken area. Due to the series' popularity, Carlo's Bake Shop has become a tourist attraction, with lines to enter the bakery often extending down the block and around the corner. In 2010, Hoboken renamed the corner of Washington Street and Newark Street to "Carlo's Bakery Way" in honor of the bakery's centennial.
Tie-ins and spinoffs
On November 2, 2010, Buddy Valastro's book, Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia, which is based on the series, was released. Published by Free Press in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Carlo's Bake Shop, the book features the history and stories of Valastro's family and the bake shop, along with recipes.
Valastro's second book, Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets, is a cook book, also published by Free Press, released November 1, 2011 and featuring Valastro's cake, pastry and decorating recipes.
The success of Cake Boss has led to a spin-off competition series hosted by Valastro, Next Great Baker, in which people compete to win a top cash prize, other valuable prizes, and an apprenticeship at Carlo's Bakery. The program's first season was seen on TLC December 6, 2010 through January 24, 2011, with a second season televised November 28, 2011 to January 30, 2012. The competition's third season premiered on Monday, November 26, 2012.
Another spinoff series, Kitchen Boss, debuted January 25, 2011. This series, which is seen weekdays, features Valastro presenting his family's recipes, as well as special guests, including members of his own family.
A backdoor pilot special, Bakery Boss, debuted on May 27, 2013. The special features Valastro traveling to a struggling bakery, Friendly's Bake Shop in Frankfort, New York, helping them reverse their fortunes, using a format similar to Kitchen Nightmares. The program returned to TLC as a series on December 2, 2013, and was later renamed Buddy's Bakery Rescue. Buddy's intern, Ashley Holt, served as Culinary Producer for the series.
Episodes and DVD releases
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||April 19, 2009||August 17, 2009|
|2||18||October 26, 2009||February 22, 2010|
|3||24||May 31, 2010||November 29, 2010|
|4||38||January 31, 2011||January 30, 2012|
|5||30||May 28, 2012||February 18, 2013|
|6||28||May 27, 2013||February 24, 2014|
As of February 24, 2014[update], a total of 151 episodes with six seasons and 5 stand-alone specials have been broadcast. The first five seasons have been released on DVD in Region 1. Up until halfway into the fifth season, each episode title employed alliteration.
As of April 3, 2015[update], seasons 5 and 6 are available for streaming on Hulu Plus, using a re-edited intro sequence from the early seasons (with a few episodes showing the updated family pic from the dancing intro of seasons 5 and 6).
In July 2010, Masters Software, Inc., of Cedar Park, Texas, obtained a preliminary injunction forbidding TLC from calling its show "Cake Boss". Since 2006, the company has operated the domain name cakeboss.com, and since 2007, it has sold a bakery management program called CakeBoss. The suit claims that Discovery Communications infringes on its trademark by causing confusion among customers and vendors. In October 2010, Masters Software and Discovery Communications reached a settlement, the details of which are not public.
On June 11, 2012, transgender celebrity Carmen Carrera appeared in a Cake Boss episode, "Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!", in which she unknowingly participated in a prank involving Cousin Anthony, who was set up with a date with Carrera. The punchline of the prank had Buddy tell Anthony that Carrera is transgender. Carrera agreed to participate in the prank on the program in part to promote equality for the transgender community saying, "I'm totally cool with a prank like this, I, you know as long as it's in good fun." Following the airing of the program, Carrera was upset by an interview portion of the program where Buddy said, "And I tell him...that's a man, baby!" Carrera made a statement saying, "I made it VERY clear to the producers on how to use the correct wording before agreeing to filming this but instead they chose to poke fun and be disrespectful. That's not what I'm about! ... I may not have been born a woman, but I'm NOT a man... After taking this journey it's not fair at all to be lied to by the producers." Buddy Valastro apologized for the incident, saying, "I owe an apology to the entire LGBT community. It was absolutely not my intention to upset or offend her, or anyone within the community, and I was wrong to use the words I did. I am a supporter of gay rights and equality, and while I regret this situation and my choice of words, I am thankful to have received this feedback and the opportunity to learn from this mistake. I hope that Carmen accepts my sincere regrets." The following day, on June 12, 2012, TLC announced that "Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!" has been pulled from rotation indefinitely, with plans to re-edit the episode. The episode has since re-aired on July 23, 2012, but with the offending scene reedited.
In popular culture
- Ace of Cakes – similar program on Food Network
- Food Network Challenge – series where Buddy Valastro was a frequent contestant
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I got an opportunity to be in a program at school that's going to allow to finish nine months earlier... But the thing is that I have to stop working here this May.
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