List of Cake Boss episodes
Cake Boss is an American reality television series, airing on the cable television network TLC. The series is set at Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey and stars Buddy Valastro, the shop's owner, his retired mother, four older sisters, and two brothers-in-law in their everyday life of running a bakery store.
Cake Boss premiered on April 19, 2009. As of February 24, 2014[update], a total of 151 episodes and 5 stand-alone specials have been broadcast. The first three seasons, along with the first half of season 4, have been released on DVD in Region 1. Up until halfway into the fifth season, each episode title employed alliteration.
|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|
Season 1 (2009)
|Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"A Bride, a Boat and Bamboozled!"||April 19, 2009|
|After an extremely busy order week, Buddy gets a call about a photo spread in Brides Magazine, though last minute changes may challenge Buddy's ability to complete this order on time. In addition, he gets an order to make a boat for someone's birthday, not knowing that the person he's making it for... is himself. However, the bakers end up in a heated crisis when they run out of sugar.|
|2||2||"A Fire, a Fashionista and Family"||May 25, 2009|
|Buddy and his team build a fire engine cake complete with working lights, a siren, and smoke. Buddy recreates his father's signature cake for a family memorial dinner.|
|3||3||"Bunny, Birthday and Burnt Food"||June 1, 2009|
|To keep morale high during the Easter season, which is the busiest time for the shop, Frankie begrudgingly dresses as the Easter Bunny. Meanwhile, Buddy makes an Easter cake for a children's charity fundraiser, as well as birthday cakes for his niece, nephew and mother. Later, Grace cooks Easter dinner for the family, never mind that many question her cooking skills from past experience.|
|4||4||"Weddings, Water and Wacked!"||June 8, 2009|
|The bakery is asked to make a large roulette table cake for a local businessman, but due to the particular nature of this businessman, Buddy fears for his life. Also: orders are increasing as wedding season nears, making the delivery process more susceptible to errors.|
|5||5||"Bi-Plane, Bridezilla and Busting Buddy"||June 15, 2009|
|Buddy makes a biplane cake pro bono for the children's hospital at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. A bride-to-be becomes difficult after she is displeased with her cake, which was decided on by her mother. Stretch plots revenge against Buddy, but suffers an unexpected retaliation.|
|6||6||"Undead, Unclothed and Unhappy Mama"||June 22, 2009|
|Buddy is discomfited by the cake he is asked to make for a group of unusual clients – a couple from Asbury Park who wanted a zombie-themed cake for a zombie festival/ fan gathering. Buddy's mother disapproves of a risque cake he is asked to make for a bachelorette party.|
|7||7||"Doves, Ducks and Delicacies"||June 29, 2009|
|Buddy is enthused when a request is made for an old-fashioned styled wedding cake like his father used to make, but is forced to go hunting to complete it, as it included an unorthodox ingredient.|
|8||8||"Museum, Mistakes and Mother Mary"||July 6, 2009|
|The shop goes to the American Museum of Natural History to acquire reference for a prehistoric mammal cake; a sweet 16 cake proves to be more work than anyone planned on; Frankie makes and decorates a cake all by himself for Mary's daughter's dance recital.|
|9||9||"Soldiers, Sand and Salads"||July 13, 2009|
|The shop is asked to make an FAO Schwarz-themed cake for birthday party and a beach-themed cake for a local beach club. The men challenge the women to a weight loss contest.|
|10||10||"Chinese Culture and Cannolis"||July 20, 2009|
|A dragon boat racing team orders a traditional Chinese dragon cake, which proves to be a unique challenge. The bakery also prepares hundreds of cannoli shells for the annual 25¢ Throw Back Cannoli Day. Buddy and Lisa celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary.|
|11||11||"A Blindfold, a Bikini and Breathing Fire"||July 27, 2009|
|A customer orders a tiki cake that emits fire and a cake for his sister-in-law's bridal shower. Also, Mauro challenges him to ice a cake blindfolded. Buddy also has to make a bridal shower cake for his sister-in-law and Mauro challenges him to ice a cake while blindfolded, lest he be forced to come to the bakery dressed in a grass skirt and coconut bra.|
|12||12||"Leaning, Lobsters and Lectures"||August 10, 2009|
|Customers order a Leaning Tower of Pisa wedding cake and lobster-bake-themed cake that Buddy frantically rushes to complete after he learns that the customer gave him an incorrect deadline date.|
|13||13||"Fireworks, Falling Fondant and Fathers"||August 17, 2009|
|Fireworks by Grucci, a renowned, family-owned fireworks company, asks Buddy for a cake that features their product and honors their patriarch. Buddy plans a surprise for his Buddy Jr.'s class when he attends his school's Bring Your Dad to School Day.|
Season 2 (2009–10)
|Title||Original air date|
|14||1||"Plants, Pranks and A Proposal"||October 26, 2009|
|A customer orders a cake inspired by Amy N. Stewart's book Wicked Plants. Another who wants to propose to his girlfriend at the bakery requests an engagement ring box cake.|
|15||2||"Candy, Crash and Crisis"||October 26, 2009|
|Dylan's Candy Bar, a New York candy store, orders a cake adorned with its products. The sisters contemplate hiring an assistant for an overworked Buddy.|
|16||3||"Robots, Rollerskates and Relatives"||November 2, 2009|
|Customer orders include a moving robot cake, and 1970s-themed roller skate cake that the customer wants delivered on skates. Anthony gets a talkative new companion on a delivery.|
|17||4||"Painters, Pool and Pink!"||November 2, 2009|
|Buddy makes a billiard table cake for football player Justin Tuck and shows off his pool skills. The bakery gets a makeover with unexpected results. Buddy makes a cake for the painters.|
|18||5||"A Battleship, Ballet and Burning!"||November 9, 2009|
|Customer orders include a large cake for the U.S. Air Force, and a dance-themed cake. The women get into a heated argument.|
|19||6||"Children, a Cage, and a Challenge"||November 16, 2009|
|Buddy creates a cage fight-themed cake, inspiring his teenage nephew to challenge Frankie to a wrestling match. The team also creates a dragon cake that talks.|
|20||7||"Pizza, Poochies and Pop-in-Law"||November 23, 2009|
|Buddy is asked to create a cake for a local animal shelter. Later, he challenges his father-in-law a pizza-making contest.|
|21||8||"Golf Greens and Gravity"||November 23, 2009|
|Customers ordering cakes include a planetarium and a golf tournament cake, which spurs the staff to go golfing for inspiration.|
|22||9||"Freaks, Fast Food and Frightened Frankie"||November 30, 2009|
|After making a buffet-style cake for Major League Eating, the bakery heavyweights are challenged to an eating contest. While making a cake for the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, one of Frankie's biggest fears is exposed.|
|23||10||"Colorful Characters and Christmas Costumes"||December 7, 2009|
|The staff create a holiday-themed cake for a drag queen. Cousin Anthony and Stretch beg Buddy to let them deliver a cake to a party full of women, but Buddy has a trick up his sleeve when responding to their request.|
|24||11||"Motorcycles, Manhattanites and Misbehaving"||December 14, 2009|
|Buddy is asked to make a cake for the Long Island Hells Angels, and a tea party-themed cake for Upper East Side socialites.|
|25||12||"Blushing Brides and Busy Bakers"||January 4, 2010|
|The bakery breaks a record by making 50 wedding cakes in seven days. Buddy is resolved to impress his cousin and sister-in-law with the grandest wedding cake ever.|
|26||13||"Apples, Arguments and Animal Prints"||January 11, 2010|
|Buddy is inspired to create a new recipe after being asked to make an apple tree cake for an orchard. Mary threatens to buy her 40th birthday cake from a rival baker if Buddy doesn't give her the attention she needs.|
|27||14||"Sizing, Sleeping Stretch and Sesame Street"||January 18, 2010|
|The shop receives an order for a cake for the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, which results in unforeseen problems, and a surprise by Buddy for his favorite character from that show.|
|28||15||"Chimps, Cinema and Crumb Cake"||January 25, 2010|
|Buddy makes a cake for the Bronx Zoo, which wants a cake for its 110th birthday. He also makes a cake for Clearview Cinemas, which is opening a new theatre in Hoboken; however, they are having difficulty deciding on a cake for its grand opening. Also: a woman drives all the way from Boston to pick up a crumb cake, only for Mary to accidentally sell it to someone else.|
|29||16||"Cars, Collapse and Couture"||January 31, 2010|
In this one hour special, Buddy and his crew travel to a trade show in Charlotte, North Carolina to make a life-sized NASCAR race car made out of cake for NASCAR car owner and famed football coach Joe Gibbs; the cake is bound to take the record for the largest cake in the world – or collapse completely. Meanwhile, back in Hoboken, Mauro assumes the leadership of the bakery, and supervises construction of a cake for a fashion party; however, the ladies, especially Grace, have better ideas on how to make that cake.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|30||17||"Aquarium Adventures and An Announcement"||February 1, 2010|
|Buddy adds live fish to an underwater-themed cake ordered by an aquarium to celebrate its birthday. Lisa and Remy make a special announcement to Buddy, who can't wait to tell the rest of the family.|
|31||18||"Castles, Cannolis and Cartoon Characters"||February 8, 2010|
|Buddy and Mauro bring their families to Walt Disney World, where they make Carlo's famous cannoli for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. The men make a Disney Princess cake for the birthday of Buddy's daughter, Sofia.|
Season 3 (2010)
|Title||Original air date|
|32||1||"Governor, Giant Lisa and Good-bye Mama"||May 31, 2010|
Buddy makes a life-size replica of his wife for her 30th birthday, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asks for a cake, arranged by New Jersey Devils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek. Buddy's mother retires. Buddy announces an Employee of the Month contest – which he wins. (In addition to its regular version, this episode was also broadcast as a special Icing on the Cake episode, featuring special facts about the family, shop and baked goods, done in the same style as Pop-Up Video and Pawn Stars.)Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|33||2||"Peppermint and a Polar Bear Plunge"||June 7, 2010|
|Buddy and the crew make a peppermint cake for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club and decide to go for a swim themselves(against his mother's wishes). Also, Buddy makes an ice-cream clown cake for his son's birthday.|
|34||3||"Roses, Romance and a Romeo"||June 7, 2010|
|It's Valentine's Day and Buddy is given a huge responsibility, 14 cake flavors for a wedding cake for 14 brides being married at the top of the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, Anthony encounters an old acquaintance; in addition, makes a bold decision that shocks Buddy and the guys, while making another among their group seeing another kind of red. (Also presented as an Icing on the Cake special.)|
|35||4||"Tournament of Knights and a Tasty Tiramisu"||June 14, 2010|
|Buddy's Italian speaking skills are put to the test as he has to make an authentic tiramisu for a client who has family visiting from Italy. In addition, a knight from Medieval Times comes to the bakery to ask for a cake for his king and queen, and challenges Buddy to a joust. (Also presented as an Icing on the Cake special.)|
|36||5||"Hieroglyphics, Hearse and Happy Parents"||June 14, 2010|
|A funeral hearse is made for a surprise cake. A mother and daughter cannot agree on a theme for a Sweet 16 cake, with one desiring an Egyptian theme, and the other a more girlish fashion-oriented theme. An animal-themed cake is made for an Indian baby shower.|
|37||6||"Chopped Head and a Crazy Cravings Cake"||June 21, 2010|
|Buddy has to make a cake for a Marie Antoinette party, a "cravings" cake for his sister, Lisa Gonzalez, for her baby shower. Mauro faces a short health care crisis. The rest of the clan is concerned while Mauro claims it to be "no big deal."|
|38||7||"Magazines, a Mega Screen and Maurizio"||June 21, 2010|
|Buddy faces challenges while making cakes for Nasdaq and O Magazine. Also, cousin Anthony wants to spend more time at the bakery and less time delivering cakes.|
|39||8||"A Princess, a Pirate and a Perplexing Arch"||June 28, 2010|
|Buddy is feeling the pressure when Mary, his toughest critic, ask him to make a pirate-theme cake for her twins' birthday party. Also, an over-the-top cake is made for a casino opening.|
|40||9||"6-Foot Sub Sandwich, Zeppoles and a Sick Mauro"||July 12, 2010|
|It's Easter time and the shop is busy as ever. Buddy makes a sandwich cake for the 100th anniversary of Fiore's, a sandwich shop next to the original Carlo's Bakery. Joey, Sal, and Cousin Anthony make items for the bakery in honor of St. Joseph's Day, and Buddy and Maddelena stage an intervention for Mauro, convincing him to make lifestyle changes to become more healthy.|
|41||10||"Color, Camouflage and Cupcake Day"||July 19, 2010|
|Buddy and the team are asked to make a paintball cake, then partake in a paintball challenge between the men of Carlo's bakery and two paintball pros. Buddy surprises everyone by hosting their first annual cupcake day, instead of the annual Throwback Cannoli Day, at Carlo's Bakery.|
|42||11||"Key to the City and a Key-tar Cake"||July 26, 2010|
|Buddy and the team are asked by an 80's tribute band to make a retro cake. Also, Little Ferry, New Jersey, Buddy's birthplace, presents Buddy with the key to the city.|
|43||12||"Barbers and Bulls"||August 2, 2010|
|Buddy wants to make a cake for the barbershop where he has been getting his hair cut since he was a kid in honor of their anniversary. Also, Buddy and the team are asked to create a mechanical bull cake, complete with movement.|
|44||13||"Mother's Day, Mama and Mom-to-be"||August 9, 2010|
|Buddy makes a Mother's Day celebration cake for the Adoptive Parents Committee, which is a nonprofit support group for adoptive parents. Buddy surprises his wife on Mothers day by having his children decorating a cake for her. The family celebrates as Lisa, Buddy's sister, gives birth to her child, a daughter named Isabella.|
|45||14||"Helmet Cake, Healthy Mauro and Huge Train Cake"||August 16, 2010|
|Buddy and the gang make a cake for "National Train Day". They face challenges with having to make the train bigger than they thought. Mauro becomes healthier as his family helps him choose better food and exercise. For the retirement of a fellow fireman and family friend, Buddy decides to make a helmet cake.|
|46||15||"Strawberries, Sinatra and Sick Ovens"||August 23, 2010|
|Buddy and the team are asked to make a cake for Häagen-Dazs' 50th anniversary, as well as a Frank Sinatra cake for the Broadway show Come Fly Away. However, filling orders becomes difficult when the ovens start to act up again. So Buddy decides that switching the oven room and decorating room will make things easier. This is Remy Gonzales' last episode.|
|47||16||"Familia, Fishing and Family History"||October 11, 2010|
The Valastros embark on a family tour of Italy. Their first stops are Altamura and Lipari, the birthplaces of Mama, and Buddy Sr. While there, Buddy is asked to make a wedding cake and confections for his cousin's baby shower.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|48||17||"Frescos, Fountains and Family Wishes"||October 18, 2010|
|The Valastro's continue their trip around Italy; Buddy and the boys get a culture lesson when asked to make a cake inspired by a fresco painting.|
|49||18||"Cassata, Cheesecakes and Crates of Wine"||October 18, 2010|
|Sicily is the last stop of the Italy vacation; after visiting a local winery, Buddy decides to make a wine bottle cake. Buddy gets a surprise from his wife Lisa – she is pregnant with their fourth child.|
|50||19||"Sandals, Sandwiches and Shelves"||October 25, 2010|
|A client travels from Myrtle Beach to order a huge Flip-Flop cake, which became even more of a challenge when one of the ovens break. A local school asks Buddy to make a peanut butter and jelly cake for their graduating third grade class.|
|51||20||"Pipes, a Phoenix and a Problematic Kitchen"||November 1, 2010|
|Buddy and Co. create a Phoenix cake for McSwiggan's Pub, a neighborhood Irish bar reopening after it was gutted by a fire; Joey tests out the new ovens with his famous Irish Soda Bread.|
|52||21||"Snookie, Super Anthony and a Ship"||November 8, 2010|
|A trip to the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City for a nautical inspired cake; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from MTV's Jersey Shore orders a cake for her mom.|
|53||22||"Sweet Sixteen, Stars and a Saber Sword"||November 15, 2010|
|Mauro's daughter orders a sweet sixteen cake; the bakery makes a cake for the centennial of the Cadet Chapel at West Point.|
|54||23||"Crazy Chocolate Cake and Carlo's Centennial Celebration"||November 22, 2010|
|Buddy makes an elaborate chocolate cake for a couple's anniversary, which includes ingredients consisting of Hershey's products. Carlo's Bakery celebrates their 100th anniversary since its opening in 1910 with a street party, complete with a huge "timeline" cake outlining its history. Buddy shows his bakers a huge warehouse he has leased, which will play a role in the bakery's future. This was Sal's last episode.|
|55||24||"Santa, Sunrise and Snowmen Cupcakes"||November 29, 2010|
|The bakery prepares for Christmas Eve, the busiest time of the year for the bakery.|
Season 4 (2011–12)
|Title||Original air date|
|56||1||"Circus, Celebrity Chef and Surprise!"||January 31, 2011|
Buddy makes a special cake for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; Rachael Ray pays a visit to the bakery for her show, in which Grace was an irrepressible fan; Buddy and staff make a special cake for Lisa to celebrate her fourth pregnancy, but the staff doesn't know who the cake is for. (This episode is dedicated to longtime Carlo's Bakery employee Sal Picinich, who died the day before broadcast.)Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|57||2||"Shark Cake, Scooter and Smelly Fish"||February 7, 2011|
|Buddy makes a great white shark cake for a fisherman; he also makes a Vespa birthday cake for Madeline and Mauro, whose birthdays are close to each other.|
|58||3||"Hot Air Balloon Cake and Happy Little Bakers"||February 7, 2011|
|Buddy makes a special cake for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; he also plays host to four girls who rely on Make-A-Wish to make their common dream come true – they all want to be bakers. But it's Buddy's brother in law Joey who has a special connection – his daughter was also a Make-A-Wish kid.|
|59||4||"Toilets and Textiles"||February 14, 2011|
|A plumbing supply company asks Buddy to make a toilet bowl cake with one special condition – the cake must actually flush. A nightclub owner who's a fan of denim requests a baby shower cake – that looks like denim. Meanwhile, someone in the bakery has accidentally made a tiered cake with uneven tiers; with the cake on a deadline, Buddy demands who's at fault.|
|60||5||"Ships, Sonograms and Sister Drama"||February 21, 2011|
|Carlo's Bakery has their own float at the Morris County Columbus Day parade – as part of their float, Buddy makes a special cake featuring Christopher Columbus. Also, Carlo's Bakery sells pies on the internet on a trial basis, leaving it to the ladies to handle the sales. Mauro, an Italian immigrant, announced that he will be taking the citizenship test to become an American citizen.|
|61||6||"Snow Globe, Story Book Cake and a Scare"||February 28, 2011|
|Buddy makes a snow globe cake for a man who wanted to use the cake as a centerpiece for a marriage proposal at Central Park. Buddy also makes a cake for her daughter's class, based on a story that she has written. But later, Buddy had to rush home as his wife Lisa is starting to have contractions.|
|62||7||"Cake Boss: Baby Special"||March 6, 2011|
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Carlo's Bakery, but as Lisa's due date nears, can the bakery cope without Buddy? Buddy makes a special cake for the baby shower – a replica of the baby's nursery, but there's a dispute between him and Lisa on whether or not to include animals on the mural in the actual nursery. Buddy also decides who the baby's godparents are, but there's one problem – they're all "overqualified". The guys at the bakery also make a special cake for Buddy, as a salute to a fourth round of fatherhood after the child's birth. Among all the celebrations, Buddy takes a moment to reflect on the life of his most-valuable employee, Sal, who died two weeks earlier. Lisa goes into labor on Valentine's Day, and gives birth to a boy, that she and Buddy name Carlo Salvatore, in honor of the bakery and Sal.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|63||8||"Pucks, Pastries and Pushy Grace"||March 7, 2011|
|With Buddy's fourth child Carlo born, Buddy decides to leave simple baked goods such as cookies to the staff while he concentrates on the complex cakes, so he can spend more time with his kids; however, Grace oversteps her boundaries, as she attempts to make herself the "Cake Boss" in Buddy's absence. Also, Buddy makes a table hockey game cake for a B'nai Mitzvah.|
|64||9||"Staten Island Chuck, Strange Oddities and Sal"||March 14, 2011|
|Buddy and his crew make a massive cake in celebration of Groundhog Day for Staten Island Chuck. They also make an upside-down cake – which was a multi-tiered cake literally assembled upside down – for a little girl's Ripley's Believe It or Not! birthday party. Also, Mama greets baby Carlo for the very first time (as she was on a cruise while Carlo was born), and the family pay their respects for Sal, who died on January 30, 2011.|
|65||10||"Punches, Psychics & Piping"||March 21, 2011|
|Buddy makes a cake for WWE star Santino Marella, for a promotion for the upcoming WrestleMania XXVII; he also makes a cake for a psychic. Grace also becomes a control freak when the bakers were unable to make pastries just right.|
|66||11||"Designer, Deadlines & Diagnosis"||March 28, 2011|
|Buddy makes several cakes for fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, for a special presentation during fashion week; however, the designer is finicky on the details. The construction of the new bakery factory hits a setback, when Buddy and his contractor finds a cost overrun; furthermore, Grace is incensed when the model cakes being made for the new sales website are not being made correctly. On top of all this, Buddy learns that he has contracted a hernia, requiring surgery to fix.|
|67||12||"Tulips, Taxes and Take It Easy"||April 4, 2011|
|Buddy's doctor advises him to take it easy and not lift anything heavy in advance of his hernia surgery; however, Buddy does not know the meaning of "take it easy". The crew makes a cake for the Philadelphia Flower Show, but in order to get the flowers just right, Buddy turns to outside help to assist. The guys also make a special cake for Buddy's accountant friend, to celebrate the coming end of tax season; however, on account of his hernia, the cake may be more taxing on Buddy.|
|68||13||"Second Anniversary, Surgery and St. Paddy"||April 11, 2011|
|Buddy undergoes surgery for his hernia; in his absence, he had Mauro take over making the cakes. Mauro's first assignment – making a second anniversary cake for a gay couple, who previously had their wedding cake made by Buddy (in the first season episode "Weddings, Water and Wacked!"). Also, Buddy was made Grand Marshal of Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day parade; however, Joey was jealous, as Buddy is not Irish.|
|69||14||"Space Shuttle, Stepping Up & Surprise!"||May 30, 2011|
Buddy takes his mother on her first visit to the new factory to show her around, where he discusses the fact that the new factory represents his personal dream, just as the original bakery was his father's dream – this inspired Buddy to make a special birthday cake for her, in the same style and fashion as how his father had done in the past, which literally says what he and the employees say about her. Later, Buddy makes a special cake for the Kennedy Space Center in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle program; however, in its request, they would like to see the cake "lift off" – literally. Then, Buddy also requests each of its bakers to make a cake that would be included in the bakery's new online catalog – the only trouble is deciding which one would make the cut. Also, Sunshine, the bakery's best cake artist, announced that she will soon resign from the bakery to pursue a nursing career. All this work at the bakery, and the stresses of fatherhood after the birth of Carlo, has started to become a little too much for Buddy.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|70||15||"Houses, Help and Hitting the Road!"||June 6, 2011|
|Century 21 Real Estate hires Buddy to make a cake for its 40th anniversary convention of its real estate agents from across the globe. However, the cake must feed 4000 people. Also, the convention is in Las Vegas. Buddy still has not been completely cleared by his doctor to do heavy lifting following his hernia operation, so he flies to Vegas and has Danny and Mauro do the heavy lifting and driving.|
|71||16||"Headphones, Helicopters & Handcuffed"||June 13, 2011|
|As the bakery gets closer to opening its new factory, Buddy and Joey had been training cousin Anthony to be an apprentice baker, and even though Anthony is family, he makes a lot of mistakes and he fears that Anthony, who's about to turn 21, won't make the cut as a new baker. For Anthony's birthday, Buddy makes a cake of a DJ's "coffin" – a box that holds all the DJ's equipment, but Buddy has a couple of extra surprises for him. Also: a medevac service hires Buddy to make a cake of its helicopter for its fifth anniversary, which they want delivered by helicopter; however, Buddy goes the extra mile and attempts to make the helicopter on the cake fly as well.|
|72||17||"A Big Bumblebee & A Bossy Grace"||June 20, 2011|
|Chevrolet hires Carlo's Bakery to make a cake featuring a Camaro and Bumblebee of the Transformers for their display at the New York International Auto Show. However, because of the intricate details involved in making it, the cake is being made at a special effects shop. Because of that, Buddy hires his sister, Grace, to run the bakery while he's gone, which ends up leading to problems at the bakery.|
|73||18||"Competition, Complications, & Communion"||June 27, 2011|
|Parkway Lanes hires Buddy to make a cake commemorating the 40th anniversary of their bowling alley. The owners allow Buddy to get his old bowling team back together and bowl; however, Mary decides to get in on the action and creates her own team in a men vs. women match – the loser gets to cut the cake. Also: Buddy's daughter, Sofia is having her first holy communion and Buddy makes a cake for her. Meanwhile, trouble arises at the new factory over wiring, delaying construction.|
|74||19||"Moving Cake, Marbles & Mess-Ups"||July 11, 2011|
|A veteran go-kart driver wanted a cake made for the championships, so Buddy makes a cake in a shape of a go-kart, actual size, but Buddy wanted to go the extra mile by making it drivable. Also: Buddy makes a cake for a friend of Joey's father, a former marbles champion, who's becoming 101 years old.|
|75||20||"Bugs, Break-Ups & Burned Out"||July 11, 2011|
|An entomologist wants Buddy to make a cake for his bug club; also, he wants a cake made of bugs – for his bug club members to eat. Also: Buddy makes a cake for a woman who's celebrating the breakup with her boyfriend. Then, Joey, who is stressed out after holding two jobs at once, is faced with a decision on deciding what job is more important – his firefighter job or his job as head baker.|
|76||21||"Cheeseburgers, Cures and a Challenge"||July 18, 2011|
|Buddy makes a cake for a hamburger enthusiast; this encourages the guys at the bakery to see who can eat the most burgers. Also: the bakery makes a cake for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, a fundraiser that practically touches Buddy, Joey and Mauro personally: Buddy for his father, Joey for Sal, and Mauro for his mother.|
|77||22||"Campfire, Computers and a Concern"||July 25, 2011|
|Maddalena takes an order for a camping cake, but when the customer requests that the campfire in the cake be an actual campfire, Buddy is concerned that the fire would melt the cake. Also, Buddy makes a telephone cake for an Avaya convention – that really takes phone calls. Then, Buddy and Joey go to the factory to take a look at the new ovens, but they are concerned that they won't work.|
|78||23||"Prize Cow, Pop Tarts and Patience"||August 1, 2011|
|The bakers make a cake for a dairy farmer's prize cow; not only do they make it life-size, Buddy also has it set up so it can be milked. Also, Buddy makes a cake for a boy whose family recently moved to Hoboken, with the cake being mostly made of Pop Tarts. Later, Joey, still having trouble on deciding between his firefighter or baker careers, asks Grace for advice.|
|79||24||"Chandelier Cake & a Christening"||September 26, 2011|
|Buddy works on one of his most challenging cakes to date: an edible chandelier cake that will be hung upside down. Also, Buddy's youngest son Carlo is baptized, and he decides to make a cake for the occasion|
|80||25||"Paleontology & Popping the Question"||September 26, 2011|
|Buddy and his children plan a surprise for his wife, Lisa for their 10 year wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, a dinosaur-theme wedding cake is made for a couple who are getting married in a museum.|
|81||26||"State Fair, Syracuse Bound & Special Anniversary"||October 3, 2011|
|Buddy makes a silver anniversary cake for the Meadowlands State Fair. Also, he makes a cake for Joey's son Robert, who is on his way to attend college at Syracuse University. Mauro's fear of heights is revealed when the crew visits the fair.|
|82||27||"Transport Troubles & Two Brides"||October 3, 2011|
|A huge Chicago-theme cake is constructed to celebrate the opening of a Rolls-Royce dealership in the Windy City. Also: Buddy works on a cake for a very special couple from Long Island.|
|83||28||"A Funny Regis & Fifty Weddings"||October 10, 2011|
|Regis Philbin stops by the bakery for a lesson on cake decorating, for a segment for his morning show, Live with Regis and Kelly. Reege then invited Buddy to appear on his show, but little does he, or co-host Kelly Ripa know, that Buddy has a special cake being made just for them. Also: a Korean bride requests a cake for her 50th wedding, as her unorthodox mission to get married in each of the fifty states comes to an end. Then, Joey's visited by his old fire chief, which leads to Joey's decision to choose whether to stay at the bakery or stay in firefighting become more difficult.|
|84||29||"Bees, Beware & Business"||October 10, 2011|
|Buddy makes a giant beehive cake made with real honey, in celebration of the first anniversary of the legalization of beekeeping in New York City. Also: a client seeks Buddy's help in pranking her husband on their wedding anniversary.|
|85||30||"Chocolate Race Cars & Choosing a Dress"||October 17, 2011|
|Race-car driver Danica Patrick stops by the bakery to order a cake for a COPD awareness campaign, based on a sculpture built by her husband. Meanwhile, Lisa and her sisters head to Kleinfeld Bridal in hopes that Lisa would Say Yes to the Dress for her vow-renewal ceremony; Randy Fenoli, Kleinfeld's fashion director, assists in Lisa's selection.|
|86||31||"Spirits & Spumoni"||October 24, 2011|
|Buddy makes a cake of the Jersey Devil for a group of professional ghost hunters, who hope to turn Buddy from a skeptic into a believer after he joins them on a ghost hunting expedition and comes into contact with Buddy's father. Later, Joey resurrects an old recipe for spumoni ice-cream cake. Meanwhile, Joey, still torn between two careers, makes a decision that would please Buddy, his firehouse, and himself.|
|87||32||"Coffins, Costumes and a Cake on a Gurney"||October 31, 2011|
|Buddy makes what could be one of the most unusual cakes ever – a man in a coffin for a group of "vampires", and they prefer Danny to be model for the dead man. Meanwhile, a medical student requests a cake for a marriage proposal to a fellow student, which he plans to make in the ER ward at a local hospital.|
|88||33||"Soap, Sonograms and Surprises"||November 7, 2011|
|Buddy makes a washing machine cake in celebration of Tide detergent's 65th anniversary, but the general manager of Tide would like to see it spin. Also: an expecting couple would like a cake for their gender reveal party, with the filling determining the baby's gender – except that even the couple wants to be surprised. Later, the familglia keeps pestering Lisa for details on her marriage renewal plans with Buddy: the whole family is going on a cruise, and Buddy and Lisa will renew their vows on a beach in the Bahamas.|
|89||34||"Props, Pies and Party Time"||November 14, 2011|
|Buddy makes a cake for his brother-in-law's tiki-themed 21st birthday party, which is made to look like a bar that actually serves alcohol; however, the brother-in-law wanted the alcohol to be used as a fuel for fire, not as a beverage. Also: film producers Justin Zackham and Tom Shadyac order three wedding cakes – two real and one fake – for a film that they're shooting in Connecticut; Buddy makes one, and leaves it to the assistants to make the other two, which must look exactly right. Then, Buddy and his two oldest sons get fitted for tuxes for the marriage renewal ceremony.|
|90||35||"Church Cake, Carats and Castano's Pool Party"||November 21, 2011|
|Buddy makes a church cake for Joey and Grace's 20th anniversary, a replica of the cake that they have when they got married. Later, Mauro makes a cake for a poolside party for his son's 12th birthday. Also: Buddy and Lisa shop for rings for their vow renewal ceremony.|
|91||36||"Bling, Barbecue & Blueprints"||November 28, 2011|
|Buddy makes a cake for a New York socialite which is decorated with $30 million worth of jewels. Buddy treats the staff at Lackawanna to a barbecue to thank them for all of their hard work. Meanwhile, plans are being made to completely renovate the original Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken.|
|92||37||"Cake Block, Cruise and a Carlo's Ceremony"||January 23, 2012|
Buddy makes a cake to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Disney Cruise Line's ship, the Disney Dream; the ship also serves as a venue for Buddy and Lisa's cruise to the Bahamas, where they will renew their vows, but when rain threatens to put a damper on the beachside ceremony, Buddy comes up with a plan to save the ceremony. Naturally, Buddy makes his own cake for the ceremony; however, he ended up suffering from mental block when he could not create an appropriate design for the cake.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|93||38||"Touchdowns and Tattoos"||January 30, 2012|
|Buddy appears on Dan Patrick's radio show, to announce that he is making a Heisman Trophy cake for a special gala charity event, where Buddy meets one of his favorite football players, Vinny Testaverde. Also, Mauro gets a tattoo to show his love for his wife, Maddeline, in celebration of their 20th anniversary; Ami James and the crew from NY Ink guest star. Finally, Marissa Lopez, the winner of Season 2 of Next Great Baker (which preceded this episode), started her first day working for Buddy, helping him decorate the Heisman Trophy cake, and learning that "all work and no play" does not strictly apply at Carlo's Bakery.|
Season 5 (2012–13)
|Title||Original air date|
|94||1||"Fitting In, Fed Up & a First Birthday"||May 28, 2012|
|Buddy and his crew make a candy mountain cake for his son Carlo's first birthday, complete with a chocolate "river". Marissa, as part of her ongoing internship, makes a two-tier cake for a "mystery" client. And on a busy day when customers are waiting in line for blocks, Mary shows up 45 minutes late for work, to the ire of Grace.|
|95||2||"Trash, Twirls & Tough Love"||May 28, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake for a friend of his, a co-owner of a garbage transport service. His crew also makes a cake for an elderly female synchronized swimming team. Also: with discourse growing among the bakery staff, something has to give, and Buddy finds the source of the problem – Mary.|
|96||3||"Stained Glass and a Surprised Danny"||June 4, 2012|
|Following the events in the previous episodes, Buddy makes a difficult decision and dismisses Mary as manager, forbidding her from ever again taking the position at Carlo's Bakery. Also: Buddy makes a stained glass cake for Hoboken's Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, for the retirement of the church's music director. And the group trick Danny into making the filling for his own cake, celebrating his 50th birthday.|
|97||4||"Fast Hands & a Flaming Pearl"||June 4, 2012|
|Buddy and the group make a boxing bag cake for a boxing boot camp, challenging Anthony to a mixed martial arts match with a purple belt fighter; if he wins, he gets two days off, but if he loses, his hair gets sheared off. Also, the guys make a cake for a group's float in the Chinese New Year parade, complete with a large isomalt "pearl".|
|98||5||"Liberty, Layups & a Loaded Dinner"||June 11, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. As part of the celebration, 125 new citizens are sworn in, including Mauro, who finally realises his dream of becoming an American citizen. Also: Buddy makes a cake for St. Anthony High School basketball coach Bob Hurley, who is celebrating their 26th state championship under him. But not everyone is in a celebrating mood as Mary gives everyone a piece of her mind at dinner, after being unceremoniously fired from her managerial job by Buddy.|
|99||6||"Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!"||June 11, 2012|
Buddy makes one of their most-unusual bar mitzvah cakes ever, not only in style but also in venue – a cake with a working slot machine for a high-roller bar mitzvah at The Venetian resort in Las Vegas. Then the crew makes a king cake for a Mardi Gras party at a local restaurant. But Buddy has a little surprise for Anthony, in retaliation for constantly interrupting him while he was with a client. Carmen Carrera also guests.Note: Due to complaints from Carrera of the episode making a joke out of her transgenderism, TLC pulled this episode from circulation, the day after broadcast. The episode has since returned to air on July 23, 2012, but with the offending scene reedited.
|100||7||"Beer, Buttercups & Bumbling"||June 18, 2012|
|Buddy and his crew makes a cake for a microbrewery; not only must it actually dispense beer, it must also taste like beer. Then, they make a special Hawaiian-themed wedding cake for a couple getting married at the Philadelphia Flower Show. However, a cake delivery to Florida goes wrong when Buddy's cousin, Jay, strands a bakery van in Savannah, Georgia after accidentally filling the tank with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.|
|101||8||"Presidents, Peanut Butter & Popping-in"||June 25, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake for the grandson of Luigi Del Bianco, the man who designed Mount Rushmore; however, the staff felt that this was the most-difficult cake they ever made. Also, Marissa is asked to make her special peanut butter cake for Buddy's wife, Lisa. Then, at the very end, Mary – who was fired earlier from her position by Buddy – returns to work, promising to help out the crew.|
|102||9||"Working at the Car Wash"||July 2, 2012|
|Buddy arranged for Mary to return to the bakery, placing her in charge of the consultations; however, Mauro and the others thought that she's making herself too much right at home. Meanwhile, Buddy and the crew make a special cake in celebration of a car wash's 1 millionth wash, by making a cake that can actually "wash" a car. And, Mauro makes a special cake for a couple's 75th wedding anniversary.|
|103||10||"Silly Seuss & Surprise!"||July 2, 2012|
|Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, requests a Dr. Seuss-themed cake for a special function supporting children's literacy. And the employees make a special cake for a surprise 35th birthday party for Buddy.|
|104||11||"Ice-ing on the Cake"||July 9, 2012|
Buddy and the crew make a cake for the staff of Blue Sky Studios, in celebration for the completion of their latest film, Ice Age: Continental Drift. However, the successful arrival of the cake rests on Cousin Jay, who was still reeling from the fuel incident earlier in the season. Also, a lucky viewer and her family makes a cake with Buddy as part of their prize for TLC's "Watch and Win" contest.Note: Promotional consideration for this episode provided by 20th Century-Fox for Ice Age: Continental Drift, which was released in North American theaters on July 13, 2012.
|105||12||"Going Up?"||July 9, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake for the birthday of an elevator repairman's daughter, who was born on an elevator – to recreate the moment, they make a cake with a working elevator. Also, Mauro makes a cake for the North Jersey Spelling Bee; he uses this opportunity to quiz his co-workers on the spelling of some difficult words. Then, Marissa gets pranked with a pie in the face, in order for Buddy to show that life at Carlo's Bakery is not all serious.|
|106||13||"Under The Sea"||July 16, 2012|
|The crew makes a cake for an FBI agent who is retiring. But first, they make an undersea-themed cake for Joey and Grace's daughter, who's celebrating her 16th birthday; however, in order to load it into the van, they need to dodge an oncoming train.|
|107||14||"New Deli, New Design"||July 16, 2012|
|(Originally titled "That's Some Nice Meat") Buddy and the crew make a cake for a family deli, resembling a display case stocked with meats and cheeses. Also, Mary designs her first cake for the communion of Buddy's niece and nephews.|
|108||15||"Cakes on a Plane"||July 23, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake for a man who's making his 50th parachute jump; however, the group wants to eat the cake while actually doing a jump, leading to Buddy and the crew to find out how make the cake aerodynamic. Also, Buddy makes a cake for his niece, who won a writing contest for her story about Carlo's Bakery.|
|109||16||"A Bittersweet Homecoming"||July 23, 2012|
|For Easter Week, Buddy's mother returns home to New Jersey, only to find out that she has Lou Gehrig's Disease. Buddy copes the best way he knows how – by making a special cake for her, by himself with no recipe.|
|110||17||"A Golden Opportunity"||November 26, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake for a Friars' Club roast of Betty White; however, the life-sized cake, which normally takes four days to make, must be finished and delivered the next day, leaving Buddy and the crew with no time to lose and no room for error. Also, Buddy and his immediate family talk about treatment plans for his mother's disease, which includes eating fattening foods – such as cake.|
|111||18||"Ugly Feet and a Fiesta"||December 3, 2012|
|Celebrity couple Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza commission Buddy to make them a one of a kind wedding cake and get it to their ceremony in Mexico. The fully completed cake is loaded onto a truck to be driven from New Jersey to Mexico, and must pass through Customs. Also, a local spa orders a cake for a Men's Ugly Foot Contest. The cake features "before" and "after" feet.|
|112||19||"From Fury to Furry"||December 3, 2012|
|Buddy plays mediator and makes a cake for a couple who can't agree on the design of the cake. Also, Buddy makes a cake for petfinder.com to celebrate 20 million adoptions, along with an extra cake that can be eaten by animals.|
|113||20||"Operation: Tank Cake"||December 10, 2012|
|Buddy makes a cake fashioned like an army tank for a soldier being discharged after serving in Afghanistan. However, Buddy makes a special cake for the soldier's buddies back in Afghanistan, as part of a celebration being presented via satellite. Also, Buddy makes a cake for his daughter's Little League team, to celebrate the end of their season; however, he is not satisfied with even his own work.|
|114||21||"Hocus Pocus"||December 10, 2012|
|Magician Dan Sperry asks Buddy to create a cake for him, but does not give any directions on how it should look. Instead, he gives Buddy a sealed envelope containing a sketch of his prediction of how the cake will look, and asks Buddy to bake it into the cake and then reveal it on stage. Also, Buddy makes a cake for his son's preschool graduation ceremony.|
|115||22||"Buddy and the Rockettes"||December 17, 2012|
|To celebrate the Rockette's 85th Anniversary Buddy is creating a cake with the famous Radio city music hall neon sign; A teenager who dreams of becoming a pilot gets a birthday cake surprise.|
|116||23||"Cut the Ribbon and the Cake!"||December 17, 2012|
|Buddy makes a special cake for the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago; the celebration has a personal connection with Joey and Grace, as their daughter, who suffered from epilepsy, was treated by a doctor who later moved to the children's hospital in Chicago. Also: Buddy makes a wedding cake for a couple whose color scheme is gray-based, making the decorating of the cake much more challenging.|
|117||24||"Twirls, Whirls and Crashes"||January 7, 2013|
|Buddy and the crew makes their most challenging cake ever -- an ornate, giant 2000-pound carrousel cake for the Steel Pier in Atlantic City; however, all the hard work was for nothing when the cake collapsed en route to Atlantic City. Also, Carlo's Bakery undergoes a much-needed remodelling.|
|118||25||"Players, Lawyers, and Pranksters"||January 7, 2013|
|Buddy makes a cake for New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin's charity, The Jay Fund, as well as do a little football practice with the team. Also, he makes a special brief case cake for a new president of a local law association. And Marissa tries her hand at pranking the guys, but little does she know that she was supposed to always be one step ahead when she's involved in a pranking.|
|119||26||"Crane Cake and Puppy Love"||February 4, 2013|
|Buddy and crew make a crane cake for a local salvage company, as well as a very unusual wedding cake -- for dogs.|
|120||27||"Light Up the Night"||February 4, 2013|
|Buddy makes a special Bollywood-themed wedding cake that incorporates special effects. Also: Marissa tries out a new cookie recipe that she's created.|
|121||28||"A Cowboy in Hoboken"||February 11, 2013|
|Buddy makes a special cake for country star Tim McGraw, at a concert where he'll be giving a house to a military veteran in need. Also, Ashley, the winner of Season 3 of Next Great Baker, begins her first day at work, where she found herself learning a couple of things from the previous season's winner, Marissa.|
|122||29||"Superheroes and Bakers Unite!"||February 18, 2013|
|Buddy and the crew make a cake for the 50th anniversary of Marvel Comics' greatest superhero, Spider-Man, complete with special effects where the story actually unfolds in front of the guests' eyes. Also: Ashley fails to make an impression on Buddy and Joey when she shows up late for work.|
|123||30||"We Will Survive"||February 18, 2013|
|The family puts on a special gala honoring Buddy's mother for the Mother Mary Foundation, where she sings a special duet of I Will Survive -- with Gloria Gaynor. Al Roker of The Today Show and Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress also guests. Also: the crew makes a special chair cake for a furniture retailer. But roughly a week later, Hurricane Sandy affected the entire Eastern Seaboard, including Hoboken and Jersey City, where Buddy and the crew inspect the damages at the Lackawanna location; the difference of the setback, which can be as little as days and as much as several months, all depends on if the basement, which holds the bakery's transformer, was flooded.|
Season 6 (2013-14)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|124||1||"Hurricane Sandy Strikes"||May 27, 2013||1.65|
|Continuing from the previous episode, Hurricane Sandy spares Carlo's Bakery's Hoboken and Lackawanna locations from damage, but without any electricity, making cakes for customers can be a big challenge, to a point where some customers that did not cancel or postpone their events would had to make do with fake cakes. But whether or not the power would go back on at Lackawanna will depend on whether or not the bakery's transformer, which would take at least a couple of months to replace, is damaged.|
|125||2||"Welcome Back Robin!"||May 27, 2013||1.53|
|Buddy and his crew make a cake for Robin Roberts, an anchor for Good Morning America, who returned to the program following some time off for cancer treatments. Also, the gang makes a cake for an instructor in a stationary bicycling class, as a tribute to his fellow instructor and mentor. Ralph helps Marco make a greeting card for Buddy, to show that he's with him while Buddy works hard making the cakes. And Buddy takes the first look at Carlo's Bakery's newest location in Ridgewood, New Jersey.|
|126||3||"Cake Smash"||June 3, 2013||1.26|
|Buddy and the crew make a wedding dress cake for a bridal shop, where they hold a special competition -- the first person to find a gold coin hidden in the cake wins a dress; but to find the coin, the brides-to-be have to dig in -- literally. And a photographer requests "smash cakes" for a small group of one-year olds. Later: Paul Conti, a former contestant of season 3 of Next Great Baker, asks Buddy for a job, after Hurricane Sandy left him without a job or a home.|
|127||4||"Sugary Slopes"||June 3, 2013||1.26|
|The crew works on a special cake for the Windham Mountain ski resort, which resembles a ski slope with a working chair lift; later, Buddy challenges the gang on a down-slope snowboard race, where the loser gets pelted with snowballs. Paul starts work at the bakery, to the discomfort of his Next Great Baker teammate, Ashley; but Buddy reminds both that the job should not be treated as a competition. And: Lisa and a kids make a cake for Buddy's birthday.|
|128||5||"Rebuilds & Raw Fish"||June 10, 2013||1.00|
|Buddy makes a cake for a special Rebuild Hoboken initiative, as a special favor to Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer to help gather funds to assist in rebuilding and repairing damaged homes and businesses in Hoboken; but what was meant to be eaten at the function ended up being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Also: a Japanese restaurant requests a special sushi boat cake for one of their frequent customers.|
|129||6||"Seeing Double"||June 10, 2013||0.97|
|Buddy and the gang rush to prepare the new Ridgewood location of Carlo's Bakery to open on time. But Mother Nature has the last say when a blizzard was forecast, which could put a damper on the grand opening. Also: identical twin sisters request a cake for their mother's 70th birthday, but they couldn't make up their mind on what cake to make.|
|130||7||"Snowed Out"||June 17, 2013||0.91|
|A blizzard is threatening the grand opening of Carlo's Bakery in Ridgewood, leading Buddy to decide whether or not to postpone the opening. Furthermore, one of its new ovens were not working properly, adding to the extra stress. Also: a toy manufacturer requests a cake for a revival of the 1980s Power Lords line of action figures.|
|131||8||"From Russia With Cake"||June 17, 2013||1.04|
|Buddy and the crew make a cake for a restaurant's 20th anniversary, in the style of Moscow's Saint Basil's Cathedral. Also, Ashley gets angry after Paul cracks a joke in reference to her upcoming marriage, leading to Grace and Mary, both often at odds themselves, to do a little intervention.|
|132||9||"Glow in the Dark Cake"||June 24, 2013||1.17|
|Buddy and the crew make a cake for a zombie-themed fashion show, and the cake must glow under black lights. Ralph and Ashley team up to create the cake. Later, Ashley takes part as a model in the show. Also, a customer asks Buddy whether it is possible to get a cake quickly, and if not, is there someone else he can recommend? Buddy takes this as a challenge and creates a cake on the spot.|
|133||10||"Muscles and Marriage"||July 1, 2013||1.35|
|After eating nothing but tilapia and asparagus for months while training, a female bodybuilder asks Buddy to create a cake that she and her friends can enjoy, with a life size sculpture of her on the top. Also, a man and his proposal planner approach Mauro with the idea of staging a proposal at the cake decorating classroom at Lackawanna.|
|134||11||"Easter Basket Case"||July 8, 2013||1.06|
|Buddy is having a hard time keeping sufficient inventory between the two bakeries for the Easter rush, and knows that changes are needed. Also, a representative from Autism Speaks asks Buddy to create an Easter Basket themed cake for their Easter Egg Hunt. And the grandkids make a scrapbook for Momma, after she receives discouraging news about her ALS progress.|
|135||12||"Fire and Ice"||July 15, 2013||1.09|
|The crew makes a cake for New York City firefighters and paramedics who saved the life of construction worker Joe Barrone, who sank chest deep in mud at a subway construction site in March 2013. Also, a night club request two cakes, one representing "fire" and the other representing "ice", as part of the club's "Fire and Ice" theme; this motivated Buddy to make a bet with Ashley to see who makes the best cake; the loser, as determined by polling the employees, delivers the cakes.|
|136||13||"Hair Raising"||July 22, 2013||1.24|
|A member of a mustache club asks Buddy to create a cake with a mustache that is able to grow. Also, Buddy creates a cake for his son's first Communion celebration.|
|137||14||"Buttercream Submarine"||July 29, 2013||1.25|
|Buddy is asked to create a submarine-themed cake for the Navy's 113th Annual Submarine Birthday Ball. Paul helped out because he formerly served on a submarine. This was Paul's last cake for Carlo's, since he has found another job. Also, Mauro is asked to create a cake for a Bat Mitzvah, but is unsure how to proceed because of the large number of requirements.|
|138||15||"Camp Carlo's"||August 5, 2013||0.97|
|Buddy is asked to create a cake for a Day Camp's 20th anniversary. As a surprise, it should also open up and reveal a replica of the camp owners' wedding cake from the 1970s. Also, a women's dodgeball team has received a small trophy and they want a big trophy-themed cake for their celebration. Buddy makes a bet that he and his team of bakers can beat them in dodgeball.|
|139||16||"Momma's Birthday Surprise"||August 12, 2013||1.11|
Buddy wants to make a special cake for Momma's 65th birthday. He plans to make a cream puff cake, which is her favorite, but with multiple tiers, which he has never done before. Also, Buddy and the crew make a cake for Rebuilding New Jersey, and take part in a Habitat for Humanity project in Atlantic City. And, Buddy's uncle hears of a new experimental treatment for Momma's ALS. It requires a bone marrow donor. All of his mothers siblings agree to be tested to see if they are a match.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|140||17||"Gator Bite"||December 30, 2013||N/A|
|The Adventure Aquarium in Camden NJ asks Buddy to create a cake featuring a replica of their 14-foot alligator. Also, a former Mrs. New Jersey orders a cake for this year's pageant. She gives rather vague requirements but emphasizes that the cake must be perfect. And, Momma receives her treatment in Israel and returns home.|
|141||18||"On the Road Again"||December 30, 2013||N/A|
|Buddy and the crew are asked to design a cake for Willie Nelson's 80th birthday party. Buddy would like to attend, but is scheduled to attend a dinner at the same time, where his wife is to be honored. Also, Buddy creates a cake for his daughter's 10th birthday party.|
|142||19||"Aviva Cake Boss!"||January 6, 2014||1.25|
|A mariachi band asks Buddy to create a cake for a Cinco de Mayo party. They give Buddy a detailed design but he thinks of a way to improve upon it. Also, a hair salon across the street from Carlo's in Ridgewood asks Buddy to design a cake for their grand opening. Buddy's sisters and wife receive new hairstyles for the party.|
|143||20||"Pimp my Cake"||January 6, 2014||1.10|
|A group asks Buddy to create a cake for a Roman toga party. Also, a lowrider club asks Buddy to create a cake that bounces and moves like one of their cars. Ralph is concerned that the cake will fall apart. And, Buddy has been having lower back pains and begins taking yoga classes.|
|144||21||"Next Great Bride"||January 13, 2014||0.81|
|Ashley is preparing for her wedding day, and she has designed her own cakes. The wedding cake features taxidermy mice on the top, and the groom's cake features a dog and chicken playing ping-pong. Anthony bets Buddy that he can beat him in a game of ping-pong.|
|145||22||"Carlo's Cowboys"||January 13, 2014||0.92|
|A rodeo association asks Buddy to create a cake that captures the spirit of the cowboy. Several family members get a chance to participate in rodeo activities. Also, a couple asks for a cake that will be used in their wedding, which is to be a surprise to their families.|
|146||23||"Sicilian Samurai"||January 20, 2014||0.97|
|Buddy and the crew create a cake in the shape of a Samurai warrior in honor of the New York Budokai's 50th Anniversary. Also, Buddy is asked to create a patriotic-themed cake for the inaugural ceremony of the new Mayor of Jersey City. The cake is fitted with an air cannon that will shoot confetti. Buddy is concerned that the force will cause the cake to explode.|
|147||24||"Down the Drain"||January 27, 2014||0.93|
|A woman says that her boyfriend will eat anything, and wants to surprise him with a garbage disposal cake that will dispense ground-up food. Also, a couple who own a tow truck company are getting married. Their groom's cake will be a tow truck, and it will winch the wedding cake up onto itself.|
|148||25||"Icing the Cake"||February 3, 2014||N/A|
|Buddy is asked to make a goalie-shaped cake for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, as well as an extra cake to play a prank on sportscaster Darren Dreger. Also, Buddy is asked to reproduce a couple's original wedding cake for their 50th Anniversary. The cake features hung sugar which is very delicate and therefore must be applied on-site by Mauro. And, Momma's condition seems to be improving, but it is still early in the process.|
|149||26||"Biceps and Birthdays"||February 10, 2014||0.72|
|Buddy creates a cake for an arm wrestling tournament. Several construction and delivery issues have to be overcome. Also, Mauro wants to do something special to surprise his wife on her birthday. He creates a cake and their children prepare dinner.|
|150||27||"Fiery Competition"||February 17, 2014||0.83|
|Buddy and the crew create a cake to celebrate Joe's promotion to Lieutenant in the Harrison NJ Fire Department. The cake will be set on fire and must put itself out. Also, Buddy is asked to create a cake for a Bocce tournament. He puts together a team of bakers to play a game at the tournament.|
|151||28||"Up, Up & Away"||February 24, 2014||N/A|
Buddy is asked to create a cake for a Hot Air Balloon festival. The cake should be delivered in a balloon. Also, a French restaurant wants Buddy to create a tall Napoleon cake. And, Momma goes to Israel for another round of treatment. The results will not be known for a month. Additionally, Ashley leaves to start her own bakery, Anthony gets frustrated with Buddy and suddenly resigns, and Buddy throws a thank you party for the staff at his house.Note: This is a one-hour episode.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|S-01||"The Best of Cake Boss"||February 22, 2010|
|In this special clip show episode, Buddy counts down his five favorite cakes from seasons one and two, as well as favorite family moments.|
|S-02||"Cake Boss: Ultimate Cake Boss"||May 31, 2010|
|In this special episode of Ultimate Cake Off, Buddy decides which of his brothers-in-law makes the best cake for the 100th anniversary of Carlo's Bakery. This is the first time that Cake Boss has done a crossover with Ultimate Cake Off.|
|S-03||"Cake Boss: Dear Buddy..."||October 10, 2011|
|Buddy and La Famiglia answers questions sent by viewers about the bakery and the people who run it. Also, Buddy gives viewers a tour of the new bakery at Lackawanna Center. Then, Buddy and the crew pick the best cake made by a Cake Boss viewer for an opportunity to make a cake with Buddy at the bakery.|
|S-04||"Cake Boss: Family Feast"||November 24, 2011|
|Buddy and La Famiglia talk about their plans for Thanksgiving at home and at the bakery.|
|S-05||"Cake Boss: Family Secrets"||November 28, 2011|
|The secrets of Carlo's Bakery, as told by Buddy and La Famiglia.|
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