Cake Boss is an American television series that airs Monday nights on the television network TLC. The show focuses on Buddy Valastro and his big Italian family as they operate and run their family run business, Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. The show demonstrates how Buddy and his team prepare mouth-watering and elaborate cakes for various occasions. The show first premiered in 2009 and is currently airing its fifth season.
As an accomplished fourth generation baker, Buddy Valastro is one who takes constant pride and pleasure in the cakes that he bakes. He was born in Little Ferry, New Jersey and creating cakes connects Buddy with his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history.

At the age of 11, Buddy began working at Carlo's Bakery with his father. He started off at the bakery washing pots and pans, but eventually realized that he had a passion for baking, just like his father. At the age of 17, his father passed away and Buddy took over the daily operations of the bakery and continued his father's dream of making the bakery a household name. The continuous use of his father's recipes, and eventually mastering the technique of fondant icing and introducing the art of designer cakes are what helped him stand out against all the competition. Today Buddy is an accomplished master baker, cake decorator and television star.

Buddy hopes to one day pass his knowledge and passion to fifth generation members of the Valastro family and continue the Carlo's Bakery legacy.


I have been obsessed with the television series Cake Boss since it first premiered on TLC in 2009. I have watched every episode of every season, and my entire family knew just how much I adored the cakes and pastries that Buddy and his team would bake. I had begged and pleaded for my parents to purchase me a cake from Carlos Bakery for my high school graduation. They had promised that if I graduated with Honours then I could get a cake. So, graduation came along and I did it! That summer my family and I took a trip to New York City for a week and while there we stopped by Hoboken, New Jersey so we could visit Carlos Bakery. This experience was phenomenal and definitely something that I will never forget!
Me at Carlo's Bakery Summer 2011 - My mother and I had to wait in line for two hours, but it was definitely worth it!

Sometimes Buddy will receive the most outrageous requests from customers still manages to make them look amazing! Take a look at what one client asked Buddy to make out of cake!

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