The staff of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, led by Buddy Valastro, shows how it prepares elaborate themed cakes for various occasions. Each episode typically features the preparation of two cakes for events including receptions, charity events and theme parties as well as weddings and birthdays. Written by scgary66
Episode 1: A Bride, A Boat and Bamboozled!
Meet award-winning pastry chef and cake decorator Buddy Valastro and his over-the-top family at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. After beginning a week completely jam-packed with cake orders, Buddy gets a call from a customer he cannot possibly turn down. Brides Magazine is offering Buddy an inside cover photo spread but he's going to have to create a cake unlike any he's ever done before. Between arguing with his family, producing the standard 300-plus cakes the bakery makes in any given week and running out of sugar, is there any way Buddy and Company are going to get this opportunity of a lifetime cake done in time? All the while Buddy's sisters are planning to throw their brother a surprise birthday party.
Video: Brides Magazine Photo Shoot | More Brides Magazine Cakes
Episode 2: A Fire, A Fashionista and Family
Buddy and his team learn that where there's smoke, there's fire when they have to build a fire engine cake complete with working lights, siren and smoke. They also have to create a 30th birthday cake for two trendy fashionistas. This week also marks the 15th anniversary of Buddy's father's death so emotions are high as he recreates his father's trademark cake for the family memorial dinner.
Video: Fireman Cake | Fashionista Cake
Photos: See the Fire Engine Cake
Episode 3: Bunny, Birthday and Burnt Food
It's one of the busiest weeks of the year at Carlo's Bakery with orders pouring in for Easter, and a last-minute Easter Bunny cake turns into more than the team bargained for. There are also three members of the family celebrating birthdays this week and Buddy's sister Grace, who's never cooked for the family before, decides she's going to make Easter dinner.
Video: Easter Week | Traditional Easter Pastries | Three Family Birthdays
Photos: See the Bunny Cake
Episode 4: Weddings, Water and Whacked!
The team at Carlo's is hoping not to get whacked when they're asked to make a huge roulette table cake for a local businessman. It's also the start of wedding season and the time-consuming wedding cake orders are piling up. A mix-up by the sisters not keeping cake orders organized throws Buddy off the handle when a customer comes in to pick up a cake that's not ready.
Video: This Cake's a Gamble
Photos: See the Roulette Cake
Episode 5: Bi-Plane, Bridezilla and Busting Buddy
It's another busy week at Carlo's Bakery but Buddy can't say no to making a charity bi-plane cake for a local hospital. An unreasonable Bridezilla makes everyone's life difficult after the bakery crew makes a cake that she's not pleased with and Stretch, the bakery's delivery driver, plots a revenge prank against Buddy with unexpected results.
Video: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Cake | Bridezilla Ruins Her Cake
Photos: See the Bi-Plane Cake
Episode 6: Undead, Unclothed and Unhappy Mama
Buddy is thrown out of his comfort zone when he's asked to make a zombie cake for a couple of undead clients. This week the team also has to make an erotic bachelorette cake for some wild women. This cake seems likes it's going to be all fun and games until Mama finds out and bans the bakery staff from making sexy cakes.
Video: Zombie Cake
Photos: See the Zombie Cake
Episode 7: Doves, Ducks and Delicacies
Buddy is excited to create an old-school wedding cake like the kind his father used to make; tall, ornate and filled with live birds?! A dad-to-be comes to the bakery to order a giant lobster tail pastry for his pregnant wife. Little Frankie goes on a mission to catch live birds for the wedding cake.
Video: Dove Wedding Cake | How to Make a Lobster Tail Pastry
Photos: See the Wedding Cake with Live Birds
Episode 8: Museum, Mistakes and Mother Mary
The Carlo's team gets to take a field trip to a local museum to find inspiration for a prehistoric mammal cake. A Sweet 16 cake proves to be more work than anyone planned on and Frankie makes and decorates a cake all by himself for a very hard to please client...his cousin Mary!
Video: Indricotherium Cake
Photos: See the Mammal Cake
Episode 8: Soldiers, Sand and Salads
Buddy and Company are like kids loose in a toy store, literally, when they are asked to make an FAO Schwarz-themed cake for a twins birthday party at the store. They also have a beach-themed cake to create for a local beach club and Buddy and his main men challenge the sisters to a weight-loss challenge.
Video: Beach Body | Weight a Minute
Photos: See the FAO Schwarz Cake
Episode 10: Chinese Culture and Cannolis
The Carlo's team has a unique and challenging cake to make this week, a traditional Chinese dragon cake for a dragon boat racing team. It's also a big week at the bakery preparing hundreds of cannoli shells for the annual $.25 Throw Back Cannoli Day and on top of all that, Buddy and Lisa are celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary.
Video: Room for Improvement | Who's to Blame
Photos: See the Dragon Cake
Episode 11: A Blindfold, A Bikini and Breathing Fire
Buddy is used to putting out fires, not starting them, but all that changes when he's asked to make a tiki cake that spits fire. Buddy also has to make a bridal shower cake for his sister-in-law and Mauro challenges him to ice a cake while blindfolded...or he'll have to walk around the bakery in a grass skirt and coconut bra!
Video: Blind Talent
Photos: See the Tiki Cake
Episode 12: Leaning, Lobsters and Lectures
Buddy has to channel his inner-Italian to create a Leaning Tower of Pisa wedding cake. Then, he gets into hot water when he must pull together a show stopping lobster bake-themed cake at the last second after a client mixes up the date!
Video: A Lobster Tale | Miracle Man
Photos: See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Cake
Episode 13: Fireworks, Falling Fondant and Fathers
A fellow family owned business asks Buddy and the Carlo's team to honor their patriarch by creating a special cake featuring their company's product...fireworks! It's also "Bring Your Dad to School Day" at Buddy's son's school and he's got a surprise for all the kids.
Video: This Cake's A Blast | Fun With Fireworks
Photos: See the Fireworks Cake