Bakin’ with the Boss

| November 3, 2011

For “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, one cake stands out as his most challenging: a 2,000-pound, 12-foot-tall Transformers-inspired Chevrolet Camaro cake.

But the giant cake, complete with hydraulics, is just one example of the various elaborate pastry constructions created by the famous Hoboken, N.J., native who has gained a huge following from his hit TV show on TLC.

Soon, Valastro will hit the Bluegrass with his “Bakin’ with the Boss Tour” to share stories about his vivacious Italian family at Carlo’s Bakery and his journey to the big time, all while indulging the audience with demonstrations of techniques that helped him become one of the best-known bakers and cake decorating specialists in the country.

We caught up with Valastro to learn about his tour, which will stop by the Louisville Palace at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

BuddyIs this your first time coming to Louisville?
Yes. I look forward to getting to see some new parts of the country on this tour.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to experiencing while in the city?
I love traveling to new places, seeing the sights and trying out different foods in each city. I actually reached out to my Facebook fans for some restaurant recommendations while I’m on tour.

You’re also coming to Carmichael’s Bookstore for a signing of your upcoming book – “Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets.” For the signing, Carmichael’s has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, of which you’re an honorary board member. Why is Make-A-Wish so important to you?
Make-A-Wish is something so special – being able to work with the kids and help them make a beautiful cake is an experience that I will never forget. I get to spend an afternoon with them and show them how to roll out fondant or pipe some buttercream. I love being able to make them smile. I’m always inspired by the kids that I meet.

How important has family been to the success of your business?
My family is such an important part of my business – everyone is in charge of a different department so we can make sure all of the details are taken care of. My sisters manage the storefront, Mauro and Frankie help run the decorating room and Joey is the head baker. I think that they are a big part of why I’m able to go on tour and work on some of my other projects. I know I can trust them to take care of the bakery.

What is the most difficult cake you have ever created?
There have been several cakes that were difficult for various reasons, but two of the toughest were the space shuttle or the Transformers cake for “Cake Boss.”

BuddyHave you ever said no to any of the requests?
Sometimes we need to alter an idea so that we can successfully make it, but we never turn down a challenge!

What do you think your father would say about the success of your bakery and TV show, “Cake Boss”?
I think he would be very proud of all we have accomplished. There are so many aspects of Carlo’s that will always stay the same, but I think he would be so happy with the new changes.

Are there any endeavors you’re looking to take on in the future either with your bakery or outside of that business?
I want to make baking and cooking accessible, so that is my main focus right now. I have a new cookbook coming out Nov. 1, and we’re working on getting our new factory running. We’re doing testing to allow us to ship our products domestically, which is something I have been looking forward to. There are so many new things that I can’t wait to share with customers and fans!

Tickets for the “Bakin’ With the Boss Tour” at the Louisville Palace begin at $28.25. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call .800.745.3000. For information, visit www.louisvillepalace.com.

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

photos courtesy of Mills Entertainment

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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