Baking a ten-layer cake – Toledo City Paper

Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro’s exuberant personality – and his crazy confectionery skills – made him a popular celebrity chef on TLC’s Cake Boss reality TV series. Currently in its sixth season, the show has spawned the spin-off series Kitchen Boss. Valestro is bringing his talents on tour to the Stranahan Theater on Saturday, November 16th – The City Paper grilled him with anticipation for his baking.

Have you always wanted to work in the bakery? If not, what other professions were you interested in?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to do that. I grew up helping my dad and mom in the bakery and always wanted to learn and do more.

What is your favorite thing to do

You know, I actually like that no cake is the same. I can always do something different, but I definitely enjoy decorating wedding cakes. There is something about these classic techniques that I enjoy doing.

What can viewers look forward to in the new season of “Cake Boss”?

We have tons of crazy cakes in the new season! I’m really looking forward to the new season and my new show Bakery Boss. I’ve worked with these family-run bakeries across the country to transform their businesses. It was a great experience and I can’t wait for everyone to see it this December.

What’s the best advice for people looking to get into the bakery business?

I really want it. If you want something more than anyone else, you will make it because you work harder than anyone else out there.

You are on tour right now! What can people expect from your shows?

My show is going to be a blast! I share tips for decorating Christmas cakes and share my favorite stories from my family and the bakery. And I get the fans on stage for some hilarious competitions.

What is your favorite hobby / pastime?

I’ve always loved fishing. It’s one of my favorite things to do with my family.

What is the difference between “Cake Boss” and other reality shows?

This is a show about family and a family business; it’s not about celebrity or drama. I think a lot of fans relate to my family’s dynamics and relationships and that is what makes it special.

What is the biggest challenge in cake making?

It definitely depends on the cake. When it comes to one of those giant wacky cakes it’s always a challenge to make sure all the moving parts are working without affecting the cake itself.

Which of your cakes was the hardest to bake?

The NASCAR cake honestly cost me years. We have baked over 2,000 cakes for this.

Where do you find your inspiration for decorating such extravagant cakes?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. At a wedding cake, I listen to the wishes of the bride and groom; I look at her subject, the bride’s dress, her bouquet. When it comes to birthday cakes, I like to get an idea of ​​the person celebrating their birthday and use that as a starting point.

Buddy Valestro will come to Toledo on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Stranahan, Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

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