It is a documentary and cooking reality show transmitted on Real Time and centered on the activity of Valastro’s Italian family: confectionery and cake’s making. In particular the program follows the life of Buddy (Bartolo) Valastro, Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop’s owner, a bakery placed in the small town Hoboken, NJ. Every episode shows two thematic cakes’ making trough the work of all the family and the other collaborators.


Buddy’s dream is to make the “Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop” a brand known all over the world, like his deceased dad wanted. The bakery was born in 1910 by another Italian confectioner named Carlo and it was taken over by Buddy’s dad in 1960. It was the most popular confectionery in New York, famous in particular for its baked puff pastry rolls with cream filling and its extraordinary cakes.  When Buddy’s dad died the activity passed to his son who soon became well known for his cakes which are famous for their particular forms and resemblance to reality. Every request you have, he will be able to realize: from car shaped to Statue of Liberty shaped  ones. For the bakery’s centenary the Hoboken’s mayor named its road “Carlo’s bakery Street” and now the store is popular between stars and very rich people that request very particular cakes for important occasions: cakes that are able to move, cakes that can spit out fire, cakes that let out fireworks and so on.



Through the usage of modern materials Buddy is able to create cakes like very artworks: a sort of colored plain pastry (named “plastic chocolate”) covers cakes and allows him to make a lot of sophisticated decorations like flowers and others more complex made also with cereal pastry. All you see on his cakes is eatable!

These are some of the most particular cakes made by him:


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