A Cake Boss creation for under $30? Baker behind TLC show"s bold couture confections launches mainstream range


A Cake Boss creation for under $30 Baker behind TLC show's bold couture confections launches mainstream range

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16:16 GMT, 11 June 2012

The incredible creations on Cake Boss are more works of art than your average birthday treat.

Now fans can have a taste of the gateaux themselves with the launch of a new cake line inspired by the hit TLC show.

Buddy Valastro has come up with two typically bold designs, that, unlike his couture confections, will be available to buy in bakeries across the U.S.

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A taste of Cake Boss: Baker Buddy Valastro has come up with two designs that will be available to buy in bakeries across the U.S.

The
line, based on recipes and designs of cakes he's made before, rolls out
this summer, starting with the 'Badda Bloom' – a two-layer cake, one
chocolate and one vanilla, with a layer of fudge and covered in bright
green buttercream frosting with pink and purple flowers.

The same
two-layer cake will also be available in a more gender-neutral 'My Party
Cake' design of blue, purple and green balloons and confetti over a
layer of bright yellow frosting. Both will retail for $27.99.

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Quality control: Mr Valastro's cake line is made with the same ingredients that are used in his NJ bakery

Mr Valastro, a fourth-generation baker, plans to add cupcakes and fondant cakes
later this year.

'What
makes me unique is my designs,' he told The Associated Press.

'We
came up with the designs, using my exact ingredients and baking
instructions, down to how many revolutions for mixing the batter…
I'm proud of this.'

Quality is key for Mr Valastro, who is to unveil the new cakes at
the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association show, which runs until Tuesday in New
Orleans.

The ingredients for the line come from the same family-run company that supplies
his Hoboken, NJ, bakery with goods like sugar and flour.

Even so, the baker says he was a little apprehensive about mass producing his cakes, which
he describes as 'delicious, old-fashioned, old-world cakes' using
high-quality ingredients.

'I was a little like, “This is my baby. This is my name,”' he said.

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Bold design: The 'Badda Bloom' is a two-layer cake, one chocolate and one vanilla, with a layer of fudge and green buttercream frosting with flowers

But
after months of planning, going over designs and taste-testing, 'when
they brought the last final prototypes, you couldn't tell the difference
between their cakes and mine. For me, that's the biggest thing.'

'We're about quality,' he said. 'I don't want people to get a bad cake. It will reflect badly on me.'

Mr Valastro's
reality TV show follows him and his Carlo's Bakery staff as they turn
out custom wedding cakes, specialty cakes and pastries.

Attention to detail: Mr Valastro puts finishing touches to one of the more typical designs that we see him create on Cake Boss, now in its fifth season

Attention to detail: Mr Valastro puts finishing touches to one of the more typical designs that we see him create on Cake Boss, now in its fifth season

TV stars: The reality show follows Mr Valastro and his Carlo's Bakery staff as they turn out custom wedding cakes, specialty cakes and pastries

TV stars: The reality show follows Mr Valastro and his Carlo's Bakery staff as they turn out custom wedding cakes, specialty cakes and pastries

The show, in its
fifth season, is often peppered with drama from Mr Valastro's big Italian
family and customers who come to him with sometimes outrageous requests.

In one episode, he was asked to design a cake in the shape of a toilet
bowl.

'I just love what I do. I love making cakes, and I'm good at it,' he said.

'Cakes are special. Every
birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and
people remember. It's all about the memories.'

Cake Boss airs Mondays at 9pm EDT on TLC.