Cake Boss (The Show) I Hate To Be A Downer But......

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multilayered Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:38pm
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is anyone else just not that impressed with his work?? I mean he is OK and has a huge team and thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but do you really find that his aesthetic to be that phenomenal that it merits his own show?? Now "Ultimate Wedding Cakes" has some AMAZING artists that I could only wish one day to be on par with, but as for Buddy I'm just not that impressed...sorry. JMHO......Feel free to flame me nowicon_smile.gif

Also it doesn't help that every time I hear him pronounce "fondant" it makes my skin crawl lol

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bostonterrierlady Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:39pm
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Well I disagree. I love his bakery and his cakes. I learn alot from his show. I think his talent is great.

Elcee Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:46pm
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I disagree, too. When he gets away from the drama and you see what he really does, he is an amazing decorator. My personal opinion is that he could be one of the best decorators on TV right now. Lately, they have been doing so many over the top showpiece cakes that it's hard to see his real talent. Have you seen the very first (I think) episode where he did black piping on white cakes? Those cakes were stunning.

linstead Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:56pm
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I love their cakes too - they have done some amazing cakes!

My only question is how can they use that steamer on the fondant and modelling chocolate - I thought that doing this would make the fondant or MC droop and fall off the cake......

pat-a-cakes Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:58pm
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I disagree as well, although you are certainly entitled to feel as you do. I think that Buddy and his crew are great artists. I have learned a lot and been inspired. I think he is much better than the crew on Ace of Cakes as well. The only downside to those shows is that they give potential customers the illusion that these cakes are quick and effortless. Most of us don't have the same tools and equipment as these guys let alone an entire crew to help with all the different parts. I also wish they would say on the shows how much they actually charge for these elaborate cakes so viewers can understand that this kind of work doesn't come cheap!

catlharper Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:59pm
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While I think his talent and team are amazing I can't stand his temperment. What he thinks is funny is just plain mean. More and more I mute the tv whenever they are not directly working on a cake. All that side business is usually mean spirited tricks or yelling, not interested in either. And yes, the way he says fondant cracks me up...not as much as how he says Disney, but it's still funny!

Addie2580 Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:01pm
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I agree that he is very talented, his work is nice and all. But I also have to agree with multilayered, I've seen better work than his, just take a look arround here in CC.

multilayered Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:01pm
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Originally Posted by Elcee

I disagree, too. When he gets away from the drama and you see what he really does, he is an amazing decorator. My personal opinion is that he could be one of the best decorators on TV right now. Lately, they have been doing so many over the top showpiece cakes that it's hard to see his real talent. Have you seen the very first (I think) episode where he did black piping on white cakes? Those cakes were stunning.




True...in the beginning he had done some nice work..it just seems now things they do are just so over the top and seems like half the cakes are a make more of PVC piping then cake.

Misdawn Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:03pm
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I think he does great work, and I especially like that it seems most of his cakes are, in fact, CAKE. However, I could do without all the yelling that goes on.

cupcake_cutie Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:04pm
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I like his show also. I learn a lot from him. Way more than I ever learned from Ace of Cakes. I've stopped watching Ace of Cakes. It doesn't impress me much anymore.

multilayered Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:05pm
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Originally Posted by catlharper

While I think his talent and team are amazing I can't stand his temperment. What he thinks is funny is just plain mean. More and more I mute the tv whenever they are not directly working on a cake. All that side business is usually mean spirited tricks or yelling, not interested in either. And yes, the way he says fondant cracks me up...not as much as how he says Disney, but it's still funny!






That's the other thing to..not to sound mean but I want to see cakes, I don't really care about all of his family dynamic. If I wanted to see all the back biting and drama I would watch a soap opera, not a "cake decorating" show.

PattyT Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:18pm
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Agree with catlharper & mulilayered...watched a few episodes then stopped. Too few cakes...too much drama (and staging).

Edited to add: Buddy posted on CC a while back about his experiences on Cake Challenge. He sounded like a very, very nice guy. Real and down-to-earth. I'm just not interested in that kind of cake show.

ArtieTs Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:19pm
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For what it's worth I think he's a great decorator but the show itself is just too drama filled for me. I want to watch him make cake not argue back & forth with his witches of sisters (Mary to be specific) & play stupid practical jokes on the staff. I refuse to believe he needs to be so mean to get those cakes done. I watch all the other cake shows & they do not act like he does. He's a little jerk but hopefully it's all show for the cameras. If I worked for him he'd find his butt stuff in the nearest Hobart on speed 2 talking the way he does. LOL! That's just my opinion though.

Carolynlovescake Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:24pm
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I had to stop watching it because all of the loud talk, yelling and such stressed me out. At the end of a show I'd be upsetand tense.

I enjoy the cakes but not all the battles.

cattycornercakes Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:28pm
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I liked watching the show for techniques but I can't take all the yelling plus it seems so staged. I recently decided I'll never watch again when I saw he had Snooki from the "Jersey Shore" show on an episode.

I agree with the other post too...the show just makes me tense.

queenfa Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:30pm
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Originally Posted by pat-a-cakes

I disagree as well, although you are certainly entitled to feel as you do. I think that Buddy and his crew are great artists. I have learned a lot and been inspired. I think he is much better than the crew on Ace of Cakes as well. The only downside to those shows is that they give potential customers the illusion that these cakes are quick and effortless. Most of us don't have the same tools and equipment as these guys let alone an entire crew to help with all the different parts. I also wish they would say on the shows how much they actually charge for these elaborate cakes so viewers can understand that this kind of work doesn't come cheap!




concur.

Spuddysmom Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:31pm
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I am blown away by his wonderful wedding cakes - really stunning and his bakery appears filled with treats that I actually want to eat.... if only I weren't 3000 miles away. His 3D stuff is fun, but yes, there are lots of others who do that better but I can't help it I LOVE da guy! Must be the way he talks about his love for his family.... also the flowers he has done on wedding cakes are perfection! As for his "funny" accent - got news for ya folks, we all got one.

all4cake Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:32pm
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I think he and his team produce beautiful, interesting pieces. I think he merits his own show as much as a couple with 8 kids(okay, so 6 of 'em happen to have the same birthday...big deal...my mother raised 8 kids BY HERSELF...worked 2 and 3 jobs to do it too...she needs a show(she'd shoot me for suggesting that!)) or a little couple with a normal size baby(not to put down the show, but big deal...we all have to adapt to things in life), or wait....Martha Stewart (while I do like the show on occasion...I know quite a few people who are way more crafty than she and do all the work by themselves) oh oh...Sandra Lee (again, I like the show but please...the recipes can be found on most of the labels of the stuff she uses...I like the color schemes/themes)

I wonder if others were approached about doing a show but couldn't/wouldn't due to stress/interruptions in work/whatever...

chelseak Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:33pm
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Funny, I was just thinking as I watched the premiere the other night how much I liked them! Yes, the drama can be a little excessive, but there are some serious skills going on there. I mean, he decorated a cake BLINDFOLDED! icon_lol.gif And everything in their shop looks so yummy! It looks like they really produce quality product and are proud of it. They are a huge, loud family! If it was me and my family I don't think we would get ANY work done icon_biggrin.gif I do agree that they really should go into how long it takes to create these works of art and how much they REALLY COST...

Has anyone on here been there? I am curious to know if their stuff IS as good as it looks? I wish I could go for a taste test icon_smile.gif

Elcee Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:35pm
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Originally Posted by multilayered

True...in the beginning he had done some nice work..it just seems now things they do are just so over the top and seems like half the cakes are a make more of PVC piping then cake.




I like a cake to look like a cake. Not to take away from the talent involved, but a cake that looks like a building, or a car or a helicopter or a what-have-you made on PVC and styrofoam doesn't make me think "I can't wait to have cake". I don't care for Ultimate Cake Off for that reason (but I still watch icon_wink.gif ). The cakes are so over the top that they lose their "cakeness".

Malakin Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:38pm
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I like the show but he is definitely rough around the edges and tempermental. He's Italian and from New Jersey. No offense fellow CCers. I was from Jersey too and also Italian! Course I wonder how much is put on for the camera.

artscallion Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:48pm
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Has anyone on here been there? I am curious to know if their stuff IS as good as it looks? I wish I could go for a taste test icon_smile.gif




I have. His pastries are absolutely as good as they look. Seriously good, real old fashioned Italian pastries.

splash2splat Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 11:52pm
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I think Buddy and his team are amazing cake artists but I have stopped watching due to the drama (way to much!, I hate how he treats his crew sometimes and the yelling...).

But if you think about it drama is what people want - the Bacholar, Simon's mean judging on American Idol, on and on and on. For those of us who love to make cakes and want to watch a show for the techinques - it can rub us wrong, but for those who watch for the drama and love watching a beautiful cake made its perfect and I think that there are a lot of people out there like that.

Debi2 Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:00am
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I agree....not sure why they think we need all the theatrics...just show us some cakes and tips on how to acheive the finished product. I also agree Buddy seems like a really nice guy when he's not on the show yellling icon_smile.gif

3LittleBeesCookies Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:03am
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I love Cake Boss. Seriously. What I enjoy most is that Buddy cares about both look and taste. It seems that he really prides himself on offering traditional, great tasting pastries, while it seems that Ace of Cakes is more about look than taste. I saw one episode where he baked a cannoli cake that he said that his deceased father created for the bakery that was very touching. I am also impressed that he and his team create such great cakes and he is completely self taught.

Being an East Coast girl, his accent and attitude don't bother me at all. He sounds like a guy from Hobokken and he's from a loud and boisterous family--although I think some of that is for the camera and faux drama is a major ingredient in reality tv.

visa3 Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:05am
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To respond to Chelseak- Yes I have been there to his shop, And yes all the things in his shop are yummy! Lobster claws to die for, canolli's too,yummy cupcakes.They are all so very nice there. The MOM and Mary were there when I was, and even though they were very busy{ Line out the door} they were nice enough to sign a shirt for me.Sadly Buddy was not there that day. There was an 8 or 9 inch cake with stripes and pokadot with a bow it was about $45.00 Hope to get back there this summer. Hope this helps
Clarissa

VickiChicki Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:05am
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I enjoy the show, in spite of all the antics. I always come away with something new - but i totally agree with others have posted here about how I too, wish they would quote at the end of the show what the price for specific cakes are. I have SO MANY customers that call me for some of these over the top cakes and expect to pay $100 for what Duff and Buddy probably charge $1,500 for...or they expect to pay $500 for something they charge $5,000 dollars for. The general public does NOT HAVE A CLUE what really goes into the creation of some of these cakes when it comes to the time and effort involved. OH MY!

pat-a-cakes Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:14am
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Yeah the drama is a bit much sometimes but without all that the only ones who would watch the show would be those of us who are cake addicts icon_lol.gif There has to be something to attract the rest of the viewing audience, besides I think a lot is put on for the camera and it's mostly just good fun in a family atmosphere.

bostonterrierlady Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:20am
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I have to admit I love everything about the show. His buttercream looks likie it is to die for.

FACSlady Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:23am
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I'm with you, Multilayered.

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