For all the elaborate cake creations he showcases on the TV show Cake Boss, Chef Buddy Valastro’s favorite is surprisingly so simple: His father’s cream puff cake.
This is what he revealed when he recently visited Manila for the TLC Festival. “It’s layers of French pastry, cream flavored with an Italian liqueur, and it’s decorated with whipped cream and kiwis and strawberries. It’s so good,” he exclaims.
It’s a revelation that echoes what viewers of Cake Boss already know: The dude comes from a very close-knit family. And it was actually a family business, Carlo’s Bakery, that inherited after his father died. “I lost my dad, I lost my best friend. I was 17 and I had 30 employees.”
He eventually found the right formula for the business, “the cake stuff,” as he calls it that took the business to new heights—a TV show included.
According to Valastro, it usually takes him one to four days to create a cake. And apart from the wooden structures that hold these cakes together, everything on it is edible.
When asked what the hardest cake he ever had to make was, Valastro answered: The Transformer cake. “It took three days and 10 to 12 people to make it. That’s three 18-hour days! It was eight feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 14 feet long. It weight about 3,000 pounds and we had to transport it with a forklift. Carefully!”
It’s something we can definitely expect in the new season of Cake Boss, premiering on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on TLC.