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Fans of Buddy Valastro, TLC Channel’s Cake Boss, don’t have to pilgrimage to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey for a cake.
Buddy has struck a deal to deliver cakes to stores nationwide, beginning with six buttercream cakes “inspired by the flavors, techniques and styles of the cakes featured on the show.”
The cakes are produced by Dawn Foods, a long-time supplier to Carlo’s Bake Shop, using Buddy’s recipes and designs. The Cake Boss himself has been involved every step of the way to ensure that the cakes meet his quality standards.
At $27.99 for a seven-inch cake, they are not an everyday purchase.
But for a special occasion, the cakes, which can be found in the bakery department of supermarkets and other food stores, are better than most store-bought cakes. We tried three varieties; our notes are below.
The line is kosher certified by OU. Cupcakes and fondant cakes are expected later this year. The buttercream cake selection* includes:
Bada Bloom: Yellow cake and chocolate cake layers with fudge filling, decorated with flowers. (REVIEW: Our favorite of the three we tried—we ate a second [tiny] slice and had to stay our hand from eating a third piece.)
Dulce De Leche: Caramel filling between chocolate layers and a frosting of white Belgian chocolate ganache.
It’s My Party: The yellow cake and chocolate Bada Bloom combination with a festive, non-floral decor.
Oh My Ganache! All chocolate, all the time: cake, filling, icing and a chocolate shavings garnish. (REVIEW: Despite the all-chocolate ingredients, it’s not cloying or overly rich; we had a second piece of this, too.)
Va Va Velvet: Red velvet layers filled and topped with cream cheese frosting and finished with cake crumbs and shaved white chocolate.
Bada Bloom, Dulce de Leche and Whole Lotta Carrots. Photo courtesy Dawn Foods.
Whole Lotta Carrots: Shredded carrots, coconut, pineapple, raisins and walnuts, with cream cheese frosting and filling. (REVIEW: We are beyond picky about certain recipes, and we want our carrot cake to taste just so. This is not the recipe of our dreams, but we opine that most carrot cake lovers will be happy with it.)
Next Step: Check the store locator and look for a special occasion.
*Each retailer may only carry a partial selection.
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