These half-baked ideas turn into decadent desserts.
Although “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro gets many unusual and seemingly daunting requests from clients, he finds a way to hit the sweet spot with some crazy creations.
The celebrity baker whipped up the flushable toilet bowl, with the same pump and tube that’s inside an actual one, for the 100th anniversary of General Plumbing Supply in Bayonne, N.J.
The cake that spits fire was in the shape of a dragon, which was 300 to 400 pounds of cake and close to 200 pounds of fondant, and crafted for the Armored Combat League.
This year, a cake that stood out was the one he made for the Meadowlands State Fair.
“It was actually a working swing and the cake was gigantic,” he said. “It wouldn’t fit in the truck, so I actually had to hire a flatbed and build a crate around it to deliver it.”
He occasionally has to refuse an order because of the laws of physics.
“If it’s going to be too gravity-defying . . . those are things that we try to say no to,” he said.
Valastro owns 23 bakeries, five restaurants, and around 100 vending machines that peddle his cake slices — and his wares are delivered far and wide.
“I made a cake that went to Dubai. That would be the [farthest] flight,” he said. “Driving, we made Mario Lopez’s wedding cake, and we brought it to Puerto Vallarta [Mexico] from New Jersey.”
In “Legends,” Valastro visits iconic restaurants around the world and close to home. “I got my hands dirty, which I love to do. I really got in there and was cooking with the chefs,” he said.
“Cake Dynasty” shows Valastro with his wife and four children in their Montville mansion and at work in his 100,000-square foot factory in Jersey City, where he is known to still arrive at 5:30 in the morning.
In the first episode, his son, Buddy Jr., 19, announces during Sunday dinner that he may forgo college to work in the family business. Valastro, who never finished high school since he took over his late father’s bakery Carlo’s in Hoboken, at 17, is torn.
“I’m not taking anything away from education because I think education is the most wonderful thing in the world, but I was never the kid that wanted to be in school,” he confessed. “And I see a lot of my son in me.”
“And I’m at a pivotal point right now where I’m growing my business and I could really use him — and what I’m going to teach him, they don’t teach in college.”
His daughter, Sofia, 20, who is studying hospitality at the University of Delaware, also brings her boyfriend to the meal and Valastro tells him, pointing to the lake outside his house, “See the lake out there: Nobody’ll miss you man.”
Valastro admitted, “The funny thing is my daughter is tough as nails. The last thing she needs is me to stick up for her.”
This story originally appeared on NY Post