I blame Jerseyshore, Jerseylicious, therealhousewivesofnewjersey, Growing up Gatti, and The Sopranos, for the newly found fame of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. More After the JUMP
I think Tony and Carmela Soprano’s thick Jersey accents and mysterious mob lifestyles put the Jersey cahce on the map. Growing Up Gatti, continued feeding American TV viewing public’s addiction. Like any junkie the American public took whatever low grade drug was around… ie. jersey shore, …licious, …. realhousewives there of.
Well, some smarty pants over at the FOODNETWORK said, “The public’s addicted to Jersey goombas – let’s put an apron on one and call him “CAKE BOSS”.
Ladies and Gentleman, may I present – Buddy! Buddy is a part owner of “the family business”, Carlo’s Bakery. To quote Grace from Will & Grace, “Look at this mook with the 90 mile an hour hair.” Buddy’s got what the public wants….
My 13 year old niece HAD HAD HAD to go to Carlo’s Bakery on our recent family trip to NYC. She watches Cake Boss and loves Buddy and his 90 mile an hour hair. So at 7 am we were off to Carlo’s Bakery to avoid the possible 3 hour wait to get in and buy some of Buddy’s culinary delights. We arrived at 7:15 and were about 10th in line. We were issued a ticket to get inside the bakery AND THEN once inside, we took number and waited for service, which was, very good (I was shocked).
It’s a kitchy little bakery. Uber old school Italian. All the usual suspects in an Italian bakery, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, pastries, pies, cannoli, and cupcakes. Buddy’s sister was on hand to manage the bakery the day of our visit, super sweet, a real, “Carmela” type. You know you have to be polite, and not mess with her or else.
I saw two things that made me sit up and take notice, Carrot Cupcakes and Cannoli. Take dirty to me Buddy, show me who’s BOSS!! Both were ok. I was honestly expecting this old school goomba bakery to bang out an awe inspiring cannoli…. eh. I gotta say it….. Termini Brothers blows them out of the water. Next, the cupcake, yeah the frosting was good, but …. the cake… eh. Philly Cupcake can throw down a way better cuppy!
I’m really not hating on Cake Boss or Carlo’s. It’s the same as the time I met Duff from Ace of Cakes at Charm City Cakes. Duff did a cake for a function that I attended, and I need to tell you all – Night Kitchen, Whipped Bake Shop or Bredenbeck’s could have made a better cake. I know this because I’ve tasted a sample from all of the above!
I’d like the Cake Boss to cross over the Benny and lay try a little turf war with Termini. Maybe see if he can tangle with the boyz at Philly Cupcake. Hell, I’d like to see him take on Chef Amy at Night Kitchen, she’s cream him with her butter cream!