Last night, I had a chance to watch the first episode of The Next Great Baker. The show is a fun spinoff of Cake Boss, where a group of cake decorators compete for the title of The Next Great Baker – along with a $50,000 prize and the opportunity to work alongside Buddy.
The show follows a similar format as other reality TV shows such as Top Chef, or Project Runway. The bakers/decorators are faced with challenges which they must complete in a limited time frame, and then are judged by Buddy and his team. A contestant is eliminated weekly.
It is a fast paced show that pushes the contestants to their limits, full of intense cake disasters major cake successes.
The Next Great Baker also has many colourful personalities and talents. Greggy Soriano from Cake Lush, the self proclaimed “Lady Gaga of cakes,” 😉 has some fabulous cakes definitely worth checking out. I’m also rooting for Brian Stevens from Crazycakes, who specializes in blow-your-mind cakes, full of special effects such as smoke, fireworks and explosions – seriously exciting & inspiring cakes!
Ace of Cakes is airing it’s last season in January.
It’s one of my favourite cake shows of all time – I consider it the pioneer of the many cake TV programs that we have today. I was sad the hear the news, but I know that all good things but come to an end – and Ace of Cakes has been around for many years now. In my opinion, Ace of Cakes was one of the things that was essential to skyrocketing the huge cake culture that we have growing today.
If you haven’t seen Ace of Cakes, you can still catch it on the Food Network. The show follows Duff Goldman(the “Ace”), and his bakery & team, Charm City Cakes, through the making of many spectacular cakes. You’ll like the show if you enjoy detailed cakes, mellow/cool vibes, dry humor, and the occasional cake pun.
To me, it feels a lot less scripted than many other shows, and it’s much more about the special story behind each cake.
If you want to learn more about cake decorating, you have to watch the new show Fabulous Cakes on TLC! I think this is one of my favourite cake shows I have seen so far!
Fabulous Cakes is about educating the viewer on how fabulous cakes are created. They explain, in detail, the technical aspects of making cakes.
Each show goes to a different city and follows different professional cake decorators though the entire process. They definitely share some great cake secrets and innovative cake techniques.
They follow the professional cake decorators – in depth – through every step of the cake:
the customer consultation
planning and structure
carving and crumb-coating
covering in fondant
They even sometimes catch the painful “cake disasters,” and what the decorators do to fix them! I love carefully watching the expressions on the decorator’s faces – you can almost read their minds when they know something is wrong.
And this is one of the few cake shows that reveals the prices of the cakes! I really appreciate this as it gives a greater understanding of what people are paying for these amazing works-of-art.
This show is definitely not nearly as scripted as some of the others. It really is more about explaining and education people about what a cake goes through from start to finish.
For anyone that is interested in learning how amazing cakes are made, I highly suggest checking it out.
Update: I just saw the New York episode and it was awesome… It featured one of my favourite cake designers, Kate Sullivan. There are some really great cakes that come out of that city! And the guys from City Cakes NY??? – they’re ripped! I am sure they have no problems lifting cakes around!