Parents' Guide to

Cake Boss

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Reality show about family business mixes sweet and sour.

TV TLC Reality TV 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 7+

We like it.

We do enjoy this program. There is a bit of family drama and parents can talk with their children as to why that is. The stress of making a cake before a deadline does not always bring out the best in some family members. My children are more focused on the art work and the cakes. Ralf has become my daughter's favorite as well as Buddy and his family. Parents also need to know that the family also likes to pull pranks on one another from time to time and that children may try and do the same.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 10+

Fun show

I generally agree with this site and I'm pretty strict about what I let my kids watch, but I don't see anything wrong with this show. The family members argue sometimes, but that's normal and sometimes entertaining. This show also demonstrates impressive creativity.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (51):

Cake Boss is clearly taking its cues from the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, a popular reality show following the day-to-day shenanigans at a spirited Baltimore bakery. (Sound familiar?) But while Cake Boss does at-home bakers one better by offering a bit more explanation of complex cake design and difficult decorating techniques, it relies so heavily on interpersonal conflict between Buddy and his extended family that it runs the risk of forgetting that cakes can be fun.

While it's true that Buddy isn't quite as intimidating as, say, Gordon Ramsay, he's less likable than Ace of Cake's jovial baker-in-chief, Duff Goldman. And in a head-to-head taste test between two shows built around baked goods, that could prove to be Cake Boss's downfall.

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