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Cake Boss: Next Great Baker



Mild reality battle with big personalities, wild sweets.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Contestents are competing for the chance to win $50,000, a rather small
sum considering that they may have quit their jobs to participate in the
reality show. However, the bakers are skilled, and their hard work is evident in the show, as are the rewards for a job well done.

Positive role models

Unlike most reality shows, the competition and game playing in is not intense. There are several instances of
cooperation and cameraderie, and players who engage
in this behavior are shown to be strong and skilled. On the other
side of the coin, the one player who does attempt to sabotoge teammates
makes a poor cake


Some raised voices and yelling between contestants


One contestant makes a cake called "The Better Than Sex Cake." A different cake is described as "sexalicious."


Occasional swearing and iffy language, including "hell" and "sexalicious."


The show heavily promotes Buddy Valastro's business, Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cake Boss: Next Great Baker involves minor swearing, some raised voices and yelling between contestants, and moments of  stress, but is otherwise a rather mild reality competition. There is little questionable content in the show -- that is, unless your kids are on a sugar-free diet. In that case, the show is definitely not for them. Culinary-minded kids will enjoy the wild, imaginative cakes and the secrets behind butter cream, fondant, and other cake decorating ingredients.

What's the story?

In this spin-off of Buddy Valastro's first series Cake Boss, 10 pastry chefs compete for the opportunity to work at Valastro's Hoboken, NJ, bakery and win $50,000. Contestents compete in challenges in a manner similar to Top Chef: Just Desserts, but CAKE BOSS: NEXT GREAT BAKER employs a greater element of showmanship with its emphasis on over-the-top decorating techniques.

Is it any good?


While most reality shows go for the jugular, this one goes more for the belly. Audiences will likely be salivating over the yummy looking cakes. But while there's plenty of high temperature baking going on,  the show ulitmately has little fire. Then again, this may not be a serious fault. True, there are few shocking moments in the show, but there is something for everyone in the family. From clever decorating tips (use rice cereal treats for sculpting cake elements) to the use of pyrotechnics (one contestant fills his cakes with confetti, smoke, and even dynamite), every member of the family may have to scratch a baking itch after each episode ends.

Of course, what sets the show apart is the force of Valastro's personality, as
well as the personalities of the contestants, and personalities certainly abound. There's also a nice representation of diversity, too, with pastry chefs from a variety of backgrounds. But the formula of the show -- where contestants have to quit their jobs or leave their successful businesses to compete on this show -- makes little sense given the relatively small payout. The only logical answer is that contestants are hoping to capitalize on the show's publicity, which may or may not ultimately pan out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing fair. What is sabotage? Why do reality show contestants sometimes use sabotage to try to win? Do you think that using sabotage techniques is a successful way to win a reality show? How common is sabotage in the real world? Do you think contestants are encouraged to be nasty on reality shows to boost ratings?

  • Why are these pastry chefs participating in the show? Since several of the bakers on the show have other primary careers, including electrical engineer and teacher, why do you think they quit their jobs to be on this reality show? Would you quit your job to participate on a reality show? Why or why not?

  • How do the pastry chefs use their imaginations? How do you think that being on a time limit and on camera, limits or enhances one's imagination? How do you think your imagination would function in a situation such as this?

TV details

Cast:Buddy Valastro, Dana Herbert, Gregory Paul Soriano
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written byMcNamara December 21, 2010

Not suitable for anyone with half a brain IMO

Buddy is a real jerk in this series. He yells at the contestants, he is rude and obnoxious. The contestants are rude to eachother. You can tell right away it's fake.
Kid, 12 years old July 13, 2013

Not as good as original Cake Boss show...

It's a good show overall. A little bit of swearing and consumerism.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old July 31, 2014

The coolest show

When i watched this show, it was really cool and great. But unfortunatley, there's cussing you should know about before your kid watches it. But i would give it five stars!!!!
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