Staten Island Cakes
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show's major themes are business, family, and Vinny's relationship with his boyfriend. It contains lots of family bickering (most of which is pretty mild), and occasional swearing (words like "s--t" are bleeped). Alcohol consumption (wine, cocktails, hard liquor, beer) is sometimes visible. The series is a promotional vehicle for The Cake Artist Bakery.
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What's the Story?
STATEN ISLAND CAKES features pastry prodigy Vinny Buzzetta, the young owner of The Cake Artist, a Staten Island specialty bakery. When he's not in the shop creating a new recipe or constructing a master cake for a client, he lives at home with his outspoken mom Cammy, sister Kristin, and little brother Robert. Life can get a little crazy, especially when Vinny's dad Rob, his cousin Joe, and his eccentric grandfather, known as "Crazy Joe" to everyone who knows him, joins the fray. Luckily his boyfriend Spiro is around to help keep him calm. Mixing family drama and cake drama sometimes feels like a recipe for disaster, but Vinny's love for both keeps everything going smoothly.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a behind-the-scenes look the world of a talented up-and-coming pastry chef who owes much of his early success to the support of his family and culinary mentors. Vinny's appreciation for this support, as well as his talent and commitment to his business, makes him very likable. Watching him design some interesting cakes is fun, too.
Even though the young cake artist seems more mature than the average 21 year old, he sometimes makes mistakes that require some mentoring from the more experienced adults around him. Like most young people, he occasionally likes to let off steam, which also leads to some crazy moments. But his overall love and respect for both his family and his profession makes you want him to succeed at any project he embarks on.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what goes into being a specialty baker. What kinds of training do bakers and pastry chefs need to have in order to be successful in their field? Is talent enough when considering opening up a bakery shop? Does this show offer a realistic view of what it takes to run a business of this kind?
- Premiere date: June 21, 2011
- Cast: Cammy Picciano, Kristin Buzzetta, Vinny Buzzetta
- Network: WE
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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