Ultimate Cake Off

Common Sense Media says

Cake decorating competition has a slight edge.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show encourages teamwork overall, and some of the competitors behave in exemplary fashion. But some veer more toward the iffy side, with some trash talking, etc.

Positive role models

Some of the contestants behave beautifully, concentrating on doing their best and accepting the results graciously. Others are much less pleasant.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

Words like "suck," "ass," etc., are audible. Others are bleeped; most of the time, it's not obvious what was said, but occasionally you can read the speaker's lips. 

Consumerism

The show helps promote the decorators, who are all well-known professionals in their field.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cake decorating reality competition includes a fair bit of strong language, often uttered in the heat of the moment or when things go wrong (as in one case when a thumb was cut accidentally). The choicest words are bleeped, but those like "sucks" and "ass" aren't. Also, while many of the competitors are quite gracious, some are sore losers who trash talk the others.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In ULTIMATE CAKE OFF, the customer becomes the most important judge. In each episode, three cake decorators must compete to build fabulous cakes for specific events while also participating in challenges. Their work is evaluated on both flavor and appearance by three other professionals.

Is it any good?

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This is pretty standard fare, as competition shows go -- three judges, petty challenges that only marginally make sense, etc., etc. The resulting cakes are pretty interesting, but there's not too much to be learned here.

Still, that said, it isn't a bad way to spend an hour and is moderately entertaining. Just be ready for a bit of trash talking and somewhat spicy language when the competition heats up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they think the show's editors put the footage together the way it actually happened. How might the show be different if they changed some of the events around?

  • Does the trash talking ramp up the excitement, or does it just cast the speaker in a negative light? What messages does the show send about how to be a good sport/competitor?

TV details

Cast:Leigh B. Grode, Margaret Braun, Tim Scowden
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 19, 2012
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Families can talk about whether they think the show's editors put the footage together the way it actually happened. How might the show be different if they changed some of the events around? Does the trash talking ramp up the excitement, or does it just cast the speaker in a negative light? What messages does the show send about how to be a good sport/competitor?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old October 21, 2009
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6
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What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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