We met "The Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro at his Times Square store recently.
Why did you decide to make kid-friendly products?
Well, being a Dad of four, I wanted to make things so you can bake at home with your children; and at heart I'm just a big kid, so I wanted to have fun and decorate cakes and do all that fun stuff.
How many cakes can you make in a day?
I'd say a couple thousand. Today, we baked 30,000 cup cakes.
Are you super excited to be famous?
Although I know everybody recognizes me, or they want my autograph or want to take pictures with me, at heart I don't feel famous. I'm just a regular guy. It's so cool that people recognize you, they want pictures with you, are very friendly with me, but I'm just a regular guy.
If you could make a cake for yourself, what flavor would it be, and what design would it be?
It would be vanilla cake with French cream, fresh strawberries, cocoa ganache. And if it could be any cake design, maybe a fishing boat. I love to go fishing.
Did you ever bake something so perfect and not want to sell it?
The Transformer cake, I didn't want to cut. That was probably my favorite cake, but inevitably they had to eat it.
If you could be anything else but a baker, what would you be?
I never wanted to be anything else but a baker, and to be honest with you I found that out; how old are you guys? So I was 11, I was probably about 13, and I found that baking was my dream job and I wanted to do it, and let me tell you I really believe if you find your dream job, you'll do better. I feel like I excel at that because I don't mind going to work every day. I actually enjoy it. All these years and all these cakes, I still love what I do.
How many bakeries do you own?
Right now, I own seven bakeries.
What was it like growing up as an only brother?
Oh, you have no idea. Do you want a sister? I'll give you one. You can have two of mine if you want. They're annoying. I love my sisters very, very much.
Is it difficult working with family?
You know it is difficult, but at the same time it's the best because they really, really have your back, and they're always there for you. Nobody works harder than your family.
Has anyone ever not liked your cake?
Look, everybody is entitled to their opinion if they like whatever I do or not. Whatever I do, I always try to do the best that I possibly can. Whether it looks the best and you're not happy with it or whether it tastes different. You know everybody has their own opinion and personality and they got their own taste buds. I just hope that we make more people happy, which I think we do. Then, I'm happy.
What was your favorite cake when you were growing up?
My dad's crème puff cake.
Were you looking forward to your first day when you were baking?
I was. I was very nervous and very excited. It just came natural to me, and I loved doing it, and I had a lot of fun doing it.
Do you ever get sick eating baked goods?
Do I look like I get sick eating baked goods? Of course not! Come on, cupcakes forever! Can you imagine?
What was your first cake?
The first cake I ever made was my mom's birthday cake because my dad wouldn't trust me with a customer order, so I made my mom's birthday cake.