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‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro comes to Cobb Energy Centre for holiday show Dec. 11

Buddy Valastro ("Cake Boss") will treat audiences to cake design tips and stories at Cobb Performing Arts Centre Dec. 11. CREDIT: AP

Buddy Valastro ("Cake Boss") will treat audiences to cake design tips and stories at Cobb Performing Arts Centre Dec. 11. CREDIT: AP

New Jersey has given the world mob bosses and “The Boss,” as in Bruce Springsteen.

But now the state has Buddy Valastro, dubbed the “Cake Boss” on his popular TLC show of the same name.

Sure, cake and machismo don’t normally go hand in hand. But Valastro runs his Hoboken, N.J. bake shop with larger-than-life bravado, creating cakes that resemble motorcycles, fire trucks and zombies. And he’s taking that persona on the road, coming to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Tuesday night.

“It’s a holiday family show,” he said in a recent interview. “Bring your four year old and your great grandma. It’s set to holiday music to get people in the spirit.”

During his 20-city tour, Valastro tells stories about how became the “Cake Boss,” takes questions from the audience and offers the crowd basic cake decorating tips “so your cakes can look a little like mine.” He brings people on stage to compete to win prizes.

The worst thing that has clouded his spirit this year is his mother Mary’s battle with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “It’s one of those things you can’t do anything about except make her as comfortable as possible,” he said. “It’s very tough.”

The show starts filming its sixth season in January. With two other TLC shows “Next Great Baker” and “Kitchen Boss,” Valastro spends 10 to 11 months a year with cameras in tow. He’s used to his hectic schedule: “You take things one day at a time. I do as much as I can and go with it. That’s what we do.”

TLC came up with his nickname “Cake Boss” when the show debuted in 2009, part of a raft of cake-oriented reality shows such as “Ace of Cakes” and “D.C. Cupcakes.”

He said he was skeptical of the name at first because he thought “it came across as too cocky,” Valastro said. “Now I really embrace the name.”

Valastro is surrounded by sweets all the time but says he hasn’t gained weight in recent years. “The camera adds 15, 20 pounds,” he said. “Everyone says I look skinnier in real life.”

“At the end of the day,” he added, “how many people trust a skinny baker?”



Concert appearance

“Buddy Valastro Live: Cake Boss”

7:30 p.m. Tuesday. $35.75-$45.75 plus fees. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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3 comments Add your comment

So, Rodney...

December 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

…why no comments on the Zone doing away with their 11am-2pm cast of characters in favor of ESPN porgramming?

So, Rodney...

December 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

…and that probably answers your question of earlier in the week why the guy from one of the other stations left, or got fired, from his gig with ESPN on weekends…

Carol Cloe

December 10th, 2012
9:22 pm

Loved the show at the Genesee on 12/7/12 in Waukegan, IL, Buddy is sooo cute and loveable. So many decorating tips to make decorating so easy.

My grandson laughed so hard at the adult men with the belted ball and paddle he was almost rolling on the floor:) What was that game called, it had to have a “New Jersey” name, want to give that as a gift to my grandson. Please answer soon:)

Love you “Buddy” and we all keep mama in our prays.