Okay, NOW we're talking! In this week's installment of Cake Boss, we get to meet Buddy's seemingly endless supply of sisters. There are Grace and Mary, Lisa, Magggdddeeellleeennnaaa, Lucy, Ethel and Cloris. Oh, maybe not, but close enough.
Easter week sounds like it's the bakery's Black Friday. They are uber-busy with 2000(?!!) people in the store every day compared with two to three hundred.
Mary (middle sister) and Lisa (youngest sister) complain that the CHALK-o-lit cupcakes stink. Buddy says not to insult the 300 pound, sensitive-as-a-little-girl baker that created them. The sisters storm out (actually they're kicked out) of the kitchen. THIS is good stuff.
The problem MIGHT be that this little business has too many managers. Every sister has "manager" after her name. Did Mama tell Buddy to do that to keep the peace? I'm just saying there can only be one Big Cheese in the bakery.
Cakes are being made all over the place, then Buddy has a consultation. It's a local charity needing a cake for THIS Saturday! Oh puleez! He agrees. It's all so fake. I get that this is a "reality" show, in other words, it's NOT REAL, but NO ONE would come in a few days before a holiday and demand a huge cake. Buddy would have said F! But on the show, he gets to work making bunny lips out of Fahn-DAHNT and modelling CHALK-o-lit.
Buddy tells us that the bakery is 99 years old and for all those years they've made a traditional Italian Easter bread called Casatelli (sp?), which is a braided yeast dough topped with hard boiled eggs. Yup, the cooked eggs go into the oven ON the bread.
Buddy says some folks color the eggs, but they leave theirs white. Buddy is an absolute whiz at braiding and shaping the dough. He has the delicacy of ballet dancer in his short stubby fingers. I'm not kidding. He's got game!
BTW, I found this beautiful recipe, where the eggs ARE colored. Also, here they are placed on the bread dough uncooked, because they hard boil in the oven while the bread is cooking. Makes sense to me.
Except for one thing...I do have to admit when I saw Buddy making this, all I could think of was the salmonella clinging to the eggshells getting all over the bread. So, I guess boiling the egg WOULD dispense with that problem, but then so would just cooking them in the oven, I suppose.
Buddy goes upstairs to find that the Easter cake baking isn't going as quickly as he would have hoped. He grabs a piping bag, pipes icing in what looks like fast forward, then spreads another filling on and tops it with more cake...all in seconds. If ever there was a case for wanting something done right then do it yourself, this is it. We've seen his masterful decorating skills, but I have to say Buddy has it all - baker, shaper, all-around cake maker. He says they all have to "spit fire" this week.
The Easter egg breads come out of the oven and the Nay-Sisters are at it again. Mary and Lisa say they look burnt. Uh-oh, they're hurting the feeling of another (rather hunky looking this time) baker. I hope he doesn't whack them, except I think he may be married to one of them. (It turns out later, he's married to Grace.)
I love how Buddy doesn't ever to seem to care about a crappy product, he just doesn't want his delicate (
Buddy puts together the bunny cake as if it hadn't been perfectly planned in advance. Kinda dumb.
Oh goodie...more sister drama. Grace decides that for the first time, she wants to cook Easter dinner for the family. Oh come on, I know this is a reality show (hence not exactly real), but you are never going to convince me that the strong-willed women of this family don't have stuff like that planned out months, if not years, in advance.
BTW, Grace is the OLDEST sister and guess what? She's ANOTHER manager. "I think youse are going to be pleasantly surprised" she says. They agree that dessert will be good...
Out of all this mayhem, Buddy whips up 3 gorgeous birthday cakes for 3 family members. I liked the flower pot one with tulips for his mom the best.
It was a really realistic replica of a flower pot with CHALK-o-lit crunchies for the dirt and beautiful flowers made from gum paste.
Buddy could have been a Renoir if he hadn't been born in a bakery. He really is an artist.
Now look at Renoir's flowers.
Next are are some shenanigans with big Frankie dressed as a bunny, handing out brownies. The worst part was that the people on the street didn't seem to even notice his costume AND they didn't care about the BROWNIES!!! Were they crazy? I guess if I saw a large sweating man in pink brandishing a carrot and handing out food, I might pass too. (Actually, it was the dirty apron that offended me the most.)
Ooh, we see sister Maggdddeeellliiinnaaa for the first time. Where have they been hiding her? The sisters agree that Grace's Easter dinner will be fine...as long as they all eat before they go.
More cake drama, the icing for the Easter cake's bunny falls off minutes before they have to deliver it. Not for one second do I believe that all is lost. Of course, the group comes to the rescue. It's all good. The cake is delivered in one piece and the kids are happy.
THAT is so not realistic. In real life, someone would have paid hundreds (thousands?) of dollars for that cake. It would have been f'ed up and the baker wouldn't have cared. But this is good guy, Buddy. There are no f on reality tv, where if they want something to work out, it does.
Back at Grace's, she's swilling wine and staring at her to-do list. She has a nice kitchen, at least. She sets off her smoke detectors as she cooks. Well, who hasn't done that? We see her pouring ginger ale over a ham (?) or turkey(?). For all I know, THAT'S the punch. Folks arrive. Someone is eating a bread stick with prosciutto or perhaps that's a cigar. They're not lingering over the food shots now.
Buddy arrives, They're pretty careful about NOT showing HIS wife too clearly. Buddy helps out in the kitchen and afterwards says dinner wasn't too horrible. Buddy brings out the 3 birthday cakes and says, "I want the three of yuse to blow out your candles," as the credits roll.
Good job, Buddy. You baked a prodigious amount of cakes. The miracle of Easter has been celebrated and the sistahs have left everyone's feelings intact...for the moment.