Flashback Friday: A Visit to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on March 28, 2011:

Updated: Buddy from Cake Boss mentioned us on Twitter! R. is going to be so excited when she sees this.


Have I mentioned that my 7 1/2-year-old daughter is obsessed with TLC’s Cake Boss? She knows every episode by heart. I’m not kidding. So during our “mommy/daughter” weekend this past weekend (S. went to the ‘burbs with Grandma and Grandpa), I knew that a perfect field trip would be an outing to the famous Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.

I did my research and learned that to avoid the longest lines, you have to arrive at Carlo’s verrrry early, i.e. as close to the 7am opening as possible. We got there at 8am on Saturday morning, and there were already about 20 people ahead of us in line outside (plus the bakery was already filled with customers inside).

R. posed for a picture outside and got some ideas about future celebrations of her own…

We had to wait outside for about half an hour, but it was totally worth it when we were called inside the warm bakery and got to view (and sniff) all the delicious goodies:




Most of the customers were fans of the show like us, and/or tourists. But some people were actually there to pick up cake orders, mostly for birthdays:



We eventually chose two cupcakes, plus 1 “lobster tail” (a flaky croissant-like pastry filled with vanilla custard), and some coffee cake. These were the cupcakes which we gobbled on the way home:

Of course, there are souvenirs to buy, too. R. conned me into buying her a talking Buddy bobblehead for a whopping $27.

The customers of course are all on the lookout for Cake Boss “Buddy.” He wasn’t there (he was touring in Ohio), but R. immediately recognized these supporting cast members:

Mauro, Buddy’s right-hand-man and brother-in-law:

Grace, Buddy’s eldest sister:

And Buddy’s mother Mary, who is absolutely hysterical. She had the crowd in stitches. R. took a little video of her which you can watch here.

It was definitely worth the trip for us. If you have a Cake Boss fan in your family, I highly recommend a visit to Carlo’s!

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