TLC’s Cake Boss: 8 Behind The Scenes Secrets
6. Most Popular Products
Given the fact that the show Cake Boss is what made Carlo’s Bakery one of the biggest tourist attractions in New Jersey, many assume they are known for the cakes, but that’s not true. According to the bakery, some of the most popular products sold include their lobster tail pastry and their pignoli nut cookie. Unfortunately the lobster tail pastry is actually very difficult to make and takes up to five workers to complete. Luckily, the staff have mastered the art of making the pastry because more than 6,000 lobster tail pastries are required every week to meet customer demands.
5. Transphobia Allegations
In 2012, Cake Boss came under fire for their representation of transgender celebrity Carmen Carrera. In the season five episode “Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!” Carerra went on a date with Valastro’s cousin Anthony who didn’t know that Carrera was transgender. Although she intentionally participated in the prank on Anthony, Carerra was upset with the way she was talked about in the episode when it aired. Later Anthony even took to to his Twitter to deny that he made out with Carrera, referring to her as “it.” She took to her Facebook stating, “I made it VERY clear to the producers on how to use the correct wording before agreeing to filming this but instead they chose to poke fun and be disrespectful. That’s not what I’m about! … I may not have been born a woman, but I’m NOT a man… After taking this journey it’s not fair at all to be lied to by the producers.” Afterwards, Valastaro apologized publicly, and TLC initially pulled the episode and have now re-edited it so that the offending scene is not shown.