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A Telly Smorgasbord

  • Mar 02, 2015

We’ve blogged about books, as well as films, that celebrate baking. We can’t leave the small screen off our list, as baking shows have exploded across the television landscape over the past few years. Here are three shows that will inspire you to mix, whisk, bake and frost. Use your Welcome Home Brands bakeware for television-worthy perfection.

Cupcake Wars on The Food Network began as an offshoot of the network’s show Chopped, which pits four contestants against each other in a fierce reality competition. In this case, it is four bakers, and they have no insight into the ingredients or design themes ahead of time. If the creative baking juices aren’t flowing, the baker is likely to be eliminated. Notable episode: past champions compete to have their confection featured in the Rose Parade.

Cake Boss on TLC focuses on Carlos’ Bakery, an Italian-American family-owned business in New Jersey. The show’s star, Buddy Valastro, set out to achieve his late father’s dream of making Carlos’ a household name, and he has more than succeeded. Check out some of the most elaborate cakes you’ll ever see and get an inside look at a booming bakery. Notable episode: Buddy builds a fire engine cake for local firefighters, complete with working lights, a siren and smoke.

The Next Great Baker on TLC is hosted by Buddy Valastro (aka the Cake Boss) and is a reality competition in which contestants make pastries, bake cakes and put their decorating skills to the test in an effort to earn the title of the Next Great Baker. Notable episode: bakers use inspiration from A Christmas Story to bake and vie for the attention of guest host (and A Christmas Story star) Peter Billingsley.

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