The "Cake Boss" from the show of the same name on TLC is Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, who runs, along with his family, Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. Renowned for quality and design, the cakes are popular with those planning weddings and other special events. The shop is very busy, so you must make arrangements well in advance if you want a special cake for an event like a wedding, birthday or anniversary. Preliminary information can be submitted on the Carlo's Bakery website, but most arrangements need to be made in person or over the phone.
Call the bakery at (201) 659-3671 to schedule a consultation. Submit preliminary information such as the event date, location and number of guests through the Carlo's Bakery website if you wish. Your event will need to have a minimum of 50 guests for this type of consultation. Call for an appointment three to four weeks before you wish to meet. For birthdays or similar events, schedule the consultation two to three weeks in advance of the event. For a wedding, schedule it six to eight months ahead.
Bring all the necessary information, including your cake design choices. You can look at designs in the store, on the Carlo's Bakery website or in the store catalogue. For a wedding cake, you might bring wedding colours or decor details. Be prepared with the total number of guests, the date of the occasion and the venue location. For an additional charge, the bakery delivers to within 250 miles of Hoboken.
Pay for the consultation and cake. There is a £65 non-refundable fee that does not apply to the cost of your cake. This includes samples and refreshments. Be prepared to pay half the cost of the cake at the time of the consultation and order placement. The second half will need to be paid two weeks before the event.
Carlo's Bakery does not accept e-mail orders.