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Cake Boss Recap: On Becoming a Man, and Staying One

Here's what you missed on Monday night's new episode of Cake Boss.

As the second new episode of Cake Boss on Monday night opens, Buddy says that because the bakery is more famous now, he and the team are getting a lot of crazy orders from all over the country.

This week he's got an order for an “over-the-top bar mitzvah” in Las Vegas. Because nothing expresses the rite of passage into manhood like card sharps, strippers, mobsters and dopey magic shows.

Buddy says he has to keep the wealthy client's identity a secret. “These people were sparing no expense,” he says. “They want this cake to be really awesome.”

The cake is going to be a replica of the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, which is itself is modeled after Venice in Italy. Which at this point is kind of like wearing a shirt of a band while you're seeing the band in concert, but whatever.

Buddy then meets with his other big client for the week, Jerry Maher, who owns here in Hoboken. “Mardi Gras is coming up,” Jerry says. “I want to do a king cake.” Buddy says he doesn't really call that a cake, because it's more doughy, but he says no problem because he's done them before.

While Buddy is talking to Jerry, Cousin Anthony and Maurizio start acting a fool through the window. They're dancing like the Ferrell/Kattan doofuses from Saturday Night Live. “It's not funny, get out of here,” Buddy yells. He says their behavior is disrespectful in a place of business. He also vows revenge on their prank.

Buddy returns to the Vegas cake. He's going to build it around an actual working slot machine. “I want to do lights, bells, ding ding ding,” he says. The company that's delivering the slot machine is going to make the jackpot image using a picture of the boy having the bar mitzvah.

Buddy is worried though about taking the cake all the way to Las Vegas. The cake is huge. “It could really fall apart,” he says, much like Elizabeth Berkley's acting career after she went to Vegas for Showgirls.

But first they have to deliver the Mardi Gras cake. Buddy wants Cousin Anthony and Maurizio to help deliver it to Oddfellows, because that's where he's going to get his revenge. Joey distracts the guys by promising them that there will be lots of girls there. “If it looks promising for you I'll let you come in late tomorrow,” Joey tells them. Cousin Anthony puts on a new shirt.

Buddy and the team deliver the cake. “It wasn't the biggest cake we ever made, or the prettiest, but I'll tell you it tasted delicious,” he says.

The bakers decide to stay for a beer. They're also going to watch the prank unfold.

It's a good prank. We see Cousin Anthony talking to a woman named Carmen, who's wearing a short and tight blue dress and large hoop earrings. “He didn't look at any other girls, he went right for her,” Buddy says.

Anthony flirts with Carmen. They pose for photos together. He asks for her phone number. “Anthony right now is on top of the world,” Buddy says. “He don't know what's comin' baby.”

“I call him over," Buddy continues. “And I tell him...that's a man, baby!”

Cousin Anthony freaks out. He literally runs out of the bar. “Carmen loved the fact that they thought she was attractive,” Buddy says. “I could tell by the look in his (Cousin Anthony's) eyes that I changed his life forever.”

Later, the team finishes the Vegas cake. Since the boy's favorite sport is basketball it's got a court built into the Venetian. They drive the huge cake to Vegas, and thankfully it survives the 2,000 mile trip intact.

They deliver it to the boy's bar mitzvah, which looks like a very awkward scene because it's a bar mitzvah in a casino.

But the boy really likes the cake. His eyes light up just like the lights on the slot machine. He's a man now. Just like Carmen. And maybe Cousin Anthony and Maurizio will grow up too one day.

QJ201 June 12, 2012 at 05:06 PM
That stunt with Carmen was disgusting. Doesn't Buddy realize that transgender women get murdered and beat up all the time because some guy freaks out because he find a trans woman attractive. It was a poor joke in poor taste...particularly because Buddy loudly screams "it's a man!!!!" Buddy owes a public apology to the LGBT community.
suck it June 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
whoever wrote this article is offensive as well. the hoboken patch also owes the LGBT community an apology for it's offensive comments encouraging this behavior.
angel June 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
You guys are idiots! Carmen was in on the joke and thought it was hilarious she wasn't offended at all so get off your LGBT soap box and stop taking offense to something that had NOTHING to do with you!!!
Tom Smithy June 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Carmen was NOT in on the joke and was offended (rightfully so). From her Facebook page: "LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR! LISTEN UP PEOPLE! I signed on to do this episode of "Cake Boss" to promote EQUALITY. Transgender women are just as beautiful as biological woman and should be respected for that. The "reveal" was never meant to be a "Jerry Springer, 'THATS A MAN'..." kind of thing. I was promised that it wasn't going to be that way. I was lied to. I dont promote misleading someone or putting down the trans community. I am a beautiful transgendered woman and if a guy hits on me at a bar, ITS OK! That was the message. Hearing things like "You'll never be a real woman" or "I hope you burn in hell for changing your gender" or "You will always be a man" is the EXACT TYPE OF IGNORANCE THAT THIS SHOW HELPED TO PROMOTE. This is why Im so upset. If men find me attractive and treat me as lady, why do some of you people think its wrong??? Why are some of you trying to take that away from me like I dont deserve to be treated with respect and admiration? Ignorance, thats why."
JustAGuest June 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
As was stated above, Carmen was offended by the way her appearance was used, but what hasn't been pointed out is that the very day after the show aired, Buddy released a heartfelt public apology and the show has been pulled from reruns. "I’ve been trying to connect with Carmen and apologize to her directly, but also think I owe an apology to the entire LGBT community. It was absolutely not my intention to upset or offend her, or anyone within the community, and I was wrong to use the words I did. I am a supporter of gay rights and equality, and while I regret this situation and my choice of words, I am thankful to have received this feedback and the opportunity to learn from this mistake. I hope that Carmen accepts my sincere regrets"
Mimi Mae September 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
i just saw the rerun today (I couldn't find the remote or get to the TV!), so it definitely has not been pulled from the repertoire. I was not looking, so I did not see the "prank" in it's culmination, but I did see the bit where "he went straight for her!". I was alarmed that there may be an offensive follow-up, based on the foreshadowing. I decided to Google and find the result, and sadly the "prank" was exactly what I was sadly thinking. How did anyone think that this was a good idea??!!? So many people had the opportunity to stop this - all the way to the top decision makers. While it should not have happened at all, it should have at least ended up on the cutting room floor.
Thomas Relic December 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Who cares? Why would anyone apologize to anyone about this? If people want to put themselves in that sort of a position they deserve to be ridiculed. And for the record he is not a beautiful woman He is a feminine man.

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