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Bridal Show Betty is here to share her views and review of everything bridal on TV. And maybe even find a lesson or two.


In this issue, Bridal Show Betty looks at Wedding Cake reality shows and what you can learn from them.


Hi – I’m Betty – and I’m a bridalshow-aholic. It all started innocently enough – watching Bridezillas and Whose Wedding is it Anyway while I was planning my wedding. But I just can’t get enough! I’ve even sat through all the episodes of Bridalplasty – evidence of my problem. So, I finally found a way to justify my viewing habits. I’m writing this column for WED and rating shows for you with mini-tv’s (1-5 TV’s). But I prefer to stay anonymous – known only by my nom de plume, Bridal Show Betty.


Amazing Wedding Cakes -WeTV


What I love about WeTV’s Amazing Wedding Cakes (and TLC’s Fabulous Cakes) is the chance to see real cake designers at work. From the consultation with clients, through to the reveal at the wedding, the whole process is reviewed. Brides - this gives you a chance to truly appreciate the labor involved in creating your wedding cake. It’s so much more than flour and sugar!


Amazing Wedding Cakes


And the designers featured on AWC are truly amazing. From


Cake Alchemy’s blown sugar to Christopher Garran’s eye for detail, each cake is a work of art. And “buttercream” Marc from Merci Beaucoup is just a riot! Brides – before you go to your cake tasting, be sure to watch an episode or two. When you get the estimate, you’ll be less likely to choke on your fondant when you understand what really goes into preparing these masterpieces.


WED The Magazine Cake Boss and The Next Great Baker - TLC


Buddy Valastro and his big (and loud) family run Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. This master baker and cake artist creates incredible – and edible- works of art for clients around the world with his team. My favorites were the life-size Nascar racer and the traditional wedding cake created while visiting Italy. Buddy’s larger than life personality has put a spotlight on Jersey once again.


And his popularity led to a spin-off - The Next Great Baker. In this competition reality show, bakers compete for the opportunity to work with Buddy, a $50k prize and a new car. I don’t think anyone at TLC would disagree when I say that this is a Top Chef knock-off, but if something works, go for it! And this has certainly been an interesting show. With drama, big personalities, and even some great cakes, it’s been fun to watch Buddy put these contestants through the paces with some crazy challenges.


Brides – these show also provide an opportunity to see what goes into creating your wedding cake. But hopefully, you won’t make your baker throw your cake off a roof and start over.


January 2011


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