Buddy Vs Duff: Making Cakes with the Cake Boss

Get a look at all the over-the-top cake creations from Buddy Calastro's cake studio.

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Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Week 1: Cake-Off

Client: Richard Rawlings, Host of Fast N' Loud

Event: Richard's 50th Birthday Party

Location: Peterson Automotive Museum

Happy Hot Rod

Buddy and his sous, Ralph, decided to go for an exaggerated hot rod cake. "Our plan is to make a cake to show who Richard is and what he's all about," Buddy said. "We want to make a nice, big hot rod with a cool sculpture of him driving it."

Sculpting Richard

The real show stopping aspect of Buddy's cake was the bust of Richard driving the hot rod. While Buddy began forming the shape of the hot rod with layers and layers of cake, Ralph got started molding the bust of Richard out of rice cereal treat and modeling chocolate.

Bigger is Better(?)

"Thinking about what Duff is going to bring to the table, I know that he is not going to be as ambitious in the cake decorating as me and Ralph are," Buddy said. "Our cakes are gonna be five times the size. I don't think he's going for the gusto."

Head for Detail

One thing Buddy really wanted to accomplish with his hot rod cake was for Richard to know they knew where he came from and where he is now. "He likes skulls, he's got those skull rings," Ralph said of Richard which inspired the front skull detail on the cake.

Tire Trouble

After finishing up the body of the hot rod, Buddy and Ralph noticed an issue with the back tires. "They don't fit as snugly against the sides of the car as we'd like," Ralph said. "So, Buddy is cutting into the cake."

Working on the Wire

"So, I cut through the wires of the cake which actually activates the lights," Buddy said. "We don't have time for this. I don't even know if I wire them back together that it's gonna work."

Cold Rod

Although Buddy's cake won on wow factor, Sherry and Richard wished there had been more detail in his hot rod cake and less of a cartoon aspect to the overall design.

Week 2: Cake-Off

Client: Aarti Sequeria, Judge on Guy's Grocery Games

Event: Bollywood party

Location: Aarti's house

Depth of Flavor & Technique

After being accused of having "cartoonish" cakes, Buddy wanted to show he could do all the techniques Duff could, and then some. "I want to show them that we can use molds, we can use cake lays or we can pipe it," Buddy said. "We can bring it any way they want it."

In the Detail

While Ralph was working on some animal sculptured for the base of the cake, Buddy got started icing and designing the main cake layers. Then it was time to start the details. "We're going to do some stenciling, we're going to do some gold cake lace, and we're going to do some pressed molds," Buddy said. We're pulling out all the bells and whistles here, because I want the world to know we have range."

No Time for Bubbles

"The most challenging part of this cake is to get all this work done in a short amount of time," Buddy said. And just as the last tier was being covered with fondant, Buddy noticed a big problem. "There's a bubble in the fondant," he said to Ralph. After peeling the fondant off, the bubble wasn't even in the fondant, it was in the buttercream. In a competition like this, Buddy's only option was to ice the entire tier all over again.

Buddy Won Bollywood

Buddy's variety of techniques snagged him the win in the second Cake-Off.