Gwen Fowler



Cake Boss makes a yummy giant flip flop in Myrtle Beach

Posted 5/18/2010 11:19:00 AM
Promise a slice of cake made by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and the crowds will turn out. That was proven in Myrtle Beach May 15 when Valastro brought a giant flip-flop shaped cake to town.

Valastro’s appearance was to help the city celebrate its new oceanfront boardwalk. But the unveiling of the cake by TLC’s Cake Boss got more attention than the new boardwalk. Crowds clustered around the stage where
Valastro and lots of city leaders made some comments. But even more people crowded around the tent where the van from Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop backed in to unload the giant cake.

A day before he planned to make the cake at his Hoboken, N.J., bakery, Valastro described his plans for it. The 10-foot by 3-foot cake would be made of 250 sheet cakes, and he estimated it would weigh close to a ton. It would be vanilla cake with fudge frosting, and it would be assembled completely in his bakery, then taken by van to Myrtle Beach.

Who knows how large this flip flop would have been if it weren’t limited by the size of the van?

Valastro cut the first few slices of the cake, which was to be served to the crowd as long as it lasted. The top of the cake – what would actually be where the foot sits on the flip flop – was colorful, with the city’s logo in the center.

Seeing people eat one of his elaborate creations is the best part, Valastro said last week. Usually people can’t believe it really is cake – good cake, at that.

Valastro started baking with his father when he was 11 in the family’s traditional bakery.

“We were a busy bakery before,” he said. “Now we’re a bakery on steroids.”

While the crowd was waiting to get in the tent, Valastro posed for photos, holding babies or kneeling down to get close to small children.

The flip flop cake will be on a Cake Boss episode, he said, but he didn’t know when yet. Stay tuned.