Of Cakes and Heroes

DaGoddess @ 04:10

We watched The Cake Boss tonight on TLC (skipping J&K+8 for various reasons, not the least of which is the show has become less about dealing with all the kids and more about mom and dad’s personal lives…no thanks). Now, this was the first time LD’s see The Cake Boss and he really enjoyed it.

Perhaps my love of cake has been passed along to my child. He could be relegated to a lifetime of cake longing as I have. Well, no worry, because LD has a plan. As soon as he saw Buddy Valastro creating a fire-breathing tiki cake, LD started designing his own series of cakes. There were cakes with volcanoes of red colored chocolate and intricate, but beautiful design. Maybe it was a good thing that LD missed the cake contest last week…he’d have been all over that one!

I gotta tell you: this is where Discovery gets it right. They have a variety of channels offering a wider variety of programming. For the most part they’ve picked some wonderful people to follow and for us parents to share with our children. We can go from Mythbusters at 9 on DC to Cake Boss at 10 on TLC. And what my son gets to see is two hours of men who have to come up with creative ways to solve problems. Sure, two of those guys and up blowing things to bits, and Buddy is more about putting things together. Either way, my son sees men very comfortable expressing their creativity in different ways. Both appeal to my weird child, but that’s a good thing.

So, anyway, after the first ep of Cake Boss, my boy gets his paper out and commences to draw. When he finally revealed the details to me, I was flabbergasted. And craving cake. Oh, and since they’ve started airing commercials for a local decorating school, guess what he wants to learn? Maybe I should encourage it. We could become the local designated “cake go to” gang. That’d be a sweet way to earn some cash. (Yeah, I said sweet. So shoot me.)

Hmmm, the more I think about this, the better I like it. This is a young man who pays attention to detail and who will create something visually stunning. I think he could do it. He might take some ribbing from certain kids, but I think it has potential.

Oh, and I’ve decided I want to be a travel blogger. I’m planning a trip of everywhere I can go without a passport. Throw a couple things in a suitcase, bring my photo gear, and hit the streets to meet the people. Why not? My son’s gonna finance the trips with his amazing cakes.


  1. I like this post! I can see LD watching Myth Busters and Cake Boss [both great shows and two that our boys enjoy also!]. Cake design/decorating has become a hobby for many people, I bet you can find affordable tools and books for him. Who knows? Maybe you and LD will have your own mother/son show on TLC. I like it!

    Comment by Chris — 2009/08/11 @ 05:40

  2. Not every kid picks up all the nuances like LD does… doesn’t matter what it is, if he can see it, he can do it.

    The only things I miss about cable are the channels like Discovery, History, NatGeo… thankfully Hulu and Netflix fills in some of the blanks for me. ;)

    Comment by Pam — 2009/08/11 @ 05:44

  3. Mmmm, ccccaaaaakkkkkkkeeeeeeeeee…………….

    (I have an absolutely killer devil’s food cake recipe from my great-grandmother, if he needs one, wants to practice and agrees to send me samples!)

    Comment by Jan — 2009/08/11 @ 07:03

  4. I’m thrilled that he sees the possibilities all around him, that he’s not bound by some stereotype of what’s manly. Rather, he sees that anyone can have any kind of job they want if they really want it.

    As for me, I gave up cake decorating eons ago. Nope. Not my forte. But I will sit and draw cake designs with my son any old time he wants.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/08/13 @ 22:33

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