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Carlo’s Bakery

Carlo’s Bakery —  owned by Buddy Valastro, the cake boss himself
Carlo's Bakery

After being featured on the TLC hit show Cake Boss, business at Carlo’s Bakery exploded.

Run by celebrity chef and master baker Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Jr., Carlo’s Bakery, once low-key, boomed in business after Buddy became the star of Cake Boss. The famous bakery now produces staggering numbers of pies, with the pie count for the Thanksgiving holiday coming out to around 20,000 pies every year. Even more surprisingly is the skilled staff that handles making such large volumes of pies. A staff of at most 10 people do all the baking for Carlo’s dedicated customers. Demand for pies is strong all year round, but holiday seasons always bring increased demand. If customers don’t arrive early around opening times, waits can usually expected for the mouthwatering handmade pies that follow Buddy’s father’s original recipe.

One of the most popular desserts at Carlo’s — if not the most popular — is the Lobster Tail. This delicious dessert is as delicious as it is difficult to make. The Lobster Tail made at Carlo’s Bakery is an americanized version of the Italian sfogliatelle pastry. Carlo’s Lobster Tail uses the the same dough used to make sfogliatelle. According to Nicole Valdes, public relations and social media for Carlo’s Bakery, this dough is not just time consuming to work with, but also difficult. The hardship is definitely worth it, however, since even after 100 years, the Lobster Tail continues to be the most popular pastry that Carlo’s offers.

Lobster Tail


The Lobster Tail isn’t the only reason you should visit Carlo’s Bakery. The esteemed bakery has delicious cookies, such as the Pignoli Nut and the Rugealh.

Cookies and Lobster Tail aside, how could you forget the cake that made Buddy’s bakery such a phenomenon. On average, Carlo’s Bakery will make around 40 cakes a week during wedding season. The cakes are made in two teams — one team is responsible for baking the cakes, while the other is responsible for the fillings. In this way, each cake is made with precision, each to specifications and with extreme care.

If you’re in Times Square around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street and looking for a tasty treat, make sure to stop by Carlo’s Bakery. If not for the Lobster Tail, the cookies, or a hand-made cake, stop by for their 28 different pastries and their 14 different flavors of cupcakes.

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