Baker and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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Courtesy of TLC

Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ chats about tradition in his family-owned shop, gives advice on how to choose your perfect wedding confection, and weighs in on the age old question: buttercream or fondant? Find out more about the Valastros and their bakery on their new show "Cake Boss" premiering this Sunday, April 19th, on TLC. —Cari Wolfert

Carlo's Bakery has been a business in your family for almost 100 years and you pride yourself on the fact that you stick to tradition. What are some key factors in your cake-making process that have never changed?

We still do things the old fashioned way. Our recipes haven't changed for almost a century and we still use the finest ingredients and bake things with old world tradition. I am a purist—simple, fresh ingredients is a recipe for success. Sometimes people try to over-complicate things and flavors fight so we stick to our guns and make what we've been making for 100 years...

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