This summer Adam and I tried to go to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ on one of our “pre-moving to NYC” trips. We drove there from Queens (ugh), saw the line that was literally around the block, and decided to come back another day.
I was very sad.
You may be saying to yourself… “what’s Carlo’s Bakery?” Are they famous? What’s the big deal about them?
Does Buddy Valastro ring a bell?
Does THE CAKE BOSS ring a bell??
This is the bakery where the famous CAKE BOSS show on TLC is filmed!! Buddy is the loud and proud, very animated, Italian American baker whose family runs the shop. (Tell me you know who I’m talking about!!!)
Anyways.. my sister and I decided to give it a try last week and see if we could get in there! And we did!!!
I feel that my experience at Carlo’s Bakery would best be expressed through the art of Iphone photography…………..
We got there at 11:30 am on a Thursday afternoon, and the line wasn’t too bad. The guy at the door said about 20 minutes to wait? Totally doable. We just took pictures of the store front and of ourselves. Everybody was waiting for their turn to get inside!!!
Finally the guy waved to us to come on in. There were a lot of people inside:
We got our ticket and waited in line.. again…
On the walls of the bakery, there are cakes at the top and a whole bunch of family pictures and awards or recognition that the bakery has gotten over its career– 100 years!!!
There were soooooooooooooooo many desserts they offered!!!
and CAKES!! CAKES !!! CAKES!!!
so scrumptious looking. it was amazing how many things they offered.
we made our choices and they packed it up for us!
a napoleon, a cookie, a carrot cake cupcake, and a red velvet cupcake.
They were all very good–the carrot cake was moist with cream cheese filling, the red velvet was a bit dry (sorry, Buddy!) but the buttercream frosting was lovely. The napoleon I must say was one of the best I’ve ever had. Napoleons are pretty much my go-to choice for desserts at any and all bakeries/restaurants. I love me some napoleon!!!
After we got our things packaged, we headed out and made it all the way back to our apt before eating them! Well, we did go for pizza before we went home but we wanted to save our treats for dessert!
All in all, the trip was good! We didn’t get to see Buddy, but we did hear that Grace and Madeline (2 sisters) were upstairs–but we didn’t see them either. Boo! But it was an awesome experience that I’m sooooooooooo glad I finally achieved!!!
“HOBOKEN, BABY!!”– Buddy
UP NEXT: homemade oreos. oh yea. you just wait…………