NEW YORK – It’s good to be the boss, and it’s even better to be the “Cake Boss.” Every day Buddy Valastro whips up crazy good cakes while handling all the chaos that comes along with a crazy big family and a popular bakery. He talked to FOX411 about his weirdest customer request, and why he doesn’t consider himself a reality star.
FOX411: Now, that you’re big time do you still bake most of the cakes or you supervise?
Buddy Valastro: The thing is I still bake at the bakery. I don’t bake as much as I used to. I’m also running a business. I miss when I don’t make a cake, that’s my happy place, or sometimes I’ll just be home and I’ll bake a cake with my kids, or cook, or something like that. I still love to do it and I really know how to do it. For me, it’s one of those things where I have to do it. I just can’t go a certain amount of time without making a cake.
FOX411: Why do you think your show keeps getting renewed?
Valastro: I think it does different things for different people. It’s a show that you can sit down and enjoy with your family which makes me very, very proud. I love the fact that it inspires people to want to bake. You know I had a little girl tell me that I love watching “Cake Boss” because no matter how big the challenge is you never give up, you always do it, and it inspires me to never give up and follow my dreams. I’ve heard it’s helped the baking industry for a lot of people. I think we put fondant on the map.
FOX411: You’ve dealt with all kinds of demanding customers but share a little about the craziest you’ve encountered yet.
Valastro: There are always challenges, and part of what I do is taking on the challenges because it’s my way of thanking the fans for always being so good to me. It’s my way of saying, “Look, I’m going to push myself to the limit or the brink. If I had to give you one example when we did the Nascar cake that was the size of a car. It weighed like 20,000 pounds. It was pretty wild. That was one of the hardest cakes we’ve ever done.
FOX411: Are there any downsides to be a reality TV star?
Valastro: Honestly, I love what I do. You always get classified “reality TV” and stuff like that. So, I don’t feel like the cameras are in my life where it’s so much of my life. It’s more about my life at my job which I love and I’m happy about. I feel like I do have a skill with what I do. I don’t like getting lumped together where it feels where I’m just some clown that fell out of the turnip truck. I don’t classify myself as anything. I’m a regular guy.
FOX411: Your family is tight knit. You went through a tough time getting a DUI. How did you handle that?
Valastro: To be honest with you, I’ve always been honest in my life. I was honest about it. I made a mistake that night when I got behind a wheel I didn’t think I shouldn’t be driving. I could tell you that whole-heartedly, but thank God I did get pulled over and nobody got hurt, and I did my time. I mean I’m not proud but I paid my penance. I didn’t fight anybody. I didn’t say anything. I made a mistake. The first thing I did was called all of my friends and said, “Look, learn from me.” You go out to dinner. You have two or three glasses of wine. You don’t know where you’re going to be, you know, after a big meal. You can never judge. Honestly, what I’ve learned from it is if you are going to have a drink, you just don’t drive at all. No matter what.