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July’s AdVenture: Custom Pastries

The Cake Boss

Welcome to AdVentures.  In this column, we’ll take a closer look at our family’s entrepreneurial venture of the month.  We’ve already hosted a taco wagon and a coffee stand and made and sold homemade chocolate bars.  Rumors of future projects such as publishing a children’s book and designing a girl’s handbag can neither be confirmed nor denied.  As with all AdVentures, the goal is to have some fun with the kids and learn more about entrepreneurism.

My wife and I recently killed cable because we just didn’t see the value anymore.  Kathleen watched no more than thirty minutes of TV per day and I only surfed channels once the kids went to bed.  We were also apprehensive to commit to any new series (sitcom or other) because it would just be another thing to fill up our schedule.

The children, on the other hand, were a whole different story.

We’re definitely not the type of parents who use the television to babysit our kids.  However, we’re not afraid to let them watch some cartoons in the morning or while dinner is being made.  And they really loved some of their shows such as the Dinosaur Train.  Killing cable for these guys would certainly crimp their style.  But we did it anyway.

We were so proud of ourselves — right up to the minute the Roku box showed up in the mail.  (Um, a co-worker talked us into trying Roku as you can watch TV over the internet for free.)  Before we knew it, we had streaming entertainment at our fingertips.  And I had a new friend in Buddy the Cake Boss.

Buddy?

The Cake Boss?

For those of you who don’t know Buddy, he’s a throwback from the old country.  When he talks with his Italian accent, I feel like I’m watching Goodfellas.  Buddy is extremely energetic, motivated and assertive…and a very talented entrepreneur.  Not only that, but he makes some of the most beautiful and unique cakes I have ever seen.

Quite frankly, I didn’t realize people like Buddy existed outside of the movies.  But after watching about 30 episode of Cake Boss, I’m pretty sure this guy’s for real.  And even though he occasionally toes the line with his language, I allow the kids to watch the show.

They’re just amazed at the cakes he can make and they love it when he does custom jobs such as a dinosaur or a race car.  It’s actually pretty fun to watch him create his masterpieces from scratch.  Inevitably, there will be chaos during the building process, but in the end he makes it look like…a piece of cake.

After watching all these shows and being fairly in touch with what goes into the process, I thought we should give it a try.  Although I’m not sure this AdVenture will result in a massive custom cake, we are going to try something new that registers pretty high on the fun-o-meter.  Stick with us friends, this one should be good!

Are we in over our heads?  What kind of custom pastry should we make?  Have you ever samples the frosting before  putting it on the cake?

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nick #

    In over your heads? No, should be fun and will probably get messy knowing you Paul. You guys making a cake? Cause Green Bay logo would be pretty sweet. Also, you have to try the frosting to know if it tastes good, best part of the cake.

    July 12, 2012
    • A custom cake in the form of a football helmet would be impressive and timely given that the start of football season is just around the corner. Good food (or cake) for thought!

      July 13, 2012
  2. Ben #

    ShaferPower, I really like the idea. I suggest doing something on a grand scale…just like Buddy!

    July 12, 2012
    • So you’re saying we should swing for the fence, huh? I think we’d be up for that :)

      July 13, 2012
  3. Ellen #

    I don’t care what kind of pastry you do as long as I’m first in line :)

    July 12, 2012
  4. A note about cable. We ditched ours too. My son loved the channel that was called “Sprout” here, but we really aren’t missing it. We have a couple DVDs (no need to go BluRay since he doesn’t know the difference and many can be found used or in the bargain bins) of his favorite shows and many others he began to like on PBS. Available over the air with a cheap antenna and in full HD…all for free! We really don’t miss cable aside from the occasional blip in antenna signal strength. I was planning to get a Roku box and likely still will. We are using Hulu+ through the Wii and PS3, but have found that we might cancel that too. Just not much really worth paying for these days on TV.

    And like you said, it leaves more time for coming up with crazy cool ideas for the family to spend time together and maybe even make (or save) a little money in the process.

    Shafer Power!

    PS – you really need Shafer Power! t-shirts made and a post of la famiglia wearing them…or maybe selling them? AdVenture?

    July 12, 2012
    • Chris, thanks for the great insight…creativity is the name of the game – whether it’s finding free alternatives to cable or creating new AdVentures for the journey. We’ve got t-shirts on our AdVentures BUCKET LIST and I like the way you’re thinking. Thank you! http://shaferpower.com/adventure-bucket-list/

      July 13, 2012
  5. Crissy #

    You have to make “Cake Pops” the kids will love it and it’s really simple and fun. We also like “Cupcakes Wars” We watch the show and have had our own Cupcakes Wars with the kids being the judges. (today we got to have cupcakes from one of the winners in Manhatten Beach…very excited)

    July 19, 2012
    • Hi Crissy, I had to look up cake pops as I wasn’t familiar with the term. However, once I saw a picture of one, I immediately knew what you were talking about. I think this is a great idea and one I’ll present to our “partner” this week during our planning session for this AdVenture. Thanks for the suggestion. Stay tuned for more…

      July 22, 2012

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