This morning on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray celebrated her 500th episode with this intense food-themed cake made by Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. Owner Buddy Valastro's elaborate cakes have appeared in numerous magazines and television shows, and he just won Food Network's Battle of the Brides cake challenge. If you can't make it to Hoboken, you'll soon be able to see more of the bakery in TLC's upcoming reality show, Cake Boss, on April 19.
I got some photos of the cake pre-unveiling from my friend Christine Campanelli who works at Carlo's Bake Shop and helped design the cake. She said that they got the order for the cake last week and made the cake pieces over a few days. About seven people worked on sculpting the different parts out of fondant and modeling chocolate. After Buddy iced and stacked the main pieces together, they added the sculpted parts, words, and smaller details. See a larger photo of the cake after the jump.