Cake Boss Audition

26 Jul

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Last week was insane! If you are just interested in seeing the audition video just scroll down to the bottom to view it. If not, here’s all the drama behind the video.

Here is a little background information. I put in an application for a new show on TLC. The show is cake baking/decorating competition hosted by The Cake Boss. Last Monday at about 6:30 pm I got an e-mail from the casting directors that said they LOVED my application and the next step was to make an audition video to show to the producers and they wanted it by the end of the week.  I was so excited but this presented a few challenges…
If we were still in Ithaca, this would have been no big deal. I could have used a camera from work and edited it on my work computer (which was a nice Mac with Final Cut Pro)…But alas I only have an old  Flip and PC’s with no editing software here! So the first order of business was to secure something to film with and some software to edit with. Honestly I didn’t know anything about editing software for PC’s so we went to Best Buy. We ended up buying Pinnacle Studio 14 (I’ll get to my true feelings about this software later).  The cool thing is that it came with a green screen!!!  So you can see in the video that we took advantage of that right away!  Next order of business was a camera. We called Dan’s brother to see if we could borrow his.  The only problem is that he is about an hour and half away.  So Dan met him the next morning at his job to pick up the camera while I continued to bake.

After we had the camera situation sorted out we had to figure out what we were doing for the video.  As per the instructions I had to make a cake, show my work space, show me being competitive and answer about 15 questions.  Of course I wanted to go over the top with the cake.  We decided to make a four (Dan only wanted to make three but I said four would give us more wow factor) tier topsy-turvy with separators.  I had never made this style topsy-turvy before.  The challenge was that we wanted to make the separators edible as well.  Most people use Styrofoam or plastic separators but we made ours out of rice crispy treats.  They ended up working perfectly!  Something we learned from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cake is that people REALLY like rice crispy treats.  When we served that cake a lot of people asked for a rice crispy treat instead of, or in addition to, cake.  Making the separators out of rice crispy just gives one more option for people.  But going into this cake, we didn’t know exactly how it would work.

On Monday night after we got the software, we did a grocery store run to get all the supplies we needed and I got to baking.  At this point it was all ready about 10:00pm.  One benefit of our living situation is two ovens.  So I got one batch in our oven and another going upstairs in Dan’s parent’s oven.  It was really nice to get the baking done double time.  I only had one more batch to bake in the morning while Dan went for the camera.

The cake went together pretty smoothly.  All of the tiers were chocolate cake.  The largest tier was filled with peanut butter and chocolate fudge.  The two middle tiers were filled with raspberry pure and cream cheese and the top was filled with cream cheese and chocolate fudge.  We wanted to make the cake very specific to The Cake Boss so we made a few figurines of people from the show.  For the top tier we had Buddy with a sign that said “Welcome to the top!” since in the opening credits of Cake Boss he says “we’re gonna take this bakery to the top!”  We made Mauro holding  cake, Frankie and Danny dumping flour on Anthony because they are always all playing practical jokes on each other, and me trying to climb up the cake.  On the front I put my personal cake slogan “If you can dream it, I can cake it!”

It was a big cake and I was really tired when we were done with it, but the work wasn’t over yet.  I still had to tape the interview questions and I still had to edit the several hours of video we had accumulated.  After filming the questions and the example of me being competitive, I sat down at the computer at 3:00 pm on Thursday afternoon to start editing.  I didn’t get up from there until noon on Friday.  That was only to lay down on the sofa for an hour to make sure it uploaded.  I finally went to sleep at about 1:00pm on Friday only to wake up at 5:00pm to check to make sure it hadn’t had any trouble encoding on vimeo.

All I have to say is Pinnacle studio sucks!  I have two primary reasons for hating it.  1.  It renders while you work which just junks stuff up and makes it really hard!  Every time you make a minor change, it starts to render again!  It is painful!!!! 2.  It didn’t like transitions in the green screen track.  I didn’t realize this until I was creating the mp4 file (which takes about two hours), it would get about two thirds of the way through and error.  I wasted so much time in the middle of the night on that part.  Overall the software is sufficient but when you are used to working on Final Cut Pro, it is like going from driving a BMW to driving a tractor.  You still get there, but it is a slow, painful ride.

The video didn’t have everything I wanted in it and it wasn’t as clean as I wanted, but I just couldn’t work on it anymore.  I had to call it quits at some point.  I hope that it shows my personality well and that the producers like it.  If they do, the next step is an in person audition in NYC.

So after four days of little sleep, no gym and poor nutrition I crashed for two days.

I hope you enjoy the cake and the video!


8 Responses to “Cake Boss Audition”

  1. Andrea Ofiara July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Love the video and the cake…wish I was there to eat it!!

  2. lesliem1 July 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Great cake, Terry and awesome video! I can’t wait to hear what they think! I love the video playing in the background of your “interview!” You’re so cute!! Thanks for including Sierra! 🙂

  3. Nan July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Excellent. So smart to put your other cakes & Save the Date cake video in the background during your interview. I hope they see how much you have to offer – talent & personality. Good luck.

  4. Mom July 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm #


    • Jenny July 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

      Great Cake and great video, Terry!
      Best of Luck!

  5. Kelly Durkin July 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Ahhhhh I love the cake!!! And I am so excited the Love Song cake made it into the video!!! Woooohoo Go Terry!!!

  6. Darlynne July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Die Humans! Great work! I’m so excited and can’t wait to talk with you!

  7. wjbowden3 July 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    All i can Say is A MASSIVE CONGRADULATIons, I only hope someday soon i get as good as you are, I am going to be trying my First 3 tier cake really soon , but i beleive you have seen my cakes, But Again Major Congrads, And i hope to be able to watch you on Cake boss’s audition , Good Luck , Im sure you will do a Great Job and Probly win

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