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Cake Boss

Hot Date: Buddy’s the Boss

Hey! Where's the fondant!?

NOVEMBER 21 Buddy Valastro does things big—like a 2,000-pound cake shaped like a Transformers robot big. He’s certainly earned the title of his hit TLC series Cake Boss. The bold baker shares stories from his show and his colourful Italian family, answers audience questions, and gives a live demonstration of his confectionary-crafting skills at this interactive event. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $35 to $60; call 416-368-6161 or visit here to purchase.

Hot Shopping: A Delicious Three Days

Buddy Valastro

SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 2 Confectionery enthusiasts have much to indulge in at Canada’s first ever Baking and Sweets Show, a weekend-long extravaganza of tastings, instructional classes and many other treats. The sweetest aspect of the event? Its celebrity guests, including “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, “Cupcake Girls” Heather White and Lori Joyce, and top pastry chef Michelle Bommarito. Competitions for both home bakers and professionals add to the sugary fun. International Centre, $10 to $25 (classes $10 each); visit here for further details.