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  The Man Behind the Cake 翻糖哲學 蛋糕天王的創意世界
by Evan Witkowski

How a baker's son in New Jersey became the Cake Boss with his own reality television show.

    No cake or pastry is too crazy for Buddy Valastro, the star of The Learning Channel's (TLC) hit show Cake Boss. Valastro is the fourth generation in his family to run Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has a special talent for making people's sweet dreams come true, with elaborate cake designs and an eager-to-please attitude.
  His four older sisters as well as his wife and kids help out at the bakery, and the family business is booming. Valastro rises to any challenge set forth for him by his loyal customers, and his can-do spirit has made Carlo's Bakery an institution. He wrote: "Together we've made everything from a six-foot-high replica of the Empire State Building to a life-sized racecar for NASCAR built from 24,000 cakes (that one took a few years off my life!) and we bake thousands of Italian pastries, cupcakes, and wedding cakes each week."
  Valastro grew up working at the bakery with his father, Buddy Sr., but he struggled to match the skill and artistry achieved by his role model. While his father was on his deathbed, the future Cake Boss promised to take over the bakery and make it the best it could be. Valastro's father died and left him in charge of Carlo's Bakery when he was only 17 years old. Soon after taking over, he had a dream where his father appeared to show him how to make the dough for one special dessert. He has been making amazing cakes ever since. With the premiere of his own television show seven years ago, Valastro sure has lived up to his promise to make Buddy Sr. proud.

1. What channel does Cake Boss appear on?
(A) A local New Jersey channel.
(B) Food Network.
(C) A channel owned by the family of Buddy Valastro.
(D) The Learning Channel.

2. What is special about Carlo's Bakery?
(A) It is the only bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.
(B) It is a family business that has lasted four generations.
(C) They only make specialty cakes for celebrity customers.
(D) Buddy Valastro never reveals his pastry dough recipes.

3. What is one cake that Valastro found challenging to make?
(A) His own wedding cake.
(B) A cake that lived up to his father's legacy.
(C) A certain kind of cupcake that his customers requested.
(D) A life-sized racecar made of cake.

4. What did Valastro promise his dying father?
(A) To take over the family business and make it more successful.
(B) To not change any of the recipes at Carlo's Bakery.
(C) To get his own reality television show.
(D) To pass the business down to his children.


1. hit n. 成功而風行一時的事物
Many people got to experience 3D animation at work in the hit movie.
許多人都在該部賣座強片中體驗過 3D 動畫。

2. generation n. 世代
The older generation tends to be more conservative in many aspects.

3. elaborate a. 精巧的,精心製作的 & vi. 詳述
: elaborate on...  詳盡說明……
People dressed up in elaborate costumes for the carnival parade.
The governor wouldn't elaborate on the incident.

4. booming a. 蓬勃發展的;興隆的
Business has been booming, so everyone is getting a huge raise this month.

5. institution n. 眾所周知的事物;機構
The global economy has been in turmoil since the fall of the major financial institutions.
*turmoil n. 混亂

6. appear vi. 出現;似乎
: disappear vi. 消失,不見
disappear from...  從……消失
The clerk served Amy with a summons to appear in court.
*summons n. 傳票
The doctor said there was no cause for alarm. The rash on Kent's arm would disappear after a few days.
The cat disappeared from my neighbor's yard.

7. amazing a. 驚人的,了不起的
: amazingly adv. 令人驚奇地
It's amazing how much the baby resembles her mother.
*resemble vt. 與……相像
The plastic bags are amazingly durable.

8. premiere n. 首演,首映
The bodyguards escorted the superstar from the movie premiere.
*escort vt. 護送;陪同

9. reveal vt. 洩露,揭露
Tom violated the contract by revealing the company's secrets.

10. legacy n. 遺產
Distant relatives claimed part of that rich man's legacy.


His four older sisters as well as his wife and kids help out at the bakery, and the family business is booming.
as well as(和)或 rather than(而非)連接主詞時,其後動詞要隨著第一個主詞作變化。
John as well as I is interested in music.
I rather than he am wrong.

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a reality television show  真人實境節目
pastry n. 點心,糕點
can-do a. 勇往直前的;樂觀進取的
replica n. 複製品
life-sized a. 與真人∕實物大小一樣的
cupcake n. 杯子蛋糕
artistry n. 藝術性
deathbed n. 臨終所臥的床
dough n. 生麵糰


1. help out  協助,幫忙
If you need me to help out, please just let me know.

2. rise to...  對……作出反應
The newly elected mayor must rise to the challenge of his enhanced responsibilities.

3. set forth(...)  提出(……);出發
John set forth a sound plan at the meeting.
*sound a. 健全的;合理的
We set forth at dawn and arrived at our destination at dusk.
*dusk n. 黃昏,傍晚

4. struggle to V  努力∕掙扎(做)……
Jim struggled to carry the big box of books up the stairs.

5. take over...  接管∕接掌……
Our manager is going to take over the new division next week.

6. be in charge of...  負責∕掌管……
Stanley is in charge of the company's public relations department.

7. live up to...  符合……(期望、想法)等
Cedric was saddened by the fact that he didn't live up to his parents' expectations.

8. pass... down / pass down...   將……傳給後人
: be passed down to...  被傳給……(後世)
The vase was passed down to me from my mother.


翻糖哲學 蛋糕天王的創意世界



1. 《蛋糕天王》出現在哪一臺頻道?
(A) 紐澤西的地方頻道。
(B) 美食網路。
(C) 巴迪‧瓦拉索家族所擁有的頻道。
(D) 旅遊生活頻道。
題解:根據本文第一段,沒有蛋糕或糕點對旅遊生活頻道(TLC)當紅節目《蛋糕天王》的明星巴迪‧瓦拉索而言太過瘋狂,故 (D) 項應為正選。

2. 卡羅麵包坊有什麼特別之處?
(A) 它是紐澤西霍博肯唯一的一家麵包店。
(B) 它是一個傳承了四代的家族企業。
(C) 他們只為有名氣的客人製作特色蛋糕。
(D) 巴迪‧瓦拉索從不透露他的糕點麵糰食譜。
題解:根據本文第一段,瓦拉索是他家族的第四代,經營位於紐澤西霍博肯的卡羅麵包坊,故 (B) 項應為正選。

3. 瓦拉索認為哪一個蛋糕的製作過程極具挑戰性?
(A) 他自己的結婚蛋糕。
(B) 一個無愧於他父親遺產的蛋糕。
(C) 他的客戶要求的一種特殊杯子蛋糕。
(D) 一輛由蛋糕製成、與實物大小相當的賽車。
題解:根據本文第二段,他曾寫下:「我們攜手打造了一切,從六英尺高的帝國大廈複製品到與實物大小相同、由兩萬四千個蛋糕打造的全國運動汽車競賽協會賽車(那讓我折了幾年壽!)……」,故 (D) 項應為正選。

4. 瓦拉索答應了他臨終父親什麼事情?
(A) 接管家族企業並讓它更加成功。
(B) 不會改變任何卡羅麵包坊的食譜。
(C) 得到屬於他自己的真人實境節目。
(D) 將事業傳承給他的孩子。
題解:根據本文最後一段,在他的父親臨終之前,這位未來的蛋糕天王承諾要接管那家麵包店,並讓它達到事業巔峰,故 (A) 項應為正選。

答案: 1. D 2. B 3. D 4. A

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