Positively Philadelphia: Collingswood Baker Goes Hollywood

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – Al DiBartolo of DiBartolo’s Bakery is one of the competitors on the Food Network’s new season of ‘Halloween Wars.’

“Teams of three people; there’s a cake person, obviously that’s me,” he says. “There’s a pumpkin carver, and then there’s a sugar artist-slash-chocolatier on every team.”

And he says these are serious pumpkins:

Al DiBartolo's Horror Cake (Credit: DiBartolo's Bakery)

Al DiBartolo’s Horror Cake (Credit: DiBartolo’s Bakery)

“These are not jack-o-lanterns. Some of these pumpkins are 800 pounds. They’re so big you literally need forklifts and pallet-draggers to bring them out, because there’s just no moving them.”

So really, they are more like buildings than pumpkins DiBartolo jokes:

“Your piece has to be an equal amount of sugar, cake and pumpkin. What makes the show challenging is once you start carving a pumpkin, it gets very wet, and things are not going to stick as well as they normally would.”

And the scarier the cake, he says the better:

“They want to see real horror cakes. Elvira is a guest judge this season, I know they’re having Sid Haig. He’s from the movie “House of 1,000 Corpses.” He’s a really creepy guy.”

Interest in Halloween has grown tremendously over the years.

“Just gone from what my dad used to do, and I’ve seen it in my own lifetime, the sky’s the limit.” DiBartolo says. “Anything can be turned into cake, literally.”


And for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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