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TLC has hired hire Cake Boss for at least one more season. And in response to this incredibly wise move, I’ve decided to craft a “Congratulations” out of an imaginary piece of modeling chocolate for my pal Buddy Valastro. (P.S. He’s only a pal in my dreams. My tasty, sweet dreams.)

After all, I have been a fan of Buddy and his Hoboken, N.J., staff since I watched them create an epic recreation of New York City out of cake, modeling chocolate, and rice crispy treats. And then there was their recreation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa — not to mention their ridiculously sweet take on Dylan’s Candy Bar. How does he do it, PopWatchers?! (Well, he actually tells us how — another reason why I love him — but that doesn’t make his creations any less impressive.)

In fact, Buddy’s creativity so inspired me that I attempted to make spaghetti and meatball cupcakes for the birthdays of my mother and boyfriend late last year. (Thank you, Hello, Cupcake!, for the recipe.) And, just in case those didn’t turn out well — and, as you can see below, they didn’t — my family decided to purchase a birthday cake from Buddy himself at Carlos Bakery. And I can tell you that eating an entire piece of that beautiful cake (see below) was the best 2.1 seconds of my life.

Who else is happy that Buddy’s coming back? And have you ever picked anything up from Carlos Bakery? Or have been inspired to make your own inventive cake-based creation?