Banner Art featured on Cake Boss’ Season 2 episode 9 “Freaks, Fast Food & Frightened Frankie”

Marie Roberts Sideshow Banner art featured on Cake Boss' Sideshow Cake

“Cake Boss” centers around Buddy Valastro’s bakery, Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J. In the episode “Freaks, Fast Food & Frightened Frankie,” which originally aired on Nov. 30, 2009, Valastro and his crew designed a cake for the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, using Roberts’ paintings as part of the design. The designs were printed on edible paper and then pasted onto a specialty food item and cut out. When Roberts received a call asking permission for her pictures to be used on the show, she allowed it even though she had never heard of the show.

“I don’t have cable; I didn’t know what ‘Cake Boss’ was,” said Roberts. “Only after the episode aired, and Amusing the Zillion (a former carnival performer) did a blog on me, did I get an inkling of just how popular the show is.”

The works that appeared on the “Cake Boss” episode (Season 2, episode 9 of Cake Boss) included painted banners of performers Scott Baker, Donny Vomit, Serpentina, Heather Holliday, Black Scorpion and Kryssy Kocktail.

A Sideshow Cake on Cake Boss

Banners by Marie Roberts, Photos of the Banners by Norman Blake, Cake by the Boss
Photo: Pablo Jonsey

Watch “Freaks, Fast Food & Frightened Frankie” and see how the Cake Boss made the the Sideshow Cake