TLC to launch 'Cake Boss' spinoff

12:52 PM PST 06/24/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Untitled series will follow 10 aspiring cake-makers compete

TLC is launching a spinoff of its reality hit "Cake Boss" that will seek out the best undiscovered baker in the business.

The as-yet-untitled series will star "Cake Boss" lead Buddy Valastro, and follow 10 aspiring cake-makers competing in a series of challenges.

The winner will be an apprentice in Valastro's New Jersey bakery, the setting for "Cake Boss."

Series launches in December, produced by High Noon Entertainment, for an eight-episode run. "Boss" is currently averaging 1.9 million viewers an episode.
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