Cake Boss’ sweet gesture

Buddy Valastro and Valeria Arcila
Buddy Valastro and Valeria Arcila

Buddy Valastro not only makes amazing cakes, but he also grants special wishes.

The Cake Boss star visited Holtz Children’s Hospital Friday to grant a wish to 11-year-old Valeria Arcila, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Valastro was contacted and invited to grant Valeria’s wish of meeting and decorating a cake with him.

“Make-A-Wish is an organization that I’ve been involved with for maybe five years now, and this is the first press conference I’ve ever had; I don’t do it for the publicity,” said Valastro, who spent the morning with Valeria decorating a cake. “I do it because I’m a dad, and I do it because I want to give these kids hope. I want to make their dreams come true.”

The Italian business owner, who now has a shop in Orlando, was also in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. However, his main objective for the weekend was to meet Valeria, who is a fan of his TLC reality show.

Buddy taught Valeria how to cut fondant into floral shapes and how to stick the different pieces onto the cake.

He also reminded her that she had to continue fighting so she could visit him in his New Jersey bakery, Carlo’s, which initially belonged to his father since it was purchased in 1963.

“Years later, kids come back, and they’ve recovered and to see them flourishing is something that touches your heart, but it puts life in perspective for you,” Valastro said. “It makes you go home and thank God. When I do these, I go home and hug my kids a little tighter.”