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Buddy Valastro feared he ‘wouldn’t be the same person’ after gruesome injury but is 95% recovered

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Just a year ago, Buddy Valastro wasn’t sure if life as he knew it was over after a freak accident that nearly cost the all-star baker the use of his right hand.

The 44-year-old Jersey boy joined DailyMailTV for a sweet interview about his latest venture, Buddy V’s Cake Slice, making it a breeze to get dessert delivered to your door, revealing that his “95% recovered.”

Buddy said his low came in the immediate aftermath of the incident as he lay in the hospital bed, worried he would lose himself if he couldn’t bake anymore. “I wouldn’t be the same person,” he admitted.

How sweet it is: Buddy Valastro joined DailyMailTV for a sweet interview about his latest venture, Buddy V’s Cake Slice, revealing his ‘95% recovery’ from a horrific hand injury

“I’d say I’m probably about 95% of the way,” Buddy explained of his recovery. “You know, I’ve got about 90% of my strength back, I’ve got all my movement and agility back. I just have a little problem moving my fingers.’

The celebrity chef showed his healed hand to DailyMailTV, which looked almost perfect, but his index finger seemed slightly separated from the rest of his fingers. Valastro explained that after five surgeries, he could go under the knife again to correct the problem.

“Listen, if this is as good as it’s going to be, I’m happy,” he added gratefully.

In September 2020, Buddy impaled his right hand in a freak accident with the pin mechanism of his home bowling alley machine and suffered severe tendon and nerve damage.

“I’d say I’m probably about 95% of the way,” Buddy explained of his recovery. “You know, I’ve got about 90% of my strength back, I’ve got all my movement and agility back. I just have a little problem moving my fingers.’

Terrifying: In September 2020, Buddy impaled his right hand in a freak accident with the pin mechanism of his home bowling alley machine and suffered severe tendon and nerve damage

Terrifying: In September 2020, Buddy impaled his right hand in a freak accident with the pin mechanism of his home bowling alley machine and suffered severe tendon and nerve damage

“The hardest part was probably, you know, being in that hospital and thinking if I’ll ever be the same,” Buddy recalled. “It wasn’t like I got a scratch or broke a finger. I mean, I had a huge metal stake that went through my hand — and then my whole thumb rolled and crushed.”

“My whole hand was destroyed,” he continued. ‘Look, I always knew I could work. And I still had my head and I still had everything else that worked except those cakes and that level of detail… I really didn’t know what was going to happen.

“That’s like taking something away from me,” he said, adding that baking his breathtaking cakes “is part of my DNA.”

“If that part of me was taken away, I wouldn’t be the same person,” Buddy admitted.

“The hardest was probably.  you know, laying in that hospital thinking if I'll ever be the same,” Buddy recalled.  “It wasn't like I got a scratch or broke a finger.  I mean, I had a huge metal stake that went through my hand — and then my whole thumb rolled and crushed.

“The hardest was probably. you know, laying in that hospital thinking if I’ll ever be the same,” Buddy recalled. “It wasn’t like I got a scratch or broke a finger. I mean, I had a huge metal stake that went through my hand — and then my whole thumb rolled and crushed.”

“That's like taking something away from me,” he said, adding that baking his breathtaking cakes “is part of my DNA.  If that part of me was taken away, I wouldn't be the same person.”

“That’s like taking something away from me,” he said, adding that baking his breathtaking cakes “is part of my DNA. If that part of me was taken away, I wouldn’t be the same person.”

In just 12 months, Buddy went from a hand nearly destroyed back to the top of his game by the third season of Food Network’s Buddy vs. Duff with a monstrous Godzilla cake.

“It was so nice to be in it again,” he exulted about his team’s big win. “But I have to say, for me I’m just so happy to be able to compete at that level” [again].’

The owner of Carlo’s Bakery is now working with Virtual Dining Concepts for Buddy V’s Cake Slice to bring his sweetness to kitchen tables across the country with pieces of cake delivered to your door.

“This is a chance for you to say, ‘Hey, you know what? I just saw Cake Boss on TV. I want a piece of his cake,'” Buddy explained.

yum!  The owner of Carlo's Bakery is now working with Virtual Dining Concepts for Buddy V's Cake Slice to bring his sweetness to kitchen tables across the country with pieces of cake delivered to your door

yum! The owner of Carlo’s Bakery is now working with Virtual Dining Concepts for Buddy V’s Cake Slice to bring his sweetness to kitchen tables across the country with pieces of cake delivered to your door

“This is a chance for you to say, ‘Hey, you know what? I just saw Cake Boss on TV. I want a piece of his cake,'” Buddy explained.

There are currently five cake slice flavors available: confetti, vanilla rainbow, chocolate fudge, red velvet, and black and white fudge. They can be ordered in most markets in the US and will be delivered to your home the same day.

“This is like ordering pizza or Chinese food,” Buddy joked.

The best part is that the slices are real: “Every cake is made here in my factory in New Jersey, in my bakery, and then we ship it across the country.”

Buddy added that cake is something that freezes and transports perfectly, so by the time it hits your plate, the integrity of the cake is intact with all the moist, deliciousness that Cake Boss fans have come to expect.

Five cake slice flavors are currently available: confetti, vanilla rainbow, chocolate fudge, red velvet, and black and white fudge

Five cake slice flavors are currently available: confetti, vanilla rainbow, chocolate fudge, red velvet, and black and white fudge

'Cake slices are just easy.  They are delicious.  You know, you don't have to buy a whole cake, you just want to cut it.  You don't eat the whole thing, you close it, you put it back in the fridge, you're ready to rock and roll,

‘Cake slices are just easy. They are delicious. You know, you don’t have to buy a whole cake, you just want to cut it. You don’t eat the whole thing, you close it, you put it back in the fridge, you’re ready to rock and roll,” Valastro gushed, adding that his two go-to flavors are red velvet and rainbow.

‘Cake slices are just easy. They are delicious. You know, you don’t have to buy a whole cake, you just want to cut it. You don’t eat the whole thing, you close it, you put it back in the fridge, you’re ready to rock and roll,” Valastro gushed, adding that his two favorite flavors are red velvet and rainbow.

One superfan Buddy can always count on when he wants Carlo’s pies is supermodel Gigi Hadid.

Valastro recently made the colorful, gravity-defying layered first birthday cake for Gigi and Zayn Malik’s daughter Khai.

“First of all, she’s just such a wonderful person. You know, when I met her, I was amazed at how down-to-earth and kind she was,” Buddy said.

Impressive! One superfan Buddy can always count on to want Carlo’s cakes is supermodel Gigi Hadid, and Valastro recently made the colorful, gravity-defying layered first birthday cake for Gigi and Zayn Malik’s daughter Khai.

“Being able to spend some time with her and realize that Cake Boss was an important part of her life and growing up, you know, it touches your heart,” he told DailyMailTV. “It makes you feel like what you’re doing is important.”

Over the summer, the supermodel came to work with Buddy at his famous New Jersey bakery to learn some frosting techniques from the Cake Boss himself as part of a Harper’s Bazaar cover story.

“Being able to spend some time with her and realize that Cake Boss was an important part of her life and growing up, you know, it touches your heart,” he told DailyMailTV. “It makes you feel like what you’re doing is important.”

The superstar baker added that Gigi is now officially ‘a lifer’ and he vowed to make the catwalker ‘any cake’ [she] needs forever.’

Buddy V’s Cake Slice is available for delivery in most major markets nationwide through the website or his app in confetti, vanilla rainbow, chocolate fudge, red velvet and black and white fudge.

Piece of cake!  Buddy V's Cake Slice is available for delivery in most major markets nationwide through its website or its app

Piece of cake! Buddy V’s Cake Slice is available for delivery in most major markets nationwide through its website or its app

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