Charly’s Cake Angels back for season 2!

2015-06-01 22:00

Cape Town - Following the successful global broadcast of season one of South Africa’s popular documentary-style reality TV bakery series Charly’s Cake Angels, season two will be broadcast on SABC3 at 21:00 from 18th June 2015.

Filmed in the heart of Cape Town’s District 6 and documenting life inside Charly’s Bakery the 13-part sequel was produced by Cooked in Africa Films over a period of 12 months from April 2012.

Since Charly’s Cake Angels launched in 2012, season one has been shown in more than 100 territories in Europe, Middle East and Africa, including Asia, the UK and Ireland, and has increased the bakery’s social media following to 86 000 Facebook fans in three short years!

Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing, Scripps EMEA, says: “We take much pride in bringing original, creatively rich and compelling programming to so many of the territories we broadcast to. Charly’s Cake Angels began as a showcase of fresh, new talent in a genre that is enjoying unprecedented growth worldwide, and has grown to become a household name synonymous with exotic cakes and a strong sense of family, with beautiful Cape Town providing the perfect back drop."

Founded 25 years ago by Charly and Jacqui Biess, the new series opens with the tragic news of Charly’s death from cancer in May 2012, with Jacqui and daughters Alex, Dani and Roch having to deal with their loss while struggling to meet the increasing demands from new customers and eager fans.

 “Since launching Charly’s Cake Angels season 1,” says Jacqui, “we’ve received literally thousands of emails from people from all over the world and counted nine-hour queues stretching out the bakery door and into the parking lot.  While fame hasn’t changed us, it’s certainly made us appreciate the goodwill and care that comes from the people around us. The appeal of this season goes beyond creating bigger and bolder cakes. We venture further outside of the bakery and into the heart of local communities and families in need, where we find a way of celebrating life in all its diversity.”

Designed as a multiple series documentary, Cooked in Africa Films Executive Producer Peter Gird says "While there are a plethora of baking genre reality series in the market, such as the popular Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, Charly’s Cake Angels is unique in that it features a family-owned bakery, operated by four women who don’t only make eye-popping designer cakes for a living, but who are intent on changing the world one cup cake at a time. Beyond the unrelenting orders and decadent cake decorations, season two celebrates the sense of community, supporting relationships, and random acts of kindness that have helped to turn Charly’s Bakery into a surprising tourist hot spot and wedding cake mecca for fans from all over the world."

Filmed in the wake of the announcement of Cape Town as the 2014 Design Capital of the World, the Angels prove their reputation as one of the City’s most treasured creative gems as they deliver on the weird, wonderful and sometimes whacky cake orders that come streaming into the bakery daily.  In the premiere episode it's been six months since Jacqui, Alex, Dani and Roch had cameras swarming around them in Cape Town's favourite bakery and a lot has happened.

Since Charly’s death and with Jacqui needing some much-needed time-out, Alex, Dani and Roch have taken over the reins and most of the operational responsibilities of the business. With their popularity soaring and the bakery doors bursting at the seams, the girls have hired extra staff to help them cope with the endless cake orders, fan mail and job applications from hopeful bakers and fans desperate to be part of the action.                                                                      

Each 26-minute episode is themed, from the thrilling Roch & Charles’ Big Adventure Episode where Roch makes her own five-tiered wedding cake and walks down the aisle with her fiancé Charles; to the spectacular three-tier circus cake, 3D Lego cake and risqué 50 Shades of Grey themed cake in It’s Going to be Spooktacular Halloween Episode.

The heart warming The Best Feeling in the World Episode sees the Angels celebrating Christmas by collecting 8500 toys for kids at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. This act of kindness is no easy task, but the Queen of Hearts manages to fill an entire room in the bakery with toys just in time for Christmas!

Watch the trailer here:

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