If you listen to the naysayers, America is in a dangerous, vulnerable place right now. We keep losing manufacturing business to overseas competitors, factory activity is at a 28-year-low, and the only thing we know how to make any more is dinner reservations. Also, if you haven’t heard, we’re in a recession.

But how bad can things be, really, when we have not one, not two, but three cable TV series about bakers who make extremely complicated and expensive cakes? Ultimate Cake Off, in which “cake artists” compete against one another for a $10,000 prize, soon debuts on TLC, where it will give cake fans a second slice of cathode deliciousness alongside the network’s recent hit, Cake Boss. Meanwhile, the genre’s pioneer, Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, just started its latest season.

Remember the cakes of yesteryear? They came in two flavors: chocolate and yellow. With the… More…