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Ace of Cakes (tv program)

YouTube's '@SummerBreak': reality TV for the social-media generation

YouTube's '@SummerBreak': reality TV for the social-media generation

It's a sweltering 90-degree day, and 17-year-old Dash Dobrofsky, who normally spends his summer days hanging near Tower 26 on the beach in Santa Monica, is inside a Melrose Avenue cake shop, a crisp, white apron over his bro tank and a camera crew over his shoulder. He and his friends Jacob and Ava, each with their own unfrosted cake, are in the middle of a decorating session when things get competitive between the two male cast members of the teen YouTube reality show "@SummerBreak."

Dash sketches a black frosting mustache on his cake. Ava decorates hers with small, intricate floral designs. Jacob starts to write all three of their names on his, but then leaves out...