"There's no bitterness at all. We went the distance," DiBartolo said.
If anything, he said, he would love the opportunity to do more television - and he let the folks at TLC know it.
"I told them personally - most of the producers and Buddy himself - I'm literally a phone call away," he said.
Their Italian fountain cake fell to Watson and Weber's Japanese garden and pagoda - the Italian fountain had structural and time issues - but the Jersey bakers had quite a ride.
For one thing, the season was shot in advance, so they had to keep the outcome a secret for months.
"My own children didn't even know," DiBartolo said.
The wives knew only because the show flew them to Las Vegas, where the final challenge was filmed, he said.
Needless to say, people asked anyway. And not surprisingly, DiBartolo's saw a bump in customers this summer, including people who wanted their photograph taken with the bakers.
"This was beautiful for the bakery business," DiBartolo said. "This is probably one of the best commercials you could have."
The buzz wasn't just local.
Facebook "friend requests have been unbelievable from around the country," including from other cake artists, he said.
Earlier this week on a family outing to Virginia, "I heard a woman scream, 'Jersey boy!' " he said. The next day at a water park, he noticed two girls staring his way.
"I said, 'It's me.' They said, 'Cake Boss.' "
Agigian was away on vacation and couldn't be reached. But DiBartolo said that if other challenges come their way, they would be up for it.
"We appreciated every moment from when we were working to when we weren't," he said of the contest and taping the episodes. "When we walked into that arena, I never felt more alive."