When Duff Goldman, Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” envisioned Charm City Cakes in Baltimore nearly a decade ago, his goal was to make wonderful cakes for friends and family. As word spread about his fabulous creations, his dream grew into a nationally renowned business staffed by a team of talented professionals, including musicians, artists, and creative souls with experience in architectural modeling, graphic design, deejaying, coffee making, performance art, dog walking, sculpture, painting and more.
Aces of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes is a celebration of the bakery that started it all. This colorful scrapbook is loaded with stories about Duff’s early days as a graffiti artist turned young chef, his successes and hilarious disasters, and the amazing team he built step-by-step. Through candid interviews and profiles and hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and collages, the book shows how energy, inspiration, collaboration, and a bit of luck can conspire to help anyone achieve their creative vision.
Of course, at the center of this stunning book are Charm City’s Cakes. From the simple to the breathtakingly complex, Duff shows off some of the bakery’s more unusual techniques and tools that shape their famous creations. He also offers a behind-the-scenes look at his Food Network show, shares his most incredible customer stories and requests, and reveals some of the bakery’s favorite cake facts and tips–along with a comprehensive episode guide and a monster cake montage featuring seven years’ worth of the bakery’s astonishing cake creations.
5 Stars This book is Aces!
Could not put it down. Duff and friends have had amazing lives, and it was a joy to read about their antics. Very well written and interesting. I loved all of the cake photos…just wish they could have been larger!
4 Stars Ace of Books
Enjoyed reading about Duff, his family and his pals at the bakery. Also loved all the great photos!
5 Stars Fun companion to the show
This is not a book about cake, but rather a fun read about the quirky, lovely folks who make them. For those that like (love!) the show, these backstories had a whole new depth to the cake artists. By the time you’re finished with the book, you really appreciate all the talented folks who make Baltimore their home and truly love what they do. It’s so easy to imagine hanging out with Mary Alice and the crew, tipping back a few drinks while listening to some great music!
5 Stars Excellent book!
If you are looking for recipes this is not the book for you. If you want to find out how the team at Charm City Cakes got to be and how they go about making those awesome cakes, it is!
Great pictures, fun interviews and of course all the strange and funny remarks from Duff, Mary Alice and Geoff.
1 Star Ace of Cakes Inside the World of Charm City Cakes
I always enjoy watching the antics of Charm City Cakes and now got to enjoy reading about them. Chef Duff had such an interesting life growing up. All the other members of his team are also greatly talented and I feel like I now know them a little better. I just wish I could go to the bakery and be an intern for a week. That would be a dream come true.