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August 12 2007

Ace Of Cakes

Ace Of CakesI watch a lot of the Food Network. As someone trying to lose weight, probably not the best idea, but I still do it.

One show that fascinates me is Ace Of Cakes. The show goes inside Charm City Cakes in Baltimore,MD, and each episode presents three or so cakes they are making that week and all the trials and problems they run in to with each. (You can browse a gallery of their works here)

There is no denying that these people make some amazing looking cakes, but there is one question that has driven me nuts since the show started:How do they taste?

I don’t think I have ever actually seen anyone taste one of these cakes. Sure, they look good sitting on a table, but at the end of the day, they’re still a cake. People pay outrageous sums of money for these things (I remember one episode mentioning someone paying $3,000 for one), andI have yet to see anyone take a bite of one. Could we just once see someone take a forkful out and give us a reaction to it?

This has actually gotten almost to the point of an obsession with me. HOW DO THEY TASTE?!? I don’t plan on paying $3K for a cake just to find out, but dammit… I WANNA KNOW!



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  • Jackie

    I can tell you first hand that Duff’s cakes are amazing. Have you been to his website to see the flavors he offers? I haven’t tasted all of them, but I’ve been to a tasting (he makes little mini-cakes that he cuts into four pieces) and then has the clients taste all the flavors. In fact, on one of the episodes of Ace of Cakes, his baker mixes up one of the samples and Duff gets upset (just a little) because he doesn’t want to look stupid in front of his clients.

    Duff is a chef, a baker and an artist. Probably in that order.

  • Jackie

    I can tell you first hand that Duff’s cakes are amazing. Have you been to his website to see the flavors he offers? I haven’t tasted all of them, but I’ve been to a tasting (he makes little mini-cakes that he cuts into four pieces and then has the clients taste all the flavors and was blown away. They are moist and burst with intense flavor and fresh buttercream.

    Duff is a chef, a baker and an artist. Probably in that order.

  • THANK YOU! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I mean, they look good on screen, but just once you want to see someone take a bite, you know?

    I figured they were good, but I just wanted to hear someone who had tried one actually say it!

  • Jackie

    He did a carrot cake with buttercream which had a kick of grand marnier. TO DIE FOR! He has a chocolate chip pumpkin that is outstanding too. Melts in your mouth. I could go on…

  • Okay, now you’re just making me hungry *laugh*

    This would appear it’s more a fault of the show, which I suspected, that they focus on only one aspect of his business: The decorating. The show makes it appear as if the taste is totally secondary, which is odd for a network dedicated to food.

  • Jackie

    I know what you’re saying, but they only have ½ hour and not even that when you consider the advertising. Do you think there’d be a lot of interest in showing a tasting session on the show? I’m sure even those get filmed but someone edits them out. My guess? Boring.

  • Oh totally, and I would NOT want to see it in every episode, just once would be enough I think.

  • Jackie

    OK I see your point and raise you one. What they should do film a tasting session and show the cakes up close and very personal. The reactions could be done like a montage thing. Pretty cool!

  • Mo

    Tonight they showed some people taste the cake they made for the Sound Garden music store. They brought the cake to a soccer field or something and a few people took a bite on screen. Of course how accurate can a reaction be when you’re being filmed and don’t want to look like a jerk if it isn’t very good? haha

    I read on another website that they start at $500. If they cost that much I’d be mad if most of mine ended up being made of foam.