Ace of Cakes

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  • 2006
  • 10 Seasons
  • 7.1  (1,259)

Ace of Cakes is an American reality television show that aired on the Food Network from 2006-2011. The show features the daily operations of Charm City Cakes, a custom cake shop located in Baltimore, Maryland, and its owner cake artist, Duff Goldman, his team, and his various celebrity clients.

Duff's team, sometimes referred to as "Milk" (because Goldman is lactose intolerant), includes his assistant baker and best friend Geoff Manthorne, his pastry chef and friend Mary Alice Yeskey, his head cake decorator Anna Ellison, and many others. The show also frequently features guests from other food and entertainment media, such as Andrew Zimmern from Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods and Food Network's Iron Chef Cat Cora.

Each episode of the show follows Duff and his team as they create custom cakes, ranging from the simple and classic to the bizarre and extreme, for various clients and events. These events range from weddings and birthdays to corporate events and bar mitzvahs. Many of these cakes are made with specific themes, such as a shark cake for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week or a giant cheeseburger cake for a burger restaurant opening.

Throughout the episodes, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives of the Charm City Cakes staff, as well as the intricate and sometimes stressful process of creating custom cakes. The process often involves brainstorming creative ideas, constructing intricate cake structures, and frequently dealing with last-minute challenges and setbacks.

One of the unique aspects of Ace of Cakes is the perception of the cakes as works of art. The cakes are not only crafted with taste in mind but also with creative design that can often take weeks to months to finalize. Once posted on the shop's website, the cakes become a tourist attraction, allowing Charm City Cake to penetrate the market beyond the region.

The show was a hit for the Food Network and attracted a large following, thanks to its unique combination of food and art. Ace of Cakes provided an intimate look into the life of a custom cake artist and the challenges that come with creating exactly what clients want. The show also gave an insight into the process of creating large-scale desserts for high-profile clients.

Overall, Ace of Cakes is a fascinating look into the world of custom cake making, and one that will satisfy both dessert lovers and art enthusiasts alike. While the show has since gone off the air, it remains a classic Food Network show and a favorite of many.

Ace of Cakes is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (118 episodes). The series first aired on August 17, 2006.

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Duff Stuff Volume 2
8. Duff Stuff Volume 2
April 23, 2019
Duff reflects on some of his most memorable masterpieces including a replica cake that takes you back to the future and an Indiana Jones inspired birthday treat.
Duff Stuff Volume 1
7. Duff Stuff Volume 1
April 16, 2019
Duff looks back on some of his most over-the-top creation from a horse and a castle to a roller coaster and more!
Charm City Cakes Goes Back to the Future
6. Charm City Cakes Goes Back to the Future
February 10, 2011
"Back to the Future" celebrates its 25th anniversary starring Michael J. Fox, Leah Thompson and Christopher Lloyd; DeLorean time machine cake.
A Cake in Shining Armor
5. A Cake in Shining Armor
February 3, 2011
Chef Duff makes 85 cupcakes to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the New York Rangers'; the crew struggles with transporting a knight cake to Medieval Times.
Come On Down!!
4. Come On Down!!
January 27, 2011
Duff is a surprise guest on "The Price is Right", and he creates three huge cakes for the show.
A Millionaire Moment
3. A Millionaire Moment
January 20, 2011
Two enormous cakes due at the same time; 1500th anniversary of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' cake'; cake for the indie band "Pavement".
Betty White Takes the Cake
2. Betty White Takes the Cake
January 13, 2011
A cake balancing contest; Betty White receives a cake for her favorite animal charity.
US Open
1. US Open
January 6, 2011
Chef Duff is invited to present a cake at the US Open Grand Slam Tennis Tournament in Flushing Meadows. Meanwhile Ben builds a cake for the 30th anniversary of MOTORWEEK, and the bakery staff has 80's flashbacks. The delivery van undergoes a high-performance road test.
Where to Watch Ace of Cakes
Ace of Cakes is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ace of Cakes on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, FuboTV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Food Network.
  • Premiere Date
    August 17, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,259)