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Ace of Cakes
Series logo as seen in the opening sequence
Genre Reality
Written by Heather Mitchell
Miriam Leffert
Dustin Rubin
Directed by Brandy Menefee
Jeffrey R. Daniels
Matthew Carr
Starring Duff Goldman
Geof Manthorne
Mary Alice Yeskey
Sherri Chambers
Anna Ellison
Katherine Hill
Adam Goldstein
Richard Todd Karoll
Katie Rose
Mary Smith
Ben Turner
Elena Fox
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 93 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Becca Lewis
Tom Rogan
Editor(s) Grayce Lackland
Location(s) Baltimore, Maryland
Cinematography Matthew Carr
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel Food Network
Original run August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17) – present
External links
Official website

Ace of Cakes is a reality television show currently airing on the Food Network. The show focuses on the daily operations of Duff Goldman's custom cake shop, Charm City Cakes, in Baltimore, Maryland; including small-business ownership, working with various vendors, tasting with customers, constructing cakes, and delivering his products. The show is one of Food Network's first docu-soap reality series, paving the way for new outside the kitchen studio programs.[citation needed]



Ace of Cakes highlights the frantic activity encompassing the production of a substantial number of custom cakes in a short period of time. The staff consists primarily of Goldman's personal friends who have varying personalities, making the show fairly humorous at times. They are frequently shown working long hours to build and decorate the cakes, yet are always making jokes to offset the alleged stress of hitting each deadline. Staff members drive the cakes to their final destinations, which can require road trips of several hundred miles. Goldman has an informal approach to running Charm City Cakes. He is known for using non-traditional cooking utensils such as blow torches, belt sanders, and power saws to construct his designs.

Some of the notable cakes created by Charm City Cakes include cakes for the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico in Maryland, Baltimore Zoo, the premiere of Hairspray, a replica of Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes, a hatbox-shaped cake for an 80-year-old grandmother, the Hogwarts castle for the premiere of the fifth installment of Harry Potter in Los Angeles, an edible replica of Wrigley Field, a replica of the shark ray at the Newport Aquarium, a cake for the Paramount Pictures premiere of the DreamWorks Animation film Kung-Fu Panda, a creative replica of the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA[1] and more. For the season finale of Season 6, the bakery's staff traveled to Hawaii to create a cake for the 100th episode of Lost.[2].



Season one of Ace of Cakes consisted of six episodes airing in early fall 2006. The show proved to be one of the highest-rated prime time shows in Food Network's history; causing the network to order 13 episodes for season two, including an hour-long episode featuring the official NFL cake for Super Bowl XLI.[citation needed]

Season Season premiere Season finale
1 August 17, 2006 September 21, 2006
2 January 18, 2007 May 17, 2007
3 July 19, 2007 December 13, 2007
4 January 24, 2008 May 1, 2008
5 June 29, 2008 October 16, 2008
6 January 15, 2009 May 9, 2009
7 July 19, 2009 October 29, 2009
8 January 21, 2010
model of the Hubble Space Telescope and Jupiter created by Charm City Cakes on display at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland


Charm City Cakes exterior at 2936 Remington Avenue in Baltimore

Ace of Cakes is shot on location at the bakery in Baltimore, Maryland, a converted church. The show has also featured other locations where Duff, Geof and occasionally others travel to in delivery of cakes such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Alaska, Hawaii and others. The show is edited in Los Angeles at the show's production company, Authentic Entertainment.[3]


Ace of Cakes has been a very large success with fans and critics alike, and began airing its eighth season in January 2010. The show has brought Food Network some of the highest ratings it has ever received for a prime-time program.[4][5] Ace of Cakes is also broadcast in the United Kingdom on Good Food. On April 19, 2009, TLC aired its own show about a chef who bakes cakes called Cake Boss, featuring another Food Network Challenge competitor, Buddy Valastro.

The June 4, 2008 episode had higher ratings than the NHL's 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.[6]

Ace of Cakes just recently launched their eighth season with the addition of a new promotion concept involving a deck of Las Vegas style playing cards [7]


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