Ace of Cakes

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Ace of Cakes
Aceofcakeslogo.jpg
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
Lauren Friedman
Erica Harrison
Mark Muller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 115 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Becca Lewis
Tom Rogan
Producer(s) Authentic Entertainment
Editor(s) Grayce Lackland
Location(s) Baltimore, Maryland
Cinematography Matthew Carr
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17)  – February 10, 2011 (2011-02-10)
External links
Website

Ace of Cakes was an American reality television show that aired on the Food Network. The show focused 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.

Synopsis[edit]

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 Duff Goldman's good friends who have varying personalities. 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 sometimes 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, and more 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 the 2007 film 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, and a replica of the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA[1] For the season finale of Season 5, the bakery's staff traveled to Hawaii to create a cake for the 100th episode of Lost.[2]

Episodes[edit]

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 15 episodes for season two including a 2 hour-long episode featuring the official NFL cake for Super Bowl XLI.[3] A one-hour special featured the show's first international delivery, to London, England in an episode aired in December 2010. Season 10, planned to be the program's last (despite its popularity), premiered in January 2011 and had six episodes. The final episode featured a large scale Delorean time machine cake created for Universal Studios' Back to the Future anniversary event in New York City.[4] Seasons 1-5 have been released on DVD.

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 April 22, 2010
9 July 1, 2010 December 9, 2010
10 January 2011 February 10, 2011
Model of the Hubble Space Telescope and Jupiter created by Charm City Cakes on display at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland


Production[edit]

Charm City Cakes exterior at 2936 Remington Avenue in Baltimore

Ace of Cakes was 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 was edited in Los Angeles at the show's production company, Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol.[5]

Reception[edit]

During Season 8, Ace of Cakes launched a new promotion concept involving a deck of Las Vegas style playing cards[6]

Ace of Cakes has been a very large success with fans and critics alike, and began airing its ninth season in July 2010. The show has brought Food Network some of the highest ratings it has ever received for a prime-time program.[3][7] Ace of Cakes is also broadcast in the United Kingdom on Good Food, México and Latin America on FOXLIFE New Zealand on the Food Channel, in Australia on LifeStyle Food and in Portugal on SIC Mulher.

On November 19, 2010, Food Network announced that the 10th season of Ace of Cakes would be its last and began airing in January 2011, ending shortly after in February.[8]

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