Sculpted & Tiered Master Class with Anna!

Sculpted & Tiered Master Class with Anna!

Hi everyone!

 

Anna, our Executive Chef and star of Ace of Cakes, will be teaching a Master Class over at Duff’s Cake Mix on January 16,17,23, and 24th. If you have some decorating experience and are looking to expand your skills, and create some jaw-dropping cakes,  this is just the class for you! Please see the flyer below and feel free to email Cake Mix at info@duffscakemix.com to find out more!

 

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1stLook

 


Check out this video from 1st Look to see Duff in action at Cake Mix

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Candy House Cake Class!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and plenty of cheer!

Did you know that you can take cake decorating classes at Duff’s Cake Mix?

Did you also know that CCCW and Ace of Cakes‘ very own Katherine Hill will be teaching a 2 day professional decorating course coming up on December 12th & 13th? Katherine will be sharing her skills & guiding you through the process so you can create your very own sculpted candy house cake for the holidays!

Isn’t it just too cute?!

This would be great to show off at an upcoming holiday bash, just say you’ll be bringing the dessert!

You can find out more here but get in quick before space runs out!

Stay tuned for more classes hosted by the talented artists at Charm City Cakes West in the future.

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Tarantula Burgers, Cake Classes, and more!

Ever wish you could take a class to learn how to build, fondant, and decorate like the pros?  Those of you here in Los Angeles can do just that as part of Duff’s Cake Mix Decorating Classes!  Click here for more information at the Cake Mix site!

You know it’s the Halloween season when Duff’s FoodTube video features him chefing up some delicious, gooey, tarantula burgers!  While you’re over there at the TheOfficialHungry site, check out Duff and Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio as they try and take on one of the culinary world’s most difficult tasks: the Cinnamon Challenge!

Finally, just in time for Halloween, Count Duffula teams up with the Casserole Queens for some Hard Apple Cider with Orange and Marshmallow!

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Big Gay Ice Cream is in Los Angeles!

We all have our favorite food duos: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Burgers & Fries, Bacon & Eggs, Cookies & Milk, and possibly the most classic of all –Cake & Ice Cream! (we’re big fans)

Our awesome East Coast pals over at Big Gay Ice Cream are visiting the West Coast and will be serving up some sweet and tasty treats from their BGIC truck all around the Los Angeles area. They set up shop outside of Cake Mix on Tuesday and they’ll be back on Friday 10/26 from 6:30-11pm. Just head over to the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer Ave in West Hollywood and look out for their colorful truck and a crowd of people having a blast. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

Duff with Doug, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio & crew before the first swirl was served

 

Check out what Lynn had to say on her blog The Actor’s Diet — she posted some great shots of her Cococone and the truck’s art wrap job featuring a sassy unicorn.

Read more here http://blog.zagat.com/2012/10/photo-of-day-big-gay-ice-cream-truck.html

 

If you can’t make it out to one of the truck’s stops around LA, be sure to check out the BGIC shop in NY ( on 1st Avenue & Avenue A) or check their Twitter for updates.

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Dr. Oz & Duff’s Delicious 5 Minute Desserts

Desserts don’t always need a ton of time to prepare, in fact, Duff shows you how to satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes over at Dr. Oz here and here!

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Grand Opening and more!

We recently held our grand opening party the other night and the LA Weekly was there to capture the festivities including the unveiling of Duff’s new Truffle Collection from Godiva!  (Speaking of Godiva, don’t forget to check out their Cake Bash Sweepstakes where you can win a chance at your own private cake party with Duff).

Pictures from the event can be found over Maya Meyers Photography, and we’d like to give a special shout out to all our vendors including:

Mind Weiss Party Consultants

Flour LA, Inc.

Luna Malvada Tequila & Wally’s Wine and Spirits

More on Duff’s new Truffle Collection from Godiva can be found over at the NY Daily News here!

Writer Kerry Politzer recently caught up with Duff and filed this report on page 48 of Oregon Jewish Life. Duff will be in Oregon next week at the Portland Feast event!

KTLA recently dropped by Duff’s Cakemix and posted this fun video on their site!

Speaking of Cakemix, check out their inspired whisk lights at Rachel Ray Magazine!

 

 

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Brides Magazine and more!

We were thrilled and honored to learn the editors of Brides Magazine selected six cakes from the Charm City Cakes Summer 2012 Collection as part of a several page spread in their current issue.  You can see some of the design for yourself on their site here!  More on the Summer collection can be found here and on Pinterest here!

In other news, Los Angeles Magazine recently stopped by Cake Mix and had this to say about their visit.  And speaking of Duff’s Cakemix, our brand spankin’ new website is now live!  Click here to check it out for yourself!

 

 

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News briefs and more!

Have a couple of blogger visits and news items we’d like to share with you all.  First up is this wonderful write up of Duff’s Cakemix and fantastic photo set posted by the stunning blog oh joy!

Petit Planet recently stopped by with her two children and wrote all about the experience here!

Red Tricycle also ran a piece you can check out here.

CBS shot and posted a quick video and interview with Duff inside Cakemix that you can watch on their site here!

Duff shows off his “Little Prince” tattoo at The Braiser!

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Cake Mix Cuties

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you haven’t had a chance to check Cake Mix out yet, I hope you will soon! I don’t know what could be more convincing than a peek at all these cuties with their Cake Mix creations.

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More Cake Mix and Uggie!

We couldn’t be happier with all of your feedback on our new “little” endeavor next door – we’re incredibly thrilled so many of you like the idea and have already stopped by to say hi.  We wanted to share a few more media stories with you here including LA Weekly, The Chicago Sun Times, and US News & World Report!

We also wanted to share with you this slideshow of The Artist’s Uggie the dog’s “paw-print” ceremony here in Hollywood this week.  Charm City Cakes West created a special fire hydrant cake for the occasion, which you can see Uggie taking a bite out of here.  You can check out even more pics of the event on our Twitter feed here!

 

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Mixing It Up in West Hollywood

Hey all! We have an awesome announcement about our new neighbors.

As you may already know, we have an amazing new spot in West Hollywood. If you happen to live nearby, you might have smelled the sugar wafting out of our building as the decorating team pipes and sculpts finishing touches onto our recent cakes. Up until now we have been keeping it under wraps, but  our new neighbor is Duff’s Cake Mix, a place where you can walk in and decorate your own cake to take home and enjoy. We bake it and Cake Mix provides everything you could possibly need to make it your own- from the buttercream and fondant to the the spray booth and oodles of sprinkles.

Having cool neighbors comes with a few perks; one being that we share a joining-wall, designed with large viewing windows. While decorating your cake in Cake Mix you’ll be able to take a peek at the CCCW team doing their thing. Likewise, we’ll be able to catch a glimpse of all the fun cake designs you come up with!

If you’d like to know more about the Duff’s Cake Mix experience, check out this article in LA Times

 

 

Additional article and image links : LAist, CBS Local , Eater, Eater LA, Zagat, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and The Braiser

 

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Best New Restaurant Award and more

As the paint continues to dry on our stunning new location, we were thrilled to learn we’ve been named one of the “Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles” by none other then the Huffington Post.  Click here to check out the entire list of restaurants, including staff lunch favorites Mendocino Farms and Umami.

Duff was in Chicago last week delivering some cupcakes to March of Dimes Chicago, and stopped by Windy City Live to talk cake, hockey, graffiti, and more!  (Here’s a pic of Duff at the Cubs game.)

Eater has details on our FlourLA / Royal/T event this coming Friday here in L.A.!

On June 4th, Duff will taking part in the Citymeals on Wheels “Knives, Camera, Action” event in NYC.  Click here for a full list of participating chefs, and here for more info!

And for those of you who missed the cake Duff presented to Rob Dyrdek on Ridiculousness this weekend, MTV has just posted a photo in their feature, 18 Amazing Cakes Inspired By 18 Great TV Shows!

 

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Battleship

The Los Angeles premiere of Battleship was last week and we had the awesome opportunity to make a cake for the event. The 5 foot long cake, which was modeled after the USS Missouri,  had it’s own hand-painted background, strings of LED lights, and some fun spinning motors.

Photography by ELS

Here are a few detail shots of the many miniature gun turrets and ladders!

Photography by ELS

 

Photography by ELS

Check out Battleship‘s Director Peter Berg cutting into the ship on  LAist and Food Republic

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James Beard Awards

It’s called “The Oscars of the Food World,” and earlier this week Duff and our sister bakery in Baltimore delivered a specially made cake in the form of the James Beard Foundation to New York City.  Several media outlets were there and we thought we’d share some of the coverage with you here:

Wall Street Journal

Duff greets the press over at Eater’s photo gallery of the event.

Paper Mag features a photo of the cake.

So does Leslie’s Food and Thoughts.

Red carpet arrivals.

Food Network Blog.

Underground Eats.

Hunting for the Very Best.

Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Good Morning America’s “Most Outrageous” Charm City Cakes and More!

We were thrilled to learn we were recently part of a Yahoo!/ABC’s Good Morning America piece on outrageous cakes.  You can check out some of our creations in a special slideshow over gma.yahoo here!

 

And if it’s sweets you crave, check out Duff’s very own recipe for Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding at Food and Wine here!

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News Briefs

iVillage recently took a trip to our sister shop in Baltimore to check out our new Summer 2012 Collection.  Click here to check out a slideshow!

Glamour.com was there as well, and took several impressive photos of their own.  Check ‘em out here!

Additional pics can also be found over at the Weddings Unveiled blog here!

Duff recently taped an episode of one of his favorite shows, MTV’s Ridiculousness starring Rob Dyrdek.  Click here to check out the Season 2 trailer – and for more info, check out Geek Invaders here!

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The 47th Annual ACM Awards

Did you tune in to see this year’s ACM Awards on Sunday April 1st? If you did, you may have seen a very special duet performance of “Marry Me” featuring Martina McBride and Pat Monahan of Train. Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci were the adorable couple who tied the knot on stage during the song. As you know, every wedding needs a yummy cake to cut into after the ceremony so we teamed up with ACM to deliver a stunner to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This cake was over 5 feet tall and covered in more than 1,500 sugar flowers. We are so thrilled to have been a part of such a beautiful event and wish the couple all the best for their future together!

photo by Getty Images for ACM

photo by Getty Images for ACM

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Great Chef Event

Just a quick note for those of you looking to catch Duff and several other of your favorite chefs in person will be able to do so at the Vetri Foundation for Children’s Great Chef Event 2012.

Mark your calendars for June 12, 2012. Superstar chefs and mixologists return to Philadelphia for the 7th Annual Great Chefs Event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children. Join us to savor the talent of 40 of the best chefs from around the country and around the world at this unique culinary event in Urban Outfitter’s amazing venue at the Navy Yard. Guests will spend the evening chatting with and tasting the fare of our participating star chefs. This year’s live auction will feature James Beard Award-winning chefs offering their kitchen magic in the homes of the highest bidders.

Founded in 2008 by acclaimed chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin, the Vetri Foundation for Children works to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. When they make that connection, children make better decisions about their own health, they influence their families, and they become a voice for better choices in their communities.

You can check out a video of last year’s event here.

Click here for more information, including ticket and packaging information.

More Summer Collection Coverage

Weddings Unveiled recently posted a round-up of our Summer 2012 Collection:

Duff and the crew at Charm City Cake just revealed the exquisite new Charm City Cakes Summer 2012 Collection, with a variety of styles featuring intricate details, brilliant colors and bold designs. From delicate florals to sophisticated metallics, vivid hues and modern silhouettes, Duff and Charm City Cakes are setting amazing new trends in wedding cakes.

Click here to check it out…!

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Country Music Awards & More

Academy of Country Music Awards

All of us at Charm City Cakes West are beyond thrilled to provide the wedding cake for Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci this weekend at the Country Music Awards.  Click here to read more of this couple’s inspiring story.

More Summer Collection

Some additionally stunning photos from our 2012 Summer Collection have just popped up at Refinery29 here!

Our friends at The Baltimore Sun also ran a fun photo gallery as well. Check it out here!

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News & Media Round Up

Back to Texas

After having a blast last month in Houston, Duff is headed back down to the Lone Star State for the Pioneer Brand Celebrity Cake-Off.  Click here for more information courtesy the San Antonio News Express, and here for more information at the event’s official website!

Over the Rainbow

We’re over the moon How I Met Your Mother, American Pie, and Buffy star Alyson Hannigan thought of us when looking for the perfect rainbow themed cake for her daughter, Sati’s 3rd birthday.  Click here for the scoop over at babble.com!

 

Summer 2012 Collection

Check out what our colleagues back in Baltimore are up to with this pinned Summer 2012 Collection on Pinterest!  You can see even more photos on our dedicated Tumblr blog here, and even more on the always excellent Design Sponge blog here!

Easter with Duff

Check out this Stop Lookin! Get Cookin! blog post featuring Easter Eggs created with Duff brand products.  Writer Kendra even provides her own recipe for creating the perfect egg!

 

Duff Outtakes

Speaking of Gartner’s Duff products, check out blogger Brad Bradley’s Eat ‘n Listen outtakes from his recent interview with with Duff at the Gartner Booth at the Home and Housewears Show.

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A Day with Duff

Have you ever wanted a cake decorating lesson from the Ace of Cakes himself?  In collaboration with the Save A Child’s Heart foundation, Duff is participating in this eBay fundraiser where the winning bidder will come and hang out in our new LA bakery, all while helping out a worthy cause.

The auction ends March 1st, so bid now!

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Grammy cake, recipes, and more!

In the spirit of the Grammy cake featured on our official Twitter feed here, we also wanted to share with you this Grammy inspired recipe list featuring Duff’s delicious “Banana’s Foster for the People!”

And for those of you who’d like to see Duff in person, he’ll be attending the Home and Housewares Show in Chicago next month on Sunday March 11!

Click here for more information at the show’s official site!

Celebrity chefs including Top Chef Master’s host, Curtis Stone, Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman and Iron Chefs Cat Cora and Michael Symon will top the line-up of stars appearing in the Cooking Theater at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show, March 10-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The Cooking Theater is the focal point of the Gourmet Food + Home District in the Dine + Design Expo in the South Building. On hand will be exhibitors of specialty and gourmet treats and the tools used to prepare them. The Gourmet Food + Home District also features the NASFT Specialty Food Marketplace and Chicago’s Restaurant Row.

The Cooking Theater is jointly sponsored by KitchenAid, Wilton Brands, Robinson Home Products and Whole Foods Market.

The Theater will run demonstrations from 1pm to close on Saturday, March 10 and 9am to close Sunday, March 11 & Monday, March 12 and 9am to 11am Tuesday, March 13.

More information can be found online here at Gourmet Retailer, hope to see you there!


 

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Super Bowl 2012 – A triumphant day for sweets and treats everywhere

Happy Wednesday!

We hope you all had fun watching the big game last weekend! We know it’s not all about the touchdowns, but also about the opportunity to share sweet treats and salty snacks with friends and family.

Check out this awesome Super Bowl cake that Rachel, one of our fans from Texas, created using Duff’s Cake Decorating Airbrush. What a great looking cake – I bet it was the winning snack at her family gathering!

 

Go visit our friends over at Gartner Studios to learn more about this handy airbrush tool and some of Duff’s other cake decorating products.

 

’til next time,

Beverly

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Media Round Up

Had a few quick media bites we wanted to share with you all today:

We’re thrilled to learn CBS has named us one of the best makers of wedding cakes in Los Angeles!

You artists out there may want to check out this recent interview with Duff over at Fiskars!

Speaking of interviews, the Houston Chronicle just ran this fun interview with Duff as well!

And over at Shine from Yahoo! you can pick up some baking with chocolate tips, tricks, and a very special secret ingredient from Duff himself!

And yes, these sneakers are a cake recently created for a client:

 

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