Get Charmed by Charm City Cakes Owner, Duff Goldman!

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Get Charmed by Charm City Cakes Owner, Duff Goldman!

Who is Duff Goldman?

Duff Goldman is the owner of Charm City Cakes, as well as a famous TV personality. He has a reality show, Ace of Cakes, featuring his cake business on Food Network. and his cake business has been featured on reality show, Ace of Cakes. 

He has written several cookbooks as well, namely Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes, Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home, and Super Good Baking for Kids. 
He reportedly has a net worth of $5million. 

What degree/s did he finish in college?

He studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore country, and subsequently enrolled in Corcoran College of the Art and the top culinary school, Culinary Institute of America, located in Napa Valley, California.

How did he start his culinary career?

He started from humble beginnings, with a short stint at a bagel shop at the tender age of 14. He joined Mcdonalds soon after, and interned at Charleston, a world-renowned fine dining restaurant during his sophomore year of college. Post graduation, he gained valuable work experience through an apprenticeship at the French Laundry. Eventually, he rose up the ranks and ended up as an executive pastry chef in Vail Cascade Hotel iN Colorado. Afterwards, he went back to Washington D.C.,and found a job as a bread baker at Todd’s English Olives restaurant. 

In 2002, he founded Charm City Cakes, and worked from the comfort of his home. As business grew, he eventually bought over a church building and converted it into a bakery. His bakery catapulted him to stardom and he has made cakes for several celebrities.

What does Charm City Cakes specialize in?

Charm City cakes specialises in custom cakes, perfect for occasions such as birthday parties,weddings, celebrations as well as product launches or brand deals. They are able to sculpt a wide variety of cakes, limited only by your imagination, from towering skyscrapers to cute and whimsical stunning showpieces. Most of the cakes are made with fondant or buttercream. If you are unsure of what design you would like to have, you could opt for their  perennial fan favourites, such as their number cakes, buttercream rosette cakes, or simple and elegant sprinkle cakes. They also have a basketball jersey cake and a dodger cake for fans of basketball and baseball. If you are obsessed with the Californian surf and sun, you should order the California dreamin’ cake. 

How can we order a cake at Charm City Cakes?

You could go to their official website, at, and click on local pickup. Peruse their wide selection of cakes, and then click “add to cart” when you are ready. Afterwards you could go to one of their physical stores to arrange for a pickup.  They have a store located in Baltimore, along Remington Drive, as well as another store located in Los Angeles, along Melrose Avenue. 

This is the address stated on their website:










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What if you live nearby but you are too lazy to opt for self collection? Don’t worry, they have got you covered!

Simply go to Local delivery, and you will be redirected to Grubhub where you could enter your address in the fields indicated  and arrange for a delivery.

If you happen to live in another city or state, you could click on nationwide shipping, powered by goldbelly, and click on checkout.

Duff in TV Shows

Duff makes regular appearances in TV shows, being no stranger to hosting, as he has started his own show by Food Network called Cake Masters, as well as hosting reality TV episodes such as the Worst Bakers in America (season 1). 

Duff attained fame while filming a reality TV show called Ace of Cakes which aired for 10 seasons, a phenomenal feat for a reality TV career!

Watch Ace of Cakes Season 10 | Prime Video

Ace of Cakes

Cakes by Duff

Cakes from Charm City Cakes are definitely not from your usual neighborhood bakery. The designs often range from: out of the world, to cute and realistic and elegant. It's no doubt that this is the place to get your customized cake. 

Here are some of the cakes showcased on Charm City Cakes' Instagram:

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Do you have a friend who is crazy about salads? This is the best cake to give him/ her!

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Looking for something unique for your parents or relative(s) birthday? This retro cake will bring back the nostalgic memories from their younger days. Moreover, the cake rotates on its own axis, complete with LED lights

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A beautiful and elegant cake perfect for weddings, as a showstopping and stunning piece, guaranteed to take your breath away!

How does Duff mentor young, aspiring bakers?

He is a judge on the Holiday Baking Championship as well as the Spring Baking Championship on Food Network’s channel. He is a co-host and judge for the Kids Baking Championship, working alongside with his fellow host, Valerie Bertinelli.

Learn How to Bake

Charm City Cakes does not shy away from sharing about their baking secrets. Free tutorials are available from their Youtube channel, but if you would like to indulge in a fun family-orientated activity, you should get his latest cookbook about baking for kids! How nice would it be to have your kid serve you a cake for tea! 

Thinking of taking up baking as a hobby-but you don't know where to start? It is better to start with something small such a chocolate sable, which seems pretty easy to make. You could ask your kids to make one too! If you are an aspiring baker who hopes to enter the world of pastry, you could access the multitude of tutorials and cake decorations on their Youtube channel to learn from the very best!


Super Good Baking for Kids

Super Good Baking for Kids : Duff Goldman : 9780062349811

This book was recently released in September 2020. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are forced to isolate ourselves at home during the winter break. This book might be a lifesaver for bored and hyperactive kids, to keep them busy for hours. Get them addicted to baking and maybe this could be a new career pathway for them!

Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home

As for adult bakers, don't worry, we did not leave you out! This is the ultimate book for the adult bakers who are serious about starting a new career as a baker, or whose lives revolve around cakes and baking. This book will take your baking skills to the next level and perhaps you could even start a home-based baking business soon based on your newfound expertise!

His personal life

Duff Goldman is married to Johanna Goldman, a writer by profession. They got engaged in 2018, and in 2019, wedding bells were ringing for the couple. Recently, they announced that they would be expecting their first child in January 2021 on Instagram.

He is also a very talented musician, as he played bass in an indie rock band, “soihadto…” and joined Foigrock as a bass guitar player recently. 

Unfortunately, due to a tragic motorcycle accident in 2012, he ended up losing his toes.

He is a staunch Jewish and he likes to keep fishes and marine animals at home.

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Duff Goldman was trying to chase the American dream, like all of us.  It took him many years of staging and apprenticeship under famous chefs, before he got his big break on television and became a household name himself. Hence, this shows that no dream is too big or crazy to pursue. 

Moreover, being a chef is physically and mentally taxing, and he was able to persevere throughout his career. He showed a lot of tenacity and passion, which is important, regardless of which industry you are in. Hence, if you want to become successful in your chosen profession, you have to start off small and work your way up.