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Duff Goldman of 'Ace of Cakes' on track to open Charm City bakery in Santa Monica in June


We bumped into Duff Goldman -- star of the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" -- at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Sunday and asked him about his coming West Coast bakery. Goldman says if all goes as planned, Charm City Cakes West is set to open June 1 on 19th Street in Santa Monica. 

The original Charm City Cakes will continue to operate in Baltimore under the auspices of executive sous chef Geoffrey Manthorne, while Goldman will spend much of his time in L.A. (FYI, both bakeries are by appointment only.) Goldman says Charm City Cakes West will offer all the spectacular cakes that fueled the TV show. But after showing us an iPhone photo of a cake in the shape of a standing 3-D elephant, he said, "I also want people to know that we do great cakes, the kind Martha Stewart makes, but better."  

Charm City Cakes West is accepting orders for event dates from June 1 on. Contact Ken at (323) 642-7234 or e-mail ken @charmcitycakes.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Duff Goldman. Credit: Food Network

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I have been a fan of this show for a while now and I am only 13.I love the skills and creativity that everyone on the show has and puts into a cake.Charm City Cakes is one of the reasons I started baking in the first place.And to know that there is a store opening really close to where i live is AMAZING to me.I hope that I could go to the store and meet everyone, and even taste one of their creations for the first time.So CONGRADULATIONS DUFF!!!<3


He became a Chef on the west coast and his brother lives out here, maybe he's trying to get away from the cold back east. Don't jump to conclusions. Also, the tv show has ended so maybe he's entering a new segment on his culinary adventure!

I am disappointed that Duff is going to be based primarily in L.A. It's when a chef becomes too much of a celebrity that the "charm" from Charm City cakes is gone! He can still have the celebrity but be based where he became successful! Sort of let down over here!


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