Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Charm City Cakes = Love

So I've been watching Ace of Cakes for many years now (aka, since the beginning!).  I love it even though I'm not particularly good at cake decorating (horrible actually - please see exhibit A:)

Exhibit A:
My attempt at a house cake
very sad.  very, very sad.

yes, there is a cake under this drooping mess of fondant.  a lot of cake, actually.

J's mother is an amazing cake decorator.  See exhibit B (or, the opposite of exhibit A):

Exhibit B:
happy cake!

So even though I am the epitome of Bad Cake Decorator, I adore the show.  And my love for Ace of Cakes is largely due to the fact that Chef Duff and I graduated from the same university.  AWESOME!  Yeah, he graduated in '97 and I was class of '08, but that crazy university gained major street cred when Charm City Cakes started rocking Food Network.  Seriously, before Ace of Cakes no one wanted to go UMBC - now its the mecca of coolness.

Reason number two I love Ace of Cakes?  Charm City Cakes is in Baltimore!!  Yay Baltimore!  I've got to admit, it is pretty awesome seeing places I know ('street I got mugged on. sweet!'), places I've been ('I walked on that floor! and it's on tv!'), and places I may have driven by ('that house looks vaguely familiar. wait - no.') on national television.  I have a lot of Baltimore pride - I've lived here forever and I think it's a kick-butt kind of town.  J thinks Baltimore is the arm pitt of the universe and refuses to drink 'Maryland Sewer Water' - so I play Ace of Cakes while he sleeps in hopes he'll wake up loving Baltimore one of these days.

Reason three Ace of Cakes has the number one spot on my DVR?  Duff, Mary Alice, Geof, Mary Smith, Anna, Katherine, Elena, Ben, Adam, and Cotton the dog (Cotton totally needs to make more appearances - and he kind of looks like Geof).  Ok, and everyone else.  They remind me of people I know - people I hang out with to drink crappy Maryland beer, play Wii, and watch tv shows like Ace of Cakes and Spongebob.

Reason four?  They do stuff with Girl Scouts, like make cakes in the shape of Girl Scout Cookies - and I like that.  Now here I'm going to reveal a huge, deep, dark, hidden secret. You ready?  Ok, it's not that huge, deep, dark, and hidden - I have it on my resume.  I was a Girl Scout for 13 years.  And somehow sticking to it for 13 years didn't even earn me a dinky scholarship.  But the inner Girl Scout in me loves every episode where the Charm City Cakes crew does something awesome for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland - and I kind of wish I was still a Girl Scout so I could go eat a cake shaped like a Samoa.

Reason four?  I like cake.  And that is a good enough reason to love a show about cakes.

Charm City Cakes, you're awesome.  Keep being awesome.  And keep making Baltimore look good.  Because one day we're going to convince those Baltimore haters (ahem, J) to start loving this shiny little town.

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ps: just to keep me from looking like a total cake failure, I've got a few pictures of the half-decent cakes I've made too:

This is the ever popular 'Throw Lots of Edible Flowers on it so it Looks Nice Even Though It's on a Paper Plate' trick.

Here is the classic
'Stick Something Yummy on it so no one Realizes it is Falling Apart' trick.

And the most common trick of all - if all else fails, shape it into a fish!
Ok, this wasn't my cake, it was my mom's - plus it's a dip, not a cake.  But it's so cute!

Go watch an episode of Ace of Cakes - and enjoy a nice slice of poorly decorated cake in my honor :)  Have a great Tuesday everyone!


Anonymous said...

Ace of Cakes is my favorite show ever. A couple years ago they had a marathon of it and I stayed up until like 3 a.m. or whenever it stopped, watching it. <3

Smoochiefrog said...

That Duff is amazing with what he can do!

We'll have to get together sometime and do a real life polish swap! Arundel Mills is in my back yard, so to speak, but I can be downtown in under 20 minutes (right down 295). Name the time and place and I'll be there! :)

Unknown said...

haha, Ange-Marie, that's awesome! I've totally lost sleep for those marathons before.

Smoochiefrog - I had no idea!!! we're like neighbors! we really should get together sometime - that would be awesome!

Michèle said...

Haha I love your cakes, esp the house, lol. It just looks so cute :-D

Brooke said...

LOL at that first cake! Hey, but at least you tried, right? I have never done anything with fondant, so I shouldn't giggle, but that house makes me smile nonetheless :)

Unknown said...

haha, thanks Michele :)

I'm glad you had a good laugh, Brooke - that's what I do when I look back on this cake now (in fact, after I finally gave up on it, I had a great laugh too)! This is why I paint nails, not decorate cake :)

Swtest2Lips said...

Brooke, Im totally craving cake no. Im in love with Ace of Cakes 2. I wanna pick up cake decorating as a hobby. I love to bake and Im good at decorating cookies and cupcakes, but I still have some practice before I migrate my way up to cakes. Ur house is cute, for a second there I thought it was a felt house. :-) Either way, its cake and its yummy!

Kelsey said...

I also enjoy cakes in the shape of girl scout cookies haha

Unknown said...

Swtest2Lips - I'd love to see some of your decorated cookies and cupcakes!! haha about my cake house looking like a felt house! lol. its so floppy! but I agree - no matter how dumpy my cakes look, at least they still taste yummy!

Kelsey - or cakes made with Girl Scout Cookies!!

L said...

I do this as a hobby. If you want some tips, let me know. You can see some of the stuff I did here:


I love Ace of Cakes too. I like listening to Duff laugh but Geoff is my fave. His sense of humor is the best!

Unknown said...

L - that's a hobby? You're AWESOME!! I LOVE this cookie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetlanda/3753370692/

Thanks for sharing - I love looking at all the tasty treats you decorated!!

♥ julie said...

Oh goodness, do you read the cakewrecks blog? It was the first blog I read on a regular basis, and now it's pretty widely followed. The cakes on there are DISASTERS! Check it out at cakewrecks.blogspot.com :]

Unknown said...

Julie, that is hilarious!! why didn't I discover that sooner?? I totally just wasted the last 30 minutes looking at awesome and not so awesome cakes - the spelling errors make me cringe! lol

PolishedPrude said...

Lol, I personally happen to like ALL of the cakes. I couldn't even come close to what you did with the house, so major kudos for all of your effort. Me myself, I'm just a regular rectangle shape cake with frosting girl. That's my specialty, lol.

Ngelic said...

Awww, man, those cakes look soo cute! xD *hungry now*

Unknown said...

PolishedPrude - it's what's inside that counts, right? and I've totally become a rectangle cake kinda girl - after years and years of silly cake failures, I'm totally happy with a nice yellow cake with some buttercream frosting - in any shape :)

Seriously Ngelic, this post has me craving cake like no other. My birthday is in two weeks, so I keep telling myself to hold out and make a cake then :)

Anonymous said...

funny, didn't know you were from Balto. Me too, love it here. The Maryland "sewer" water---we have one of the best processing plants in the country--tell your honey to google that. lol Love Ace of Cakes! thanks for your blog,
Michelle from Perry Hall

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