Tag: Ace of Cakes

Duff Creates a Deathly Hallows Confectionary

by in Food Network Chef, July 12th, 2011

harry potter cake
Duff Goldman and the talented Charm City Cakes crew are wizards with a whisk, so when they were approached to make the cake for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 New York premiere party, Duff pulled out all of his tricks.

The cake, which is a replica of the wizarding school Hogwarts, is “on fire” –it even included smoke special effects (check out the photo here). Rupert Grint, the actor who plays Ron Weasley, had the honor of cutting the first slice.

More photos after the jump »

Prepare for a Sugar High: Duff’s Sweet New Series

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 7th, 2011

sugar high duff goldman

Duff Goldman, best known as the pastry mastermind behind the popular Food Network show, Ace of Cakes, is exploring a sugary curiosity. His new show, Sugar High, takes him on a cross-country trek to capture the sweet secrets and tasty techniques that keep the cookies from crumbling in the top bakeries around the nation. Premiering August 8, this six-episode summer feature will showcase the best sweet spots. From diners and curbside snow-cone machines to food carts and boutique bakeries, Duff will prove that decadent desserts are anything but ordinary.

Follow Duff as he stops for chilled bread pudding on the Venice boardwalk in California, pull up a seat at a roadhouse in Dallas for s’mores and have a slice of apple strudel in Chicago that is reminiscent of something you’d get in Europe. He also returns to down-home style with traditional rice pudding at a dessert boutique in Philadelphia.

Want a closer look? Flip through Sugar High’s behind-the-scenes photos.

Tune in: Monday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern/ 9:30 p.m. Central

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Ace of Cakes is “LOST” on Saturday

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, May 8th, 2009

Calling all Lost and Ace of Cakes (AOC) fans — this Saturday, May 9th, the latter is coming to a close at 9:00 PM ET/PT. (Not permentantly, of course…we’re speaking about the AOC season finale).

Hurley (Jorge Garcia), the jolly Lost fellow whose prime island coping technique is finding the concealed sweets and an avid fan of AOC, secured a delicious dessert for the show’s 100th episode celebration – (check out his blog post about it). With quality taste in mind, Garcia called his fave bakery to make a unique creation.

Duff and his crew not only answered the call, but headed out to visit the Aloha State set to hand deliver the party favor. Sadly, SC didn’t get to join the expedition, but she did get to ask all the probing questions to Charm City Cakes. Find out how the extreme bakery handled getting “lost”:

What Lost character on the cake was the most difficult?
Richard Alpert – his head melted off from the humidity and was then eaten.

Who is the biggest Lost fan on Ace of Cakes?
Lauren! She leaves work early to catch it and invites people over to watch it with her only if they SWEAR to not talk during the episode.

What was the most exciting thing you got to see while on the Lost set?
The props department! The propmaster Rob pulled out items used on old episodes – we saw darma beer, darma soap, Aaron’s cradle, airplane puke bags, luggage, everything. AND he gave Kate’s toy airplane to Erica!

What was your favorite part of the cake?
The characters were definitely our favorite part, and we think the best part. Anna and Elena were able to recreate the cast into sugar form perfectly. The Daniel Faraday figure looked so much like him, it was amazing.

The production company for Ace of Cakes also put together this extended video of their visit to the Lost set. It’s a must see. Super cute:

Charm City Cakes also launched a spiffy new website this week with virtual tours of their store, a blog, and a super chic gallery. Between their new website and the finale this Saturday, all AOC fans will be sure to get their sweet fixes!

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Food Network Action Figures? UPDATE!

by in View All Posts, February 25th, 2009


Looks like Food Network Chefs are getting into all the action these days….or rather, becoming all the action. A fellow Food Network cohort just sent me a link to Mario Batali’s new action figure. It even has mini crocs! With Ace of Cake’s Duff Goldman releasing his own Duff minimate last year, I’m beginning to think this might be a trend!

Any bets on what chef will be next to dive into the toy realm? Any wishes? Personally I loved to see a Paula Deen doll, fully equipped with a butter stocked fridge and a mini fryer.

UPDATE:
Damon in the comments inspired me to do some googling for an Alton Brown toy, because surely someone has to be making an Alton Action figure with all of his little gadgets. Although I didn’t find an Alton Brown toy for purchase, I did come across the cutest crocheted Alton on Flickr. Check out the mini okra and motorcycle to boot! Big thanks to Concetta Phillipps for letting us re-post her art work on FN Dish!

Rachael
Associate Producer, The FN Dish

My Next Food Network Star Spotting

by in View All Posts, January 22nd, 2009

Giada at homeWhen I first started at the Food Network, I envisioned lively coffee breaks with Giada on slow Monday afternoons. Or maybe shop talk over a toasty sandwich with Bobby in the Kitchens… Though this is not our reality and only some shows tape here in Chelsea Market, I have a few memorable run-ins to share.

I once heard Michael Symon’s distinctive laugh echoing down a hallway and scampered down to catch a glimpse. He’s definitely the Iron Chef with a heart of gold. Another time, I literally bumped into Duff Goldman while taking a corner too quickly. He laughed it off as I stuttered an apology and awkwardly ran back to my desk. Just last week I rode the elevator with Rachael Ray and her husband John – really!

But my favorite star-spotting happened while I was diligently finishing an expense report and heard a familiar voice. I looked up and, lo and behold, there was Alton Brown standing right in front of me!

What’s your best Food Network star run-in? We want stories!
~ LT, Production Coordinator

Design Director Wendy Sees Red

by in View All Posts, December 16th, 2008

Food Network Design Director, Wendy Waxman, got her latest assignment — create a vibrant tablescape for a Food Network charity event featuring Chef Duff…oh, and make it kid-friendly. Wendy immediately saw red — in a good way.

As the table came together, Wendy shared some great tips…
1) Bold, vibrant colors will stay true to you – going bold works well all year long, whether the holidays or the 4th of July.
2) Pick a plate that’s ready to take the stage. For this, Wendy fell for a rich collection from SoHo-based Global Table.
3) Let your creativity bloom. Wendy chose amaryllis and orchids from Ovando to complete her vision. A top-notch florist should always supply fresh product (and ideas, if you want them).
Have a holiday tablescape question?
Hit Wendy up in the comments below…
Or check out her holiday tablescape photo gallery.

Giving Thanks to Share Our Strength

by in View All Posts, November 11th, 2008


As the season of giving (thanks and otherwise) approaches, it feels like a good time to revisit an important Food Network friend and ally.

Share Our Strength, FN’s official charity partner, tackles a vitally critical, yet simple mission. They work to ensure that no child in America grows up hungry.

Chef Duff (Ace of Cakes) and Sandra Lee (Semi-Homemade) The Great American Bakesaledid their part at The Great American Bake Sale earlier this year. Want to do your part? Get your notification for the 2009 Great American Bake Sale.

Read more about Share Our Strength and their partnership with Food Network or watch a quick video. It’s just another way the entire Food Network family gets involved behind the scenes.

Seeing Food Network Stars

by in View All Posts, November 5th, 2008

Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen

An partial list of upcoming appearances by some FN faves:

November 8 – 9
Washington DC: Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis will all be featured at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. Details here.

November 10
Atlanta, GA: Alton Brown will be at a book signing with Shirley Corriher, the James Beard award winning author of Cookwise at the historic Margaret Mitchell house. Info here.

November 10
Natick, MA: Ina Garten will be signing books at Williams Sonoma from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Not in Natick? No fear… Ina will be on a multiple city book tour across the country throughout November and December. Full details on those locations can be found here.

November 12
Atlantic City, NJ: Rachael Ray will be appearing for two shows at Harrah’s. She’ll be sharing personal stories and anecdotes, followed by a Q&A. Details here.

November 13
Baltimore, MD: Chef Duff, the Ace of Cakes, will be part of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Green Carpet Event. Get your cookies and all the details here.

November 23
Long Island, NY: Bobby Flay will be doing a book signing at Bobby’s Burger Palace in the Smithhaven Mall. He just opened this Palace back in July and will be flipping burgers there in the morning. Details here.

Know of others? Post in the comments below…