Charm City Cakes was founded in Baltimore on March 3, 2002 when Chef Duff Goldman discovered the time demands from his day job in the kitchen weren’t allowing him the freedom to try his hand at a new career: playing bass as a working musician in a rock band.
Soon enough he found that while music was fun, it wasn’t paying the bills, so Duff decided to start making cakes out of his apartment as a way to fund his rock n’ roll ambitions. While surprising to some, this wasn’t such an odd move, as Duff had been cooking professionally since the age of fourteen, had been a working chef, baker, and pastry chef since 1994, and continued on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, Napa, in 1998.
He was well trained in baking, pastry, and even metal sculpting, and there also may or may not be certain police logs which peg Duff as a graffiti artist of note. It wasn’t long before these seemingly incongruous talents merged and something really cool happened: Duff began creating cakes which pushed the boundaries of what a cake could be.
Having the bakery featured on the Food Network for ten seasons created a demand for Charm City Cakes’ creations nationwide. Duff found himself making use of planes, trains, and automobiles to meet the wishes of his growing client base everywhere from Wichita to Los Angeles. It was becoming readily apparent that a West Coast based shop would not only give him the freedom to serve his existing clients with greater efficiency, but also allow him to make new friends and clients along the way. With a short break in between the filming of Ace of Cakes, and his new show, Sugar High, Duff had a small window to make a big move. In the Spring of 2011, Duff packed up the combined talent and knowledge gained in over 10 years in business by the entire crew of Charm City Cakes, loaded up his trucks, and headed towards Los Angeles to open up the left coast expansion: Charm City Cakes West.
Charm City Cakes West is located at 8302A Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069
Get more info on Charm City Cakes here.
Also, learn about Duff's bakery and DIY cake decorating studio at Duff's Cakemix