'Ace of Cakes' is out, but Party City will sell baker's new line

Days after show is canceled, celebrity baker will sell 'Duff Goldman Collection'

November 22, 2010|By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun

"Ace of Cakes" fans who are disappointed about the TV reality show's cancellation can take heart in knowing that star baker Duff Goldman is expanding a recently launched line of baking and decorating products.

Just days after the Food Network confirmed it had canceled the show, which followed the exploits of the Charm City Cakes owner and his staff, specialty retailer Party City announced it would sell the Duff Goldman Collection.

Goldman, whose bakery is in Remington, launched the line in June at Michaels craft stores, selling mixes, spatulas, pans, edible cake graffiti spray and fondant in nine colors.

"Duff Goldman is one of the most sought-after decorative cake makers, and his extraordinary approach to baking is an inspiration to countless bakers," Lisa Laube, president of Party City, said in a statement Monday.

The chain of more than 600 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico also said it would launch "Show Us Your Duff," a Facebook contest in which 10 cake designers will win a $100 Party City gift card. The finalist, chosen from the 10 by Goldman, will win an additional $1,000 plus a baking set.

The Food Network confirmed Friday that "Ace of Cakes," which began in 2006, will air its 10th and final season starting in January with six episodes.

Goldman could not be reached for comment Monday. On a blog on his website, Goldman said the end of the show did not mean an end to baking.

"Not much is changing here at Charm City Cakes," he wrote. "We are still working away, making (what we hope are) amazing cakes for brides, bar mitzvahs, birthdays and beyond."

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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