Charm City Cakes
I just finished watching Ace of Cakes and was wondering what people thought of this place. A friend got one of his cakes for her birthday last year. It was incredibly cool looking but I didn't find the fondant itself very tasty and the cake itself was fairly ordinary. It was a $200 plus cake. On the other hand, my wife has tasted a few more of his cakes and pronounced them delicious.
we originally went to charm city cakes to get a crazy, goofy cake for our rehearsal dinner. we then visited everywhere from patisserie poupon to sugarbakers for our wedding cake. we wound up coming back to charm city because their cake itself was so much better than everywhere else....
fondant anywhere sucks...it isn't used for flavor. it is used to create designs and make a "shell" for the cake. charm city cakes makes one of the best buttercreams i have ever tried. we are having the buttercream for our wedding cake.
price wise, our cakes are very reasonable...i will repost after our wedding to give a consensus...
plus, i worked with duff goldman (the owner)at a restaurant and he is one of the nicest guys i have ever met....
I got a cake from CCC for my mother's wedding. We went to a tasting and she settled on certain flavors for the different layers and gave Duff an idea of what she wanted it to look like (hers was definitely not-so-traditional).
The day of the wedding they delivered the cake on time, helped us decide where to put it (everything at the last minute...), and set it up. My mother had asked for something along the lines of a funky garden theme and Duff definitely did it. There was even a little trail of fondant ants to go on the table.
Now the cake itself. Yes. I realize this is theoretically the most important part. The layers were almond amaretto cream, cardamom and pistachio and lemon poppyseed. One of them was a tiny bit on the dry side (I think it was the lemon, but I'm not positive) but the other two were amazing. I didn't eat the fondant (it's edible, of course, but I don't really see it that way), but I did taste it. It was by no means offensive (and I think it was necessary for the structure of the cake)... very smooth and not too sweet, but not particularly memorable aside from its greenness. Then again, it's fondant. How much can you do with it?
Beyond the cake itself, Duff's attention to detail, sheer talent and the competency and friendliness of the staff mean that I'd never hesitate to recommend CCC.
Have not had one from CCC, but recently attened a wedding and the cake was from Sugarbakers in Catonsville. It was beautiful, and although simple, quite tasty. In fact, I just splurged and ordered a birthday cake from there. they do the Frenc style butter cream and it was delicious, not greasy, and not too sweet.
I had a slice of a groom's cake from CCC about three years ago. It was a design which had been on their web site, Frank Lloyd Wright I think it was called, and the flavor was bananas foster. I frankly thought it would be gross, but it was absolutely delicious. It was also stunning to look at.
Given that the popularity of the place and demands on the staff have most certainly increased with the show and all, I can't really vouch for it now, but based on that experience I definitely would have ordered a cake from them pre-show.
Duff did our Rehearsal dinner cake, I wanted something like a victorian charm pull cake. What he made was amazing and really tasty. We loved Duff himself and he was actually nice enought to talk to me about opening my own pastry shop. (Which I am still trying to accomplish). As for Sugarbakers, you couldn't pay me to get a cake from them. I went there and they were so rude to me and my fiance at the time. My mother and i also bought cannolis from them and they tasted like we bought show pieces not something you were supposed to eat. Our actual wedding cake came from
Vaccaro's, whom we can't say enough about also.