Charm City Cakes
I live a few blocks from there, and while never having been in, have gotten the impression through meeting a few of the employees randomly in the neighborhood that they all seem pretty laid back and approachable.
That being said, with the popularity of the show, I've never really known anyone to just be able to drop by the bakery without an appointment (i believe there is a sign on the front that says something to that effect as well). I go down that street just about every day on the way to work, and they always seem busy, so maybe scheduling something would be your best bet.
I imagine a lot pf people sort of think thy can show up and knock on the door. Frankly, with the show so popular, you'll probably have to stand in line with all the other people who figured they'd just "drop by".
Sort of like the people who saw "american chopper" and figured they'd drop in to se what Jessie James Does. they didn't expect the hoopla, corwds nor the cordoned off area around the shop.
Here's an answer form the FAQ on the website (I googled it! try it sometime!):http://www.charmcitycakes.com/noflash...
"Can I come to your shop to watch you work?
We are a very small, very busy shop. Every cake we make is handcrafted to order, and while that makes for some really spectacular cakes, it doesn't leave us with a lot of time for visitors and jibba jabba. So we can't have people stopping in to watch. We do realize that you are special, but we simply do not have the time or resources for visitors.
Also, our evil lawyers have told us it's a no-no to have folks traipsing through here. Would you want a parade of visitors walking through a place you were ordering food from? Didn't think so.
If you ask to visit, we will be forced to say "no" (see above re: evil lawyers) and then we will feel like meanie heads. If you show up anyway, we will not be able to let you come inside and then we'll feel like mega jerk meanie heads. We don't want to let you down and we don't want to feel like mega jerk meanie heads. We are very sorry to be so stern and such, but there are no exceptions to this policy."
I attended the Baltimore Magazine party at M&T stadium Thursday. They brought a plain white cake with white icing. Everyone waited in line to try it, then we all seemed to wonder why they brought a bland white sheet cake to an event with 3000 people in attendance. Everyone was so excited, and walked away utterly confused.