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Jul 6, 2009 06:21 AM

Charm City Cakes - how do they taste?

I have watched the Charm City Bakery make great looking cakes on FoodTV but I hve always wondered if the cakes are actually any good as cakes. Is it all about the look or is it also about the eating? Has anyone out there had any experience with the eating? I am just curious but I am VERY curious.

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  1. I had some of their sheet cake at a Yuri's Night Party this spring, and it was okay. I think they're cakes for smaller events are probably better.

    1. Regrettably, I haven't tried any of their cakes. But, if you are interested, there is a book I just read by Leslie F. Miller entitled "Let Me Eat Cake." She is a teacher at Towson U and has written an entertaining book about CAKE(S). She goes into quite a bit of detail with regards to Charm City Bakery and other local baking establishments.

      It seems as though the fancy, high-end, extremely decorated cakes, use fondant frosting which doesn't have any significant flavor. The cake itself is based on your personal taste as to what flavor you decide to select. Apparently some flavors stand out better then others.

      Another note, which I garnered from reading Ms. Miller's book, the Charm City cakes are very expensive--$200 and up. You may want to also consider SugarBakers in Catonsville and Patisserie Poupon. FoiGras

      1. I tasted a CCC cake at a wedding last year. It was gorgeous - very large but very tasteful and elegant and the flavor was amazingly full, fresh and delicious. It was moist and there was plenty of buttercream under the fondant. In watching the show, they said they make all the decorations ahead of time and as much as possible, bake the actual cake at the last possible moment. Also they said the fondant functions as a freshness seal. I'd order from them if I lived close by.

        1. In a word, cardboard. CCC was part of the package at our hotel where we had our wedding and we knew the cakes didn't taste that good going in and to be honest , we didn't really care. The tasting was nice, but the cakes didn't have a lot of flavor. The look of the cake was more important to us than the taste and we did get a STUNNING cake for the wedding, it just didn't have much taste to it.

          If you are looking for a beautiful cake that tastes good as well, I would go with Patisserie Poupon or Sugarbakers.

          Funny that you asked this because my husband and I just had the top tier of our wedding cake last night to celebrate our one year anniversary.

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          1. re: jrl2929

            It reminds me of their show--pretty video with good production values to look at, but inane blather--no substance.

            1. re: jrl2929

              Agreed, a dear friend of mine got married pre-show, and the cake looked quite pretty but it was so dry and flavourless. I couldn't even tell what flavour it was---supposedly lemon but definitely more Tofu than lemon. Also, she got married on January 1st, so we have a feeling that cake was a few days old---who would work on New Year's Eve?

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