Monday, February 16, 2009

The Art of the Cake

Duff Goldman, Baker/Owner of Charm City Cakes

Ahhhh, the art of food. Lately I've been watching the Food Network and am truly amazed at the creations that very talented people create in the form of dessert. The Ace of Cakes is especially fun and amazing. They create really amazing cakes for all events - weddings, anniversaries, parties, celebrations for people of all ages, young and old. Their Starship Enterprise cake, an exact replica of the ship, is astounding. The post headline is a link to their website.

Their show features a few cakes in each episode and shows each baker in the process of building their masterpiece. There are many things they have to take into consideration as they created their sculptured confections (and a lot of problem solving!): how will they support different parts to keep the entire cake intact, what colors are appropriate, how do they scale the designs to be appropriate to the size of the cake, and what details will enhance the design? These cakes are truly works of art but meant to be totally consumed! In the end, each cake needs to be not only beautiful but delicious as well! Check out this link for their show on the Food Network and see some videos about their cakes.

19 comments:

Paula Conway said...

I LOVE DUFF GOLDMAN!!!!

Devondria said...

OMG! ilove this dudue.his show "The Ace of Cakes" is the best show.He uses patterns, balance,color, and shape to create these delicious, edible pieces of artwork.

Adriana said...

wow. i love this show. it is great! i watch it too. ha. well he uses great lines and design to create these cakes/works of art. The colr give it great depth and make it look very comtemporary. The patters and shapes of his cakes also give the thing a more real feel. His art is wonderful!

Tori Zimmerman 2nd Period said...

I love cake decorating. There is so much you can do with geometrical designs on the cake, and the geometrical design of the cake. Cakes are a great way to relay information about the mood of a party or gathering: a tall white cake is for a wedding, a cake that looks like a cat head is for a little kid's party. The colors and patterns in the cakes are very complementarty and elegant looking. Love it! Yum!
-Tori Zimmerman 2

Anonymous said...

Philip Lerner

I enjoy this photo because it has a man surrounded by cake. The colors are bold and the types of cake are interesting.

Anonymous said...

I chose this picture because first i love the show ace of cakes and because if you look at this picture you see so many colors poping out at you and your eye does not focus on just one thing. I also like how every thing is so smooth and then where duff or one of the other people hand piped all the brownish black piping on some of the cakes and it really stands out. On the pink polka-dot cake you can see the polka-dots poping out at you. I also really enjoy looking at the dog in the background, it looks extremely handcrafted and it looks as if the fondant that they used is real dog hair near the mouth. In all the cakes there you can see the texture of the fondant.

Cassidy Hurley 7-3

Ms. K, Chester Academy, Chester NH said...

A little Ace of Cakes trivia - from what town does Ben Turner, Ace Aide de Construction of Incredibly Complex Cake Architecture? DERRY, NH! (right next door to Chester, NH)!!!

Nohemi M, 2 said...

YUM!

I like how he uses patterns and lines in the blue cake in the center of the picture. It makes it look very fancy.

Also i like the cake on the left with the polka dots because I like how he alternated the colors of the background of each level of the cake. I also like the thorough use of the polka dots and the space between each dot allows to clearly see the cake instead of it just been a pile of dots

Jeniz Viera 2nd pd. said...

ha ha WOW!! I watch this show all the time. This man is talented and has an eye for detail. The cakes look so yummy! He uses contrasting colors to catch the viewers eye and uses different shapes and objects that are all edible. The fasinating work of art he does with food is fenomenal. The way he the texture of cake can make a big difference in the finished product. He uses balance and pattern and it all works together to make the final product appealing and wonderful!

Hershey P pd.4 said...

Its amazing how many different kinds of art there truly is. I can't even imagine the hard work that the job of this magic cake baking/decorating entails. The chef is a wonderful example of a versatile artist. From planning the design, to actually baking the cake, using different elements like texture, color, lines, and shapes to make his work perfect and visually outstanding. On top of everything, you would never have to go out with all the delicious food right in front of you!

Vanessa Villanueva 2nd p. said...

AHHHH! I am in love with this show!
Ace of Cakes is the best show there is [that relates to the art of making cakes]. I consider every single person on this show an amazing artist. You can ask them to make the impossible and they will make sure it happens. I love how they use very bold and fun colors in their cakes, and they make every single cake they make look as if it is not a real cake. their cakes are absolutely beautiful. They use very detailed patterns and designs. Also, they are very skilled at putting great texture to the surface of a cake. Duff sure does make sure that every cake that comes out of his bakery is truly a work of art. He makes sure that the cake will make the person who is paying for it is very happy, just like an artist would with one of his paintings.
An artist that most people do not notice from this show is the actual baker. The baker brings together all the ingredients to make this delicious piece of art we call the cake.
I love how the people on this show can look at a picture and be able to replicate on a cake and still be able to make it look as the real thing. This is what you call a great artist! They use great contrast to put more emphasis on certain things on a cake, and they also use A LOT of shapes on most of their cakes. Most of their cakes are accurate in size and shape. I a person were to ask them to make an exact replica of one of their dogs they would be able to do it. They would make sure that the cake is the exact height and color as the dog's. They would make sure that every single wrinkle on the dog's face is on the cake, and that the cake has every feature the real dog has. This is truly an amazing show! Here's their website. They have many pictures if cakes they have made in the past. Hope you enjoy! http://www.charmcitycakes.com/noflash/index.cfm?rd=cakes

Vanessa Villanueva 2nd p.

Cortez the Raven said...

That show rocks! I think it's amazing how they create the cakes so perfectly, with such good balance, because it'd be pretty hard to move a cake that big! The colors are also good, and they usually contrast each other very well... But the thing I like most is how artistic the cakes are. They're always to commemorate the occassion, and they do it very well! The shapes and structures are also very nice, and contemplate with the cake style awesomely!

Franco Bria-Massaro, 1st p.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! The first word that came to mind.... These cakes are AMAZING!!! All of the patterns, color, and balance used in making these scrumpcious pieces of artwork! I hope that one day i can be as talented and make a beutiful edible dish as well!

Carmen Maciel
4th Period

Emmanuel S. pd.4 said...

The art of the cake is truly amazing, especially after viewing this piece of delicious artwork. Such things as the form of the cakes to make look like animals such as dogs. This guy does a very good job to express the hardwork put into these cakes like the texture, the balance between the colors of the cakes and of the shapes also. And there are plenty of amazing patterns on the cakes which gives each cake its own special look, a one and only type of cake, and he did an amazing job on doing that. The bright colors of the cakes really caught my eye when i was searching for something to blog about and the contrast of those colors such as the brown and blue or the green and yellow is just astonishing and is a great sight to see and eat.

Anonymous said...

I ♥ This show! I love how these ordinary deserts are transformed into beautiful delicious pieces of art! i like how the cakes are created with different patterns and designs. Even though the cakes coulod be the same shape the way that they are designed with different patterns and differnt colors it makes them look so different and unique. i love the way that there can be just one cake and just that one cake can have up to three different designs. To me even though each of the layers have a different design ironically it creates a sense of unity and balance in the cake. I love the way the pink, lime green, and white polka dotted cake has each of its layers positioned in a different way same shape but different sizes and even though each of the layers has the same disigns and the colors are contemporary the way the polka dots are the same three colors and the outline and ribbon are the same three colors also they are different and the other cakes have an elagant look and they are so beautiful. I ♥ Art!
♥Cassandra Huerta♥

theRock said...

I love those cakes! Each part and icing layer's proportions on each cake compliment it's neighbor's shape because of its sharp lines, which make the intense, vibrant colors' contrast even sharper from each other. Every cake's pattern has the uniform size and smooth harmony that grabs attention from other pieces that aren't as organized. From any of 360 degrees, it looks clean and symmetrical. The view tells me about the intended theme and what Duff wanted to express in the piece. What makes it look more delicious is the mixture of contour lines, convex form natural to the cake's shape, and the icing's potential to cover it for any design or graphic to be emphasized. Also, the continuation of the lines make the taste appear endless!

Anonymous said...

I think this is the best art i have ever witnessed in my whole entire life. Not only does he create great designs with amazing texture and color, but he does it on a cake. The greatest part is that you can eat it. REGGIS G. 4th period

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Kaylyn said...

I LOVE DUFF! He's, like, my idol.