We bumped into Duff Goldman — star of the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” — at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Sunday and asked him about his coming West Coast bakery. Goldman says if all goes as planned, Charm City Cakes West is set to open June 1 on 19th Street in Santa Monica.
The original Charm City Cakes will continue to operate in Baltimore under the auspices of executive sous chef Geoffrey Manthorne, while Goldman will spend much of his time in L.A. (FYI, both bakeries are by appointment only.) Goldman says Charm City Cakes West will offer all the spectacular cakes that fueled the TV show. But after showing us an iPhone photo of a cake in the shape of a standing 3-D elephant, he said, “I also want people to know that we do great cakes, the kind Martha Stewart makes, but better.”
Charm City Cakes West is accepting orders for event dates from June 1 on. Contact Ken at (323) 642-7234 or e-mail ken @charmcitycakes.com.