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Food Network Chef Duff Goldman Wants You to Get Baked at His Second Do-It-Yourself Cake Studio in Pasadena

Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 | 8:39 PM



Pasadenans of all skill levels can now enjoy creating custom edible creations with the same ingredients and innovative spirit as the Food Network Ace of Cakes chef Duff Goldman at the new location of Duff’s Cakemix studio in Old Pasadena.


Duff’s Cakemix is a do-it-yourself cake-and-cupcake decorating studio where you can be the artist, and where Chef Duff-approved signature ingredients, supplies, and inspiration are at your fingertips.

The new studio in Old Pasadena is the Duff’s Cakemix second location following the launch of the original West Hollywood site in 2012.


“We were so excited to finally expand to our second location in Pasadena. We’ve had our eyes set on Pasadena for a while, we just think it’s a great community,” said Duff’s Cakemix Co-Founder Katelyn R. Fisher.


“This is really a place where you can have the experience, do it yourself, and make the mess at our shop, and not in your own kitchen. We encourage [people to] get messy, have fun,” Fisher added.


Chef Duff Goldman quit his day job in 2002 and opened Charm City Cakes, and it was there where he was able to show off his creativity, according to the Food Network.


The bakery became a household name on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, which aired for 10 seasons.


Duff serves as a judge on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, Spring Baking Championship, and also co-hosts and judges on the Kids Baking Championship shows.


“He’s really all about (whether) the cake tastes good, that’s his street credit, [the] cake tastes great, but it can also look good and you can decorate it. So that’s what we provide — we’re trying to give everyone that experience they saw on Ace of Cakes in our shop, and you can come decorate and have some fun,” said Fisher.


The process for setting up a custom cake creation is simple. Decorators can drop-in during business hours, or make reservations for larger parties.


You can either select to decorate six pre-baked unfrosted cupcakes accompanied by three buttercream colors, two fondant ball colors and two goodie bar scoops, or, you can choose a pre-baked three-layer round cake filled with buttercream & covered with a fondant canvas.


Helpful staff, and user-friendly cake decorating guides are on hand to ensure your creation is nothing but impressive.


“We’re just so excited, and I don’t think there’s any community like Pasadena. It’s just a close-knit community, and that’s what we wanted to be a part of,” said Fisher.


Duff’s Cakemix is located at 165 South De Lacey Ave., Old Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 249-0500 or visit








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