Mary Alice

The show goes on... even after that other show ended

Whenever Charm City Cakes gets name-checked, founder and master baker Duff Goldman might be the first person that comes to mind. But Duff doesn't live here anymore: He moved to Los Angeles two years ago to start Charm City Cakes West. His 2011 departure coincided with the conclusion of the 10th and final season of Ace of Cakes, the Food Network reality-television show that documented life with the Remington bakery's scruffy but utterly original team of cake wranglers.

Duff's expansive personality and visionary baking antics dominated the episodes, but regular viewers came to appreciate the calm, grounding influence of bakery manager-and inadvertent...