I love watching the show called "Ace of Cakes." Chef Duff and his staff from Charm City Cakes create outrageous cakes for people with high expectations, and fat wallets.
Since I majored in art in college, I can appreciate the effort and artistry that goes into constructing a cake for the Food Network show. I can also appreciate the fact that Chef Duff is successful because he surrounds himself with extremely talented people who share his vision and discrepancies. He is the perfect leader according to "Tribes" by Seth Godin. He "[gives his] tribe a platform they could use to engage the outside world. That's it--three steps: motivate, connect, and leverage." Wow.
Given the opportunity, I can honestly say that I would not want to eat a cake that was constructed by Duff and his crew. Although the cakes are outrageous and colorful, and the inside is probably delicious, I get tripped up on the frosting, or lack of frosting to be more accurate.
In order to make such amazing cakes, Duff and his team use fondant. In my opinion, fondant is gross. It is made from corn syrup, shortening, salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I prefer cake covering that I can scoop up with the tip of my finger, not write on with Sharpie.
I love the show Ace of Cakes, but I don't love their frosting. I would have to bring a tub of frosting to any party that featured a Charm City Cake, although, that would offend everyone in attendance.