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This week we’ve featured the haute secrets of Duff Goldman, the star of Ace of Cakes and the owner of Charm City Cakes and Duff’s Cakemix. Duff’s Cakemix is the first interactive design bakery where the customer is the artist and the chef has requested that you play with your food.  After customers select their desired cake size, or if they prefer, cupcakes to decorate, they pick their flavor and filling.

Each customer has the opportunity to assemble their own cake decorating “kit,” including a choice of frosting type  – buttercream or fondant – frosting, scoops of toppings from the goodie-bar, and air brushing. Duff’s Cakemix customers can also roll out extra colored fondant to make their own decoration elements like flowers, shapes, animals, and more with the guidance Duff’s talented team. Located on Melrose Avenue next door to Goldman’s custom bakery, Charm City Cakes West, Cakemix also includes a café where customers can enjoy an espresso, cappuccino, all made with Duff’s signature Intelligentsia Roast Coffee. The bakery offers an array of freshly baked sweets, including Dinkies (Duff’s version of Twinkies), Cake in a Jar, Message Cupcakes and gluten-free and vegan options. Here is this sweet success story’s insider’s guide to the City of Angels.

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Where were you born ?
I grew up on Cape Cod, Mass.
How long in Los angeles:
2 years
Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
Occupation:
Chef/Baker/Cake Decorator
Favorite Restaurant:
Ink
Best Sushi:
Got Sushi, Northridge
Best Italian:
Mozza
Best dessert:
Anything from Charm City Cakes, Duff's Cakemix and Fonuts
Best place for a romantic date:
My house
Best Sunday brunch:
Teddy's
Best place for a power business meeting:
CAA
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The London
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Johnny Cupcakes
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
24 Karat
Best Spa:
Um?
Favorite Charity Event:
Alex's Lemonade
Favorite Cultural Event:
Any show at the Hollywood Bowl
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Saturdays in Chinatown
Best Steakhouse:
My house
Best Pizza:
Gino's, Chicago (there is no pizza in LA)
Best Lunch:
Ink Sack
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Gold's Venice
Best Massage:
Pro Massage, Venice
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Petersen Automotive Museum
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Topanga Canyon on a motorcycle, preferably a Ducati
Describe your city in three words:
A True Meritocracy
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
Gold's Gym, Venice
Best aspect of Los Angeles
It's full of people who are really awesome at whatever they do (the weather doesn't suck, either)
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