charm city cakes: summer 2012

by Grace Bonney

It was a sad day when I heard that my beloved Charm City Cakes show on The Food Network wouldn’t be coming back. So to get my Duff and Co. fix, I started following their team on Twitter and keeping up with what, to me, feels like one of the most creative cake shops on the East Coast. I always feel a kinship with companies that seem like a loveable, ragtag gang of artists and makers. I instantly love and bond with whatever businesses like these do. So it was a happy day when I received an email from Mary Alice about their new Summer 2012 cake collection. I don’t do a lot of food coverage here, but I thought their new designs were such a sophisticated and elegant spin on the more out-there cakes they made on the show that I couldn’t resist sharing.

Charm City Cakes’ latest designs include some our niche’s favorite trends of the past few years (ombre, origami-inspired ruffles, chevron) and some really beautiful hand-painted work that I remember seeing bits and pieces of on the show. As fun as it was to see cakes with moving parts, I always preferred watching their incredibly talented team of artists painting by hand and drawing great floral and geometric patterns on fondant. These new cakes feel like a really grown-up spin on their work, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. I also hope I get to attend a wedding that features a CCC creation at some point; I kind of want to eat one of those crazy ruffled fans. Click here to check out more of their cakes (and here for their West Coast branch). Thanks to Mary Alice and everyone at CCC for sending these new cakes over. xo, grace

More cake styles after the jump . . .

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