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->"We do it all--make it '''''bigger''''', make it '''''badder''''', make it '''''awesome'''''! For me, it's all about the cake!"
-->-- '''Duff Goldman''', from the opening narration

''Ace of Cakes'' is a DocuSoap about Charm City Cakes, a custom cake bakery in Baltimore, Maryland. The show revolves around the wacky hijinks of the staff, the making of the cakes (each episode revolves around a select few and especially complex cakes), and the reactions of the people receiving the cakes.

The show lasted from August of 2006 to February of 2011, for a total of 115 episodes in ten seasons, as the average season lasted less than five months. During its run, it was one of Creator/FoodNetwork's highest rated shows.

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!!This series shows examples of:

* TheAlcoholic[=/=]TheStoner:
** The entire staff can seem like this at times, but especially Ben and Katherine.
--->'''Mary Alice''': Free beer! It's like Christmas time for the boozers!
** Geof [[EruditeStoner appears to be stoned]] a ''lot'' of the time when doing his talking-head shots.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The end of the final episode parodies this.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Sort of: As a thank-you for the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Squig]] cake, Duff got a custom {{MMORPG}} avatar.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Geof Manthorne and Duff Goldman.
* CarryingACake: Dropped cakes are ''very'' rare, but have happened. What happens more often than not is that the cake will self-destruct (collapsing, fondant cracking and/or sagging, the environment damaging the decorations, and other mishaps). There was also the time that the terribly, horribly unprofessional maid staff at a hotel in which they were staying prior to a delivery cut up their sheet cakes and ''ate them''. They were able to provide sheet cakes after a local bakery let them use their kitchen.
* ChristmasEpisode / EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas: Duff's Jewish, and in one episode, he found it very amusing that he was the one who got everyone into the holiday spirit ([[IncendiaryExponent with fireworks, of course]]).
* CrossOver: [[Series/JonAndKatePlusEight Kate + Eight]] visited as a surprise for Kate; Guy Fieri came in for an episode of ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives'' on Baltimore and Duff treated him to a giant cake shaped like a giant hamburger; Geof and Duff made an anniversary cake for ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' and had cameos on the show; the crew traveled to Hawaii to ''simultaneously'' work on cakes for ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s wrap party and a US military base (both groups loved it). The cast of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' came into the bakery, puppets and all, while they were making a cake for the show.
** Is that where the puppet-versions of the bakers in the ''Lost'' episode came from?
** The crew of ''Man Caves'' fixed up the bakery's basement/band room for Duff; Duff also got to ring the opening bell at the NY Stock Exchange in, um, exchange for a birthday cake for the NYSE's president.
** Duff was a challenger on ''Series/IronChefAmerica'', and also competed on ''Series/{{Chopped}}: Tournament'', where he [[spoiler:was eliminated after the first round]].
** He also appeared as a guest judge on ''Series/CupcakeWars''; the reward for that episode was having their cupcakes featured at a party celebrating their 100th episode. Duff's proclaimed hatred for cupcakes after the Guinness incident was heavily {{Lampshaded}}.
** Duff appeared on ''Series/NoReservations''' "[[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Generic Holiday]] [[ChristmasEpisode Episode]]". In a sea of delicious beef dishes, he made a cake shaped like a turkey and surrounded by ''every holiday icon he could find''.
** In Jan. 2013, Duff appeared on a ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'' vid to present the guys a cake to celebrate 2 billion views - which they promptly [[StuffBlowingUp blew up together.]]
* CuteKitten / KindheartedCatLover: Several members of the staff (including Duff) have pet cats. Elena even has a "Mt. Cutemore" photoshop of her pet cats.
* DeadpanSnarker: Just about everyone, but ''especially'' Geof.
* [[DoesNotLikeSpam Does Not Like Cupcakes]]: Duff despises them despite (or maybe because of) trying to make the world's largest cupcake and failing. He stated that one of the reasons he hates them is because "people who make cupcakes think they can bake."
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Combined with the above, Duff forced himself to make 52 cupcakes for the New York Rangers hockey team so he could "earn" being involved with his favorite sport.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Mostly the older cakes.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Quite a few times, especially around Halloween. They once made an exception to their "no portraits" rule when the client added "--and his brains are being eaten by zombies."
* EvolvingCredits: Since Charm City Cakes' staff increased over the series' run, and a lot more of them appeared on camera, the later seasons' credits noticeably changed to reflect this.
* {{Fandom}}: The bakery once received a picture of two girls dressed as Duff and Mary Alice, complete with whisk tattoo and colored hair, respectively.
* FollowTheLeader[=/=]DuelingShows[=/=]RedOniBlueOni: With TLC's ''Series/CakeBoss'' (Duff is the relaxed Blue Oni to high-strung Buddy's Red) and We's ''Amazing Wedding Cakes''.
** SpiritualSuccessor: The Creator/FoodNetwork series ''Ice Brigade'' feels like ''Ace of Cakes'' [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH ICE SCULPTURES]]-], while ''Have Cake Will Travel'' looks to follow a similar pack of quirky cake artists.
* FormerTeenRebel: Played with in Duff's case--he's still a rebel, just in a more focused and ''mostly'' law-abiding way.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Duff flipping the bird, while dressed in a bird costume, which incidentally covered both hands.
** One of Mary Alice's shirts ([[ProductPlacement available for purchase]] [[http://www.threadless.com/product/456/Rock_Out_With_Your_Cock_Out here]]) is also a VisualPun.
* [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scouts Are a Ravenous Horde]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Duff and Geof.
* IncendiaryExponent: Duff '''never''' misses a chance to shoot off fireworks, and given even ''half'' a chance, '''he'll find a way''' to put fireworks into a cake.
* KnuckleTattoos: The "BAKE" "CAKE" ads.[[spoiler: It's actually a hand model; Duff's knuckles were way too hairy.]]
* TheLancer: Geof is this to [[TheHero Duff]]. Duff, as the owner/head of the bakery, oversees the production and usually doesn't do any of the hands-on stuff (with the exceptions of helping to deliver cakes)--Geof's a tad standoffish and does the really, really difficult stuff.
* LondonTown: The bakers went there to make a "Creator/WilliamShakespeare-Kabob" for the Globe Theatre and a pork-tacular cake for a "snout-to-tail" restaurant. The chef treated Duff and Geoff to a [[IAteWhat pig face sandwich]] for breakfast, which Duff (despite being Jewish) tore into while poor Geoff seemed like [[ForeignQueasine he was only eating it to be polite]].
* MoreDakka: The police of Muleshoe, TX welcomed the bakers by letting them shoot some automatic weapons and let Duff use a sniper rifle on some despised cupcakes.
* MuppetCameo: One which combined ''Ace Of Cakes'', ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', and ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* MysteriousBenefactor: The unnamed VIP client who asked for the dressage cake. When they explained they don't ship cakes outside of driving distance and jokingly added that the client would need a private jet, s/he ''provided one just for the cake'' (albeit a very small private jet).
** Even by the end of the episode, no one but Mary Alice knew who the customer was--the only things the other employees (and the viewers) are able to gather about the customer were that 1.) The client's financially well-off (especially considering that they had a private jet) and 2.) They're into horseback-riding, because the cake they made had an equestrian-theme.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted.
** There's at least two Marys who work at Charm City Cakes (although one of them also goes by her middle).
** Geof and Duff's real names are both "Geoffrey," but most but most people wouldn't know in the latter's case--he's had the nickname "Duff" since he was a little kid and even his family calls him "Duff" on the show.
* {{Parody}}: The 100th episode included several parodies of other series like ''Series/TheHills'', ''Series/TheRealWorld'', ''Series/UndercoverBoss'', and ''Series/TheATeam''.
* PermaStubble: Duff's typical appearance, aside from his goatee.
* PlatonicLifePartners:
** Duff and Mary Alice.
** Ben and Katherine.
*** Basically the entire staff could qualify for this.
* ProductDisplacement:
** A cake featuring a barrel of Jack Daniel's whiskey and a guy pouring himself a glass had the writing on the barrel blurred out, and the bottle was never filmed in close-up despite the (presumably) elaborate piping that went into it (they could ''say'' Jack Daniel's as much as they wanted, but in the titles it was referred to as the "Whiskey Cake" or the "Beard House Cake"). Ironically the cake was a ''major'' honor for Duff, as the society who ordered it is described as "the foodies of foodies" and only order food from either established chefs or exceptional up-and-comers.
** Both ''Ace'' and ''Cake Boss'' are forbidden from saying Rice Crispy Treats (they use "cereal treats" instead[[note]]''Cake Boss'' was recently granted permission by the product placement gods[[/note]]), even though it's a well-used "construction material".
* ProductPlacement:
** They've gotten commissions from Macy's, Ocean Spray, Creator/WarnerBros (for two Film/HarryPotter movie premieres), Creator/DreamworksAnimation (for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''), ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, among many.
** They made a huge [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} squig]] cake (they claimed it was the largest cake they'd ever made - it even had an Ork inside its mouth!) that earned them a Golden Daemon award in the Large Model category. The best part was that the bakers had never heard of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' before.
** ''Ace of Cakes'' as it turns out is pretty good Product Placement for ''itself''; needless to say the waiting list for Charm City Cakes has gotten quite a bit longer since the premiere of the show.
** ''[[Creator/GeorgeLucas Someone]]'' noticed they make especially good ''Franchise/StarWars'' cakes.
* [[RoadMovie Road Episodes]] [[http://www.coolcake.in/ Cakes to Hyderabad]]: Duff and Geof went on a road trip to bring delicious cakes to people they couldn't due to the no-fly rule, and visit [[SoBadItsGood wonderfully tacky attractions]] along the way.
* SassySecretary: Mary Alice, who's the general manager at Charm City Cakes.
* SerialEscalation: Regularly.
** This whole show came into existence because Duff, a somewhat regular competitor of ''Food Network Challenges'', kept amazing audiences, judges and network execs alike with his incredible cakes. This came full circle when Duff and the Charm City Cakes staff themselves were judges of a ''Food Network Challenges'' episode, where the theme was, appropriately enough, "Extreme Cakes."
* SquareCubeLaw: Invoked in the giant cupcake episode. Duff originally just wanted to make a really big cupcake, but after crunching the numbers, he and the rest of the staff realized that there was no way the cake would ever be able to support its own weight.
* ShoutOut / TakeThat: To their TLC counterparts: "You need to be the ''boss'' of the cake". "You (the puppet bakers) aren't working out, I'm bumping you to the minor leagues"--[[PutOnABus stuffed in a box]] with a "Jersey Or Bust" sign (if they really went there, they'd be returned covered in flour and dipped in icing).
* ShownTheirWork: In addition to the process of actually making the cakes, for big or unusual commissions, they'll ''do'' "research" for it. Examples:
** For the Ocean Spray cake, the crew went to a real cranberry bog and got to help harvest cranberries.
** When they're asked to make stadium cakes, they'll visit the actual stadiums; Yankees fangirl Mary nearly had a HeroicBSOD upon entering New Yankees Stadium ("I want this carpet!").
** The state of Alaska asked for a special cake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their statehood, and Duff got to go to Alaska.
** When Duff was asked to do a cake based on a tank, he got to go to an Army base and drive a tank. At this point, Duff and Geof admitted that their "research" is really [[LampshadeHanging just an excuse to go off and do cool stuff]].
** In one episode, they made a [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]] cake. They even made sure to get the voice exactly right.
** The [=R2D2=] cake, in addition to being life-size with a turning head, also had to look specifically like the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' version of R2. This meant that not only did it have to look a little busted-up but also match the "painterly" style of the show, which went against the shop's no-visible-brushstrokes ideal. They were able to do everything aside from getting R2's head to turn--it was beyond Duff's engineering skills but fortunately a handyman at Skywalker Ranch was able to rig up a little something and save the day.
* {{Squick}}: {{Invoked|Trope}}--Chef Adam's a vegan and was a little grossed out when forced to handle hot dogs while helping Duff make [[Series/ThirtyRock cheesy blasters]].
* TimeTravel / CloseEnoughTimeline: Parodied in the final episode, which had a ''Film/BackToTheFuture''-theme, where [[spoiler:screwing around with the bakery's flux capacitor caused the bakers to become office workers, bugs, and random haz-mat suit (really painter's suits) wearers. ''Really'' screwing up the flux capacitor caused Geof and Duff to become workers at a cake box factory]].
* TrueCompanions: The staff of Charm City Cakes.
* UpToEleven:
-->'''Mary Alice:''' The customer asks for ten, Duff will give them eleven.
** Duff cut down a Christmas tree and used a smaller (fake) tree as the topper for it. When the staff had a contest to see who could make the best ornament for the tree, Geof's submission was ''an entire second tree with decorations.''
* WackyMarriageProposal: A few times.

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