"Ace of Cakes": My favorite nonfiction entertainment. The Ace of Cakes is a Food Network production about Charm City Bakery in Baltimore, a bakery run by artistic people cooler than you'll ever meet, unless you meet my crack youth staff. I've been thinking that the "cast" or employees in this show are similar to the people with whom I work.
For instance, once the owner, Duff Goldman, bounded into the bakery announcing to everyone, "Success!" because he had just purchased laser lights and a fog machine to use in the cake for the movie "Get Smart."
It's not uncommon for our head youth pastor to enter the office the same way, holding up the latest purchase which will allow the staff to execute the best skit or object lesson or video. Once we procured real bows and arrows and booked Stephanie Arnold, an Olympic archer, to come to Oneighty. As a promo video, we ran around outside pretending to shoot each other. (You had to be there or see the video to understand the depth and range of emotion behind the "acting.") And once we had a live reindeer at a Christmas party with yellow snow cones. (Get it? "Don't eat the yellow snow!")
Anyway, I do relate somewhat to Mary Alice, the office manager, the sole voice of reason (doubt and sarcasm) when Duff and the crew take on unbelievably impossible cake creation assignments. But she's a little nice and fun, too, just like me.
And I heart Geof, the hippie-dippie-hippie who speaks second on the video below. His wryness makes the show.
I heard that people hang around outside this bakery waiting to meet the staff, and that the staff regularly get "crush" fan mail. Just goes to show that in America, even a baker can be a rock star.
If you can't get the show where you are, here's a link to a 2 min. video that demonstrates the feel of the show: