Duff Goldman's Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery

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Duff Goldman, of Charm City Cakes and Ace of Cakes fame, teamed up with Girl Gourmet to make the Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery (buy at Amazon), a kit that lets girls (and boys) make and roll out their own fondant to decorate a mini two-tiered cake that even comes with an air-powered icing gun. And it's kid-safe in that you mix the provided cake batter with water and microwave it for 30 seconds. Certainly a step up from an easy bake oven!

We were a little skeptical — how could a $35 toy be any good? But what sold us on it was the blog Super Chef's interview with Goldman, in which he described the Cake Bakery as "miniature versions of tools we use, the fondant rolling mat, the texture mats – everything you need to make a two-tiered cake," and discussed his working relationship with Jakks, the toy manufacturer: "I told them that you are not putting my face until I play with it and it has to be quality and good and exciting for the kids... You have to understand your craft, and little kids are going to understand that you have to get Craft right before Art." Meaning that it's not going to be easy: kids are going to screw up a lot until they figure it out. And you'll be ordering a lot of refills.

Here's a commercial for Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery that shows it in action:

Video: Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery Commercial

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  1. It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake if the way is hazy
    you gotta do the cooking by the book you know you can't be lazy
    never use a messy recipe the cake would end up crazy
    if you do it by the book then you'll have a cake

  2. ali

    At first,I was excited to see this,as I love(d)Duff's show,and I was thinking about buying this for my grandson for Christmas.How cool is this?,I thought.Then I saw the blatant sexism,"just for girls"??????Very disappointed!I guess Duff endorses the notion,that only girls would be interested in baking cakes,how strange.

  3. amber

    no its just not many boys would want to bake with an easy bake oven...its from the makers of easy bake..its like the same thing...just cakes

    • Venus

      Not really. My son just told me he wants this for his birthday. I asked him if he cared that it said Girl Gourmet, and he said no. Not many boys would be considered a market for this because society has perpetuated this idea that boys don't play with kitchen toys. However, if this attitude is not continued at home, and participating in kitchen work and play is encouraged, many boys are happy to play with kitchen toys.

  4. Molly

    I bought this for my daughter and we were very disappointed. The batter is nasty and the fondant is all sticky, we followed the directions to the T and it still came out bad. Please use caution when buying this product, it's not worth your well-earned money. I love Duff's show just not this toy.

  5. Jamie

    I found this prouduct in a magizine and i really want it so i put it on my chrismas list and hopefully i will get it. It seems like a fun thing to play with and i really hope to get it.

  6. Angie

    We are making our first cake and the fondant is very sticky and cannot be handled. What can we do to stiffen it up without ruining the fondant?

  7. I would like to get my 3 year old granddaughter involved in baking. I think this would be a good way to get her started.

  8. Jessica

    For everyone having trouble with sticky fondant, sprinkle some corn starch on your table, which should help. If the corn starch seems to dry your fondant out, you can always add a little bit off shortening to it. I'm a baker and use fondant every week, hope this helps :)

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