Buddy Vs Duff: Making Cakes with the Ace of Cakes

Relive all the caketastic moments from Duff Goldman's cake studio.

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Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Matt Harbicht/The Verbatim Agency

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Week 1: Cake-Off

Client: Richard Rawlings, Host of Fast N' Loud

Event: Richard's 50th Birthday Party

Location: Peterson Automotive Museum

Los Angeles Lowrider

Of course, an over-the-top birthday cake for Richard Rawlings has to have something to do with cars, but Duff also wanted to embrace where the party was happening. "I'm thinking what I want to do is very LA," Duff said. "Lowrider. Some of the paintjobs are good."


"What else does that mean?" Duff's sous Geof asked. "Hydraulics," Duff responded with a twinkle in his eye.

Skill vs Size

"When you're making a smaller cake, you're focusing more on the detail, not so much the size," Duff said. When a cake is too big, there's too much surface area to try to deal with." To demonstrate his dedication to technique, Duff was hand-painting all the detail on the side panels of the lowrider.

Panel Problem

After hours and hours of hand painting, Duff was just finishing up the ultra-detailed side panels for the lowrider when Geof noticed a major mistake. "He painted the same side of both of these strips that he cut out," Geof said.

"I'm looking at that panel. I just painted it on the wrong side," Duff said. "That took so long. This is a disaster."

Dia de los Details

After trimming the side panels to make them mirror images of each other, Duff moved on to the painting that would go under the hood of the lowrider. "The details in this car are really what's making it work," Duff said. "I think people are going to respond to that."

Holy Hydraulics

The most important piece of Duff's lowrider cake was the hydraulics. "I'm really working on this motor," Geof said. "If I push it, sometimes it'll get going, but that's not gonna do it. The cake is, maybe five pounds too heavy for the design I came up with."

409 Time

"Our cake is a '64 Impala lowrider," Duff said. "We are going to put in a 409. I want to make this engine really accurate. That's the heart and soul of the car, especially for someone like Richard. Here's a guy that really knows cars, so when he sees the number here, the 409, he knows what that means."

Win for Duff!

After presenting the lowrider cake to Richard and Sherry at the birthday party, the intricate details on Duff's cake snagged him the win.

Week 2: Cake-Off

Client: Aarti Sequeria, Judge on Guy's Grocery Games

Event: Bollywood party

Location: Aarti's house

Gold Elephant

For Aarti's party, Duff wanted to stay small a focus on detail with a gold elephant cake. "I think it would be coo to see a tiny little elephant next to whatever Buddy makes," Duff said. "He's gonna make something big. The bigger it gets, the sloppier it gets."

Golden Perfection

To make his elephant cake pop, Duff wanted to cover it entirely in gold leaf. "Gold leaf is super, super, super thin," he said. "Whatever the texture is underneath it, that is exactly what you're gonna see on the outside. I want this to look like a statue," he said. "I don't want it to look like a cake that looks like a statue."

Henna Time

The most intricate part of Duff's cake was all the piping work inspired by henna tattoos. "When you look at henna tattoos, the artwork is amazing," Duff said. "It's beautiful, super technical"

Lack of Luster

The judges commended Duff on his use of real gold leaf and the detail work, but Keegan noted that it showed a few techniques done over and over again.