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Behind the Scenes of Cake Masters

Get an inside look at all the work Duff Goldman and his Charm City Cakes West crew put into creating the epic cakes in Season 1.
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Going Back to the Docks

For the 30th anniversary of Dockers, Duff was asked to create a cake for the celebration to be held at the company's headquarters in San Francisco. President Lisa Collier came to Duff's bakery to meet about the cake. "How do I take khaki pants and make it cool?" Duff asks, but he decides his cake will be a tribute to the city with local landmarks, a dock, a boat and a crane. And it all had to be complete in one week.

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Dealing with the Unexpected

Geof and Marc braved the cake delivery up and over the steep hills of the city, and the cake made it to Dockers in shipshape. But after setting up the smoke mechanism for the steamboat, Geof encountered an issue. "Why would it work on the day of the delivery," Duff said sarcastically. With just six minutes to spare before the cake had to be revealed, Geof made a miraculous fix. "I was determined to make that thing work," he said.

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Right Down to the Details

Duff unveiled the cake, complete with a steaming steamboat, a foggy cityscape made from combining water and dry ice, and a remote-controlled dock that moves shipping containers from one end of the cake to the other. The cake also included a dozen miniature Dockers-wearing people, made by artist Caroline McFarlane-Watts. "All these outfits are exactly to Dockers specs," Duff explained. "Caroline knew exactly what I was looking for."

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Celebrating the Company and Its Employees

Everyone was greatly impressed by the cake's size and look. "The office scene is definitely my favorite," said Duff of the miniature workers inside a cutaway on the skyscraper cake. Immediately after the unveiling, employees gathered to line up for slices of the cake, which Duff and Geof carved on the spot and handed out. "Duff did an amazing job," said Lisa. "I think this cake was more than worthy of the 30th anniversary of the brand."

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