Ace of Cakes

Season 1 Episode 4

Life's a Zoo

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 07, 2006 on Food Network
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Life's a Zoo
A benefit for the local zoo takes up time for research and problem-solving, while other staff prepare an unusual groom cake, and Duff reconnects with an old friend.

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  • Duff builds a cake for a benefit at the zoo.

    Duff builds a Flamingo cake for a zoo benefit. Most of the cake is fondant over wire and styrofoam. This really didn't qualify as a cake in my opinion. The zoo is going to use the cake year after year as part of it's annual fundraiser. Duff gets the cake together and sets out to deliver it and he suddenly realizes it is too tall for his vehicle! So he sits in the back holding the cake while being driven to the zoo. The poor Flamingo is pretty much sideways for the ride. It is well recieved at the zoo.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This Week's Cakes:

      Capital Dome Cake(with Warren Brown, Cupcake Tower) – Fondant over gum paste, cut outs, gum paste details.

      Flamingo Cake (Zoomerang, Baltimore Zoo) – No actual cake. Metal frame with Styrofoam. Covered in fondant, modeling chocolate legs, fondant feathers, airbrushed, royal icing water.

      Fist of Rock (Groom's Cake) – Cake base, modeling chocolate fist (sculpted and carved), gum paste fire and sock monkeys, piping on cake.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Geof: I think people don't realize, like, how much time go into their cakes. It's not easy.

    • Duff: If somebody's going to call us up and get a cake that has sock monkeys dancing around a lake of fire, and the lake of fire has the fist of rock shooting out of it; I think they're gonna be personal friends of the bakery.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Also Featured:

      Lainie Contreras – PR Manager, Maryland Zoo
      Matthew Mulkey & Ruth Martin – Groom & Bride
      Barbara Queen – Bride


    • Richard: Oh, wow! "Wonder Twin powers activate."

      The Wonder Twins are teenage superhero sidekicks to the Super Friends. They have appeared since 1977 in numerous comics and cartoons.