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Cake king Duff Goldman reveals inspiration

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

Duff Goldman has made a Ducati motorcycle, complete with spinning tires and working lights, out of cake. But that's no huge surprise from the man who's run Baltimore's Charm City Cakes for the past 15 years.

Goldman is known for his incredible cakes and fun presence on TV baking shows including the upcoming third season of Holiday Baking Championships on which he serves as a judge.

"I get to share what I'm good at with millions of people instead of a couple of customers who come into the bakery. They get to see how excited I am about baking, about cooking," Goldman said.

As a judge, Goldman says he sees people make common cake-making mistakes time and again.

"A lot of times it's over-baking," he said.

"People worry about it being baked all the way but you don't want to bake most things all the way, you want them to be crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle."

Goldman isn't just a judge, he also serves as an enthusiastic presence. His cake designs are fun too - stemming from his love of science-fiction and a past life as a graffiti artist, how cold they not be?

"Graffiti has really influenced the way I think about art," he said.

"I'm always very immediate with it and I don't like people to have to think so hard when it comes to my art. Cakes should be very immediate, the reaction to them should be instantaneous. I want to make sure people just get it right away."

Goldman's beautiful designs have been snapped by the glitterrati. He baked all the cakes that feature in the video for Katy Perry's song, Birthday, and he recently spent time baking for Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones while they were on The Desert Trip in Indio, California.

He's managed to tick a lot off his bucket list but says there's still one dream cake he'd like to tackle.

"I really want to do one of the Star Wars movie premieres because I love Star Wars and I'm really good at spaceships."

*Holiday Baking Championship Series 3 airs weekdays at 6.30pm from Wednesday December 7 on The Food Network

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