Of course leave it up to Duff to come up with the next great idea in the baking world.  A “we bake..you create” cake studio opened by none other than the master himself Duff Goldman.  I had the opportunity to go here with my sister one day while visiting LA.  It is located in West Hollywood and from my experience pretty easy to get into.  While they do take reservations for parties, we were just a party of 2 and were able to walk in with only a 15 minute wait.

While I believe there are a bit too many choices, it really is a well thought out operation.  Questions like “cake or cupcakes” “chocolate or vanilla” are followed with “buttercream or fondant”, “filling” “cream cheese”.  And it goes on.

How it works:

You pick your pallate: cake or cupcakes (max. 2 people per cake)

You pick your flavors: cake, filling & icing

You pick you icing medium: fondant or buttermilk

Then you get to play!  They deliver your pre-made cake within minutes along with a ball of fondant  and/or your buttermilk icing.  You then get to pick from a large variety of colors to dye your icing and start applying it to the cake.   After the initial icing application is over you are left alone to create using your fondant, cookie cutters, 2 colors of icing in bags (you choose the colors), 2 choices of candy toppings, with extras to purchase if you like (airbrushing, edible glitter, more icing colors, etc).

This was a really fun Sunday afternoon time consumer for my sister and I who have a small interest in baking.  I would recommend going in with some sort of idea or inspiration as we went in just wanting to have a good time and did not have the best of creations in the end.  They do try and rush you a bit by giving you a two hour time frame, so make sure you have an idea going into it and you’ll be sure to have plenty of time to finish your creation.

We started with my favorite color pink and followed up with fun gold glitter and ended up with this birthday cake for our Aunt Chaille.  I would give it a 5 on a 1-10 scale because the girl next to us had an amazing winter wonderland she was creating that blew us out of the water.  We also had a 7 year old from the neighboring party picking our accent colors…so purple and orange they were.  It was fun!  Go by and try it next time you are looking for something to do.  Also, they sell gift cards which make great gifts for the kids in your life.


Duff’s Cakemix

8302 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90069