HARROD ‚?? Blueberry birthday cake may not be someone‚??s first choice, but who cares. Chef Duff Goldman liked it.
Goldman, of the Food Network‚??s ‚??Ace of Cakes,‚?Ě tasted Harrod native Tammy King‚??s cake while she and four other culinary students visited his Baltimore bakery over the summer.
‚??He liked that I had the fresh fruit,‚?Ě King said. ‚??He liked that it was different. You don‚??t see a blueberry cake very often.‚?Ě
King will appear on Thursday‚??s episode of ‚??Ace of Cakes‚?Ě on the Food Network. It airs at 10 p.m.
King, a 1999 Allen East High School graduate, was one of five finalists in the ‚??Healthy Birthday Cake‚?Ě competition sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
A baking and pastry art student at the institute, King prepared her Blueberry Dream Cake, a concoction inspired by a friend.
‚??He told me the blueberry cake was going to take off if I would just bake one. It was going to be bigger than vanilla and chocolate put together,‚?Ě she said.
The finalists heard rumors that they were off to Duff‚??s Charm City Cakes, but it wasn‚??t until they hit Baltimore that it became official.
‚??I think the Food Network and that show inspires a lot of people to come to culinary school or just to bake more or experience new things,‚?Ě King said. ‚??We were all really excited to be part of something that was promoting our industry.‚?Ě
The students decorated their cakes, getting advice from Goldman along the way. The bakery‚??s staff then judged them. The winner was a healthy take on red velvet cake, using roasted beats and dried cherries. King‚??s featured blueberries, applesauce and whole wheat flour.
‚??The whole staff was incredibly generous and nice,‚?Ě King said.
A fan of the show, it was fun for King to work on her cake as the staff iced and sculpted their usual creations. She remembers several working on a bacon and eggs cake and one looking like a fold-out chair.
‚??When you see the cakes they are making, TV doesn‚??t do them justice,‚?Ě she said. ‚??They are really phenomenal.‚?Ě
King started out after college in the banking business, but says she always knew she would end up in the food industry. The former 4-H member will graduate with an associate degree in baking and pastry art in January. She‚??s waiting until a few more classes to decide on what she wants to specialize in.
While she made her blueberry cake for fun, not knowing how it would turn out, King ended up pretty pleased. She describes it as a flavor that is unique, but without going too far.
‚??I don‚??t know why he thought a blueberry cake would be fantastic,‚?Ě she said. ‚??But it is actually pretty good.‚?Ě
Unique cake lands local on ‘Ace of Cakes’