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Duff Goldman Partners with Bounty Paper Towels and Despicable Me 3

Bounty cake by Duff Goldman

MomsLA was invited to interview Duff Goldman about his new partnership with Bounty and Despicable Me 3 recently, and while she was there, Sarah also got to ask him about his new Food Network Show Dessert Games, and about how he got started.

Bounty cake by Duff Goldman

Bounty/Despicable Me 3 cake by Duff Goldman

Sarah:

You have a cool partnership going on right now – can you tell us about it?

Duff:

Yeah! Despicable Me 3 is working with Bounty and brought me in. We’re working with a bunch of kids and we’re going to all decorate cupcakes for the launch of the movie Despicable Me 3. Fun, right? But kids are messy. I think it’s a good idea that they brought Bounty in, because if it was just me and the kids? Man, we would be wrecks. Bounty to the rescue!

Sarah:

Moms appreciate that.

Duff:

Yeah, it’s been a really good partnership, because basically – I’m a mess, kids are a mess – they clean me up and we all have fun.

Minion cupcakes by Duff Goldman

Minion cupcakes by Duff Goldman

Sarah:

And you have a new show, is that right?

Duff:

Yeah, this one is called Dessert Games. I don’t know if you’ve seen Guy’s Grocery Games? Same concept, same grocery store. Guy gave me the store and we’re doing the same show, but it’s for desserts and it’s incredible. I was really worried at first – are these guys really going to be able to make a dessert in half an hour? And we got some pastry chefs in there that were absolutely amazing. I’m there to explain to the camera what they’re doing, right? So I say “Ok, let me tell you what they’re doing. Um, hey chef – what are you doing?” The contestants were really incredible. It’s really fun. And Guy shows up in every episode and punks me. Every time. He would hide things, put things way up high, because he’s a lot taller than me. He’s a big jokester. And it starts on July 10th.

Duff Goldman and his Bounty cake

Duff Goldman and his Bounty/Despicable Me 3 cake

Sarah:

I wanted to ask about how you got started. You made your name doing it “your way,” right? You didn’t make basic cakes that anybody could get at any bakery.

Duff:

When I started out, I didn’t have a plan, I wasn’t trying to change the industry. All I wanted to do was pay my rent so I could be in a band. So I would say YES to anything people would ask me for because I needed the money because I needed to eat, because I was in a band and I was poor. So the Business grew because I never said No.

Sarah:

But you obviously have serious training and skills, though – you’re not just throwing things together. What was your journey?

Duff:

When I was going to culinary school, I was always like the Cake Guy. And I don’t know if you know this, but before I started school, when I was like 13-14, I was a graffiti artist. My Mom’s an artist, my grandmother’s an artist, my great-grandmother’s an artist – the whole family. I wasn’t a tagger; I was making big, beautiful murals. But I got arrested a lot, and my Mom said you gotta stop! So I started doing metal sculpture instead. And then when I went to culinary school I combined the two. The color theory you get from graffiti and the sense of 3D design you get from sculpture and when you combine those things with baking you get crazy cakes. It just happened.

And I didn’t want to do it. Everyone in school said – you’re such a good cake decorator, you should do this for a living. And I said, ‘No way! I want to be a chef on the line! I want to work with fire!’ But over time I gradually started to admit – ‘I kinda like this; I like baking cakes.’

Then when I decided I wanted to be a full-time musician and take a break from school, I thought I would sell cakes out of my apartment and play music. I just thought, on my way to becoming a Rock Star, this is what I’ll do on the side, but then it flipped. But I’m still in a band.

Sarah:

Some of us think of you as a Rock Star Baker.

Duff:

Thanks!

the whole bounty Despicable Me 3 cake by Duff Goldman

close up of Minion on Cake by Duff Goldman

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com.

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Sarah Auerswald is the CEO and Co-Founder of MomsLA. She writes about life in LA while raising her 2 sons and is the founder of MarVistaMom.com. She was an English Major at Brown University, and yet nowadays feels free to ignore grammar rules anytime she wants. Like Now. She's married, uses a Mac, and grew up in Hawaii.


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