Our cakes have taken us everywhere from Costa Rica to the 2008 Inauguration of President Obama, from Hollywood Premieres to working with organizations like Share Our Strength that help fight hunger all over the world. "We're lookin' at doing a few more seasons of the show, I think, and getting more and more opportunities," said Manthorne."It's quieter and less frenetic but also feels kind of void of energy without him." Goldman, who's at the staff meeting, stresses that he's not seeking an L. "The flip side of the fame and notoriety from the show is all the misinformation that has floated about us locally.
"If something is going down, and I'm not there to see it, there's no question she's got my back." Years ago, it was Goldman who had Yeskey's back.
She was a freshman at UMBC in the fall of 1994, and Goldman was a sophomore, who also worked for the university's Office of Residential Life.
He'll still be returning to Baltimore once a month, though. "We are going to keep our Baltimore spirit as a company and individuals." While several of Yeskey's coworkers— including art director Anna Ellison and cake decorator Katherine Hill—get settled in the City of Angels, her task is to keep the Baltimore home fires burning.
Yeskey knows the Baltimore bakery will be different without Goldman's regular presence. The place does have a different feel when he's not there," she says. "The trick is not to water down what we have," she says.
That's what we've always done.' My goal is to make sure people know that." Fiercely articulate and organized, Yeskey is the natural choice to promote the bakery, whose interior is reminiscent of a trip through Alice in Wonderland's looking glass with artists, architects, and engineers wielding electric saws and blowtorches to create edible art.
"She's really good at translating Charm City Cakes in the real world," says Goldman. We do something very strange and different, and Mary Alice is really good at translating the strangeness of what goes on in here." Geof Manthorne, who is taking over the helm of the Baltimore bakery, says Yeskey is like a secretary of state.
When I met George Lucas, I was shaking—the whole thing was surreal.
I told Duff, 'You never have to take me anywhere again.'" Goldman and Yeskey have been friends since they met as college students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
"I am this huge Star Wars fan," says Yeskey, smiling at the memory.
"Even though I couldn't contribute a lot to cake decorating, Duff said to me, 'You are coming with us,' because I think he knew if I hadn't gone, I would have quit my job!
"He was like, 'You've got a problem with your sink? "We would send these giant e-mails to each other." By 1998, Yeskey had graduated and was working for nonprofit organizations.