I’m a baker…but not like the artists at Charm City Cakes. So, when I took a cake class there, I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I’d never done anything like that before…but I thought it sounded like fun. And, I’d get to have Mary Smith teach me – how cool is that? Since this is Baltimore, we have a friend in common, but I’d never met her…only seen her on Ace of Cakes. And I’m happy to report, she is as nice and fun and bubbly (and ON IT) as she seemed on the Food Network. (As I thought she would be.)

The week leading up to the class was a really busy one, so I had no time to even think about it, much less get worked up about it. I had a wedding gig – love when people give my brownies as favors! – and had a big delivery to make in Harbor East. And since I am a Langrehr, I arrived early, parked and walked to LAMILL (OH, I miss that place) to grab coffee for myself and for the nice lady working at the front desk at the Legg Mason building. When I got to LAMILL, I realized I didn’t have my wallet with me. The lovely, lovely barista rock star Echo Standing sent me on my way with two coffees…I vowed to pay her back. She said, no. And when I went back in the next weekend, she once again said I was covered. What a peach.


I delivered the brownies to the wedding planner, hit 83 north and I was in Remington in a flash. Walked into the studio, met my fellow students and we got started. The class had about ten of us in it – mothers and daughters, couples, friends…and me. I went solo but it was still so much fun. Mary made it fun…and not at all scary. Oh, and they bake the cake for you…that saves time for sure (and the cake was delicious, I must add.) The entire class was about two hours long, much more than that would have been sensory overload for me. The theme for my class was ombré – I chose that since it seemed that ruffles would be forgiving to this notice decorator. I was right about that and every single cake in that class came out a little bit differently. They all were beautiful, even mine.


I would do this again in a heartbeat. The themes I’ve seen since my class were super fun, too – Os vs Yankees, Despicable Me, Star Wars?! Upcoming classes in August are looking fun – check out the schedule. The emoji class sounds good to me…I have a few friends who’d love that one. Email the folks at Charm City Cakes to get on their email list…or just keep checking back online. So many creative classes coming down the pike! (There is a SOLD OUT BronyCon class tonight!!)

Thank you, Mary!

Amy Langrehr is the blogger and Instagrammer behind Charm City Cook. She writes about food, drink, cooking and more in her hometown of Baltimore.