Duff's expansive personality and visionary baking antics dominated the episodes, but regular viewers came to appreciate the calm, grounding influence of bakery manager-and inadvertent co-star-Mary Alice Yeskey.
As Yeskey tells it, the "They were so opposite, which was the shtick," Yeskey says.
Maybe that cake was sitting in a freezer for a month, or worse, sitting in the fridge for a week." 7. Duff is a firm believer that intricate cakes also have to taste great, so his cakes come in 49 flavors, like peanut butter and jelly; bananas Foster; blueberry muffin; s'mores; and pumpkin chocolate chip. His crew shoots 120 hours of footage for each 22-minute episode.Eventually, his mom enrolled him part-time at Corcoran College of Art Design in Washington, D. Duff opened his cake business in his Baltimore apartment after leaving a personal chef job."I called my dad, business guru extraordinaire, and asked, 'Hey, Dad, how do I start a cake business? Duff was born Jeffrey Adam Goldman — his older brother, Willie, is responsible for his nickname, Duffy.The brothers are still super close: Willie, a Los Angeles television executive, co-produces Duff's show. "I think serendipity did the job in the end, but the beginning of my culinary career simply involved working my a-- off in a variety of jobs," he says. "I walked a fine line between the law and the needs of my creatively fertile mind," he says. He decorated his first cake on his living room coffee table.