Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" Delivers Opry 85th Birthday Cake During Saturday, June 12 Opry ShowChef Duff Goldman and Sous Chef Geof Manthorne Perform With Charley Pride
This past weekend, the Grand Ole Opry continued its months-long 85th birthday celebration by being presented an extraordinary one-of-a-kind cake by Charm City Cakes. Chef Duff Goldman and Sous Chef Geof Manthorne of the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" arrived at the Opry, held at the Ryman Auditorium, via RV as part of a road trip for the show that was taped for an episode to air in the fall. Upon arrival, the chefs quickly unloaded the cake pieces and set up in a backstage dressing room. While the Opry show was going on, the two proceeded to assemble the cake, finishing within minutes of the reveal on stage.
The four-foot-tall cake, in the shape of the world-famous Opry mic stand and placed on a replica of the iconic circle of wood from the stage of the Ryman, was flanked on either side by guitars. The cake was designed and created by Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD.
Once the presentation was made to the live audience, Opry member Charley Pride invited Goldman and Manthorne to join him on his closing song, "Kaw-Liga." To the crowd's delight, Goldman played bass as Manthorne joined on acoustic guitar. Both personalities are musicians who play in a band when not on their day jobs.