I watched some reruns of the Ace of Cakes show last night, and one thing that stood out to me is the lack of actual "cake" that a lot of the cakes seen on the show contain. Most of them are very complicated and require an abundance of fondant, wooden dowels, metal sheets, etc. for shaping and stabilizing the cakes. The actual "cake" portion seemed to take up about no more than 25% of the cake, or that's how it seemed to me, at least. Also, there was one part that struck me in particular- one project was a Alice in Wonderland tea party scene, which turned out looking awesome, but the chairs required lots of hot glue, which looked like it was going all over the sides of actual cake! The amount of work that goes into these cakes is amazing for sure, but I don't know if I'd actually want to eat any of the cakes that they make, after seeing what they do with them!
Since I've never actually personally seen/eaten any of the Charm City cakes, I was wondering if any CHers had any opinions on them. Are the cakes that people buy mainly for display purposes, or do people actually order cakes to be eaten? Am I just being too overly critical/snarky about what seems to be a lack of "cake" in these cakes?