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XETH interviews baker and cake designer, Lily Vanilli

Artist / designer:   Lily Vanilli
Article author:   Charlotte Bradford
Published:   Tue, 22 Jan 2013

What is it that drew you to baking?

At first it was flavours & I enjoyed cooking in general, then it was the science and the aesthetic creativity of baking that made me fall in love.

Have you got any exciting projects/commissions coming up in the near future?

I’m working on a few exciting collaborations for 2013 – watch this space!

Please could you tell us a bit about The Lily Vanilli bakery and what delicious treats you’d recommend we try?

The best thing to do is come down early on a Sunday morning & see for yourself. There are some pretty great sausage rolls, soups & coffee as well as dozens of sweet things – and we have new stuff every week.


What are your favourite three ingredients to work with?

I cant choose three!

I like using new things and new combinations.

At the moment it would be star anise, fleur de sel and chestnuts (not necessarily together)


If you could work for a client you haven’t yet dealt with who would it be and why?

I would love to work with some of my baking heroes, such as Chad & Elizabeth from Tartine, David Lebovitz, Nigel Slater or Dan Lepard.

If you weren’t a baker what other career would you have chosen?

I always wanted to be a writer but was never any good. Perhaps I’d still be trying.

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