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The Lily Vanilli Bakery

Posted in Baking, Cakes, English food, Out and about, Savoury with tags , , , , , , on 19/07/2011 by libbyplummer

Lily Vanilli bakewellsAt the weekend me and my chums set off for a mince around the markets of East London, with the primary objective of sampling some of the goods from the new bakery run by kooky baker and author of A Zombie Ate My Cupcake, Lily Vanilli.

Lily Vanilli Bakery cakes

Situated just off the famous Columbia Road flower market, the new shop sells a small range of treats, with the menu varying every week. The bakery itself is quite small but the shabby chic decor gives it a very cosy feel and we were jammy enough to grab a few seats in the corner without needing to wait.

Having all skipped breakfast and trudged through the rain from the tube station – the freshly baked sausage rolls were first on our hit list. This was no Greggs-style porcine product – it was a crispy, golden roll made with top quality sausage meat from none other than The Ginger Pig. Thankfully for pescetarian Kat, there was also a NOsage roll on offer.

Lily Vanilli Bakery sausage roll

Not content with a much-needed brunch we ordered cakes for afters – between us we opted for the Victoria sponge with fresh berries, a slice of the passionfruit, almond and poppyseed cake and a buttercream-topped cupcake.

Lily Vanilli Bakery cakes

Kate, Kat and I are all camera-toting, cake-loving wordsmiths so we’d all taken photos of our food for blogging purposes faster than you can say “what the hell are those three nutters in the corner doing”. The food was all fantastic, so I’ll definitely be returning to sample some more of the grub and if you haven’t been yet, then I highly recommend a visit.

Lily Vanilli Bakery cupcakes

The Lily Vanilli Bakery is at 6, The Courtyard, Ezra Street, London, E2 7RG and is open every Sunday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Best Valentine’s cakes in London

Posted in Baking, Cakes, Out and about, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2011 by libbyplummer

Best Valentine's cakes in LondonIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and that means more heart-shaped crap in the shops that any other time of year. Unless you’ve got the kind of partner who’s willing to splash out for a romantic trinket from Tiffany’s, then chances are you’ll be getting the textbook dozen roses or maybe a stuffed monkey toy proffering a heart emblazoned with a message like “You’re the one for me!”. Ahhhh, how sweet.

If you want something more practical, try dropping some hints for something you actually want – and what better gift than some baked goods. At least that way, you can get some enjoyment out of them and then move on to hemorrhaging cash on the next Hallmark day. Read on for some of the best cakes in London Town this Valentine’s Day…

Konditor and Cook
With six braches dotted around London, Konditor & Cook is offering plenty of special goodies for Valentine’s Day including a burning heart cake and anti-Valentine’s ‘Dodgy Jammers’, as well as its trademark Magic Cakes.

Konditor & cook Valentine's cakes

Hummingbird Bakery
Get yourself down to American-style cake shop, Hummingbird Bakery for a Box of Chocolates ( a selection of different chocolate cupcakes), a box of mini Valentine’s cakes or a heart-shaped red velvet layer cake.

Hummingbird Bakery Box of Chocolates

Lily Vanilli
Kooky baker Lily Vanilli is offering her red velvet Bleeding Heart cakes for people to send to their loved one this Valentine’s Day and the great thing is that 20% of the proceeds go to cancer charity Trekstock.

Lily Vanilli Bleeding Heart cakes

Primrose Bakery
Well known for its seasonal twists on cupcakes, the Primrose Bakery has pulled out all the stops for its Valentine’s collection with these awesomely kitsch cupcakes.

Primrose Bakery

Molly Bakes
Cake pop maker extraordinaire Molly Bakes will be offering a selection of handmade cake pops and cupcakes at Maiden in hipster central Shoreditch and you can even get a personliased message for just 50p extra.

Molly Bakes

Crumbs and Doilies
South London-based C&D offers boxes of cupcakes for all the big holidays and its Valentine’s selection is suitably covered in sugary lovehearts. Each box contains a mixture of vanilla, chocolate and vanilla rose cupcakes.

Crumbs and Doilies

Miss Cakehead
If you’re after something a little different, then get yourself down to the London Dungeon on Valentine’s Day where you’ll be able to get your mitts on a human heart cake, courtesy of Miss Cakehead who’ll be giving out hearty treats to the first 100 couples to turn up.

Miss Cakehead

Cox Cookies & Cakes
This edgy Soho bakery is a joint venture between shoe designer Patrick Cox and patissier Eric Lanlard. Its Valentine’s Day menu includes Lovelace cupcakes, A Dozen Red Roses (six triple Valrhona chocolate and six Red Velvet mini cupcakes in a presentation box), as well as Love Note vanilla cupcakes, decorated with a selection of romantic and slightly more-to-the-point messages.

Cox Cookies & Cake

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Lily Vanilli’s Bleeding Heart cakes

Posted in Cakes, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , , on 31/01/2011 by libbyplummer

Lily Vanilli Bleeding HeartsTop baker and author of A Zombie Ate my Cupcake Lily Vanilli is making her disturbingly realistic Bleeding Heart cakes available for people to send to their loved one on Valentine’s Day. And yes, I do want one.

The red velvet cakes will be iced with cream cheese frosting, and smothered in blackcurrant & cherry ‘blood’ and will set you back £7. They’ll be delivered in their very own perspex box, tied up with a pink or red ribbon and a note (or you can stay anonymous, if you’d rather).

A 20% donation for each cake sold will be made to Trekstock – the charity that raises awareness for and offers support to young people with cancer.

Get your skates on, as orders need to be placed by 12 February.

If you like the sound of this, you might also be interested in Miss Cakehead’s Valentine’s human heart cakes at the London Dungeon.

Via: Lily Vanilli

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Halloween weekend

Posted in Cakes, Out and about, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , on 01/11/2010 by libbyplummer

Well, it’s certainly been a busy Halloween weekend. As well as knocking up a batch of ghoulish cakes, and watching a selection of horror films including Night of the Demon, Halloween 5 and the BBC’s Ghostwatch, I also took a visit to the world’s first 18+ cake shop. The Eat Your Heart Out pop-up shop was open between 29 and 31 October and was located in the basement of Maiden in London’s hipster central – Shoreditch High Street. Each day, a selection of 666 gruesome cakes and biscuits were on offer to fans of slightly sinister food.

Among the delights offered by the shop were Lily Vanilli‘s red velvet Bleeding Heart cakes, Occult Jam from jelly experts Bompas & Parr and the particularly grim-looking Human Centipiede biscuits from Alice Rose Cakes & Cookies. I was also especially impressed by the Psycho ‘to do’ list cupcakes from CakeyPigg.

After spending a fair bit of time wandering round in the dingy basement, I eventually opted for a Wolfsbane cupcake from The Poison Series by Leshie Loves Cakes. Along with purple-tinged sponge and a handmade Wolfsbane flower decoration, the scrummy morsel was topped with black Courvoisier icing which, if I’m honest, is what swayed my decision.

Still high on a mixture of sugar and brandy-flavoured icing, I set about making my own batch of creepy cakes. As I still had a Halloween costume to make, and a dwindling amount of hours available, I decided to keep things simple by making vanilla-flavoured cakes with contrasting orange and black cases and icing (see main picture, and the one below).

A special mention must also go to my mum who whipped up a batch of red velvet Dracula’s Bite cakes from Lily Vanilli’s A Zombie Ate My Cupcake book. I’ll think you’ll agree they look suitably ghoulish.

After hastily lining my stomach with a champion’s dinner of toast and a homemade cupcake, I set off to my chum’s halloween party dressed as a zombie girl guide, as you do. Upon arrival, preposterous amounts of rum and diet coke were consumed.