It’s not everyday that you meet a Master Pâtissier – let alone one as busy as Eric Lanlard.
I was fortunate enough to attend a wonderful masterclass with him at his boutique shop Cake Boy in South West London. It was a great afternoon with some great sweet and savoury treats all using Neilsen Massey Vanilla.
Eric was charming and as you would expect incredibly knowledgeable about all things baking. It was more his aspirations I was interested in and to get an insight into his true personality, I probed with a few questions not entirely related to baking. I was delighted to know we share a hero in Catherine Deneuve. For me she is just the manifestation of the word elegance in every way and Eric noted her as one of his perfect dinner party guests.
I’ve been a fan of Eric’s baking and his glamorous cupcake creations never cease to amaze me. He’s published a lot of books to date but I think it’s his latest one which I really took a shine to. It’s all about pastry.
Thank you to Eric for taking the time to answer my questions and inspiring me with your wonderful creations.
Meet Eric this December
If you’re a fan of Eric’s, he’ll be bringing a slice of his Cake Boy boutique to GILT Cocktail Lounge at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London on 14 and 15 December 2012. The pop-up shop will be open from 11am-4pm and he’ll be there signing copies of Tart It Up!’. You can also indulge at the hotel’s Chinoiserie Tea Room with his “I Love Paris” afternoon tea for £40 per person.
Well that’s my birthday treat sorted then!