Lily Vanilli

Lily Jones (aka Vanilli) is described as one of Britain’s best-loved artisan bakers and the Queen of Cakes.  Self-taught, she started out in 2008 and created an industry-leading brand with a pioneering approach to baking and running a food business.

She now consults for brands in the UK and overseas and is co-founder of the YBF Awards (now in its tenth year) and founder of the viral fundraising campaign #BakeForSyria.

Lily is the author of three bestselling recipe books and has a bakery on London’s Columbia Road. Her bespoke cake and canapé business is a huge celebrity favourite with clients such as Elton John, Madonna, FKA Twigs, Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver.

She recently opened a second store in Tbilisi, Georgia and launched afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Photo (c) Jessica Wang

Links & Credits

“One of the most sought-after artisan bakers of her generation”


“Lily Vanilli’s flights of fantasy have us grabbing our aprons"

British Vogue

“Lily Vanilli’s flights of fantasy have us grabbing our aprons“

ES Magazine

“It’s thanks to artisans such as Lily Vanilli that baking has never been so hip”

Sunday Times Style


Sweet Tooth

Lily Vanilli

In Sweet Tooth, Lily takes you behind the scenes of her bakery and shows you how to master some of the core skills of baking – the cake, the custard, the coulis, the pastry, the ganache and much more – arming you with the skills you need to develop your own recipes, and move beyond the cupcake once and for all. Packed with over 100 inspirational and easy to follow recipes for layer cakes, tarts, biscuits, meringues, confectionary and ice creams, Lily shares her invaluable tips and decorating techniques.

Sweet Tooth is essential reading for anyone who is passionate about making sweets – from the complete beginner to the expert baker.

Bake for Syria

Lily Vanilli, Clerkenwell Boy & Serena Guen

#BakeForSyria was started by Lily Vanilli in 2018 to build on #CookForSyria, the supper-club that became a global movement and featured a book of the same name.

It comprises traditional dessert recipes donated by Syrian families – passed down through generations – and Syrian-inspired recipes lovingly donated by celebrity chefs, Great British Bake Off alumni and award winning cookbook authors.

Stunning photography, artwork and design – all 100% donated. All profits from the sale of #BakeForSyria the recipe book are donated to charity in aid of UNICEF’s Children of Syria Appeal.