Claudia Lotta, a sweet designer from Turin, creates American-inspired cakes and pastries in her pastel-coloured bakery.
There are many ways of getting to America from Italy: you can take a big, slow cruise ship, a shiny but bumpy plane, or you can simply immerse yourself in a sea of sugary treats and slowly eat your way across the Atlantic until you reach the coast of the United States – this must have been Claudia Lotta’s way of reasoning. A pastry designer from Turin, but clearly inspired by America’s favourite treats, she creates melt-in-your-mouth brownies, fragrant lemon bars, and appetizing cupcakes with a cloud-like frosting – all at her pastel-coloured bakery.
A trained psychologist, Claudia knew how to listen to her inner self when that nagging little voice told her to leave behind her office with her name on the door, travel abroad, take pastry lessons from the real masters of their art, and start a new career which would allow her to express her subconscious by handling butter and eggs. And that’s just what she did! First, she travelled to London, and then on to Chicago to attended courses of the Wilton Cake Decorating School where she learned the most sophisticated cake decorating techniques, and married them with her own innate aesthetic sensibility. The same good taste, if you’ll excuse the pun, is found in her delicious sweet treats which, as well as being pleasing to the eye, are almost unspeakably tasty.
Her bakery is small and welcoming: you can buy your pastry and then wander on – all the way to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, one of the most enchanting squares in Italy –, sit yourself down on a bench, nibble on your sweet treat, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself in America, all the while remaining in Turin.
Guest blogger: Mariachiara Montera – www.thechefisonthetable.it