Meet Diana Sproveri – one of the hardest working women and best pastry chefs I have ever known. After living in Los Angeles for twelve years, this Buffalo native finally decided to open her very own pastry chop. Diana Sproveri Designer Bake Shop, located in Tarzana, CA, is home of her famous Lollibakes and is now open to the public.
I had the pleasure of working for Di for several months, and there was never a dull moment. Not only dedicated to her trade, she is also a proud mother of her charming 3 1/2 year old son, Chase. How she does it all? I have no idea. So I decided to ask her a few questions…
Q: What does it feel like to have just opened your very own bake shop in Los Angeles, CA?
A: It’s a combination of exhilaration and fear. There is a sense of pride that what I’m making is out there for everyone to see – of course, you hope they like it!
Q: What has been the most exciting part about having the new shop?
Q: What has been the greatest challenge?
A: Enjoying the ride when you’re overwhelmed with the challenges of opening a bake shop. It’s difficult to sit back and realize what you’re accomplishing.
Q: What is your favorite dessert to make and why?
A: My favorite desserts tend to be ones that remind me of my childhood. My shop is full of recipes that I’ve been making and eating since I was young. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but one is the orange-zested jewel cookie. The recipe is what my mother used for our Christmas cut out cookies every year. Of course, cupcakes give me the most room to be creative with flavors. Coming up with a new layer of flavor for a cupcake is probably my biggest passion.
Q: What inspired you to make your very first batch of lollibakes/how did it come about?