Lake Bell - my friend, actor, director and most gobsmackingly beautiful person I know (I swear there’s just something about her that kinda knocks the breath out of you), just so happens to adore cake.
Photographer Tristan Kallas and I joined her at her home in Los Angeles, where she baked my Flourless Dark Chocolate Gold Leaf Cake Kit in her outdoor pizza oven while dressed like a witch. I mean?!
Can you write a short paragraph about yourself - you can talk about anything at all.
Lake Bell is the name I was born with. People always ask if it’s a stage name, but I explain my mom was a hippy and conceived me on a lake, my namesake. That is a lie. She was a very WASPy mother who worn a lot of pressed white blouses. She just had/has a sense of adventure when it comes to names. I always liked having my name growing up because it’s two nouns that you can translate into any language. Lago Campana. Lac Cloche. 貝爾湖
What makes you feel powerful?
Any song by Cardi B at a high decibel.
What does food mean in your family? Are there any classic dishes?
My fantasy of a happy family is cooking and eating together. My mother and I always prepared meals together… it was and still is a cherished experience. Our specialty was a classic French vinaigrette that we slather on everything. It’s VERY generous with the garlic. Also, we made a naughty treat we called “melted tinfoil” which is patently INSANE. Basically, you put shredded cheese on foil and cook it in the toaster oven, it bubbles and chars a bit and then you eat it off the tin with a fork like cheese spaghetti. I should not have shared this. I feel vulnerable now.
What’s your favourite thing to cook or bake?
Roast chicken with buttery potatoes.
What was your birthday cake of choice as a kid?
Always was cheesecake, but I overdid it so now I prefer any kind of “crumble”.
Which 3 people, dead or alive do you wish you could share the cake you made with?
My mom, my kids, and Cardi B.
What’s the dessert of your dreams? It doesn’t have to be one that you’ve already tasted or even one that exists
Steamed artichoke with drawn salted butter. For me, that’s desert.
If you could swim in a sea of glitter, what colour would you choose?
If you were a new addition to the crayon box what colour would you be?
Half-sour pickle green.
If you could have a wardrobe full of one designer’s clothes, who would it be?
If you could work with any director who would it be?
Breakfast in a giant pillowy flower or dinner in a bubble floating in the night sky?
Bubble dinner in the night.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?