Gluten-Free Delicacies

Lilac Pâtisserie

With the opening of Lilac Pâtisserie, the gluten-free and gluten-full alike have reason to rejoice. The dedicated gluten-free bakery whips up a stunning array of delicious (and you’d never guess gluten-free) pastries and baked goods, from brioche to blueberry muffins, Linzertorte cookies to decadent cakes, like Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Berry Patch, Coconut Cream and the marzipan-laden Princess Torte. Their texture is light, airy and moist—the opposite of what many think of as gluten-free. The secret? Proprietors Gillian and Alam Muralles’ custom blends of rice, potato and tapioca flour and luscious pastry cream fillings and toppings. Gillian’s formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and the Muralles’ years of working at SoCal bakeries add extra panache to the cakes, which are lavishly decorated, from floral bouquets to whimsical kids’ designs.

Lilac Pâtisserie is located at 1017 State St., Santa Barbara. Breakfast and lunch service and bread were in the works, as of press time. For bakery hours, call 805 845-7400 or visit

—Karna Hughes

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