When I saw Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth on Amazon I pre-ordered it right away and impatiently waited for it to arrive!
I knew if it was anything like her previous book and blog I would love it!
A Zombie Ate My Cupcake was one of the first books to enter my collection.
I have yet to visit her bakery, but plan to rectify that on my next trip to London (Bakery Tour Fall 2012)!
Lily's approach to baking and decorating are a real inspiration to me.
I like her simple yet classy decorations with the focus more on the cake, tart, etc...
It's just nice to see a baking book free of fondant covered cakes.
(I hate fondant, it's disgusting and the amount of handling in peoples hands make me cringe. I am a self proclaimed germaphobe!)
Even though I knew I was going to love this book before I even got it, nothing could prepare me for the awesomeness of this book! The layout is very modern and she goes into some of the science of baking- which, as she says, will help with your baking because once you understand how things work you can play a bit more. There are plenty of pictures to accompany the recipes. I have a long list of must makes although I could easily make everything in this book!
Here are a few of the recipes I am drooling over:
Bitter Chocolate Orange Cake (picture)
Chocolate Avocado Cake
Passionfruit Ganache Tarts (picture)
Spiced Apple Custard Tarts
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts
Candy Floss Meringues (picture above)
Absinthe and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (picture below)
On the front cover Gizzi Erskine (food writer and TV presenter) is quoted as saying 'Lily's cakes and pastries are inspired - they look beautiful and taste extraordinary, Sweet Tooth is the only baking book you will ever need.' and I completely agree with her, especially the second part. If you don't own a single baking book and you're looking for one that has it all, this one could quite possibly be the one for you!!
link: Lily Vanilli website