28
Oct
2012
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Sweet tooth

flourless oreo cake

The smell of a new book is one of life’s simple pleasures. Team that with something as visually stimulating as Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth, and what you have is nothing short of a multi-sensory delight. So you can  imagine just how pleased I was to be sent a copy of such a wonderful book to review.

A simply beautiful book, Sweet Tooth is full of mouth-watering recipes. The exciting thing about this publication lies in its originality. In a market that is close to saturated with books packed with uninspired recipes, Lily’s take on all things sweet showcases her modern artisan approach to cakes, biscuits and pastries – some fine examples are chocolate avocado cake, mulled wine granita and whisky salt caramel popcorn. There’s also a section of the book dedicated to ices, with the delectable sounding brownie chunk ice cream. I’ve asked Santa for an ice cream maker for Christmas, and if this arrives (only if I’m a good girl, of course), I will be making – and devouring – this recipe.

In the meantime, here’s to something I could make, Lily’s Flourless Oreo cake. I must confess, when the recipe didn’t call for a single Oreo, I was sceptical. I shouldn’t have been. This cake was delicious, and considering the lack of flour, achieved a good rise.

Beautifully presented and easy to follow, Lily’s baking expertise helps to guide you through some of her greatest masterpieces. For more experienced bakers, there are a number of recipes in the book that would both extend and challenge your skills. But that shouldn’t put those of you off who have more modest skills – Lily has achieved something unique in producing a book that will appeal to more seasoned bakers, and those who are willing to learn.

My new favourite baking book, I now have plans to visit Lily’s bakery in person the next time I’m in London. I already can’t wait!

Lilly Vanilli's flourless oreo cake

Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth is available from Canongate Books priced at £20. More information about Lily is available on the Canongate TV website.

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  • Rob

    One of the best looking books I have seen in a long time. I can definitely vouch for the flourless Oreo cake, it’s delicious. Looking forward to sampling many more of Lilly’s recipies in the future!

  • chiara

    I can see us making so many of those cakes!

  • http://www.thecakehunter.co.uk Sophie

    I love this book so much. I’ve written the pear, parsnip and ginger recipe from it on my blog earlier. I love how she goes into the science of baking and that she is self-taught. The best money I’ve ever spent on a cookbook!

  • chiara

    You’re right Sophie, it is a great book. There are so many recipes I want to try, I don’t know where to start. This book will be great company in the winter!

  • http://www.thehautecookie.com thehautecookie

    that looks sooo good! xO!
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  • http://www.thehautecookie.com thehautecookie

    that looks sooo good! xO!
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  • chiara

    Thanks Sooae, it is a gorgeous cake!x

  • chiara

    Thanks Sooae, it is a gorgeous cake!x

  • http://takingachanceinlife.blogspot.co.uk/ Appleby pie

    Looks mouthwateringly good! X

  • http://takingachanceinlife.blogspot.co.uk/ Appleby pie

    Looks mouthwateringly good! X

  • chiara

    It is really good Claire!

  • http://www.toadandfeather.com Charlotte

    That cake is adorable! I can see why you were skeptical about it not having oreos in it… it seems like it’s more creating ‘the essence of oreo’ rather than being strictly oreo-based, though, right? Looks delicious anyway!

  • http://www.toadandfeather.com Charlotte

    That cake is adorable! I can see why you were skeptical about it not having oreos in it… it seems like it’s more creating ‘the essence of oreo’ rather than being strictly oreo-based, though, right? Looks delicious anyway!

  • chiara

    That’s the perfect way to put it ‘creating the essence of Oreo’. It was exactly that and really delicious!

  • chiara

    That’s the perfect way to put it ‘creating the essence of Oreo’. It was exactly that and really delicious!

  • http://theheartbeatsfaster.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa

    Sounds like a great book, can’t believe I never heard of her bakery when I was living in London! I’ll have to go there next time I visit.

  • http://theheartbeatsfaster.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa

    Sounds like a great book, can’t believe I never heard of her bakery when I was living in London! I’ll have to go there next time I visit.

  • chiara

    The book is great Louisa, definitely one to invest in!x

  • chiara

    The book is great Louisa, definitely one to invest in!x

  • http://www.whereisharriet.net Harriet

    Yum – that cake looks amazing! This book sounds so good!

  • http://www.whereisharriet.net Harriet

    Yum – that cake looks amazing! This book sounds so good!