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A fresh batch of baking books have hit the shelves, but which ones are worth splashing out on?
Quirky up-and-coming artisan baker, Lily Vanilli's new recipe book is aptly named Sweet Tooth, and we went to the book launch to meet Lily and sample some of her creative cakes and goodies. From miniature summer bakewells and whisky salted caramel popcorn to popping candy fool's gold chocolate, at times we didn't know what were decorations and what were edible treats!
Lily started out selling her cakes as a hobby in east London until, three years ago, her little stall was discovered by a journalist. Lily has since made baking her full-time job, and thank goodness she did! She now runs the Lily Vanilli Bakery off Columbia Road in east London, selling fabulous cakes, pies and tarts to the visitors of the East End flower market.
Here are three more new baking books worth dipping into:
National Trust Simply Baking by Sybil Kapoor (National Trust Books, £25)
How To Bake by Paul Hollywood (Bloomsbury, £20)
Cake by Rachel Allen (Collins, £25)
For your chance to win one of five copies of Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth (Canongate, £20), enter our prize draw here
Here's our version of Lily's Bacon and maple syrup cakes – the combination of spices, sweet frosting and salty bacon is deliciously different. Give them a try, they're great for brunch.