Boutique Baking - review by Sarah Trivuncic

Sarah Trivuncic, food writer and author of Bake Me I’m Yours…Sweet Bitesize Bakes on Boutique Baking.

Peggy Porschen’s

new book Boutique Baking is a departure from her previous titles – rather than high end sugarcraft creations and celebrity style wedding cakes, the cakes in her new title are based on those sold in the Peggy Porschen Parlour.

The bakes are as exquisite as ever, Peggy is a baker who sets trends rather than follow them but there is plenty inside Boutique Baking for the less experienced baker to enjoy making without feeling intimidated.

There are tricks to vary things you may be baking already; Peggy’s tribute to the cake pop

is served in an ice cream cone rather than on a stick, her macarons are cleverly feathered with food colouring streaked inside the piping tip. Cupcakes are obviously a huge seller in her parlour, my personal favourites here are the chic banoffee cupcakes with matching dark brown cases and blossoms and the Cosmo cupcakes

based on the cocktail made with Cointreau.

Show stopper chapter has to be “luscious layer cakes” – Peggy presents a series of three layered cakes in an elegant 6 inch size. The piping on the Glorious Victoria Cake

is effortlessly simple – I saw her demonstrate icing this cake at the Squires Sugarcraft Show where the room was packed full 45 minutes before the start time, such is her popularity amongst baking fans.

My standout cakes in the book are the raspberry and rose dome cake

– I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more cakes this shape soon, the white chocolate passion cake decorated with birthday candles and triple berry cheesecakes. The whole thing is topped off with recipes for drinks from the parlour such as pink lemonade (it has to be pink if it’s at Peggy’s)

and hot white chocolate with vanilla. With the recent hot weather I am especially desperate to try her summer berry ice tea.

Some recipes in the book use Peggy’s own jam range as ingredients although you could substitute with others. You could always though, if you’re near London, use it as an excuse to drop by the Parlour and buy some.

Sarah blogs at MaisonCupcake.com

Photos (c) Georgia Glynn Smith

Boutique Baking book launch at the Peggy Porschen Parlour

Stephanie Balls of Peggy Porschen guest blogs:

Peggy with her Boutique Baking team, Photographer Georgia Glynn Smith, Stylist Vicky Sullivan and Editor Lisa Pendreigh from Quadrille Publishing

Peggy with Jane O’Shea from Quadrille Publishing

Our very own Super Star DJs Shindig almost stole the show.

Peggy with Louise Brooker from Cake Craft World

Sam Rogers from Conde Nast Brides

Luke Collings from the Cake & Bake Show with Jenny Royle from Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine

Our lovely Parlour girl Sarah McInnes

Peggy with Amber Greenwood and Sophie Wilkinson from Luchford APM

Peggy with her new book

We served Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne and Pink Lemonade with a selection of savoury Parlour-baked canapés followed by a selection of delicious treats taken from the book including mini Stawberry & Champagne and Chocolate Heaven cupcakes.

Amber Greenwood and Sophie Wilkinson from Luchford APM

Andrea Robson from the MadewithPink.com

Tory Louth & Stephanie Balls from Peggy Porschen

The lovely Amanda Baird from The Utterly Sexy Cafe

The fabulous Natalie Bull from Squires Kitchen

Peggy with Julia Chapman and Samantha Lennon from the Dorchester

Andrew Marshall from Savoy

Peggy with Cathy Howes, Deputy Editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine

Our lovely Parlour girl Laura McGowan

The gorgeous Events Team from The Ritz

The lovely Jessica, Hannah and Gemma from Wildcard

Peggy Porschen

You can order a signed copy of Peggy’s new book by clicking on the cover below:

Sneak preview from the forthcoming new book from Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen moved from her native Germany to London in 1998 to study at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. In 2003 she founded Peggy Porschen Cakes. Her cookies and cakes have graced many A-list events such as Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball, Stella McCartney’s wedding, Damien Hirst’s auction at Sotheby’s and parties for Sting & Trudie Styler and Gwyneth Paltrow. Peggy is the exclusive wedding cake partner to Fortnum & Mason. Her first book Pretty Party Cakes was voted ‘Best Entertaining Cook Book’ by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Autumn 2010 saw the opening of the Peggy Porschen Parlour in London’s Belgravia and in January 2011 she opened her Cake Academy, London’s first cookery school entirely dedicated to baking, cake decorating and sugar craft.

Here’s some sample pages from Peggy’s forthcoming book entitled Boutique Baking:

Raspberry and Rose Dome Cake

Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes

Summer Berry Cake

Chocolate Battenberg Cake

Neapolitan Marble Cake