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.
I baked a cake from Boutique Bakes last week and will be blogging it soon – needless to say I could do with some more Peggy Porschen classes as my buttercream was nowhere near as slickly applied as hers but I am looking forward to practicing some more!
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It would have to be my wedding cake.
It would be a sweet cake plenty of roses 🙂
I want to open a cake shop myself someday, so this book is really necessary to improve myself and get ready for that! Thank you, Peggy! You’re so inspiring!
Tracy Nixon says
My most glamourous cupcake would resemble a handbag! It would vanilla with a pink casing and filled with a strawberry butter cream. It wouls have glittery pink sprinkles on the top, and the handle would be made from pink royal icing!
Nickie Chapman says
like a big bouquet of flowers (extra frosting, heehee!)
Janine Bailey says
My glam cake would be a huge chocolate shoe smothered with maltesers x
I’m obsessed with ruffled cakes! Also, cutting into a cake to reveal rainbow or ombre layers never gets old.
The most glamorous cake for me at the moment is the wedding cake I made for a friend recently, 5 tiers, covered with sugarveil lace and lots of sugar roses.
Michelle Grundy says
Like a big magnum of champagne!
Gillian Holmes says
Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek) says
Chocolate cake with lots more chooclate icing on top, and sprinkles!
5 tier cake covered with lace, roses and peonies
A chocolate truffle cake with decadent ruffle piping around the outside
Rebecca Jayne Smith says
Like a garden full of flowers
Chocolate cake shaped like a top hat with a big bunch of colourful flowers on top. Would keep all the adults and kids entertained for hours 😉
Katherine L says
Ivory icing with loads of luscious red roses and petite pearls!
Diana Cotter says
I’ve always fancied a Cinderella pumpkin coach, complete with white horses and ballgown.
I would like it to be painted with gold lustre and decorated with some crystals.
Homemade By Fleur says
A glamorous cake for me would be chocolate with lots of sparkle and a few sugar roses.
SARAH LAMBERT says
Im wanting to start to make cakes and cupcakes but just dont know where to begin it all looks so complicated tbh so would love to win this book 🙂 xx
Phyllis Ellett says
A big cone, with different coloured and flavoured spirals twisting to the top.
I’m hosting a giveaway over at my blog and would love for you to stop by and participate.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Anschel G says
Day of the dead Scull cake with many colourful flowers, butterflies & bugs.
Linda Rumsey says
Lots of layers, chocolate, cream and flowers.
Hayley Fountain says
my cake would have birds and flowers on it. Sort of like a vintage theme.
Cathy Glynn says
It would be a fairy castle for my little princess with icing figures and sparkly glitter, every little girls dream.
Rainie Bish says
It would have to be a glamorous pair of shoes for me
Jennifer Schofield says
beetroot cake with pink icing!
Pauline Rendell says
a beautiful chocolate dream! for the Jubilee a buck house one?
Michelle Hollingsbee says
a four tier chocolate cake.
A chocolate cake with golden chocolate emblems…
Johnson Babies says
I would just like to make a very pink cake for my little girl, which I am repeatedly failing at- pink sponge, pink buttercream, pink icing, pink glitter and sparkles.
I would love to be able to decorate cakes well – even simply. But, as my art teacher at school once said “she tries hard but lacks any natural talent”.
My most glamorous would be done Marilyn Monroe style with lots of floaty layers that just scream feminine beauty.
My most glamourous cake would be a three tier chocolate cake with gold leaf, spun sugar and shaved rolls of chocolate – oh my that sounds good lol!
Claudette Spiers says
A cake in the shape of a jewellery box full of edible glamorous goodies….
A 3 layer cake, covered with raspberry buttercream, with chocolate ganache dripping down the sides. And topped with raspberries/strawberries/mint leaves. 🙂
fiona gray says
A sachertorte for understated glamour
Nathalie Taylor says
It would be a cake decorated with lots of edible flowers in soft pastel colours
Rebecca Austerberry says
A burlesque style cake, black and bright pink with feathers and flowers and sparklers!!
Sarah C says
Gold and sparkly with a single red rose
Lots of sparkles, and even more chocolate!
It would have to be a handbag shaped chocolate cake!
olivia kirby says
It would look like a lighthouse, i have a thing about lighthouses, and would be covered in cream and strawberries!
gillian burden says
Chocolate cake shaped like a teddy bear with i love you on it
Kim W says
It would have 3 tiers with strawberry icing and pink and white roses.
Rikka B. says
glossy chocolate icing, yes it has to be Sachertorte
Rikka B. says
Glossy chocolate icing, A Sachertorte
Ooh tough one!
The most glamourous cake?? Hmm triple choclate mousse covered with chocolate strawberries of course! LOL not sure what happened there! Never mind – it will be up in the next few weeks.
Karen Railton says
ruffles and ruffles of chocolate
a silver and gold rococo pattern on white icing 🙂
Janice Papworth says
Finest Belgian Chocolate with gold leaf decorations
helen rhoads says
triple layer strawberrys ,cream and fruit
Hannah Moody says
My most glamorous cake would be a 3 tiered cheesecake – baked to perfection.. with flavours such as honeycomb, blueberry and lemon 🙂
Anything that involves piping – I really need to get piping cracked!
Carolina J. says
Mine would be decorated with chocolate curls and ribbons.
Danielle Vedmore says
A five layer chocolate and raspberry cake with gold leaf and sparklers! xoxo
Hazel Christopher says
Mine would be in the shape of a huge champagne glass with champagne truffles to decorate 🙂
Dorothee Archambault says
I would be pink with sliver stars on it!
Debbie Davis says
A Round layered chocolate cake, with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache icing. Decorated with a little bit of mint leaves and fresh raspberries in top.
Kirsty Fox says
Mine would be a chocolate cake in the shape of a handbag!
white chocolate decorated with chocolate cigarellos and curls and topped with fresh berries
melanie stirling says
It would have to be made from lots of chocolate for a start and have cherrys on it,a glamourous black forest gateau 🙂
JANE DALE-BEAUMONT says
RAINBOW SPONGE, 5 COLOURS, GIANT CUP CAKE, FILLED WITH FRESH CREAM AND WHOLE PITTED MORELLO CHERRIES (TINNED)COVER THE OUTSIDE IN CHOCOLATE BUTER CREAM, STICK CHOCOLATE BUTTONS ON THE BASE, COLOURFUL ICING BUTTERFLIES ON THE TOP.Looks ace when cut into.
Lottie @ Lottiesworldofcakes says
A huge tiered white iced cake decorated with real roses.
laura jones says
A towering chocolate cake with gold coated coffee beans and the finest belgian chocolate coating
Debbie Walker says
A five tiered fruit based cake on an staggered chrome stand iced in crisp white icing and decorated with sugared red roses and deep blue violet sugar flowers and white lilies flowing down from the top tier and cascading over the sides. Discrete scatering of edible diamonds throuhgout in celebration of the diamond jubilee
Laura Carroll says
A classic white cake with roses between the tiers 🙂
laura evans says
A giant melt in the middle chocolate pudding with chocolate drops and milky bar buttons to decorate, also chocolate swirls, silver glittery edible stars and edible mini lily flowers in white chocolate mmmmmm gonna be dreaming of that now 🙂 and maybe a shimmery cream coloured ribbon around the bottom of it 🙂 Perfic!
absolutely a white roses tiered cake!!!
absolutely a totally white roses tiered cake!!!
sorry I wrote 2 comments!
Cheryll H says
It would be pink, probably strawberry flavoured, and decorated with lots of very silver, VERY glittery decorations 🙂 @pipersky1 (ps. I am describing a cake that I think my girls would enjoy the most nnot me. Honest.)
Claire Trevor says
It would be glittering and covered in fondant icing flowers.
Loads of glitter, hearts and flowers!
Amelia Tucker says
Mine would probably have to be flavored with earl gray and vanilla with delicate piping on top 🙂
CHRISTINE ANDREWS says
the Blackpool tower – I’ve visited Paris 4 times and never made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower – the Blackpool tower is the closest I’ve got!!
Claire Smith says
Minimalist – less is more!
Carolyn Philip says
It would be a vanilla cake, with an assortment of summer fruits on the top
iain maciver says
Would lobe to make a cake that looked like an iris
laura banks says
lots and lots of chocolate
claire woods says
Silver with lots of sparkly gitter.
Sandra Geddes says
lots and lots of chocolate!
siobhan marie says
3 tier fine iced cake with cherries berries places in the middle
Maya Russell says
It would have to look like a golden, three-layered, shooting star.
A pair of jubilee sunnies.
A triple layered chocolate cake with strawberries and cream on the top! Yum
Suan Watts says
the Queen’s wedding cake
kim mayhead says
Pink swirly buttercream, glitter and a strawberry on top.
Jeff Wolf says
A double layer black forest gateau
Martina Pichova says
Something in a shape of a castle (but its most likely to be a ruin)…
A 3 tier chocolate cake with sugarpaste roses
A massive chocolate cake shaped like a princesses castle with little people on top and lots of chocolate flakes! Mmmmm
Fran Light says
A three tier white chocolate and raspberry sponge cake covered in white icing BUT at the back there would be a Lego scene with Lego ‘builder’ figures and where they had ‘peeled’ back the white icing there would be a ‘wall’ of multi-coloured icing (to look like a wall made of Lego)!
To add extra interest I’d have Lego figures doing funny things on the rear side of the cake – maybe one abseilign down the cake, another about to hang glide off it … you get the picture!!
From the from the cake would look ‘normal’ – maybe some simple red ribbon around it as ‘dressing’ but seen from the back it would be Legotastic!!
Sarah Hardy says
Its sunny today so : 4 layers of hazelnut meringue sandwiched with whipped cream with crushed raspberries and decorated with candied roses and gold leaf…
Chocolate and sparklers!
A nice, fluffy coconut cake with coconut buttercream
Susan Ransome says
2 tiers of white and dark chocolate cake covered in white chocolate buttercream and decorated with fresh white roses!
Jan Beal says
I would have three layers of white cake flavoured with lavender covered in white fondant icing and decorated with crystalised rose and violet petals,
It would have to be a layer cake – 3 or maybe even 4 layers with buttercream icing and a pretty pattern piped on the cake possibly with some sugarpaste decorations as well.
Laura Pritchard says
Like a handbag…filled with chocolate keys, mobile etc!
stephen adams says
any cake will do me
fiona matthews says
probably lots of kids toys all piled together for my kids
liz denial says
As 2012 is a great year to be British mine would be topped with white frosting, strawberries & blueberries
Rachael Simmons says
My wedding cake – in the shape of a beautiful birdcage with mint green interior and white piping, with tiny sugar birds perched on it. It is the only glamourous cake I will ever have, and I can’t wait! 😀
kerry Locke says
A Tiered Cake dripping in gold frosting and glitter
Janice Davison says
It would look it a cheque for £1M. We’ll what has more glamour than that.
Aimee Ryan says
A tiered cake with floral designs
I’d just re-create my wedding cake, three tiered fruit cake with ivory icing, deep purple ribbons around each tier, with a big bow on one “blinged” out with a sparkly silver brooch. And covered in edible glitter!
Veronica brown says
I’d have a cake filled with cream and strawberries, topped with the same and chocolate shavings.
Carol Peace says
My cake would be a bling bracelet with diamonds and aquamarines on a very slender arm/hand.
angela sandhu says
It would definately have lots of layers with fresh cream and fresh strawberries. Decorated with lots of little flowers and fresh fruit
Rebecca Kingston says
A beautiful rose bud 🙂
Helene Ito says
A tiered cake covered in light blue fondant with white friezes, Wegdwood style. Regency glamour.
Susan Bowe says
Covered in spun toffee 😀
Paula Green says
It would have a couple of them plastic married people on top ( hint hint )
Jen Boucher says
A chocolate tier cake with strawberries and little spun butterflies around it.
Karen Smith says
Multiple chocolate layers
Emily Nelson says
Simple, But unique. Probably light pink, with fluffy icing, and Silver candy balls to top!
JoJo Young says
I love the look of the multi layered rainbow cakes and it would be decorated with simple white frosting!
Steve Dickinson says
Anything with chocolate !
Georgina Ball says
IT WOULD HAVE TO BE LIKE 7 LAYERS HIGH AND COVERED WITH ICING
Christina Field says
lots of sparkle and bling
Karen Barrett says
Mega large pink fluffy cupcake in a butterfly case, chocolate wings and lots and lots of glitzy sparkly sprinkles.
Julie Davies says
lots of feathers and diamante sparkles
Rachel Blackburn says
A deliciously indulgent rich chocolate cake
Caroline H says
The Monaco skyline on a cake made of layers of chocolate, lemon and vanilla cake sandwiched with champagne cream and studded with little sugar figures of supercars, people draped in designer clothes and jewellery, twinkling lights and palm trees. Inside the cake would be hidden a few little gifts – diamond earrings, Mont Blanc pen, that sort of thing!
Absolutely anything covered in chocolate and beautiful sugar cherry blossoms!
The Eiffel Tower
Mickie Bull says
A tiered cake, each tier covered with either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla frostings and adorned with fruit and flowers.
lorraine polley says
an exact copy of the Taj Mahal, went to a wedding years ago and this was the cake the bride had ordered and it was absolutely fantastic
michelle dootson says
lots of chocolate and buttercream
Emma Jackson says
It would be a cake shaped like Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at tiffany’s. Pure glamour 🙂
It would be covered in lots of delicate sugarpaste flowers.
maureen moss says
a crinoline lady
Lynda Sanderson says
A cake made with love …………… but light and fluffy with fresh fruit and whipped cream to give colour and moisture.
Then time to enjoy with a nice cup of coffee for me but I would offer tea to others
Yvonne Crook says
katrina day-reilly says
Rebecca Woodroof says
Red, white and blue icing.
Simon Thompson says
Anything chocolate-based lol
as long as plenty of sugar and chocolate I would be happy
elaine stokes says
a multi layer cake, filled with cream and srawberries, then covered with more cream
claire hooper says
a chocolate cake filled with rich fudge icing!
Stephanie Tsang says
Mine would be a simple 3 tier cake, covered with fondant and beautiful sparkly fondant flowers and butterflies.
jo williams says
Ooh mine would be a strawberry and champagne cake with a bit of edible glitter and gold leaf to decorate!
E Miles says
A stylish union jack style celebration cake, with striking coloured jewels.
Tink Rhonda Lee Mse says
A rainbow cake with cream cheese frosting.
Emma Wolski says
My fave an iced fruit and marzipan goal filled with chocolate footballs just for my boyfriend! Pleases us both!
Eleanor Jones says
Duck egg blue with edible pearls 🙂
Eleanor Powell says
it would have cream coloured vanilla icing with chocolate leaves and edible gold glitter
Hayley Todd says
It would be a beautiful 4 tiered cake covered in white icing and intricately decorated with miniature tea-roses in pale pink and highlighted with silver frosting. The top of the cake would be decorated with a stunning sugar-paste miniature rose arbour surrounded with cascading tea-roses which fell down the cake in a waterfall effect!
Victoria leedham says
A princess castle, u don’t get more glam than a princess
Kate Grimwood says
Lots of chocolate!
Lucy Pasifull says
My cake would look like lace, totally white and delicate on the outside, but inside it would be a rainbow layer cake.
michelle moloney says
it would be a not very glamorous at all round chocolate cake
Nick Hopkins says
Jill Ashton says
Gold and sparkly
Melissa Gazi says
It would have a lot of swirly decorations and be colourful inside:)
Janine Atkin says
my cake would look like cinderellas shoe
Michelle Rayner says
A giant cupcake with lashings of pink icing and sugar glitter and silver balls
Rachael Barratt says
I am definitely not the world’s most glamorous baker, but I try my best! I would bake a red velvet cake with white icing and silver stars and pink glitter!
sue willshee says
My most glamourous cake would be completely covered in white rose petals with a yellow tinge around their edges (made from icing of course). The cake would have a yellow / gold silky ribbon around the middle and be topped with white and yellow rosebuds.
Angie Hoggett says
lots of sparkle, pastel colours, classy but simple
kristy brown says
I would have a beautiful princess tower with a lovely rose garden around the bottom and Rapunzel sitting in the window!
Strawberry Cheesecake cupcakes with pink and white swirled icing. Topped with crushed biscuits and a strawberry!
Alison Green says
Chocolate inside and chocolate/coffee ganache in and over it mmmm. Gotta serve it with thick double cream or if feeling really decadent clotted cream.
denise cross says
Sue Lempkowski says
Victoria sandwich with white buttercream and sparkly icing
Colette Burgess says
Simple and elegant. Not showy.
Kirsteen Mackay says
My most glamorous cake would be a triple chocolate cake with bright orange lillies on the top and crystals scattered over the sides
Becky Downey says
LOADS OF CARAMEL
Carol Masterton says
It would be black and white as I find this really elegant. Infact it would be very similar to my wedding cake, subtle black swirls with the odd small black butterfly. Maybe not the corpse bride and werewolf on top though!
My cake would be chocolate and berries, maybe some crushed meringue inside and chocolate mousse.
Judith Allen says
Pecan divinity cake – gorgeous and looks pretty glamorous. Covered in lots of white american frosting, and when you cut into it lots of layers and more frosting.
Allan Smith says
Big and bright!
Mrs finch says
Diamond cupcake for the queen and victora sponge oozing with jam and cream..
Carole barnes says
lots of chocolate & then maybe a bit more
Michelle Atherton says
my cake would be a 3 tier chocolate cake with white icing with some colourful flowers
Jen Price says
A rich glossy chocolate cake
Natasha G says
A cake shaped like a lake – compete with boats!
Rosemary Easton says
Heather Shaw says
My cake would be turquoise with gold glitter and sprinkles 🙂
Laura Cooper says
It would look like some wedgewood jasparware.
Hilda Hazel Wright says
My most glamourous cake would probably be burned on the top, with huge cracks in and then all held together and disguised with a splodge of butter icing. This is why I need a book! Thanks for the competition!
tamalyn roberts says
a cake in the shape of a glitzy handbag with silver balls everywhere
di dilly says
My favourite pair of stilettos
Susan Hoggett says
classic white with a pearlized frost of light edible sparkle in pale greens and pinks. circular on a stand , a group of dark choc truffles with a white choc coating and a milk choc linear drizzle piles like profiteroles in the center and a broad old gold ribbon in a simple bow around the waist of the cake. nothing more , cake , icing, ribbon, truffles, glitter, classic!
JILL MANN says
A cottage like in the Hansel and Gretal story – covered in jelly beans liqurice allsorts and chocolate buttons – Yum xx
Lisa Pope says
Mine would be a tier of cup-cakes each with a different fashion house logo
would love a peanut butter and chocolate cake covered in reeses pieces
Like a Cruise Ship
Robyn Logan says
Lots of chocolate flowers, delicate piping for leaves and stems.
Kate Cunningham says
Chocolate tiers with different colours/flavours
Emma Thompson says
It would be very decadent looking and simply beautiful, perhaps with wild flowers and lavender, White chocolate and Raspberry. 🙂
Simon Thompson says
a miniature replica of my family
Elizabeth yeates says
i would make a chihuahua cake!
Barry Ranns says
It would be so hideous, nobody would dare go near it!
Julie Picton says
A Massive Chocolate Castle
Coveredin spun sugar flowers
Laura Martin says
My favourite cake is chocolate with mint filling and icing and would love to make it look more exotic and professional…tastes great though
Jenny Rogers says
Three tiers, each covered with a mixture of plain, milk and white chocolate curls, interspersed with lemon roses – some real flowers, some made of icing.
Peter M says
Lots of layers, and lots of icing.
Alice Hindley says
In the shape of a pink handbag
Emma Smith says
I would make the biggest, most decadent cake…covered with coloured sugar and diamonds.
Katie Skeoch says
In the shape of a louboutin with edible red sole 🙂
Natalie Henderson says
Lemon Chiffon cake with lemon frosting and spun sugar
vharlotte r says
my most glam cake would be the shape of a heart & have the entire top of the cake covered in while chocolate and buttercream roses in pink and white and edible glitter
olivia kirby says
Sat 14th july tweet (i submitted without entering correct link by accident)
Sheri Darby says
lots of cream and fruit – I’m not artistic – so I’d let nature do the design
A pink princess castle for a birthday cake
Emma j Lowe says
sadly i aint that good of a cake maker. i know its basic, but i would make a nice victoria sponge with raspberry jam and vanilla butter cream filling.
Natalie White says
My most glam cake would be ten tiers tall and covered in edible glitter!
With lots of purple glittery sprinkles! 😀
Sarah Parker says
a beautiful flower 🙂
Karen Kerner says
a recreation of the Eiffel tower!
jae baker says
lije it had just come from tiffany’s a stack of boxes with wild flowers falling around it
Mrs SW Lee says
Something with lots of icing to cover my terrible baking skills! 🙁
Dawn Jones says
Layered with dark, milk and white chocolate and chocolate buttons to finish.. Yum yum
Becky Downey says
15 TIER PROFITEROLE EXTRAVAGANZA
Anna Ling says
A fairy castle