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Boutique Baking: Delectable Cakes, Cupcakes and Teatime Treats [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Peggy Porschen
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Book Description

24 May 2012
Peggy Porschen is one of the most prominent and pioneering names in contemporary cake design. Renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship combined with a love of baking, her passion is for creating delectable works of art that taste as good as they look. This new book captures the essence of Peggy's technical skill and inspired use of colour while also ensuring that each cake is both achievable and delicious to eat. Boutique Baking has an unrivalled range of recipes that combines traditional baking with chic, simple finishing touches. The first chapter, Sweet Treats, features all-time favourites such as Meringue kisses and Macaroons as well as Peggy's take on Cake pops. In Beautiful Biscuits there are recipes inspired by her German origins including Gingerbread Men and Mulled Wine Stars. The third chapter focuses on the most desirable cake phenomenon of the decade - the cup cake, and Peggy gives away the secret of her incredibly scrumptious repertoire of gourmet cup cakes. The Luscious Layer Cake chapter provides stunning ideas for sophisticated occasions while Classic Cakes & Bakes shows how to revive traditional recipes, creating gorgeous looking and delicious cakes, such as Neapolitan marble cake and Chocolate Battenberg. Last but certainly not least the book closes with a chapter on fabulous finishing touches, basic recipes for frostings and fillings, and delicious ideas for home-made drinks that perfectly accompany the cakes. Seductive and indulgent, this is Peggy's most accessible book to date.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491068
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peggy Porschen moved to London from her native Germany in 1998 to study French patisserie at the Cordon Bleu school. She later worked at London's Lanesborough Hotel and was a cake decorator at Konditor & Cook on London's South Bank. Quickly developing her own highly individual style, she soon set up her own business, which was instantly successful, making cakes and cookies for clients including Elton John, Stella McCartney and Madonna. Most recently, she supplied Anthony Hopkins' 70th birthday cake and fondant fancies for Damien Hirst's auction of his work at Sotheby's. She has collaborated on a couture cake range with Jenny Packham, wedding and party dress designer to the stars, and has for some time been supplying Harrods and Fortnum & Mason with seasonal ranges of decorated cookies; last summer she launched her first wedding cake collection at Fortnums.

Author of three highly acclaimed titles, Peggy is widely known to have redefined the art of modern sugar craft. Her first book Pretty Party Cakes was voted 'Best Entertaining Cook Book' by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Peggy also regularly contributes to a number of influential titles including Conde Nast Brides, Wedding and Sainsbury's Magazine, with many of her celebrity-commissions featuring in Tatler, OK! and HELLO magazine. UK television credits include Rachel Allen's Bake, Good Food Live and Wedding Experts and in her native Germany, Peggy has appeared on Johannes B. Kerner, 3 nach 9 and Wissenshunger.

Autumn 2010 saw the opening of the Peggy Porschen Parlour in London's Belgravia.

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'Give your guests the sugar rush of homemade fancies with a little magic from baking guru Peggy Porschen' --You & Your Wedding, May 2012

A delicious selection of sweet treats
--Good Homes, May 2012

'The prettiest cakes imaginable fill the pages of this new title' --Sainsbury's, May 2012

'A slice of heaven' --The English Home, May 2012

'Featuring everything from big-occasion cakes to teatime favourites and all manner of finishing touches, this book will have you baking like a pro.' --Homes & Gardens, June 2012

'Peggy Porschen's cakes are fabulous confections of sugar flowers, baroque scrolls and swooping, piped designs' --The Lady, June 2012

About the Author

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. She also regularly contributes Conde Nast Brides, Wedding and Sainsbury's Magazine, with many of her celebrity commissions featuring in Tatler, OK! and HELLO magazine. 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. Author Location: London

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and experienced bakers 2 Jun 2012
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I'm new to baking and cake decorating. I love Peggy's chic cakes, and not only is this book inspiratonal to all skill levels, there is also guidence on how to ice and the equipment you need. This book is not basic by any means, but it is also not over-complicated. A beginner can achieve the same results with some time and patience. If you've ever tasted her cakes and wanted to recreate this - you'll need to invest in quality ingredients and build up your collection of equipment. There are plenty of 'projects' so I'm working my way through the book and collecting equipment as I go along - the results have looked and tasted amazing - just like Peggy's!! I've recieved wonderful compliments and that was for my first attempts! A cupcake fan has said they're better than Hummingbird which is a big deal coming from her! I've looked at her other books and I would definately recommend this as a first purchase - and for a beginner it would be a good idea to pair this with a more detailed book such as 'the essential guide to cake decorating', which has given me more detailed guidence and understanding.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes cakes that look and taste good 12 May 2012
Peggy Porschen sets a really high standard for cake making and decorating. She makes cakes for the rich and famous and her cakes and sugar craft goods are works of art, and beautifully executed. She must have really high standards because her work is so perfect.

This book follows the same high Peggy standards of perfection but I felt these recipes were more achievable for a home baker. There are lots of really tasty recipes here and this book is not just about cake decorating its about taste.

The chapters cover sweet treats, cup cakes, decorated biscuits, classic cakes and larger cakes including layer cakes that would suit a celebratory event. I didn't think the designs were hard to pull off and any instructions needed for piping etc were really clear with photographs to help. Icing cakes has its own chapter.

The photography in this book is of a high standard and includes photographs taken in the Peggy Porschen parlour in London.

There is even a chapter on drinks!

I made the banana, walnut and chocolate loaf cake. It was a lovely light cake packed full of the flavours, the added touch of toasting the walnuts and finishing the cake with a banana cream frosting worked a treat. This was more of any everyday type of bake which anyone can make at home but I don't think people expect to find in Peggy's books but they really are there and taste delicious too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it but... 27 Sep 2012
This book is beautiful to look at but I find it quite repetitive but I guess that's the nature of the book. The recipes are good and the cakes I made were nice but I didn't feel there was enough variety or excitement to justify the price tag.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Boutique Baking is slightly different from Peggy's previous books which focus more on decorating projects using several key recipes. Instead, Boutique Baking is filled with recipes - each with their own decorating ideas and techniques that Peggy clearly guides you through with written instructions and visual steps.

Boutique Baking is made up of 7 chapters: Sweet Treats, Beautiful Biscuits, Cupcake Heaven, Luscious Layer Cakes, Classic Cakes & Bakes, Delicious Drinks, and The Icing on The Cake.

Notable recipes include:

Springerle Cookies - I've always wanted to make these, but have never found an authentic wooden mould.

Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes - I've made these and they're delicious.

Summer Berry Cake - this has a beautiful pattern on top that's created by a simple dusting of cocoa powder over a patterned stencil.

Raspberry & Rose Dome Cake - I also made this, and it turned out fantastic.

Minteani - A light and refreshing iced mint tea and vodka cocktail.

Out of all of Peggy's books (she has 5), Boutique Baking is my favourite. The recipes are all mouth watering and accompanied by stunning photos, not only of the finished product but also of the steps needed to get you there. Boutique Baking has something for everyone. Novice bakers and decorators need not shy away, as there's a recipe and decorating idea to suit every skill level.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over!! 14 May 2012
I have been waiting for this book to be published for months, I was so excited to see it was for sale last week and I ordered immediately.

My copy arrived today and it was just as special as I thought it would be. The photography is simply beautiful with photos of all the recipes, some of them with even more photos showing the stages and methods of execution.

The book is divided in to Sweet Treats, Beautiful Biscuits, Cupcake Heaven, Luscious Layer Cakes, Classic Cakes and Bakes, Delicious Drinks and The icing on the Cake.

I specifically bought this book for the layer cakes of which there are many including Summer Berry Cake, Tipsy Orange Truffle Cake, Lemon Limoncello Cake, Creamy Carmel Cake, Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake, White Chocolate Passion Cake, Scrumptious Carrot Cake and a scrummy looking Glorious Victoria Cake, they are all decorated so beautifully and look like I may actually be able to achieve something similar.

All the layer cakes require 3 x 6inch baking tins which will be an expense for me as I don't have any of that size ideally I prefer 9inch cakes as I think if you are going baking you may as well make the best and biggest cake you can, these are more dainty than I'm used to making, but the recipe does say they serve 8-12 slices.

Obviously as I only received this today I have not actually baked anything yet so I cannot comment on results yet but as it's Peggy Porschen I am pretty sure they will all be delish!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain!
Very fast delivery and very good bargain for a brand new book still in it's original wrapping. I love the book and the cupcakes are delicious.
Published 4 days ago by Bigmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cupcake book
My wife tells me it is an excellent book at a very good price. As usual, I will continue buying all my books from Amazon. Highly recommended. Colin Lloyd
Published 2 months ago by C. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars All you ever need
This book covers pretty much everything you need to get started. Well illustrated and easy to follow . Very pleased x
Published 3 months ago by elizabeth mcaleavey
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I love this book, it's really useful, with simple but also fantastic recipes, and the explanations are really good. I like it a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Mercedes Barreiro
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a helpful cookery book!
While I find the book itself and the beautiful photos charming, the actual recipes in this book have been a complete and utter let down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teacher Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bakes
This is a lovely book with really good baking recipes. I have actually been to the bakery and the cakes and cupcakes are delicious so it is great to be able to try them at home.
Published 7 months ago by TM
3.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes but doesn't make quantity specified!
One of the main reasons I bought this book was the fact that the cupcake recipes made 24 rather than the usual 12. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ellebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Boutique Baking
Can't wait to get started on some of the recipes. The book is well presented with lots of delicious cakes.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. L. C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant product, very happy I purchased for this price and would definately recommend to the next buyer. Cannot fault the product and would buy again.
Published 9 months ago by PremiumSissons
2.0 out of 5 stars OK.
I have many books on cakes and breads and consider myself an intermediate baker. This book has some lovely ideas and the illustrations are beautiful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Whyte
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