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.
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.