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Peggy Porschen's Pretty Party Cakes: Sweet and Stylish Cookies and Cakes for All Occasions [Hardcover]

Peggy Porschen
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1 April 2005
Forget the image of maiden aunts and country fairs - cake decorating has become cutting edge! Peggy Porschen is at the front of this new trend. Her cute designs have won her a host of celebrity clients - she provided the chocolate Faberge eggs for Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball and designed the stunning cake for Stella McCartney's wedding. Her instantly recognisable designs are inspired by current trends: Bollywood mini cakes are lavishly decorated in rich pinks and glitzy golds, cookies include funky handbags, Doris Day Polka dots, candy coloured stripes and romantic sugar blossoms and butterflies. The book begins with an easy-to-follow introduction showing all the equipment, basic recipes and techniques needed to make the cakes. Readers of all skill levels can then go onto the subsequent chapters: Cookies, Cup Cakes, Miniature Cakes and Large Cakes. All the designs have comprehensive instructions and crystal clear photography so that a stunning professional finish can always be achieved.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844001601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844001606
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Just the thing to whip up when you're looking to add a little sparkle' Marie Claire" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peggy Porschen grew up in Germany, a country renowned for its cakes. She moved to London in 1998 graduating top of her class at the prestigious Cordon Bleu school. From there, she went on to work as a pattissiere at the Lanesborough Hotel and with master baker Gerhart Jenne at Konditor and Cook on London's South Bank. Her work is much in demand and she has recently started supplying cakes to Fortnum and Mason. Her designs have also featured in magazines and newspapers such as OK, the Daily Mail and Brides magazine.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colour therapy for rainy days! 9 July 2006
By Natalia
Peggy Porschen's book is a joy to look at with it's many gorgeous photographs and certainly very inspirational. However, she makes things sound a little too easy at times. I tried the fondant fancies and when I dipped them into the icing, like she describes, the latter was full of crumbs afterwards. Regardless, the cakes taste wonderful and I love her style of decorating!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Cakes 4 July 2006
I have been cake decorating on and off for a few years now, but have been mostly relegated to doing novelty birthday cakes for my children nowadays!

This book is gorgeous - it has inspired me to do some non child orientated cake decorating - and am now desperately trying to think of a reason to invite people for afternoon tea so I can make some of the fantastic fondant fancies and iced biscuits.

It is an inspiring book - if you're a beginner you will probably need to practice a little, but Peggy Porschen's book shows that glamorous and beautiful cakes (and cookies!) don't need to be saved just for special occasions. So I'm now off to order some edible lustre to make the Bollywood cakes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring designs 7 Feb 2006
By A Customer
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Beautiful cakes and beautiful book to look at.The recipes work well and the cakes taste delicious. As already noted many of the cakes are small ones and there is also a section on iced cookies. I found the UK prices for cookie cutters to be ridiculously high so I ordered them directly from the US, saving a huge amount of money.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was there a proof reader? 23 Nov 2007
I bought the book when it was first published and believe that is has been re-published so hope that the negative comments below have been resolved.

This could have been a fabulous book. The cakes are the most incredible I have seen in any book, the author has such an amazing eye for design and colour. It is well worth looking at this book once just for the inspiration, and envy her talents.

However, my problem is with the publishing house chosen. I wrote a letter to the author, care of the publishing house, pointing fifteen pages of mistakes that I noticed with two days of buying the book. Obviously, I didn't get a response and I doubt whether the author even saw the letter.

The photos were in the wrong order so they didn't correspond with the instructions; items were missing from the equipment photo (even a big gap on one photo that should have alerted people to the absence of equipment), ingredients and weight measurements missing from recipes etc. I am sure that you get the idea. All of these anomalies should have been spotted before going to print.

Peggy really needs to right a clause into any contract for future books giving her final approval before it goes to print.

Fabulous book, shame about the proof readers!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern, colourful cake decorating! 4 April 2006
By Valan
Peggy Porschens bright, colourful approach to cake decorating is a refreshing change from the old fashioned style of icing. I've tried 3 of the recipes/ideas from this book already, including the fondant fancies and the flowerpot cakes. I'd give this book a 5, but some of the techniques are still a little dificult for beginners, overall though she explains them well and the book is beautifully photographed. The basic cake mixtures are extremely good too, the fondant fancies tasted wonderful.
I'm going to try the magnificent rose cake next month for a friends birthday, I'm sure she'll be blown aways if I can make it look as good as Peggys!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ssh don't tell anyone 21 July 2005
By dawn c
This book is one of the most inspiring creative books I've bought in ages.It's like Cath Kidston meets Nigella Lawson. It was pricey for a kitchen book but will definitely be treasured. I bought it ahead of my daughter's third birthday party and made the most beautiful magical cake that tasted like nothing on earth. The cookies drew gasps from all - try splat cooking.co.uk for amazing cutters - and I can never go back to making un - iced biscuits or cakes again now I've seen how a piece of food can look like a work of art.
I spent a fair bit on cookie cutters after buying this - I have a HUGE collection to cover every occassion now - and on icing utensils, but once you've bought them you're set up for life. Like another reviewer, I'm writing this hoping that not too many people buy the book because it's so amazing you want to keep it to yourself so everyone that comes to your home thinks you're the creative genius- not Peggy Porschen. Hide this book at parties.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 April 2005
Excellent book .. Existing new style cakes, simple and beautiful, an inspiration for cake and cookie decorating!!!
Peggy go's through the basics then moves on to Cookies, Cup Cakes, Miniature cakes and Large cakes, with a handy section at the end with templates and a list of suppliers.
Techniques very, and she explains them well, although some piping skills would be an advantage. The ideas are contemporary and with a cake or cookie that can be used for every occasion, form Charismas to Valentines Day.
I recommend this book to those of you looking for contemporary ideas for small cakes and cookies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book immediately!! 8 Oct 2005
I received this book as a birthday present recently and think it's fantastic! I do cake decorating as a hobby and the cakes in this book look great but are not too difficult to do. It is also one of those books you can just pick up and enjoy looking at the pictures. There are not too many cake decorating tools that you need to buy and those that you do require are easily available. I found it easier to make my own templates for the biscuits from cardboard as the cutters are quite expensive. Overall a great book which I would highly recommed to amateur and professional cake decorators alike.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good variety of cake, great hints and tips .
Published 2 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty ....
Another beautiful book from Peggy Porschen. Love to read it and to look at the beautiful pictures. Loved specialy the small cakes ideas.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia GS
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Party Cakes: Sweet and Stylish Cookies and Cakes for All...
Pretty Party Cakes: Sweet and Stylish Cookies and Cakes for All Occasions, this is one beautiful book, you would love it.
Published 8 months ago by diane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book in its own right, but Peggy's Favourite Cakes & Cookies...
If you just buy this Peggy Porschen book you will be very happy with it, however I bought this and Peggy's Favourite Cakes & Cookies and was disappointed to find all Pretty Party... Read more
Published 12 months ago by AH
3.0 out of 5 stars peggy porschens pretty party cakes
didn't find it that interesting ,plenty of templates but not much more BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!! not even fondant icing tips never mind
Published 15 months ago by mad shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Lovely pictures,beautiful designs,and an insirational book.Full of handy tips,and idears for any cake designer.A good price for a lovely book.
Published 15 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Party Cakes
Peggy has a way of writing that makes everything really easy to follow and results are good every time, I LOVED this book
Published 16 months ago by Mary Eastman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cakes
Lovely book filled with stylish cakes but some experience needed and alot if patience! Excellent book for any cake maker to get ideas from :-)
Published 17 months ago by Vix
5.0 out of 5 stars PARTY CAKES
Published 18 months ago by Biddie
3.0 out of 5 stars poor
the explanations aren't very good....... the photography is good. Not what expected , thought the explanations would be easier to follow
Published 18 months ago by A Ramis
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