Boutique Baking is the new offering from popular and celebrity cake maker Peggy Porschen. Peggy’s previous books all focus heavily on decorated cakes and desserts (click here to see my review of Peggy’s Favorite Cakes & Cookies). Her latest book focuses on the desserts served in her pretty pink cake boutique and the technical skills involved, to ensure your cakes taste as delicious as they look!
The book combines traditional baking with chic, and simple finishing touches. The first chapter focuses on Sweet Treats like Meringue Kisses and Ice Cream Cake Pops. The second chapter is all about Beautiful Biscuits and the third chapter features the cupcakes served at The Parlor.
The book finishes with a chapter on luscious layer cakes such as Neapolitan Bundt cake and a Chocolate Battenberg. The last chapter focuses on beverages.
The last section of the book goes into detail on how to frost cupcakes, make flowers and leaves and how to assemble a layer cake. This chapter will help you achieve that signature Peggy Porschen look.
Most of the recipes in the book use standard baking and easy to find ingredients. I’ve never used the liquid fondant that Peggy uses for for the baked donuts but it can be purchased online or made at home (I used candy melts instead). A few of the recipes use tins you may not have on hand but they can be substituted with a little imagination.
A few of the recipes call for “Peggy’s Signature Jam” as many of the cakes are inspired from them. Having forayed into jam making myself I would have loved to see those recipes. I guess we’ll have to wait for “Peggy’s Preserving” to be the next book!
I already made the Limoncello Layer Cake and Baked Donuts and found the instructions easy to follow. Decorating is not my strongest suit but I really put in the extra effort to get a more sleek finish to my cake. I tried to make Peggy’s Signature Macarons but failed twice! I still need a little more practice for those.
This is an amazing book and I really did jump for joy when it arrived in the mail. It shows the home baker how to make their own sophisticated and chic creations. For those that aren’t able to make it to London the book perfectly captures the essence of The Parlor. I’m going to study the decorating chapter and give it another try!
Thanks to Quadrille for my copy