{Book Review} Peggy Porschen Cupcakes

pp coverThis is one of those embarrassing posts where I was given a book several months ago and it sat and sat in my to do pile. You can see the book sitting in my “office” when I did a tour of my craft room. I’m not sure why I waited so long to review Peggy Porschen’s Cupcakes. I had a lot of success with her other books.

Cupcakes is very different from Peggy’s other books. If you’re not familiar with Peggy’s work she’s a German baker with a specialty cake business and cake parlour in Belgravia, London. She’s know for her elegant wedding cakes and beautiful decorating skills. She also has a teaching academy across the street from the parlour.

I’ll admit that I’m a little biased. The cake parlour was my favorite place to go for cake in London. It was one of the only places that had consistently good cake. I had my last afternoon tea there before I moved back to America.

Cupcakes is a small adorable square book about 4 inches by 4 inches. There are 25 cake recipes and 4 frosting recipes. Compared to her other books it’s very simple and basic. I honestly struggled with the intricate decorating in Peggy’s Favorite Cakes and Cookies and I had a much more pleasant and challenging (in a good way) time getting through Boutique Baking.

Boutique Baking is more suited to the intermediate home baker and Cupcakes is a fun book or gift for a baker at any level. The recipes all follow Peggy’s style. The cupcakes have an accompanying sugar syrup to ensure moistness. I think the book is the perfect size to give as a gift. It would fit inside a cake pan nicely.

Peggy Porschen Vanilla Chiffon Cupcakes

The book is very cute but the recipe flavors are fairly basic. There’s nothing really that we haven’t seen before. Lemon Raspberry, Gingerbread, Pumpkin, Salted Caramel to name a few. There’s no recipe for buttercream either. Only cream cheese frosting. However, Peggy Porschen is more a traditional bakery with timeless creations. We’re unlikely to see her publish a book with any crazy recipes. I made the vanilla chiffon cupcakes with excellent results.

I have never made a bad tasting cake from one of her books so if you’re a fan of Peggy Porschen then you will love this book. It’s a great standby for some go to cupcakes you know will be good every time.

Note: Cupcakes is a European book so the recipes are listed in grams. If you’re not comfortable or don’t have a scale then you can use my handy baking conversion chart. Kitchen scales are a great investment!

I received a copy to review

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