Book Review: Peggy’s Favourite Cakes & Cookies

My First Fondant Cake

Cake decorating has never been my forte. I have a shaky hand and no artistic vision (sadly). I’m an accountant so I’m much better with numbers and figures!

I was pretty excited when Quadrille Publishing asked me to review Peggy’s new book Peggy’s Favourite Cakes & Cookies, which is a combination of her favorite cakes and decorations from Cake Chic, Pretty Party Cakes and Romantic CakesLook for this book to hit the shelves on June 5th.

My First Fondant Cake

I have never made a cake using fondant as a decoration before. I was never a fan of the taste from the few wedding cakes that I tasted, but their prettiness tempted me into teaching myself a few new skills using Peggy’s book.
My First Fondant Cake

It was nearly impossible to decide what recipe and decoration that I wanted to try out. When I do a book review I really like to make at least two or three different things from the book so I can really get a feel for the book and feel good about recommending, or not recommending, a book to my readers. The marble flowered cake I decided on took ALL day for me to make so I decided to go with just one cake (for now). The full recipe and directions will be posted in a few days.

The book is split into sections. Cookies, “Cup Cakes” (not Cupcakes), Miniature Cakes, Large Cakes and a basics chapter.

All the lovely photos of rather large cakes and piping flowers is definitely a little intimidating and overwhelming and I wasn’t quite sure where to start honestly. The basics chapter in the back of the book is very thorough and takes you through what supplies you need and how to make a variety of cake and cookie flavors. How to cover the cakes in marzipan is also included in this chapter. There are a lot of step by step photos which are helpful and there are some pretty flower and butterfly templates in the very back to help make decorations.

Each design is clearly laid out with a photo and a list of equipment and materials that are needed for the decoration. The directions are laid out in a nice order of where to start first and how many days it takes so it’s not too overwhelming.

If you’re interested in cake decorating and not a beginner this is a fabulous book. The photos and instructions are very good. As a cake decorating novice I felt a little out of my depth and the supplies required were not sitting around in my cupboard, but I was able to improvise with what I had.

All the cakes and cookies in this book take a lot of effort. Cakes need to be made, trimmed and layered. Sugar cookies need to be made in the right shape, royal icing needs to be made in the right colors and sugar blossom petals made. The good thing is that the designs range from simple to extraordinary. I chose a simple one to get me started and inspired and was able to adapt it to what I had at home.

I can see myself using this book to make decorated cakes a few times a year for a special occasions and using the few cake recipes in the back often as the marble cake I made tasted fantastic.

Thanks to Quadrille for my copy of Peggy’s Favourite Cakes & Cookies

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  1. Kate@katescakesandbakes

    Your cake looks AMAZINGGG! I'd be dead proud of it if I'd have baked it! I too aren't one for the super-fancy cakes, I lack the creativity and patience and tend to aim for the 'rustic' look! But full of admiration for those able to produce such beauties!

  2. I heart cupcakes

    Talk about thinking alike I finally got round to doing my review today!! Did you use Peggy's buttercream recipe? I didn't get the ratio at all but it's a gorgeous book.
    LOVE your cake – it's so pretty!

  3. Made With Pink

    You're cake looks fab for a first try! Did you make the fondant or buy it? (Can't remember if you said so) I'm so glad you've reviewed one of her cakes. I was curious to see how they turned out. I'm reviewing the book as well, but have decided to bake cookies from it – there was so many gorgeous things to bake from it, I had a really hard time choosing! I definitely want to try making that marble cake though. It looks delicious!

  4. Amber

    That cake looks so precious and delicious at the same time! YUM!

  5. GoodForYouDP

    Oh my God it looks soo great!!! yumy:D
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  6. Cupcake Kelly

    Anne – I had to change the ratio of butter:icing sugar. It hate buttery thick frosting. I made mine pretty light so I could spread it all over the cake nice and easy.

    Andrea – I bought some Wilton fondant at Michaels when I was back home but the white one was really dry so I had to put a lot of flowers on my cake to cover the cracks. The marble cake with the vanilla syrup I made from the book was really good. The trials and tribulations of my first decorating adventure will be posted in a few days.

  7. KitchenTherapy

    I've always wanted to improve my decoration. I think I'm going to invest in a book or two. xx

  8. Alicia (Sweet-a-Licious)

    You made such a cute cake – very good job!

    I have Cake Chic – and I love it! I'm still a novice when it comes to cake decorating but I find Peggy's books to be very well laid out and easy to follow.

    Might have to buy this one too!

  9. thelittleloaf

    Your cake looks absolutely incredible – I want a copy of this book! Very impressive for a first time decorator :-)


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