Peggy’s ninth book ‘Love Layer Cakes’ has just hit the number 1 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list! We thought you might like to see the ‘behind-the-scenes’ process that went into creating the concept, developing the delicious recipes as well as shooting and styling all of the fabulous layer cakes that appear in the book.
Research, recipe testing, development and lots and lots of tasting sessions is where this book began.
Then came the page planning and final recipe choices, Peggy worked closely with her publisher Quadrille to ensure that only the very best made their way into the final cut of ‘Love Layer Cakes’.
Then came the creation of all 30 cakes, with Peggy hard at work, finishing the fresh buttercream cakes on set of the ‘Love Layer Cakes’ photo-shoot.
As the name suggests, Vanilla Cloud Cake has a heavenly light texture and tastes smooth and squishy. It is the perfect cake for kids’ birthdays and baby celebrations so our super-stylist Rebecca Newport created a fun party scene to illustrate this.
Peggy’s Red Velvet is an all time classic and a firm favourtie at the Parlour – a perfect recipe for baking your way into someone’s heart!
Our very own Peggy Porschen baking expert Michele helped Peggy to develop the new recipes, test baking and tweaking each recipe to perfection.
Our favourite award-winning food photographer Georgia Glynn Smith captures the Spiced Pumpkin cake with the help of her assistant Bobby, styled with Autumnal touches and mini marzipan pumpkins – hand-crafted by Peggy. This yummy recipe is perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving or Halloween. It has a moist and dense texture yet it tastes light, creamy and spicy.
The London skyline provided a dramatic backdrop to Peggy’s lovely layer cakes on set.
Peggy posed with her classic Red Velvet for her book portrait.
For Peggy’s striking Checkerboard Layer Cakes a fun Mad-hatter’s tea party set was created showcasing three separate designs using the same recipe.
Peggy’s gorgeous little boy Max made his book début expertly sampling the ‘Cheeky Monkey’ cake on set which was a recipe inspired by him and is perfectly suited to little one’s birthday parties.
Inspired by the American campfire treat, the S’mores Cake is made from a lightly spiced sponge, drenched in honey syrup, layered with chocolate ganache and buttercream, finished with blow torched meringue!
Everybody’s favourite, the Salted Caramel layer cake looked just as stunning as it tastes on screen. It is smooth, gooey, sticky, sweet and salty, and jam packed with lots of chocolate and caramel.
Peggy created festive Gingerbread cookie decorations for the Gingerbread layer cake, a fantastic seasonal treat which is lovely and spicy, topped with scrumptious lemon frosting.
The black and white Devil’s Food Cake combines the flavours of dark chocolate and vanilla and called for monochrome styling to reflect the chic layers of this delicious bake.
Stunning dresses kindly leant to us by Maids to Measure were used to style our chic Strawberry & Champagne Wedding Cake scene.
“Love Layer Cakes is a book about two things I truly love: baking and creating beautiful, delicious cakes. The recipes are about combining the most wonderful sponge cakes with delectable cake fillings and toppings that taste as good as they look.”
“A huge thank you to every member of the team that worked to create this book and thanks to everybody who has bought it. I hope you enjoy it, happy baking!”
If you haven’t got your copy yet – what are you waiting for?! Click here to receive a signed copy with two exclusive silicon cake stencils.