BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKING OF ‘LOVE LAYER CAKES’

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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Our very own Peggy Porschen baking expert Michele helped Peggy to develop the new recipes, test baking and tweaking each recipe to perfection.

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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.

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The London skyline provided a dramatic backdrop to Peggy’s lovely layer cakes on set.

photo 3 (5)Peggy posed with her classic Red Velvet for her book portrait.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

photo 5 (2)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.

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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.

photo 2 (4)Stunning dresses kindly leant to us by Maids to Measure were used to style our chic Strawberry & Champagne Wedding Cake scene.

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photo 3 (6) photo 4 (3)“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!”

Peggy Porschen

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.

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PEGGY PORSCHEN’S NEW BOOK ‘LOVE LAYER CAKES’ IS NOW AVAILABLE

“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.”

Peggy Porschen

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There is no more indulgent treat than layers of flavoured sponge sandwiched together with
scrummy fillings and decorated in the prettiest ways possible, from buttercream and iced cakes to cakes decorated with fresh fruit. Containing over 30 recipes for delectable sponges and mouth-watering fillings, Love Layer Cakes provides the inspiration for flavoursome and fool-proof baking.

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The book contains cakes for teatime treats that are proven favourites at The Peggy Porschen
Parlour in London as well as brand new recipes developed especially for this book. Recipes include
the ever-popular Salted Caramel cake, covered in marbled chocolate ganache and jam-packed
with chocolate, vanilla and caramel sponge; the impossibly light Vanilla Cloud Cake decorated with
a dainty sky blue cloud stencil plus the Raspberry Kiss Cake, Lemon, Raspberry and Rose Cake, Berry Basket Cake and Checkerboard Cake – ideal for Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties.

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As you would expect from a master baker like Peggy Porschen, the recipes are all triple-tested
to ensure perfect results for even the novice home baker. For even better baking, Peggy divulges
many of her golden rules for the perfect sponge plus professional cheats and tricks for perfect
cake decorating. The book also includes two cake stencils, exclusively designed by Peggy
Porschen herself so that readers can effortlessly recreate designs from the book.
Suitable for reader of all baking skill levels, Peggy Porschen brings all her baking experience and
ideas together to create the essential book on occasion cakes.

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Peggy’s professional standard Bakeware Collection is perfect for baking at home and is available to buy from her website, Academy and Parlour. The Collection includes the very same baking tins and cake discs used in her own Belgravia Kitchen to create the stunning Layer Cakes that are freshly baked and served daily at the Peggy Porschen Parlour.

To celebrate the release of Peggy’s ninth book ‘Love Layer Cakes’ we are offering readers the chance to win a signed copy of the book and a selection of items from the Bakeware Collection. Full details on how to enter are below.

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Full Competition Terms and Conditions can be found here