It’s no big secret that I’m a huge fan of Peggy Porschen. She makes the most amazingly beautiful cakes with the most amazingly beautiful sugar flowers.
I used to spend ages carefully studying the gorgeous floral tiered wedding cakes that filled the large windows of her pastel pink parlour in Belgravia. Just take a peak at the stunning cakes displayed in her parlour windows, and you’ll know exactly what I mean. They’re breathtaking.
“If only I could make those one day” I thought.
So imagine my surprise when I received an email from the Peggy Porschen Academy inviting me attend an Anemone flower and cake decorating course! Seriously! I could hardly contain myself.
Over the course of the day Peggy taught our class everything we needed to know in order to make a picture perfect cake fit for a wedding or anniversary. I left the course with a gorgeous cake complete with three beautiful sugarpaste anemone flowers. I’ll tell you all about the course in another post, but for now lets focus on sugarpaste flowers.
I was so pleased with the way my anemone flowers turned out after Peggy’s course that I couldn’t’ wait to learn how to make other types of flowers. I was thrilled to find out that Peggy Porschen was releasing a new book filled entirely with sugarpaste flowers, and instructions on how to make them!
Cakes in Bloom, Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions was released last year (just about the same that time I put my blog on hiatus, hence the late review). It’s a stunning book packed full of beautiful realistic looking sugar flowers, and detailed instructions on exactly how to make them. This is definitely Peggy’s most advanced and specialised book that she’s released. In addition to step by step instructions and photos showing you exactly how to make the flowers, there’s also several cake recipes as well. But the main focus of Cakes in Bloom is the sugar flowers.
There’s a huge variety of flowers to learn in this book. From tiny stephanotis blossoms, to large English roses and exotic orchids. You’ll make the folks at Kew Gardens jealous by the time you finish making them all!
I love that this book has flowers and techniques suitable for all levels, and that you don’t have to be a professional cake decorator to make them. If you’re just starting to learn how to make sugar flowers, you can easily start off by making hand formed rose buds which are perfect for cupcakes and don’t require any specialty equipment like cutters and wire.
Cakes in Bloom, Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions
A selection of the flowers that Peggy has included in the book are:
To give you a better idea of what’s exactly in Peggy’s new book, and the level of detail included in it I’ve done a little video review to show you. I filmed this review over a year ago, and at the time Cakes in Bloom hadn’t come out yet, so just ignore that part.
Watch my Cakes in Bloom, Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions below:
If you sugar flowers aren’t really your thing, Peggy is releasing her newest book Love Layer Cakes next Month, and it’s sure to be filled with even more delicious recipes.
Thanks to Quadrille Publishing for sending me a review copy of Cakes in Bloom.