Nothing brightens up a party or makes a celebration out of an everyday gathering like beautifully decorated cookies and cakes. Yet buying from boutique bakeries doesn't have to be your only option—there's a simple, fun way to have fabulous desserts at a fraction of the price. Simply Spectacular Cakes is the perfect guide for creating your own elegant, designer-quality confections that will impress friends and family.
Peggy Porschen—professional baker and designer extraordinaire, and author of Pretty Party Cakes—is known for her designs for cookies, mini cakes, and large cakes that are easy enough for anyone. Whether a seasoned baker or eager amateur, you can manage sophisticated designs such as the Tiffany Pearl Tiered Cake, inspired by various pieces of pearl jewelry, or Cherry Blossom Bites, little cakes that when grouped together look like a cherry tree in full bloom. Projects range from easy, such as icing cookies to look like retro candies, to those that call for more advanced handiwork, such as making flowers for the Anemone Cake. Beautiful photographs display the detail in Porschen's decorations so that you can follow them exactly, or use them as inspiration to customize your own designs that match your skill level.
With vivid color photographs, helpful advice from an expert baker, and an extensive how-to section, this book has all the information you need to make professional-quality cakes and cookies in your own home. More beauty, more fashion, more style— Simply Spectacular Cakes has all the best design ideas for creating gorgeous and stylish desserts.
PEGGY PORSCHEN began her career as a pastry chef at London’s Lanesborough Hotel. Quickly developing a highly individualized style, she started her own business making cakes and cookies for celebrities such as Elton John, Stella McCartney, and Gwyneth Paltrow, and companies like Burberry. She also supplies Fortnum & Mason with an exquisite range of cookies and specialty confections, including a wedding cake collection. Peggy grew up in Germany and currently resides in the UK.