Monday, April 16, 2012

Peggy Porschen Parlour


 While in London I stopped in Peggy Porschen's Parlour on 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia SW1.
 
 First I looked in her Academy just to get in the mood,
 
 Oh my...
 
 Is this pink chefs jacket not swoon-worthy?
 
 Further down Elizabeth Street Peggy's pink parlour fills up a whole corner. And to think I was afraid I wouldn't find it.
 
 Peggy's patisserie is every little girl's fondest dream.
 
 And there was a steady stream of pretty little British misses coming in and out
 
 For divine cupcakes and other goodies.
 
 And why not? Pink heaven!
 
 The Brides-to-be back room is full of Peggy's stunning wedding cakes. Oh my...
 Then we were treated to an afternoon tea set for royal princesses.
 The glorious cakes just kept coming.
 I know the back far right is Peggy's 'Tipsy Orange Truffle' cake - a fragrant orange sponge infused with Cointreau plus orange marmelade and chocolate ganache layers (simply to-die-for).
 Was this Peggy's 'Glorious Victoria'?
Moist Victoria sponge baked with real vanilla, layered with raspberry jam and vanilla bean buttercream. The top had the most exquisite lacy decoration. Almost too beautiful to eat but we forced ourselves. Ha! We both felt like 'Alice' at the maddest tea party ever. The ooos and ahhs.
 Of course we had to taste one of Peggy's perfect cupcakes. We picked the red velvet 'with heavenly cream cheese frosting'. And we both bought boxes of cupcakes to take away for whatever excuses we could come up with.
Doodly-doodly-do
 Peggy was away so we haven't met yet, but the final dessert was a sneak peek at the Boutique Baking book
I did the cover artwork for (coming out in May in the UK).
Last December I worked and salivated over photos of Peggy's luscious cakes and shots of her shop. It was a delight to actually sit there and take an afternoon tea I'll never forget. THANK YOU Peggy!
Do stop in if you're in London. I promise you a memorable experience. Just take any London bus that goes to Victoria Station(11,36,148), then walk towards the 'pink corner' on 116 Ebury street.
CHEERS!
 

41 comments:

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Carol, What a heavenly experience... Tipsy Orange cake looks like perfection. Thank you for taking us along on yet another great adventure! I absolutely love the book cover!!! ~Jen

Parisbreakfasts said...

It may well have been the best cake I've ever eaten...sigh
Thanks Jen
xxCarolg

Foodwalker said...

What a dreamy experience!
I'm salivating with envy you lucky duckie

Lucid Food said...

I definitely think you should attend Peggy Porschen's baking Academy!
That would instantly cure all your baking fears.

Ooh La La Confectionary said...

I am swooning to be in yr shoes.
too, too divine
definitely an 'Alice' adventure worth having.

rach3 said...

Re: pretty little British miss, picture no. 7. NO! It cannot be! There cannot possibly be that much adorable outside of a picture book illustration! (I think my head just exploded)

Louise said...

Congratulations on the book cover- it looks fabulous. As does your afternoon tea, and those wedding cakes- too, too divine!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a lovely place to go have Tea. I dont think I could cut into those gorgeous cakes. What pieces of Art they are to behold. But they sure look delicious once cut. yummm Congrats on the book cover. Will it ever come out here?

Marla said...

Is it about everything PINK?))))) So tender))

Frances said...

Carol, you've given us a truly sweet visual treat with this visit to Ebury St. I can well imagine how delish the cakes must be!

Congratulation to you on that lovely book cover. I am sure that the book will eventually be available over here, via those kind Amazon folks.

xo

Karen said...

Oh my... I have her 2 other books and was seriously contemplating attending a couple of classes at her academy. The book cover you did is gorgeous!

Carol Markel said...

Carol,
The cakes look scrumptious. And I love the little girl with the blue tam.

Amy said...

That's not tea. That's heaven.

Geri said...

Lovely, yummy post and congrats on your beautiful cover with the adorable little doggie detail!

miss b said...

I'm addicted to cake shops and I first discovered Peggy Porschen in the Great Cake Places London 2012 book which I reviewed on my blog.It's been on my must-visit list since then. Your wonderful post has made me want to visit even more and I love your front cover - gorgeous and the book goes to the top of my must-buy list!
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Sue said...

Oh what a lovely afternoon. A visit to Peggy's is on my 'to do list' and I cannot wait. The new book looks a real treat, Peggy's cakes always look so delicious, exquisite artistry!

zanetastyle said...

When we fly home to Prague again ... My stop over in London will be that much longer now to try all these goodies you did Carol!! ((:

Maia said...

Love your cover work, and the orange truffle cake is to-die-for!

Jerri-Ann said...

The book cover is perfectly delightful! Hope the book will be available here too- don't want to wait too long for it. I want a whole Tipsy Orange Truffle cake, Please!!! I am not planning to go to Paris in the near future, so thinning can wait!

Bill said...

Now I'm starving. Maybe I'll find a grapefruit and pretend it's orange truffle cake.

Jill Colonna said...

Carol, I absolutely adore the cover you've done for Peggy Porschen! It's perfect. I really have to visit them some day in London...

Unknown said...

Ahaaaa...
there's that spritely little doggie again,
looking me in the eye.
Great post and absolutely wonderful and appropriate cover, Carol.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

There must be a tactful way to receive samples - purely for RESEARCH and INSPIRATION - whilst you work on your lovely menus. Say a couple of dozen treats for a month or so. Yes, that should do it.

Nikon said...

Wow, best cake you've ever had! That's quite a plug for Peggy's.
I like how bright the store is - the interior, I mean :)
Congrats on the book cover!

Ayîk said...

I was most excited to read about that book cover illustration...
You've been published now! Congratulations!

Meadow Brianna said...

Wow! Congratulations on the cover! That's so very exciting. Brava!

Sara Phillips said...

Oooo I'm so jealous I'd love to go to Peggy Porschen's, can see a purchase coming on when the beautifully designed book comes out - well done you it's beautiful and I'm a sucker for anything with boutique or boudoir in the name! xx

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ParisInsider said...

So pretty! I love how they get all the details RIGHT! And weren't you lucky to have tea with Vicky Archer?

Shaile's Edible Art said...

WOW.. love this article. I have been a fan of Peggy Porschen for a very long time since I started decorating.. I would love to visit her shop, it is so adorable and PINK.. I too love pink. It would be nice to taste and see her work in person since I only see it in her book I own. Thanks for sharing.. I no longer decorate cakes..but, I do something i love much more. I make sugar flowers!!!

Chrissy's Cakes & Cookies said...

I had the biggest thrill a couple of weeks ago when I actually got to go to Peggy's Shop. I live in Canada so when I was visiting a friend in London I made sure that visiting Peggy's shop was top of my list of things to do (as well as the Academy down the road)It was such a thrill to actually be in the shop. I too bought a box of cupcakes to go and savoured every bite. Peggy was not there but I hope to someday meet her :)

Sandra L. said...

All I can say is YUM!
Must. Go. There. Someday.

Emily in Exile said...

I always thought those pretty cakes couldn't possibly taste delicious. And something about them brings out the little girl in me. So pretty! I was thinking Alice in Wonderland too.

Congrats on the book cover. Movin' on up!

Lisa B said...

I just saw that you did a watercolour for Peggy Porschen - my favourite cake place in London - way too close to my flat
(I go at least once a weekend for their Victoria sponge!)
I knew I loved the artwork for her shop from somewhere!

Lisa B said...

I saw you did a watercolour for Peggy Porschen - my favourite cake place in London that is way too close to my flat (I go at least once a weekend for their Victoria sponge!)
I knew I loved the artwork for her shop from somewhere!

Anonymous said...

irgendwann, sitz ich auch mal in diesem Cafe....

Anonymous said...

<3

martinealison said...

Hummm!... Comment résister ?.
Gros bisous

Stephani Chance said...

Fabulous!!!!!! Absolutely fabulous!! I love all of her designs!! www.DecorateOrnate.com

Jen said...

That is so incredible Carol! I just purchased one of Peggy's books online today. Hopefully her tipsy orange truffle cake is one of the recipes she shares in the book I ordered :)

Monica said...

Oh mon dieu! Superbe merci

Antonella Marano said...

Great blog...I love Peggy Porschen style too!
Salut from Italy! :)

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