Christmas at the Peggy Porschen Parlour

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Over the summer I discovered what has now become one of my favourite streets in London. I got married in September and so I went to visit the Jenny Packham Accessories Boudoir to find some bridal earrings and it just happened to be on the beautiful Elizabeth Street. Amongst the numerous other lovely restaurants, cafes, bakeries and shops lining both sides of this street this gorgeous pink building caught my eye. I soon discovered it was the Peggy Porschen Parlour, home to some of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen. I popped over in the run up to Christmas and it didn’t disappoint one bit…

Peggy Porschen was founded in 2003 by the award-winning cake designer Peggy Porschen and her husband. Peggy Porschen makes cakes for every special occasion – weddings, birthdays, christenings and any other time when you might want a beautiful cake. Then in 2010 they opened the doors to the Peggy Porschen Parlour and so now everyone has a chance to taste their beautiful creations. You can also buy Peggy’s range of baking equipment. Given that I absolutely love baking and eating cake, this place is a dream for me.

There are rows and rows of cupcakes, cookies and slices of multi-layered cakes to choose from. Each one looks too perfect to be handmade and way too good to eat!

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According to Vanity Fair, Peggy’s are “the best cupcakes in the world” and so we decided to go for one of those.

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We settled on a gingerbread cupcake after a bit of a battle because Mr Kelly is going through a salted caramel phase at the moment. It was the mini-gingerbread man that swung it for us. Ah well, we’ll just have to come back for the salted caramel cupcake.

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The selection of teas is great and anywhere that serves champagne with cake gets a thumbs up from Mr & Mrs Kelly. Given that the Christmas alcohol marathon was just around the corner, we settled for a pot of tea for two.

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And of course, everything is served in cups and saucers in an assortment of pastel shades. Peggy has certainly considered every small detail and it really pays off.

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Time to dig in…

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You just can’t beat a nice cup of tea and that cupcake was devoured in seconds. It was delicious – it was perfectly moist, a lovely light texture, had a good strong taste of ginger, wasn’t overly sweet and was definitely freshly baked. Vanity Fair, I think you’re on to something.

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Now it was time to explore the shop. Peggy Porschen has managed to master the art of a pastel Christmas. I wouldn’t have thought that pale pink and pistachio could look festive but Peggy’s got it nailed!

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There were numerous pretty gingerbread houses…

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…and endless iced biscuits. You can even buy Peggy’s own range of cookie cutters to try and create your own at home. You can browse her full range of baking gear here. I’m looking forward to a return trip to stock up…

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There is also a range of cakes to order and take away for special occasions. Some of which you can sample a slice of in the parlour itself. The Vanilla Cloud cake looked amazing.

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My personal favourite would have to be the “drip cakes”. These seem to be the latest craze in London at the moment and I’m totally sold. They look amazing and I’ve had lots of fun trying to make my own at home. A friend of mine had Peggy’s Chocolate Raspberry Drip Cake for her birthday and said it was heaven. This chocolate and orange drip cake looked pretty good…

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Peggy also runs the Peggy Porschen Academy which I would love to try one day. There are a number of courses and they all cater for different abilities and interests, from absolute beginners who want to master a cupcake to experienced bakers wanting to master their sugar flowers. I’ve got my eye on the drip cake course.

Well Peggy, it was an absolute pleasure. We’ll certainly be back – I’ve promised Mr Kelly one of those salted caramel cupcakes in January!

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London-based foodie with a shopping addiction, a love for swanky interiors and an obsession with white sandy beaches.

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