Head to the Instagram-worthy Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia for aesthetically pleasing sweet treats that taste as good as they look
What’s the background?
Peggy Porschen is an award-winning cake designer, and counts amongst her client list Kate Moss, Elton John, Madonna and Sir Anthony Hopkins to name a few (although it’s hardest to imagine the latter tucking into her pretty, pastel creations!). Her books – especially the gorgeous Cakes in Bloom, packed full of beautiful, modern sugar flower ideas – are certainly some of my first ports of call when looking for guidance on making elaborately decorated cakes. She set up the quaint Peggy Porschen Parlour in 2010, and a year later opened her cake academy down the road, from which she runs a variety of baking and decorating classes.
Aesthetics are certainly a major part of the business, which extends to the pretty-in-pink shop front that is usually adorned with an abundance of fresh flowers. It’s little surprise it has become something of an Instagram hotspot, with just as many tourists snapping the exterior from the cafe across the road as visiting the shop itself. While there are a few chairs both inside and spilling out onto the street, the shop itself is quite small and due to its popularity you should expect to wait for a table or simply opt to take away instead.
What’s on offer?
Here it’s all about rows of cupcakes with perfect swirls of buttercream and meticulously put together layer cakes. The flavours are kept fairly classic, from twists on British favourites such as the summer special Eton Mess to crowd pleasers including salted caramel and cookies and cream. There’s also a small selection of brownies and biscuits offered alongside.
What to choose?
The main event is the signature cupcakes and layer cakes, and you’d be remiss to leave without sampling at least one. Admittedly, cupcakes are never normally my first choice when it comes to sweet treats, and I tend to be doubly dubious of places that are ‘Instagram famous’. But the ones from the Peggy Porschen Parlour truly are some of the best I’ve had, with a beautiful, light sponge, smooth and airy topping and added taste surprise in the middle. You can trust that no matter what flavour you choose it will be well made, so pick whatever takes your fancy.
What’s the damage?
The cupcakes range from £3.95 to £4.50 to take out, and pushing towards £5 and over to eat in. Most slices of layer cakes are £5.20 to take out, and £6.20 to eat in. I must admit I am personally hesitant to pay those kind of prices for a cupcake, no matter how delicious – but if you are going to splurge, it might as well be on the best.
Peggy Porschen Parlour, 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9QQ; peggyporschen.com