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Homemade Petit Fours

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Homemade petit fours are like having a little bite of buttery pound cake with a raspberry filling and tasty glaze. While they do require a few steps to make, they aren’t hard to do and they taste amazing.

Hand holding petit four coated in white icing with pink and white sprinkles with pink and white petit fours in the background.

The batter for these petit fours includes both butter and cream cheese so it is moist and delicious. The coating is basically a melted buttercream that Seals in the moisture and adds another layer of flavor.

The resulting little bite of cake is perfect for so many special occasions. They are perfect for baby or bridal showers, a tea party or include them as part of a wedding dessert bar.

Making the petit four

I like using this batter for petit fours for several reasons. It is moist and tasty, plus it is sturdy enough to hold up to getting coated.

Be sure to use a layer of parchment paper in the bottom of your 13×18″ half sheet pan. This makes removing the cake from the pan much easier.

Torting the cake is one of the more difficult parts of the whole process, but don’t let it deter you. Follow my tips to make it easier, and don’t worry if it isn’t perfect.

First, put the cake in the freezer for about a half hour before trying to cut it. You don’t really want it frozen solid, but you want it to be a little extra firm.

Secondly, I like to cut the cake into smaller pieces before trying to cut it into layers. It’s easier to maneuver and cut if you are only working with half or quarter of the sheet cake.

You are going to cut the cake into little pieces anyway, so there is no point in trying to keep it hole. Do whatever feels comfortable to you.

Now spread a thin layer of buttercream, lemon curd or good quality jam over the bottom half of the cake and cover it with the top of the cake. Cut the cake with small cookie cutters or use a knife to cut it into squares.

Freeze the little cakes for at least a couple hours but up to several months (if tightly wrapped). Then coat them once they are completely frozen.

Coating your petit fours

There are several different ways to coat petit fours. Some people use a thinned out white chocolate.

Other bakers will use what is called poured fondant, which is not at all like the rolled fondant we are familiar with. Instead it is a thin icing made of sugar, water and corn syrup.

Instead of using either of those, I like using what is essentially a melted buttercream. I got the idea from Sugar Spun Run and of course it spoke to my frosting loving heart.

Spooning melted buttercream frosting over frozen petit fours.

Making the icing in a double boiler allows you to adjust the temperature as needed. Whisk all of the ingredients together and adjust the consistency as needed.

It will look a little lumpy and broken, but keep mixing until it comes together. Then add a little more milk or powdered sugar as needed.

You can place a coated cake in the refrigerator for a few minutes to test the final consistency if you would like.

Hand holding a petit four with a bite taken out, showing the raspberry center.

The consistency should be thin enough to run over the sides of the cake but thick enough to coat it. Keep adjusting the temperature or ingredients until it feels comfortable to you.

I like to take a small batch of frozen petit fours from the freezer and place one on a fork. Then I use a spoon to coat the cake in the icing.

Make sure all of the sides and corners are covered before placing the cake on a piece of wax paper to set up. If using sprinkles, do so right away while the icing is still wet.

Now allow the icing to set completely before moving the cakes. Once they are set, you can also decorate the tops with piped buttercream decorations if desired.

Storing petit fours

Petit fours can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for three to four days.

Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Petit fours coated with white icing and topped with pink and white sprinkles.

Or freeze petit fours for up to three months.

You can also hold the petit fours in the freezer for several days or weeks at a time in any of the steps that already require freezing. Just make sure they are in a freezer safe container to prevent them from taking on any freezer flavors.

More bite sized treats

Imagine a bite sized bit of chocolate cake filled with creamy buttercream and dipped in chocolate. If that caught your attention, you are going to love chocolate petit fours.

Grab the instructions for making cute mini cupcakes from a cake mix, because they never seem to put them on the box. Check out a couple of simple ways to decorate them while you’re here!

Chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites have salty crunchy pretzels, a soft creamy peanut butter center and hard chocolate shell. It is the perfect mix of chocolate covered pretzels and buckeyes!

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Yield: 100 petit fours

Petit Fours

Petit fours in paper wrappers with one missing a bite showing raspberry filling.

Homemade petit fours are like having a little bite of buttery pound cake with a raspberry filling and tasty glaze. While they do require a few steps to make, they aren't hard to do and they taste amazing.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, soft
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 oz. raspberry jam

Icing

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cream
  • 6 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x18-inch pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and beat until fully combined.
  4. Add eggs and extracts, one at a time, mixing until incorporated.
  5. Stir in half the flour, then the milk, then the remaining flour.
  6. Spread in prepared pan and tap on the counter a few times to release any big air bubbles.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly touched with a finger.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Freeze the cake for 30 minutes, then cut into quarters. Cut each quarter in half across the hemisphere. Spread jam over the bottom half of the cake, then replace the top. Cut into 1-inch squares or use a small cookie cutter to cute shapes. Freeze for at least 2 hours to firm up.
  10. To make the icing, melt together the butter shortening cream and syrup in a double boiler.
  11. Whisk in salt, vanilla and powdered sugar. Adjust consistency as needed.
  12. Either dip the frozen petit fours into the icing or place a petit four on a fork and spoon icing over the top. Once completely coated, put on a sheet of wax paper to set up. If using sprinkles, do so immediately.
  13. Once the icing is set, transfer the petit fours to an airtight container for storage.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

100

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Homemade petit fours are like having a little bite of buttery pound cake with a raspberry filling and tasty glaze. While they do require a few steps to make, they aren't hard to do and they taste amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Monday 21st of March 2022

Those are adorable. Do you have ESP? I have been so wanting to make petit fours! I love the melted butter cream idea too and might just use it for some mini bundts I've been wanting to try as well.

Carlee

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Ha! I have been looking for an excuse to make them too and prepping for this upcoming wedding has given me plenty of chance. I've made several batches in the last few months and this way is our favorite. The glaze would be great for mini bundts!

Andrea Nine

Monday 21st of March 2022

These are so precious and perfect!

Carlee

Monday 21st of March 2022

Thank you!

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