Today (finally), I'm going to share How to Make Perfect Petit Fours. The first couple of times I made petit fours, they were a serious headache for me. I didn't love the recipe I was using, the icing was a nightmare and my method for cutting and covering them was a mess.
But then a series of things came together for me (a new recipe (below), this Bluprint class, and lots of practice) and one day I realized... I had made Perfect Petit Fours.
And I couldn't stop eating them. For reals. OH - let me clarify my use of the word "perfect".
They don't look perfect... far from it. That will take more practice on my part and I'm not quite there yet. But the taste and texture... yep. Perfect!
I mentioned to a client they weren't perfect and she said, "If they looked perfect, I wouldn't believe they were homemade." Good point. Mine aren't perfect, but once you bite into one, you won't care!
So, I kept making them... over and over again... to be sure it wasn't a fluke and now I can say with confidence, I'm in love with this recipe & method for making them!
They're delicious. One of my clients declared them "the best cake she'd ever had in her life!"
I won't say they're super easy... you do have to work for them a little bit, but I can say without hesitation they're worth every minute of work! And if you want to make them for Valentine's Day - be sure to check out my post here on Heart Shaped Petit Fours!
Okay... so here we go. First, you're going to make up the recipe below for a simple butter cake. This is a scratch recipe (which ya'll know is rare for me) but it's soooo worth it! It's also actually a pound cake recipe - courtesy of my friend Angela.
She gave it to me to make her daughter's wedding cake and told me in passing it was good for petit fours. I'll be forever grateful for that tidbit!!
For petit fours, I bake the cake in a 13"x18" half sheet pan. These Nordic Pans are my favorite... I have about a dozen of them! I line it with parchment paper, then spray down the edges with non-stick baking spray.
After the cake is baked and cooled... I like to flip it out onto a work surface on another piece of parchment paper.
Then I torte it. Ya'll... torting (or splitting cake layers) is pretty new for me, but you really should for petit fours. You get to add in a little extra special bit of flavor and it makes them pretty too!
Torting is easily done with my Agbay (which I LOOOVE) but if you don't have a leveler like this, you'll have to get a little more creative with the torting step.
There are some great tips in this Craftsy class on how to do it without any fancy tools and I'm sure you could also find some great ideas by searching online or on YouTube.
I set my Agbay to a level that splits it as close to in the middle as possible. It doesn't always work out but I'm getting better!
To remove the top half without breaking it, I slide a flexible cutting board into the cut, then simply lift it off.
For the filling - I highly recommend raspberry. You could make your own raspberry filling or use raspberry jam. I absolutely recommend making this recipe - it's perfect and so easy!
You could also fill your petit fours with other flavors... lemon curd or strawberry or blueberry or really whatever suits your fancy! I do recommend a tart filling to balance some of the sweet but if you want to go all sweet, I won't argue with you 😉
Note: many, many petit fours recipes include almond paste or marzipan but I have never used either in my recipes. Now that I have a homemade almond paste recipe, I may try it soon, but for now, why mess with perfection?
Okay... so back to the steps!
I like to spread a thin layer of frosting over the filling. You could skip this step, but why would you?? It's FROSTING! I prefer cream cheese buttercream here (because it's not as sweet) but you could also use vanilla buttercream or whatever your favorite frosting is.
After you have whatever fillings you want all spread out - go ahead and put your cake back together. This is SUPER easy to do with the flexible cutting board. Just line up the ends and slide it off!
Last step of putting them together - more frosting on top! You could make this as thin or thick as you like but the purpose is for it to be smooth so your poured frosting will also be smooth! Again... I'm using cream cheese frosting.
Once I have it all spread out and smooth, I cut off the edges so I'll have really nice squares. Plus, we get to eat the edges and I have to tell you - they're much fought over in this house!!
At this point, I freeze the cake. I lift it (with the parchment underneath), put it back on the sheet pan I baked it on, put a lid on (love these with lids!!) and then I put it in the freezer for around an hour.
While it's freezing, I work on the set-up and the frosting. I use this Petit Four Icing recipe (be sure to start prepping it before you take the cakes out of the freezer) and for my "set-up", I line another baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and lay a cooling rack over it.
I like to use cooling racks larger than the sheets so there's good space between the cooling rack and the paper beneath (you'll see in pics below).
When it comes out of the freezer, I cut it into squares... around 1.25". Sometimes I just eyeball it, sometimes I use my sewing ruler and/or a straight edge to get them perfect. Do whatever makes you happy!
Working quickly (they're easier to keep pretty and square when they're cold), I move them to the prepped cooling rack and immediately start dipping the icing with a small ladle over the cakes.
Here's my icing set up... a make-shift double boiler:
And I cover them by ladling it quickly around the edges and then the middle.
UPDATE: After a lovely reader (thanks Alison F.!!) emailed me a tip about an easier way to cover them in icing, I gave it a try and WOW - I'll never ladle the icing over them again!
Below is a short (informal) video of how I did it.
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The excess runs off and onto the paper below... and can be re-used. Just let it firm up and you can peel it off and put it back into your bowl to re-melt! No waste... which I love!!
For some reason I didn't get the one last step in a picture - of the finished petit fours on the racks, but just let them firm up for a few minutes - the icing sets fast because they're cold - and then you can move them to a platter or individual candy cups (my favorite way to present them).
Here are a few orders I've done...
These finished with edible gold and silver stars (love!!!)
These were finished with royal icing drizzles to match the cookies and the rest of party sweets (see them HERE)!
And for these I piped on tiny pink rosettes for a baby shower!
This post has gone way too far beyond long so I won't repeat the icing recipe - find it HERE --> Petit Four Icing
You can use my cream cheese frosting recipe if you like... it's HERE --> Cream Cheese Buttercream
You can make your own raspberry filling or Lemon Curd or buy Icing Fruits!
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NOTE: This recipe will yield ~130 petit fours at the size listed above. You can absolutely use a portion of the sheet and freeze the remaining. If it's wrapped up tight and/or covered well, it will keep in the freezer for 3-4 weeks!
And without further delay... here's the PERFECT cake recipe for Perfect Petit Fours:Print
Simple Butter Cake for Petit Fours
- Total Time: 45 minutes
Beautiful Petit Fours that are quick and easy to make for any occasion.
- 2 ¾ cups sugar
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened
- ¾ cup shortening
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup evaporated milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
FOR THE ICING RECIPE, CLICK HERE.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Cream together the sugar, butter and shortening until smooth then beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, until fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). Add this flour mixture and the evaporated milk to the original mixture alternately. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed, then fold in the sour cream.
- Spread onto a parchment lined half sheet pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (check at 25 minutes!).
- See the instructions above for assembling the cake and find the icing recipe here.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: simple, butter cake, petit fours, easy, how to make, pound
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My goodness!! I could eat every one of those beautiful little slices of heaven! Thank you so much for the tutorial. You make it look so easy. I don't have a half-sheet pan - can I use a smaller size jelly-roll pan?
Yes - you could bake in a smaller sheet pan but you may have leftover batter. This recipe perfectly fills a 13x18 pan!
I have a 12x18 pan...should there be much of a difference in the results? Also, if I were to try this recipe in a smaller pan, would it bake okay? I was thinking about this to get taller petit fours and not put filling in them. I will say this...the butter cake recipe is to die for! I made a mistake, though, and accidently dumped it to where it folded in half and then broke apart. I was devastated!
I think a 12x18 is close enough!
I loooove petit fours, but they've been so time consuming trying to pour icing. I love this idea, and can't wait to try your recipe! And glad to finally realize we are in neighboring counties! I've been following you for a little while and never realized until today!
Oh awesome Vicki! Where do you live? You should shoot me an email or shoot me a friend request on Facebook and we could connect in person! rose(at)rosebakes(dot)com
I'm from Brookhaven and I will!
I make petite fours, just as I would rainbow cookies. I bake 2 or 3 separate cake layers, instead of trying to cut one evenly. For me its easier, and there are no messy crumbs to deal with.
What size pans do you use for each layer???
I made this in a 12x18, 2" deep pan, and the cake only rose 1/2" - 3/4". I was very disappointed in the height, so instead of torting it, I put another piece of cake on top. How tall are yours before torting? I did not use the cream cheese frosting but did use the icing recipe. It was very thick, and I had a hard time ladling it over. It was too sweet for me with the almond extract and vanilla, and I usually like sweet things. The icing recipe covered only about half of them. I then melted 2 pks of candy melts to finish covering the rest, and I liked that better.
My cake is just over an inch tall after baking and slightly taller after torting and icing.
Hello again...do you have to keep these cool since you used cream cheese frosting? Thanks!!!
If you use the cream cheese, you can refrigerate them, but if you use vanilla or other flavors, they're okay at room temp.
Please...sorry thank you so much is what I have decided is better to say first.
Cannot wait to try these. It is a first for me so you are my Petits-Fours senpai!
These look awesome!! Just wondering if you charge by the dozen or individual piece?
I charge by the dozen with a 3 doz. minimum order requirement.
How much do you charge per dozen at 1.25x1.25 each
$20 plus taxes.
Do you have to seal the bottom to keep the moisture in the cake? Can they be prepared a day or two ahead? I wasn't sure how long of a shelf life they would have. Thank you!!!
I don't worry about sealing the bottom - I put them into the mini baking cups, then store them in an airtight container in the frig if they're not being picked up immediately. I have made them 2-3 days in advance and they have kept well. I do recommend serving at room temp though, so if you make ahead and refrigerate, be sure to take them out in plenty of time for them to warm up (so they're not cold/hard).
Rose, you make this look so easy. And you have an Agbay! On my wish list especially since I torte all of my cakes.
I haven't had mine for long (a few months?) and I haven't gotten into a habit of using for everything it's capable of... but I do love it! OH - and the petit fours really aren't hard. Tedious maybe, but not hard!
Beautiful recipes to make one of the best shared desserts. I have looked for the right recipes for these for years. Thank you for sharing.
petite four on my list from so long...thanks for sharing the whole process....def. have to try but for the cake I'm going to go for eggless...
These look wonderful and just ordered the pans etc. to make them. I am wondering how much frosting is used and how much raspberry jam please? Do I just use plain raspberry jam? Should I heat it?
I think if it's spreadable, you wouldn't need to warm it. And I'm sorry - but I don't measure the frosting or filling but it doesn't take much. Maybe 1-2 cups of frosting and 1/2 cup of raspberry!?
hello... Love this... What frosting you use? I dont see the recipe..
There are links at the bottom of the post!
Yes ! Sorry! Orne ore thing... The frosting get hard? I try with another recipe.. And doesn't work 🙁 so, I need try again and you recipe looks good.. Thanks.. Im from México.. Sorry for my english ! 🙂
Unfortunately, these were a disaster. The cake was not good and I had to throw it away. I spent over $100 buying the pans etc. suggested so I had the right equipment. The cake was still raw after 40 mins but the toothpicks came out completely clean. The fondant also would not recommend. Even after it "set" it was somewhat sticky. I ended up using another cake recipe and somewhat salvaged them. The cream cheese buttercream is a fantastic recipe.
I'm so sorry you had such a bad experience. I've made them dozens of times and never had anything like that happen. I can't imagine what went wrong. They sell out like wildfire when I make them and they are truly one of my top recipes.
I just made these over the weekend for my sisters Mad Hatter Steampunk bridal shower and they were absolutely delicious. Followed the directions exactly except I subbed out Gluten Free (Cup 4 Cup) flour for regular flower. Nobody could tell they were GF and 2 people asked for the recipe. If these didn't turn out AMAZINGLY you must have not followed the directions properly.
I will be making these over and over and over again! Thank you for sharing your artistry with the net :-). Oh, and I wrote EAT ME on the tops with drizzle milk chocolate. We are still talking about them here at home.
Awww, thank you so much for your amazing feedback!! HaPpY dAnCe!!
I was just wandering about Gluten Free!! So glad to hear that you tried this with gluten free flour and it worked!!! Can't wait to make them!!
Time to make these again :-). Wanted to leave a note about using the GF flour. I've found Cup4Cup works the absolute best (no need to add anything to it)...and I started adding one more egg white to the recipe. Also - make sure that everything prior to adding your flour mixture is mixed extremely well/smooth. When adding the flour mix, make sure not to over mix. I stop the blender right after I've added the final bit of flour to it and my cake ends up nice and light. I've found with GF baking, over mixing is not a good thing - the batter turns out EXTREMELY sticky and then the cakes end up much more dense.
Thanks for the GF tips
I just can't seem to find the icing part of the recipe! Could someone please direct me?
It's linked to several times in the post but you can find it here: petit four icing
Thank you so much for your sweet comment and letting us know they worked GF! So great to know!
It happens sometimes. I can't figure it out either. Perhaps it could be because I used all organic ingredients. Oh well.
Tried these today. Cake, filling and cream cheese buttercream went fine, and tasted great. Poured fondant icing..... Biggest pain in the ....... Well, I can say I tried, but I won't be doing that again. Thanks for the tasty recipes anyway.
Will this cake batter make a 3 layer cake as well. I need a sturdy batter for tiered cakes. I've tried multiple ones but nothing seems sturdy enough. I don't want to use a traditional pound cake recipe.
Yes, I've used the recipe for a wedding cake. However, it's still very pound-cakey. Is that a word?? Haha! The bride that requested it absolutely loved pound cake and wanted that for her wedding cake.
I made these today using the exact same recipe for the cake and the fondant. It was a success! It took me a total of 4-5 hours to make them. I used an electric knife to cut the frozen cake into squares which made it very clean, fast, and easy!! I also used a ladle to pour the fondant. It was definitely messy but worth it! If you are not a fan of sugary, iced desserts than these might not be for you. I had a few people comment that they were really sweet. Those who like fruit pies, cobblers, and breads might find petit fours too much for their sweet tooth.
They are definitely sweeter than your average dessert - but in small bites... yum! Thanks so much for coming back and commenting! xx
was the poured fondant opaque enough to cover the filling? do you ever need to double dip them for complete coverage?
It doesn't make them completely white, but I'd be afraid to double dip them because this icing is really rich!
I wonder if u have heard abt bateel bakery? In the Middle East it's quite famous. They have a very different version of petit fours. I wud call them mini muffins. But they taste out of this world, very buttery. They do not have a sugar coating on them. Do u have any idea abt these, can u help on this front?
Hi, thank you so much for your recipes and advice on how to make the petit fours. I am excited to try it. I woke up this morning after having a dream about making them for my christmas party tonight. (After Christmas party). I was laying in bed thking how you would go about it. In my head I was thinking it was impossible, but i need to check pinterest. I found your post and I now know I would not be able to do it for tonight. It usually takes me twice to get it figured out. With your post I know I can do it when I have more time. Thank you so much for sharing.
You're very welcome - Happy New Year!
Do you by chance have a recipe for old-fashioned almond petit fours ... just cake and icing no filling ... I have searched high and low with no success of finding one with the airiness of the old-fashioned almond cake recipe.
I don't, sorry. But if I ever come across one, I'll try to remember to come back and share!
For Karen: What about Martha Stewart's recipe for almond petit fours?
Great suggestion, thanks!
Thanks...I'll check it out !
I made these for my daughters wedding shower last week. They were fantastic and I was shocked I could do it. I ran out of time and purchased the little decorations, but they came out just like yours! I wish I could post pictures i don't know how lol. I put the cakes on a fork and spooned the fondant over. Worked pretty good. THANK YOU SO MUCH
That's awesome Tara!! I'd love for you to email pics to me at rose(at)rosebakes(dot)com.
I was wondering if you ever found the recipe that you were looking for? It sounds like exactly what I am looking for with no luck either. 🙁
How do you get the petit four off the skewer after you dip it? Using my hands messes up the icing.
Above there is a video showing that she has the cooling rack elevated on cans, then sticks the skewer through one of the holes of the rack, and pulls the stick out from the bottom leaving the cake untouched on the rack.
Hi Karen, You can use your favorite white cake recipe and just add 1 tsp almond extract.
Just curious, what do you charge for 3 doz minimum order?
I rarely make them but I think I charged $45 last time for simple ones (no special decorations)... so $15/dozen.
Your recipe is my favorite! I was just wondering if I can half the recipe to make 65 instead of 130?
Thanks! I haven't ever tried but I don't see why not! Just use a smaller pan and you should be good to go!
Thank you and do you know what size would be good?
This is the one I use for a half batch: http://amzn.to/20QnypF.
I am Puleng, was wondering what I can substitute evaporated milk with...and is it powder milk.
What about a substitute for shortening.
I am making these and I'm very excited. I do have one question. What size cupcake liners are you using.?
They're #6 candy cups (1¼" base x ⅞” wall) found at Country Kitchen Sweetart: http://www.countrykitchensa.com/shop/packaging/white-candy-cup-6/39/601/593/619263/
I made this cake today and it wasn't anything like the consistency of pound cake...... I was very disappointed..... There was no way I could use it for petit fours. I went back and checked ingredients and directions I did everything as it said!!!
Sorry about that Vicky, but I assure you it's a pound cake recipe and I've baked it dozens and dozens of times with perfect results! I've even shared it in pound-cake form and it's a tried & true recipe! https://rosebakes.com/homemade-butter-pound-cake-recipe/
Thanks for your reply ..... I just can't figure out what could have gone wrong .... Oh well
Rose, I just looked at your pound cake recipe and it looks great. However, after trying a pound cake from a local famous bakery, I was in love! Your pound cake has texture and holes, while that pound cake looks as smooth as a piece of styrofoam (not appetizing example,sorry) and it has no air holes! Crazy! When a friend bought one for me for my birthday (she doesn't bake) I thought it looked awful. But then I tried it and I was in heaven (that's huge since I'm a bread girl vs a cake/sweets girl). I must find a way to recreate it! Same is true for the petit fours I buy locally - zero air holes, over the top flavor! Can you give me any input? I can send you pictures of both the pound cake and petit fours. Thank you!
Hey Rosanna - I have to say I don't think I've ever baked anything like that so I'm not going to be much help. This petit-four recipe is pretty dense, but not completely without holes. Sorry!
I made this cake and it is a winner!
I made these over the weekend.....was such a big project for me that I split it into two long, grueling days lol. But I did it! Thank you, Rose, for inspiring me to give these a try, as I learned so much and added another skill set to my list. They really turned out great.......took them for our church potluck and everyone loved them and gave me so many compliments! I definitely do have improvements to make, but I'll absolutely make these again so practice (hopefully) will make perfect!
I'm so very happy to hear that! They do get easier with practice! xx
Hi! To cut them into the squares, do you use a special knife? Or the sane tool you used to level? Thanks so much! Do you ever ship these? If you do, what is your shipping method?
I use a really harp smooth blade knife. And no - I've never shipped them!
I'm going to attempt these for my sister's baby shower. Is there anyway to make them a day or two ahead?
Well, you can make the cake, fill it and buttercream it ahead, then wrap it and freeze it until you're ready to do the poured icing but once you do the icing, I'm not sure how long they'll keep.
Hi i think i said this in another website of urs but anyway,i am in Year 9 and for my french project i have to make french food, i have decided to make petit fours and ur website helped a lot........i tried ur instructions and u were right, they turneed out to be PARFAIT!
thx for helping me! : )
Susan at RoseBakes.com
Hi Rhianna! So glad to hear your successful feedback! Hope you get a fantastic grade on your project!
Thankyou, i did well. I got a A- but I was one of the highest in the class!
I have been chosen to make something for a friends easter party and guess what I chose?
Not petit fours unfortunately, but i have made one of your bakes! (carrot tops for an easter cake and those bunny tail cake balls)
I am going to be making them with my mum and my sister!
Thanks again for your help! 🙂
I am so excited to try these for my daughters shower. Can I make them ahead of time and freeze them after they have been iced?
I've never tried that so I can't say for sure how they'd hold up.
I made these for a cocktail party around Valentine's this year and they were a HUGE hit! I used lemon extract in the cake and lemon curd in the middle and they were delish! And your cream cheese frosting is my new fave! My friends and family now want them for Easter but are requesting chocolate. Do you have a chocolate cake recipe you would recommend for petit fours? I was thinking I might just add cocoa powder but thought I would ask first before I experiment....why re-invent the wheel right?
I haven't ever made chocolate petit fours but I just googled it and oh-my-gosh the possibilities... I WILL be trying some recipes soon!! 🙂
Can you reheat the fondant icing if you don't use it all?
You know, waste not want not! 🙂
Yes, it will melt again!
Hi I was just wondering if you have the recipe for the raspberry filling? Thanks
Hi Brittany, I don't but it's really easy. I usually do about 1 cup of berries with 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar. Bring it to a boil, then turn it down on low and let it cook down to the desired consistency. It's super easy!!
Where can I buy your petit-fours?
How much per dozen? They look soooo delish!!!!! Can't wait to try them.
If they taste half as good as they look.... Wow!
Hi Cher - I only take orders locally! But thank you!
Hi Rose how much do you sell your petit fours,cupcakes and cookies for
My minimum is $20/doz on any of those, but generally more depending on the decorations.
Do you frost the bottom? If so, what method do you use?
I don't - sorry!
Oh, Rose, I tried these for a reception, and they were a huge hit! The cake was melt-in-your mouth scrumptious, and the poured frosting (I dipped) turned out smoothly. Guests assumed they were from a bakery and couldn't believe I made them at home. Thank you for sharing the recipes and clear instructions with pictures. I'm so proud of myself.
Awww - that's wonderful Suzie! I'm so, SO happy to hear this!!
I tried your recipe today. It looked great until I pulled it out of the oven. Then it sank. It was done, toothpick tested. The flavor is great. But after sinking, it's to thin to tort. It's like it's too oily.
Thank you. They look delectable! I'll try them for a homeschool project with my little girl. 🙂
You mentioned wanting to find a less messy way to coat these with icing-- in this tutorial they used a plastic fork with the middle two tines broken off to dip the cakes into the fondant, rather than pouring it over the top. I haven't tried it yet, but seems like it would give you the neater look and greater coverage you were looking for.
Hi Rose, I'm going to be trying this recipe very soon and was wondering, could I split the batter between two pans and stack the individual cakes rather than torting them?
Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by the blog. Yes, that would work great, too. Hope you enjoy them!
Those are gorgeous! Very 1920s 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing the recipe of the Petits Fours. I made my first one yesterday!!! It was for a first year birthday and they were a hit. They didn't look perfect on the sides but the flavor was out of this word. Thanks again
That's awesome - thank you for commenting! xx
Can you share the cake recipe? I can not find it.
Hi Phaedra, the recipe for the cake is listed at the bottom of the post right before the comments.
I am going to make the petit fours for my niece's wedding reception. What tip did you use for the rosettes? Thanks a lot. Wish me luck!
I used royal icing for those!
Thank you for your prompt response. What size decorating tip did you use for the petite roses? A Wilton 21?
I honestly don't remember but that looks about right.
I need to make some simple petit Fours for a Sorority Tea. Can I just make your Butter Cake recipe, cut into squares and cover with your Petit Four Icing recipe, or do I have to ice them first?
It's really up to you. I haven't ever had them without the icing, but you could certainly try them that way.
this is so neat, I love these, a lady at my work brings them to me every year, of course, she orders hers from Swiss Colony. 🙂 Can't wait to give these a try, yum! Tkx.
You're welcome - thanks for stopping by!
OMG ~ I lVe petit fours!!! I cannot wait to make these for the holidays! Thank you for sharing that beautiful e-mail and retagging the recipe !
Thanks so much! I just baked more today and we just can't ever get enough of them!
Ok so first off this recipe is absolutely delicious! The cake is amazing (I could hardly keep my family from eating it) and the combination of the jam, cake, and cream cheese frosting is to die for. It was so good and it also reminded me of this decadent Serbian sweet called Rosa Torta. They are completely different in how you make them and you need special ingredients from Serbia, but they somehow taste similar and it's awesome. One could call it "American-style Rosa Torta." It takes a while to make and I couldn't figure out how to properly cover the petit fours so I just put some frosting right on top. But besides that, these were an absolute hit with my family no doubt about it. Thank you for such an amazing recipe.
Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful comment Sarah! I'm thrilled that you loved the recipe and I absolutely have to look into this Rosa Torta!! 🙂
Thank you for the detailed instructions! I used family cake recipes but used your instructions and frosting recipe. After making the almond cake version, I used my remaining fondant and added a half recipe with dark chocolate chips for dark chocolate petit fours. It converted easily and worked beautifully. I will definitely make these again and want to try your cake recipe. 🙂
That's Great Charley - thank you!
This cake is taking much longer than 35 minutes to bake. I realized my pan is a bit smaller than 13x18, which is what I got from your link to Amazon. It is the Nordic brand 16.25x11.25. If that is the same as you are using it is not baking in 25-35 minutes. It is more like 45-50 minutes.
I have made this recipe twice with success! Everyone LOVES this recipe. My only question is I got asked to make someone chocolate petit fours. I want to use the same three recipes you provided because they are just so good. Do you have any recommendations on how to go about this with your recipes? Thank you!
I'm so glad to hear that ya'll love it! I've honestly never tried to make them chocolate. I know one of my readers melted chocolate chip instead of white chocolate in the icing and she raved that it was fabulous. I also know you can add cocoa powder or melted chocolate to the cream cheese frosting and it's delish. My one hang-up is not knowing how to translate the cake to chocolate. That would probably just take some trial and error. I wish I could be more helpful!
This is a very good recipe. I unfortunately didn't split the cake right and the thinner part was on the bottom making te little cakes top heavy. What I would do next time is not use the cream cheese frosting because I'm live in the south and it's just too hot to work with especially pouring the fondant over it was cause the frosting to melt. I will say though that your frosting is awesome and will be my go to for cream cheese frosting moving forward. I had to keep the cake in the deep freezer as I worked with it since I used different colored fondant, which I won't do again because it's a hassle. I also would advise against frosting on top if you are in a hot environment because it just makes a mess. This was my first time making petite fours and learned a lot and will make again using this recipe. I also think this recipe will work for many cake project because it's sturdy and delicious
Would the cake or poured icing be damaged by adding a little color? Considering making them for a baby shower and decorating them like books and would like to do a couple of pretty colors. Psyched to do the petite fours, though, because the glaze is so much prettier, easier and tastier than trying to use fondant.
Not at all! I've colored the icing a few times myself!
Im going to try your recipe next week. just have to make time; ITs looks lovely.
I want to make some cakes to offer for my daughters wedding and these look beautiful.. However I haven't baked for years.....
If I want to make it for the wedding - I guess I could do some preparation before hand and freeze? Maybe not the best - but I think Il'' have loads of 'last minute' things to do the week before and I'm working so can you advise me please.
Read through the comments - I think others have discussed freezing. I personally have frozen the cake before slicing and pouring icing over and it's done well.
So impressed with the detailed instructions, I signed up for your daily emails.
You have a lovely site.
I used all of the recipes you gave, and my baby shower petit fours (my first attempt!) turned out perfect!! I've even had several inquiries from other guests wanting cakes done, and I'm not even s baker! Thank you for your detailed instructions! (I would post a photo, but it won't let me!)
I'm so, SO happy to hear it!! That's just awesome!
I'm in the process of creating this recipe. It's in the oven and waiting now... I will comment back with the final result. Thanks for making this recipe easy and detailed for us home bakers. 🙂
I hope you love it as much as I do!
Hi, just wondering if these freeze well? Making them a few days in advance and not sure how to best store them. Thank you
What an amazingly informative and helpful tutorial! You rock!
Awww, thank you!! xx
I do not have access to shortening... what would you recommend instead of this?
There's really not a good substitute, I'm sorry.
I made these for our school for Valentines. 60 of them! And they were a hit. Now have an order for 48 more! That was my first e perience with Petit Fours and your instructions made it so easy! Thanks so much!!!
That's awesome to hear! Thank you 🙂
Can these be made ahead of time. After I pour the glaze on top, can they be frozen until the event?
Hi Judie, I've actually never tried freezing them after glazing them. I've frozen the whole sheets before cutting, but that's it. Sorry!
Hello can these be made ahead of time. Can they be frozen after they are completely made?
Hi Rose, I've been searching for a Petit Four recipe that comes close to the ones I buy at a local bakery. They have virtually no air holes in the cake! All my recipes come out with air holes and I see that from your photos, your recipe also yields air holes. While there are no holes, the petit fours are simply divine (and I'm wouldn't say I have a sweet tooth). I'm reminded of a local famous bakery that makes a pound cake, which also has no air holes! At first, I thought that it's going to be awful, but then I was in pound cake heaven! I'm trying to figure out how to create these 2 recipes - I can send you photos to show you the inside of these if you like. Doesn't seem to be over mixing is the reason, because it's the taste as well as no holes. Thanks for any input you may have!
Just made another batch of these and got another order!! My question is about the icing. Mine comes out a cream color. It is white until I add the white chocolate. Tastes great though! What brand do you use to make it come out Snow White?
To get it really white, substitute bright white candy melts like these: http://amzn.to/2oAthWc .
Can i use all butter ?
Is the cake already formatted for high altitude baking or do adjustments need to be made? Cooking at almost a mile high here in Albuquerque!
No ma'am - I don't know anything about baking in high altitude or how to adjust recipes for that. Sorry!
Deborah A Gertz
My baking group made these petit fours this past Saturday, and the cake recipe was perfect. My cake was not even on all sides. Do you have a suggestion to know when the cake batter is even? The icing did not make enough for all of the little cakes. I guess I need to double it?
It is hard to get it perfectly even. I just spread it as evenly as I can and use a cake spatula to smooth the top before baking. As far as the icing - did you recycle the icing that dripped off? I scrape it up and reuse and I don't usually run out.
Do you ice them twice?
I don't, but I have a friend who did.
Great recipe, and you make it looks so easy. Thank you for sharing. Do you sell them by dozen? How much do you charge for them?
I charge by the dozen with a 2 dozen minimum and I charge $15/dozen if they're plain. If I add decorations, the price increases.
Thank you!!! Thank
I will be trying this in the next few days
I've made this recipe three times, and it's worked well every time. The last time I used lemon extract. Great suggestion!! My co-workers have pretty much demolished the petit fours.
Awesome to hear - thank you for reading 🙂
I wonder if you'll see this....
How far in advance can I make these? Do they keep for a week or so with the white chocolate icing?(I'd probably exclude the cream cheese filling BC of needing to prepare a few days early)
When I make them more than a day ahead, I freeze them. I haven't ever tried to keep them for a week unfrozen. I think they'd probably be too dried out.
I just made these. Awesome recipe!!!
Now i just have to work on presention. Mine do not look as beautiful as yours but thank you so much. Will save these recipes.
July 12, 2017
This is a very good recipe, the cake is awesome it is so soft and moist even after freezing and once you make the easy very delicious poured fondant and cover them they become moister on another level. They literally melt in your mouth. Two bites of heaven.
Excellent cake recipe, measurements of ingredients and directions for preparing are on target.
Excellent full coverage poured fondant, measurements of ingredients and directions for preparing are on target. Can't mess it up. I even added a little more water here and there when it started thickening and it still gave super coverage. I used my nu wave pic gold using the glass bowl I cooked the fondant in over a pot of water on the lowest watt setting on low and was able to keep the fondant liquid. Because I am not a master baker and am slow, I did need to add a little water here and there to keep the icing from becoming too thick because that setting on the pic, low watt and low will only keep things warm. Without the nu wave pic gold I would have had to reheat several times. I did make it on my range and only used the pic gold to keep it warm and liquid so I could take my time. Again I say you can't mess up this icing.
Thank you very much for sharing your awesome recipe for the petit fours and for sharing your recipe for the poured fondant.
Complainers, get a life.......
Thank you so much for your lovely review!
I just bought fondant icing for petit fours. I am used to a fondant icing on my petit fours when I used to buy them in Toronto about 100 years ago.
Can I use fondant icing for your recipe?????
Do you mean fondant that is rolled out? I've never used that type on petit fours. Or maybe that you're calling fondant icing is not what I call fondant.
Rose thanks for all you do.I need help deciding which Agbay to buy...im a hobby baker and i never plan to start a business selling cakes so which Agbay would u recommend? I like the price of the Agbay Jr. Single Blade Cake Leveler but I'm ok with going for the Agbay Single Blade Cake Leveler too...but is it worth it ?
Hi Liz - I've never owned the smaller version so I can't really compare the two. I bought the larger one because I do big wedding cakes and the petit-fours.
Rose u r so sweet by replying quickly...i have 1 more question..do u own the single blade or the double blade?
I would love to make them for my fathers birthday in a few days. But I am from Germany and we don't have shortening or evaporated milk here. Is there anything I can substitute it with or do you have another cake recipe I could use for petit fours?
Would love the entire recipe for the petit fours. Thanks so much!
The recipes are linked in the post or you can click here for the cake : https://rosebakes.com/homemade-butter-pound-cake-recipe/ AND here for the icing : https://rosebakes.com/petit-four-icing-poured-fondant/.
TYVM. I have those but i thought there was a recipe and directions together. Sorry for my confusion.
Do you frost the bottoms and if so, how?
I do not.
Omg, those look SO YUMMY! Just the pics had me drooling! The ones with the stars are awesome!
On the petit four Icing can you omit the Almond? I am not a fan of almond extract. Would you use more vanilla?
Absolutely - you could use more vanilla or lemon or whatever flavor suits your fancy!
What are your thoughts on whether you have to torte (split) the cake or could you bake the 2 layers separately like with Italian Wedding cookies?
Just made this. It's in the freezer now. Didn't get to taste it yet. But my fiance devoured the pieces. And he's not much of a cake person! The only part I had problems is putting the cream cheese icing on the raspberry. It wanted to blend together. Did I put too much berry on it? I had to put more milk in part of the icing to get it more spreadable. save the rest for decoration, which is perfect for piping.
Wow – what an informative blog site – i need to spend more time here and intend to do so .
My sister and I tried this recipe out and it turned out great! We are looking for a chocolate cake recipe that would work for petit fours. Do you have any?
So glad you enjoyed them! I would suggest this durable chocolate cake recipe: https://rosebakes.com/star-wars-birthday-cake-durable-chocolate-cake-recipe/
I’m going to be brave and try the petit fours, but my questions are how far I advanced do you make these and how long do they keep after they are cut and frosted?
I usually finish them and deliver to client the same day or next day. I've never kept them much past 2 days to knwo for sure how long they'll keep.
Perfection!!! These made for beautiful Christmas gifts with Christmas related items piped on top. I will be making at least 3 more batches the next two weeks.
Thank you so much ☺️
Awesome - you're welcome!! Merry Christmas!!
ready to try this for first time
This is only my second Christmas using petit fours. I used a different recipe that people enjoyed, but the cake wasn’t as moist as I’d have liked and the frostings recipe I used was just too thin and didn’t set right. I am working on frosting these now and they are just beautiful and taste great- this recipe has boosted my confidence in petit four making! I do find them super tedious and Frost a dozen or so per day. I did find that the frosting seems to get sticky after being refrigerated and coming out to room temp- probably the condensation. I will try protecting in the Tupperware with layers of wax paper and wrap to see if that helps, as these will be included in cookie boxes that go out over the next week to friends and family. I know they will be well loved and that this will be my go-to recipe next year. Thank you!
Awww, I'm so, so happy to hear it Renee! I pray you have a Merry Christmas!!
I found a use for the “trimmings” and some extra petit fours I didn’t ice because I ran short of icing. I took off a bit of the top layer of frosting—to keep the sweetness down—and discarded it. Then mashed up what was left: cake, frosting, raspberry jam. Put about 10 raspberries through a strainer and added the resulting puree to the mix. Added 1 TBS of Chambord. Mixed to a soft paste. I rolled it into balls (about 25g each), froze them, then rolled them in melted dark chocolate. Got about 2 dozen truffles. Delicious. 🙂
That sounds amazing! Merry Christmas!
@Holly - Thank you, Holly, for the suggestion and great idea. I, too, ended up with extra ingredients and I was wondering (apart from gaining 10 lbs by eating it all myself!) "what should I do with the extra!?" Thanks!
@Rose - I am your biggest fan! I think I have logged in 10,000 hours on your website over the last few years. I love getting inspired by your website before endeavoring to make a celebration cake for my family. I love this petit four recipe and I really appreciate your step-by-step instructions! You are fantastic! Thank you!
OMG I've always wanted to make these, but I've lost my baking desire as I've gotten older.
If you lived around the corner, I'd be hiring you to make these for me, they look fabulous !!!!
I do use smuckers seedless raspberry jam in the middle of my layer cakes with a bit of frosting, have for years and years, it's so yummy, vanilla or chocolate cake, especially chocolate (my fave)
I will try your recipe though, sounds yummy, and cut cake in 1/2 and make it into a square layer cake
Your recipe sounds delicious! Does the addition of the white chocolate chips add a chocolate flavor to the icing? Thanks so much for lovely blogs!!
Hi Faricha! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Since white chocolate chips have a vanilla tasting flavor, it doesn't add chocolate flavor. It helps make the icing more opaque.
we made your petit fours and they tasted delicious!
Everything went really well, except putting the liquid fondant on, it was just really finicky.
The petit four tasted REALLY good, just the liquid fondant was a little rich.
So I was wondering if I could substitute the liquid fondant with chocolate or white ganache?
How can I print the entire Petit Fours recipe with step by step instructions? Can you email it to me?
The recipe has as print button in the upper right corner. You can also enter your email in the box with the pink header and it will be sent to you.
II want to make these for a family get together. HAVE you ever used the round petit four cutters on these, if so is there a trick. Does be cake we well with that?
I haven't ever used round but I'm sure it would work just as easily! You can see how I do hearts in this post. Thanks!
I just tried this recipe. mine seems more dense and buttery. after I took it out of the oven to cool it sank down a bit .. what did i do wrong?
What kind of shortening did you use?
You mentioned that you had a video that would tell us how to cover these petit fours with out ladling the frosting on top. I am new to your site.
Yes, it's embedded in the post just below the "Update..." note. Thanks!
Yes, it's same for me. I see where you said "Here’s a short (informal) video of how I did it:" but I don't see the video under this or a link to it. 🙁
I'm not sure why you can't see it - it's showing on my end. I'm sorry!
I paused my AdBlock and then reloaded the page and was able to see the video. Check to see if you have an extension or plugin that is blocking ads.
I've seen pound cake recipes that use marzipan as one of the ingredients in the batter. Of course you would have to "pulverize" it first. Can you incorporate that into this recipe and would I omit some of the butter or shortening if so.
I'm gonna be honest and say I have absolutely no idea. I've only used marzipan once and I was not happy with the results so I haven't used it again.
Can I freeze them after they are iced or can I make them the day before?
I have torted and filled the sheet, then put the top layer of buttercream on and frozen the whole sheet. I have never tried freezing them after they were cut and the poured icing was on them. I have made them a day before and kept them refrigerated with no problem.
Can you leave the cake in the freezer for longer than an hour? If so, do I need to partially defrost them before putting the final icing on them? Thanks!!
Yes, I've frozen it for days at a time between orders. And I still take it straight out and start cutting/dipping.
Have you ever tried strong dental floss to slice the top from the bottom?
Would strong dental floss also be helpful in making straight, clean and fast slices?
Petit Fours have been on my list for so long. This Sunday I'm having a tea party at my home for my students. I'm making these and tiny crustless finger sandwiches. Today is my trial run.
Hi Helene, thanks for stopping by the blog. If you try the dental floss to cut, please let us know how it turned out for you!
I made these and they were pretty easy. I found the right pan on clearance at WallyWorld, too. They were SUCH a hit. They are really, really sweet so I could only eat one but they are delicious. I brought the leftovers to a meeting and the ladies loved them. The rest went to a church for a funeral since my friend had to bring something and asked if she could bring the rest (I was looking to get them GONE as hubby and I did not need them around to tempt us.) My sisters both wanted to try them so I did freeze some and they freeze wonderfully. I also made them a day ahead and then had some left after Easter - they held up fine for several days. When I froze them I wrapped them individually. I want to try them with lemon so badly but we absolutely don't need them here so I hope an occasion comes up soon. Thanks for the great instructions and recipe. Oh, I used two cans of cream cheese frosting and they worked fine. Saved me a little work. 🙂
Thanks so much for your feedback Laurie! I'm glad you love them as much as I do 😉
I haven't tried this yet but it seems A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I've been looking for a great petifour recipe for so long! Im so thankful.
Finally success!! Thank you so much for the step by step info! Your very first paragraph could have been written by me. I've alwasys been fascinated by petit fours but I was not happy with my first few attempts. Then, I found your website. You put in more than enough detailed information and links to help me understand what I needed to do differently. The petit fours turned out beautiful today! Thanks again.
Happy 4th of July!
Yay!! I'm SO happy to hear it Anna! xx
The second time I made this cake it came out extremely dense-what do you think I could’ve done wrong
I have been looking for a how to on petit fours. Yours was great. I made them for a tea party and they were a hit. Thank you. Sheila Roberts
Thanks Sheila - I'm so happy to hear it!
Really good lovely post for me.
I used your cake & fondant recipe and OH MY!!! It is so delicious. It was my first time making them and they turned out pretty good. I made them for a dinner for our local historical society. I baked, split, filled and froze the cake earlier in the week and finished them this morning. I started early in case it was a failure - then I'd have time to bake cupcakes 🙂 They got lots of oohs & aahs when I delivered them. Hubby & I shared the trimmings - just to be sure they were REALLY good - and they were. I did have a problem with the white chocolate chips melting at 92 degrees, so had to raise the heat some, AND I forgot the corn syrup, which probably makes them easier to dip, but I got it done!!! I will certainly be making these again. And some of the "oopsies" disappeared once they were in their paper cups.
Can I use vegetable shortening instead?
I use Crisco - which is vegetable shortening.
About how many does a single recipe make?
It depends on what size you cut the but I usually end up with 7-8 dozen.
I really wanted to make petit fours for my friend's baby shower. I had never made them before and was a little nervous. I followed your tutorial including the update about dipping them in the fondant. Your tutorial was very clear and easy to follow for a beginner. They were perfect: nice flavor, texture and moisture were right for all elements, the cake was easy to torte without breaking, and they looked really professional. They truly were the talk of the party. Thank you for the excellent tutorial!
Thanks SO much Laura! xx
Hi there, I just stumbled upon these and I made the cake today. Unfortunately the corners of my cake were over done and the top layer of cake was under done. Any suggestions? I double and triple checked my amounts. Everything was right.
Did you use the large size jelly roll pan that I mentioned? It has to be spread out pretty thin and evenly.
I love your petit fours! They look beautiful! I was wondering what piping tip did you use for the rosettes? And can you explain how you made the rosettes? Thank you!
I think it was a #22 star tip. it's been awhile ago. But I pipe them onto parchment with royal icing, let them harden, and then transfer them to the petit fours OR I simply pipe them straight on and let them dry!
Soooooo... followed the recipe to a T and it exploded out of my cake pan... what did I do wrong??
My first thought is what size pan did you use? Are you certain it was the size recommended in the post? I've never had it overflow.
What's Alison F's tip for icing the squares instead of the ladle? Your video isn't there anymore. I have the cake made. Would love to ice them today. (:
These turned out so wonderful! I did not have any tart filling like you recommended, so I used blueberry jam and the cream cheese frosting you suggested.
At first they were too sweet. My 11-year-old suggested that we inject them with something tart. I thought that was impossible at first and then realized that they all have a hole in the bottom because of being dipped on a skewer. We used medicine droppers to put a milliliter of lemon juice in each one and they were WONDERFUL! It was a surprisingly easy fix that I thought might be useful for others.
Thank you for the recipe!
I have used this recipe several times and petit fours have ALWAYS come out PERFECTO every time. I also use this recipe when I make cakes in a jar. Im also thinking about using this recipe for a full cake. The flavor and texture is just AMAZING!!! I will see if it works.
I use the recipe to make a pound cake and it is incredible! Thanks for the wonderful feedback!
So great to hear! Thanks for stopping by!
I love petit fours! I have to disagree with ladles vs dipping. It's much faster to ladle than dip each one & you still get to save the icing from the pan beneath. Love your icing recipe. Thanks
The high rack and stick idea! Brilliant AF!
Going to try making these very soon...If they all turn out they will be on platters for a Mother Daughter Tea this Spring for 120 Ladies. Wish me luck...I make pastries & these seam to be very light & tasty. They look relatively hard to make but with your recipe & exclamations I think they maybe easier than I had anticipated. Thank You Rose
I am making these for 2nd baby shower since my first ones were so good and very pretty. This could get me making them often. Such great recipe. Thank you. Perfect.
You're welcome ❤️️
Taste is lovely. But... My cake itself seemed kinda coarse in texture. Didn't really remind me of pound cake. Is that normal? Almost reminds me of corn bread in texture? Can you describe the texture and crumb? I just can't tell if I did them right....
I have no idea why it would have that texture. That has definitely not been my experience and if you read through the comments, I don't think you'll find any others with that complaint.
Hi this is my first attempt at making petit fours, I used a glaze instead of the poured fondant recipe you provided, is there a way you recommend to store my petit fours till Saturday morning?
Hi this is my first attempt at making petit fours, I used a glaze instead of the poured fondant recipe you provided. Is there a way you recommend to store them till Saturday morning that won’t affect the taste?
I have just stumbled across your site when I was checking some recipes on Petit Fours, and I noticed that your cake of choice was a pound cake?
Is this due to it being a denser of a cake compared to a sponge cake?
I was just wondering, have you ever tried to do it with an Angel cake as a base?
Honestly, it wasn't a choice so much as I asked a cake mentor and she said that's how they were made, so that's how I've always made them!
You are really skillful, looking very nice and delicious
How many petit fours can you get from this recipe
It depends on how big you cut them but I usually get around 80 petit fours when I cut them 1.25 inches square.
Hey you’ve linked multiple pans with different dimensions. Is your pans 18x13x2 or 18x13x1 ?
Hmmm... the links should've all gone to the same pan. I use this Nordicware Half Sheet Pan: https://amzn.to/2Xxhrtn.
Can I make these all the way and then freeze them for a week or two more? I’d like to make a batch but wouldn’t have a place to use that many.
I do freeze them as a sheet, before covering in icing. Usually I cut off what I need, then wrap and freeze the rest of the sheet. I have never tried freezing them after they're frozen.
What was the tip the lady gave you about ladeling the icing? I would have done just as you did.
She gave me the tip on dipping!
Both times I’ve made this recipe, the cake almost overflows the pan and then after I remove the cake from the oven (after 35 min baking and a clean toothpick in the center) it collapses. Hard. It becomes a crater cake. Is that normal? It loses at least half an inch or more of height in the cake. I find it very frustrating because then the cake is super dense and because it’s so much shorter, torting the cake becomes much more difficult.
I'm really sorry to hear this Lindsey. Are you sure you're using the same size pan as I have listed? I've never had my cake overflow.
Excellent information and fabulous recipes. I made my first batch yesterday using your butter (pound) cake recipe and Petit Four icing (raspberry jam filling). Outstanding!!!!!! I just made another cake to try a different filling (lemon). Great instruction which helped me make very pretty petit fours. I can't wait to make this second batch. Your instruction and tips are great! And the dipping/skewer thru the rack idea is brilliant! Makes for such a nicer finished product. I haven't been able to pull myself away from making these long enough to look for a chocolate icing recipe. I do hope there is one. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I can't wait to scour the reset of your website.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I don't have a great chocolate petit four recipe yet, but I'm always on the lookout!
Couldn’t see the video about the alternate way to frost....
I got that fixed - the vido should show now!
I also don't see the link for the video- alt. way to frost vs. ladle.
Do you have an ad blocker on? It might be blocking my video.
I made the cake the other day. Baked it in the same size pan as you did, same temp as you did for 35 minutes. The toothpick came out clean from the center but I had spots where it was still gooey. While cooling it sunk and was gummy. Could Walmart brand flour cause this or over mixing? I usually use Robin Hood.
There are so many factors that could affect cake. Is your oven temp consistent? Is your baking powder old? I have used Walmart flour with no problems so unless its old, I don't think that alone would cause it to fail.
Your recipe sounds really good and I'm excited to make it for my mom's birthday but I have one issue: I'm from Germany and we don't use cups for measuring here so I'm wondering what kind of cup you are using. Maybe you could tell me how much water it holds in ml?
And another question: Sour cream translates to multiple similar things here. If you know the fat percentage or even better the product name that would greatly help me.
Thank you and have a great day!!
Hi Fynn - a "cup" is a pretty standard measurement in the United States - you can google "cups to ..." and convert any measurement that way. And I'm not sure what to tell you about sour cream. Again, here in the United States, that's a very specific product. This article (chart at the bottom) might help: http://hanseata.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-pantry-cream-or-sahne-dairy.html
I made there yesterday in preparation for an “at home” afternoon tea my husband and I will do this afternoon as part of our anniversary celebration. (We often go out for afternoon tea to celebrate special events, but then there was Covid . . .). I made them slightly larger, since we don’t need too many, and used a homemade marzipan buttercream. I sampled a small one yesterday . . . amazing! Many thanks for this great recipe! Will need to perfect my pour over icing job, though. Perhaps next time, will try the toothpick method you showed.
Great tutorial that made what could be a demanding dessert within the grasp of anyone wanting to make a special dessert. Glad I found your knowledge and my kids loved the results. I used quarter sized sheet pans to eliminate the need to cut the cake in half when using the half sheet pans. Worked great for my freezer that can't handle a half sheet size. The icing dipping video was brilliant - made it so easy and much less messy.
In the Petit Four recipe you indicate you have a video on how to cover the little cakes but it does not show up on the page. Could you send me a link to it?
For whatever reason, my computer does not show the alternate method vs ladling to cover the cakes with the petit four icing that was mentioned. The short video isn't visible.
Can I please know the recipe for the filling and the glaze you have posted for this cake. I am scrolling down to see the link but I couldn’t find one.
Hi Ayesha, the raspberry filling is here: https://rosebakes.com/raspberry-filling-for-cakes/
the cream cheese frosting is here: https://rosebakes.com/cream-cheese-buttercream-frosting/
and the petit four icing is here: https://rosebakes.com/petit-four-icing-poured-fondant/
What was Alison F's recommendation for frosting petit fours? You mentioned an informal video but there was no link.
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I haven’t made these yet but I plan on making them this weekend for my Christmas Gift Bags I make every year for immediate family❣️I make a Sour Cream Pound Cake every year for Christmas which is a tried and true family recipeI have been baking for years so I know a few tricks of the trade that may help with the holes and unevenness of the cake mixAfter I put all the mixed cake batter in the baking pan; I then shake the baking pan slightly from side-to-side to ensure cake batter is even in all cornersThen I pick the baking pan up off the counter just slightly and drop the pan back on the countertop to eliminate all lumps and bumps (air pockets) in the batter as a result from the mixingThese lumps are actually air pockets in the batter that will leave holes in your baked cake if not eliminated before bakingI hope this helps some of your reader’s experiencing holes in their baked cakes Thank you for this recipe and the suggestions given to achieve outstanding Petit Fours even for the novice bakers Merry Christmas to all and Happy Baking❣️
Oh my goodness, these are wonderful! I have tried petit fours off and on over the past 12ish years and this is the first time that they turned out well enough that I felt comfortable sharing them. I made them for a tea party my young children wanted to have with their grandparents this Valentine's day and to help make it special I thought I would give petit fours another try. Following your recipe exactly, they were beautiful and tasted wonderful. The dipping method worked so well!! I think it has been the rolled fondant in the past that always held me up, or trying to spread icing... this was WONDERFUL!!!
It does make a huge batch, but reading your freezing advice I prepared and decorated a plate for St. Patrick's day. I had already forgotten about them but saw them tonight when I pulled something else out of the freezer - PERFECT timing!! Now we will enjoy these little beauties again tomorrow night :). Next up in a batch with a lemon filling.
Question - I followed instructions, pictures and video and used the cooling rack to pop the skewer out of the iced frozen cake piece. Do you have advice on how to avoid the deep ridges that the cooling rack leaves in the bottom? That is the only part that isn't perfect on these.
Thank you for the recipe!!
Awww, it makes me so happy to hear this!!
This recipe has great flavor. I love it! I need practice leveling my layers and spreading out the batter, but otherwise, it was perfect!
So happy to hear it! They do get easier!
I made these last week for a bridal shower. I made the cake, did the torting, spread on the jam ( I used strawberry because the bride doesnt like raspberries.) I had honey buttercream left from another dessert I had made the day before, so I used that. Then froze and cut the squares.It was lovely. Then I made the icing and started dipping the squares. I did about 12 and my daughter and I decided to taste them. We didn't care for them with the icing. It covered up all of the layers of flavor. So I left them undipped for the shower. They were still very cute, dainty and fancy...and delicious.
These are by and far the BEST petit fours I've ever made! Your instructions were perfect and I'm still getting compliments a week later about them. Thank you SO MUCH!!
This is my go to petit fours recipe. Works perfectly every time! Do you have any suggestions for how to scale for a quarter sheet (9x13) and a square pan (8x8)? I need a smaller batch option. Thank you so much!!
To tort (a new word for me, Thank you!) a sheet cake, I'd prefer to cut it first into 3 smaller pieces (easier to handle), then split each piece twice into three layers so I can add 2 layers of filling... even use different colors of jam or whatever in each piece so I'd have more variety.
I misplaced my decades old petit fours recipe and this one looks similar. Can't wait to try it.
One tip I've always used for cutting the squares is a brand new hacksaw blade. They're only a couple dollars at Lowe's or Home Depot. It works much better than most kitchen serrated knives.
I had a lot of fun trying this recipe because I like a good challenge! 🙂 I have a habit of not following recipes which was the case here too, but I really enjoyed reading the details of the blog and the comments on others’ experiences and questions too.
I prefer less-sweet desserts which is not exactly possible with this recipe but wanted to share that I followed the cake recipe to a T, as you cannot reduce sugar in a cake and still have it bake correctly, but I was able to reduce the sugar in both the cream cheese frosting and the fondant without mishap, it came out great! I also reduced almond extract because it’s not my favorite.
The last thing. I wanted to share is that I do not recommend trying to make these petit fours bigger than rose described. I did, and I regretted it. Instead of torting the cake, I just split the sheet cake in half snd put one half on top of the other. (My sheet cake came out to just under 1” tall and I used a 12x18.) The finished product was 2” tall by 1.25” square. I used the skewer dipping method (while frozen) which worked well. I had to thin the fondant significantly compared to its recipe in order to get it dippable (I used water and lemon juice to thin, and nearly doubled the amount of liquid it called for) and I had to have it greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit which caused my raspberry filling to run immediately upon dipping. I didn’t mind this though as it tasted great. 🙂 I’m very curious how it’s possible to apply the fondant with only the prescribed volume of liquid! The consistency of the fondant in the dipping video is not the consistency I achieved by following the fondant recipe at all. The other thing about dipping is you really have to make a significant amount more fondant than what you’re going to end up using because it needs to be a deep vat of fondant up til your last petit four!
Thank you for the fun tutorial. 🙂
Thank you for your thoughtful comment!