Easy Recipe for Not-So-Perfect Petit Fours


I have always loved to bake. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, so I do a lot of baking for my family.

These little cakes may not look impressive, but they taste amazing.

These little cakes may not look impressive, but they taste amazing.

Have you ever tried to make petit fours, pronounced "pe•ti foor"? They're no joke. What are these tasty desserts? They are small, bite-sized cakes.

I tried to make them from an old war cookbook; it didn't work. They looked so pretty in the book, but I just couldn't get them right. I tried making them from a recipe in a magazine too, but that didn't work either. Magazines always make things look easy, but my little cakes were all flops. The good thing is, though I make lots of flops in the kitchen, I just keep going.

These little petit fours are not perfect, but they turn out very cute and very delicious. If you want your petit fours to be perfect, then you will have to call Martha Stewart.

How to Make Petit Fours

You can make them for parties, bridal or baby showers. They will make an impression. I combined different recipes to come up with my recipe. They are relatively easy, but they do take a little time because you have to put them in the freezer for a while before you dip and decorate them. I did what you see above in about an hour once I took them out of the freezer.

Decorate the tops any way you want, with nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles, sugars, a piece of fruit, just about anything. The best icing to use is cupcake icing in the can to give whatever you’re putting on the top more sticking power. The cupcake icing comes in all different colors including chocolate, with four different tips. Decorate with flowers on the top then added sprinkles. You can just do a scribble design with the cupcake icing.

They can be made up in different colors for each holiday. You can get a lot fancier than I did, but they'll be a hit no matter what!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

1 min

1 hour 31 min

This will make about 20 cakes (1 inch x 1 inch).

Items You Will Need

  • 2 measuring cups
  • One skewer
  • Piece of parchment paper or freezer paper
  • Wire rack
  • Knife, fork and spoon


  • 1 store-bought pound cake
  • 1 to 2 cans whipped frosting
  • 1 can cupcake icing
  • 3 to 5 sprinkles and sugars
  • 1 package food coloring


  1. Cut the top off of the cake to make it flat, but leave the rest of the crust.
  2. Cut your cake into about 1 inch x 1-inch squares. They don't have to be perfect. If your way off or they're leaning sideways, that's ok too.
  3. Once they're cut, place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Freezing is the key to this recipe. I think that is what makes the recipe work.
  4. Get your wire rack ready by putting the parchment or freezer paper under it.
  5. Place whipped frosting in the microwave for about 10 seconds until frosting is thin enough to dip your cake in. You may have to do it two or three times; all microwaves are different. Just make sure not to burn it or get it too hot. Don't let it go more than 10 seconds at a time. When you take it out of the microwave, use your knife to mix it around in the measuring cup.
  6. Add your food coloring now, just very tiny drops at a time. Mix with a knife again. You may have more than one cup made up of frosting if you want different colors. If you do only microwave one at a time.
  7. Remove your cake from the freezer. Put it on the skewer and dip it into microwave frosting. Remove from skewer by slipping a fork underneath the skewer and placing on the wire rack. You may have to use your finger to get it off the fork. It should be covered, but if not, spoon some of the frosting over the top and let it run down the edge. If you see any bare spots, just fill them in with a little dab of frosting. When you're done dipping if you have frosting left, spoon over top of each cake.
  8. Use cupcake frosting to decorate the top of the petit fours.

More Versions

These are the petit fours made for my niece's baby shower. I used chocolate for the flower. They went over well at the party; everyone loved them and they were gone in no time.

I know they say they're easy to make and they are if you do it my way, but they are not if you try to get to perfect with them. So keep it simple and you won't get frustrated making them. You could use small cookie cutters to cut out shapes in your pound cake.

You can also melt your frosting in a small crock pot the kind that is used for dips. I did that this time because I had so many to make and it worked well.

In my old wartime cookbook, they are featured in the front of the book. I think they are something that were made all the time then and have become popular again.

Another way to make them is to use poured fondant as seen on youtube, the video below.

Please Rate "My Easy Not So Perfect Petits Fours."

Poured Fontant

© 2012 moonlake


moonlake (author) from America on December 15, 2013:

Au fait, Yes they would be. They can be decorate so pretty. Thanks for stopping by and for the pin.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 13, 2013:

I love these things! Pinned this to my 'Fabulous Deserts,' board. They would be so yummy and pretty for a Christmas gathering.

moonlake (author) from America on September 19, 2013:

CraftytotheCore, Thank you for stopping by. The tea sounds nice I wouldn't mind going to one.

CraftytotheCore on September 18, 2013:

I've never made them, but yours are lovely! I had an opportunity to sit in on tea time once at a restaurant. They served these as well as cucumber sandwiches and an assortment of delicious goodies.

moonlake (author) from America on May 24, 2013:

BkCreative, Your welcome so glad your stopping by. You got me thinking about these little cakes and how good they are.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on May 23, 2013:

This is so perfect - even I can do this right away! What I like is that it is a cute little controlled portion and helps prevent us all from being hogs. I'll do this - yay! And thanks!

moonlake (author) from America on April 20, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, They are good. Thank you for stopping by.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on April 18, 2013:

I've never tried to make petit-fours, but these sound delicious!

moonlake (author) from America on January 30, 2013:

frogyfish, Your welcome and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoyed your visit to my kitchen.

frogyfish on January 30, 2013:

moonlake, your words are so sensible and instructive...just an invitation to join you in making these little cakes. It sounds delightful just reading, to have a conversation with you as we work on the dipping and decorating together. Thank you for a fun time here!

moonlake (author) from America on January 30, 2013:

Au fait, They are do-able. The main thing is not to worry that they are all exact size and all of that, it will drive you crazy. Thanks for the vote.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 28, 2013:

I love petit fours and both versions here look great to me. They look a lot more do-able than I thought they would be too! Voted up!

moonlake (author) from America on January 27, 2013:

L.L. Woodard, Thanks for stopping by. I know I will never be like Martha Stewart we all have to remember she has tons of help we don't. Thanks for the vote and shared.

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on January 26, 2013:

I will leave perfection to Martha Stewart. My friends and I are just regular folk and the petit fours pictured in your hub look decadent and appropriate for my crowd.

Thanks for sharing this down-to-earth method of making petit fours at home. Voted up and Shared.

moonlake (author) from America on September 16, 2012:

Millionaire Tips, They are still very cute even if the sizes are all different and they're a little lopside. They turn out pretty. Everyone loves them. They can be used for any kind of party for any season. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

Shasta Matova from USA on September 16, 2012:

The first time I saw these (in a catalog) I was so impressed! They look so pretty - I hadn't thought about making my own, but you are right, if you let go of the perfection, they look like they would turn out pretty good. It looks like it would be festive for a special occasion.

moonlake (author) from America on September 01, 2012:

Peggy W, Thank you. I sure can't get these little cakes perfect I have tried but they're ok this way. They were so good. Thanks Peggy for stopping by and for the vote.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Your Petit Fours looked very pretty in my opinion. I also laughed when you said that if you wanted them perfect...to call Martha Stewart. Voted up and useful.

moonlake (author) from America on August 20, 2012:

Alexandria Joy, Thank you for stopping by my hub. They're easy if you just don't worry about the being exact in size. They are good.

Alexandria Taberski from Loveland, CO on August 20, 2012:

I adore petit fours but haven't tried making them myself. Your recipe looks easy and delicious, I'll have to try them out.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2012:

They are easy to make you just don't want to make them perfect because they don't need to be perfect to look good and they taste good. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the votes.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 21, 2012:

I have always wanted to try to make these but I am no Martha Stewart! lol I had to vote you up, everything and funny because I laughed when you warned we would have to call her - for perfect petit fours:) lol

I think maybe I could pull this off too and I think they look great! I love making a dessert that tastes great and looks beautiful but not if it is going to be an art project that takes 20 hours. I love your photos!

moonlake (author) from America on July 19, 2012:

glorgeousmom, Your welcome and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thank you for the vote.

Glo L Bernadas from Philippines on July 19, 2012:

they look so delicious and deserve a thumbs-up. Will try this sometime. thanks for sharing your recipe.

moonlake (author) from America on July 18, 2012:

ChristyWrites, They are heaven. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 18, 2012:

I have never made petit fours and did not know what they were. I like the colours and that they sound like little bits of food heaven :)

moonlake (author) from America on July 13, 2012:

cabmgmnt, You welcome so glad you stopped by. I think they would be so pretty even for a wedding shower. Thank you for stopping by and for the pin.

Corey from Northfield, MA on July 13, 2012:

Nice and they look easy to make. These would be pretty for a baby shower or Easter dessert. My daughter would love to make these, I will share this with her. Thanks for sharing. I pinned this.

moonlake (author) from America on July 13, 2012:

vespawoolf, Thank you glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for the vote and the shared.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 13, 2012:

I remember loving petit fours when I was a little girl. What a clever idea to use pound cake. Your photos are beautiful, too, so I'd call this recipe a hit! They'd be perfect for a shower or party. Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions, too. Voted up and shared!

moonlake (author) from America on June 17, 2012:

kellyward, Thank you, I'm glad you like the hub. Thanks, so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, vote and a pinned.

kelleyward on June 17, 2012:

I think this is a beautiful way to create simple petit fours! Voted up and pinned! Take care, Kelley

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2012:

pennylu, They are good. Easy to make. Thanks, so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

Penny Lulich from Indiana on June 08, 2012:

Yum! I love cake, and I love petit fours. This looks like a great way to make them.

moonlake (author) from America on June 07, 2012:

Hyphenbird, Don't you just love it when someone is asking for your recipe and loves what you made? Thank you, for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on June 07, 2012:

Dolores Monet, I have made them and ended up with the biggest mess you ever saw. These are much easier believe me. Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 07, 2012:

Your photograph is a work of art. The recipe sounds easy to make and I will the next time I need to impress someone with dessert. Thanks moonlake.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 07, 2012:

I love petit fours! They are so cute! I tried to make them once and wound up with a big mess. I think yours look adorable. They are lovely for a tea party.

moonlake (author) from America on June 06, 2012:

Sherry Hewins, Thank you.

I'm sure if someone took more time and cut exactly 1X1 inch squares they would look much better. I cut my squares the way I plant seeds in the garden crooked and all over the place.

Thanks so much for stopping I appreciate it.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on June 06, 2012:

Nice hub, they may not be perfect, but they're pretty good.

moonlake (author) from America on June 06, 2012:

Nell Rose, Thanks for stopping by and for the vote. I ate the last one today and they were still very good.

Nell Rose from England on June 06, 2012:

Now this is what I like, no cooking! lol! and they look great too, I would rather just sit and munch my way through them, what a great idea! voted up! cheers nell

moonlake (author) from America on June 05, 2012:

toomuchmint, Thanks so much for stopping. I don't have Martha Stewart on speed dial either. She makes everything look so easy but when I really try one of her recipes it's usually not that easy. Thanks for the UP.

toomuchmint on June 05, 2012:

I don't have Martha Stewart on speed dial, so I'm glad to see this recipe ;-)

This is a great activity for kids or to keep brunch guests busy. Much easier than decorating cupcakes or cakes. Up!

moonlake (author) from America on June 05, 2012:


They're very good if I do say so. I can't make them and have to many around because I will eat all of them. Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked my hub.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 05, 2012:

This is a very good recipe and they do look very nice and delicious . But i think i rather eat them than make them . Well done !

moonlake (author) from America on June 04, 2012:

Joyce, Thank you for the vote. They do take a little time but at least you don't have to cook anything. That's the good part about them.

moonlake (author) from America on June 04, 2012:

Pamela99, They are good and they do turn out so pretty and not really hard at all. They take a little time. Thanks, so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 04, 2012:

This all seems too much work for me and I don't have your patience.

Voted up an awesome for all your hard work, Joyce.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2012:

I have never made them, but look so pretty and delicious, that I think I will try them out. They would be really good for those special occasions.

moonlake (author) from America on June 04, 2012:

Victoria Lynn, Your welcome, glad you liked the recipe thanks so much for stopping by.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 04, 2012:

Great idea for an easy and elegant dish to take places. Many votes! Thanks for this idea!

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