Easy Recipe for Not-So-Perfect Petit Fours

Updated on September 18, 2017
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These are Not Your Mama's Petit Fours. Have you ever tried to make petit fours, pronounced "pe•tit four"? The plural spelling can either be "petits fours" or "petit fours." I prefer the latter, but have been known to add that "s" to petit. What are these tasty desserts? They are small, bite-sized cakes.

I have 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, that didn't work. I was cursing to myself when I tried making them from the magazine. Magazines always make things look easy. They were all flops, but I make lots of flops in the kitchen—and I just keep going.

These little petit fours are not perfect, but they turn out very cute. If you're planning on 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 combine different recipes to come up with my recipe. They are easy. They do take a little time because you put them in the freezer for a while, you will have to dip them and decorate them. I did what you see in about an hour once I took them out of the freezer.

Decorate the tops anyway 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. They are the hottest thing around now to make.

Items You Will Need

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

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 1 hour 31 min
Yields: This will make about 20 if their 1 inch X 1 inch.

Ingredients

  • 1 Store Bought Pound Cake
  • 1 to 2 cans Whipped Frosting
  • 1 can Cupcake Icing
  • 3 to 5 sprinkles and sugars
  • 1 pkg food colors

Instructions

  1. Cut the top off of the cake to make it flat, but leave the rest of the crust. 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. Once they're cut place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Freezing is the key to this recipe. I think that is what makes the recipe work. Get your wire rack ready by putting the parchment or freezer paper under it.
  2. 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 to 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. 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.
  3. Remove your cake from the freezer. Put it on the skewer, dip 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 put 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 dap of frosting. When you're done dipping if you have frosting left spoon over top of each cake. Use cupcake frosting to decorate the top of the petit fours.
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These are the petit fours made for my niece's baby shower. I used chocolate for the flower. They went over good 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 work 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.

If you make the Easy Banana Bundt Cake as shown below in two loaf pans instead of a bundt pan, plain with no nuts it can be used for making the petit fours if you don't want to buy your cake, a good way to use up older bananas.


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        moonlake 4 years ago from America

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

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        C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

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

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        moonlake 4 years ago from America

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

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        CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

        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.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

        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!

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

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

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        frogyfish 5 years ago

        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!

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

        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!

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

        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.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

        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.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Alexandria Taberski 5 years ago from Loveland, CO

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

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        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!

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        Glo L Bernadas 5 years ago from Philippines

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

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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 :)

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

        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.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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        vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

        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!

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

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

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        kelleyward 6 years ago

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

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

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

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        Penny Lulich 6 years ago from Indiana

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

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

        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.

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        Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

        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.

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        Sherry Hewins 6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

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

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

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

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        Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

        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

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        toomuchmint 6 years ago

        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!

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        kashmir56,

        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.

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        Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

        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 !

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

        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.

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        Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

        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.

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        moonlake 6 years ago from America

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

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        Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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