Petit Fours are irresistibly cute, pretty, and delicious. It’s those characteristics that inspired me to make my own. But when I was done making them I was chanting Petit Four-Get It!
You will probably agree that they look cute and pretty. And I will attest that they are delicious. But… they were extremely time-consuming to make.
Warning! If you want to make petit fours you will need a lot of time and patience.
Since making these was a new adventure for me I decided to take a shortcut and use a store-bought pound cake.
I started by cutting the cake into one inch by one inch cubes, or as close to that as possible. For experimental purposes I also tried using a small round cookie cutter but found that was more time-consuming than cutting the cubes, and there was considerably more waste of the cake doing so.
I made the icing once I finished cubing the cake. I had never made this type of icing before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The recipe I used came from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. I used a small pound cake so I only made a half of batch of icing. As far as ratios go – that worked out perfectly.
Once the icing was ready I removed a small amount from the double boiler and then colored it. I set a cube of cake on a dining sized tablespoon and spooned the icing over the piece of cake. This is where it got very time-consuming. The only other alternative was to place the cubes on a wire rack and pour the icing over a few pieces at a time. Neither seemed like ideal ways to cover small pieces of cake. I found this icing was difficult to work with once it cooled down, and that happened fairly quickly.
I transferred the iced pieces of cake onto parchment paper and left them at room temperature overnight. The following day I melted some white chocolate wafers and drizzled it over top of each piece of cake. I decorated each piece with Celebration pearls candy which you will see more of early next week. You won’t want to miss that post – I promise!
Even though my initial thought was petit four-get it! I would make these again. When I do, I may try a different icing recipe and see if that helps speed up the process any.
If you want to make a treat for extremely special occasion, or if you really want to wow someone, petit fours are a perfect choice.