Darling Nicci's Petit Fours

I made these for Nicci last weekend. She's never had a petit four before and I was aghast! This is only because petit fours have always been my most favorite dessert. If I had it my way, we'd have had a tower of them instead of a wedding cake.  As it were, my cake was pretty amazing, see?

But that's beside the point. Back to the wondrous petit four. You've noticed I never do fruit based desserts, and that's because my husband hates fruit. Sad face. So I knew when I was going to bake for Nicci, it would be my chance to sneak in some sort of fruit.
I decided to make Strawberry & Cream Petit Fours.  Naturally, you can play with flavors and fillings with these. I filled the cakes with strawberry preserves and did a pink icing with a dollop of vanilla buttercream.
These are not, by FAR, the prettiest petit fours I've done, but considering we had 3 little boys under 4 between the 2 of us running amok, I think they are all right.
Wow, I've done a lot of talking about these little cakes, haven't I? Told you, they are my favorite!
♥ Note: You will need a candy thermometer for the icing recipe I've used. ♥

Hot Milk Sponge Cake
2 Eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbls butter
1. Grease a 9x9x2 baking pan (which I don't have. I use a regular 13x9 cake pan.) In a small bowl, beat eggs with mixer at high speed for about 4 minutes or until thick and lemon colored.
2. Gradually add sugar and beat at medium speed 4-5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. 
3. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture and stir with spoon just until blended.
4. In small saucepan heat milk with butter until the butter is melted. Stir into batter and mix well. Turn into baking pan.
4. Bake at 530 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, turning pan halfway through, until done.  Set aside to cool

Once cool, cut the cake into 4 sections and then cut each section in half lengthwise. Using a pastry brush (or your hands) gently brush all the crumbs off the cake surface.  On the bottoms of each section, spread the filling of your choice, then replace tops. Cut into small squares and place on a rack that has been set atop the baking pan. (This is to catch and re-use the icing.)

Petit Fours Icing
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups hot water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
About 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Food coloring (Drops, not gels)
1. In 2 quart saucepan, combine granulated sugar, hot water and cream of tartar. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, clip candy thermometer to saucepan. (Note: make sure thermometer tip is submerged but don't let it sit on the bottom of the pan, your reading wont be correct.) Cook until temp reads 226 degrees.
2. Remove from heat and cool at room temp until thermometer reads 110 degrees.  Stir in vanilla. Stir in enough powdered sugar to make it a pourable consistency. Tint with food coloring and spoon over pieces, allowing to dry after each coat. I usually do at least 3 coats.


  1. Do you have any trips to NC planned? Because I want to meet you...and I might let you make delicious treats for me :) :)

  2. Ooh, I love petit fours! I can't stop eating them, which is probably why it would be very dangerous for me to bookmark this recipe....but I must!

  3. Mmm mmm mmm! While I've eaten Petit Fours before I've never bothered to make my own. These look delicious, though, so I'll have to print this one out and add it to my to do list.

  4. Oh, and I thought it was bad that my husband doesn't like chocolate (except the white kind, which barely counts), which is why I rarely make chocolate desserts. Your story makes me even sadder. Don't know how I'd survive without fruit desserts!

  5. That looks taaaaaasty.

    We should chat sometime. I'm a former rocker myself now raising two under two. At least I'm not wearing white Keds. Not yet, anyway. :P

  6. Your cake looked so pretty! My cake had Marge & Homer as the toppers. Classy! LOL Anyway, I think I gained a pound just looking at that recipe.

  7. just stopped by to say that I LOVE love LOVE your blog! Lots of sassy ideas! I would love it if you would add me to your blog list... you are already on mine! :)

    ...visiting from Sassy Sites!
    (cause your blog is a sassy site!)

  8. YUMM! These are delightful! I'm loving your blog and I'm so excited to be your newest follower! I would also like to invite you to my link party/giveaway every Friday at FrouFrouDecor! I love new friends and hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

  9. i've never had one either! maybe you should make some and ship them to me? just sayin'...

  10. YUM! But now I'm hungry. ;-) I can't wait to look around and check out some of your other recipes.

    I am now following you from Friendly Friday. Stop by my blog and say hey if you get a chance.


    Have a great Friday!

  11. YUM!!! super excited i found your blog!!!Hello
    New follower from New friend Fridays!!! Have a wonderful friday!


    Ps. I also host a weekly blog hop! Feel free to link up any time

  12. Your petit fours look so delicious - your photos are great! (And your wedding cake looks so pretty!!)

  13. I am following you thanks to New Friend Fridays!It would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog!
    Also we have the coolest blog-hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in:) Oh and if you need any blog help or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!Happy Friday!

  14. Oh. So sad. And you seemed so nice. ARE YOU CRAZY? Making petit fours? Really? I am sooo impressed, but this morning, all the blogs I follow are talking about cupcakes, gelato, cheesecake and other lovely, sweet things. Before I have even had my coffee, sniff.
    It is going to be a long day because now I want a sugar fix real bad.

  15. How very special of a birthday that must have been. The petite fours look incredibly pretty thanks for sharing the recipe. YOu have incredible talent to make such dainty little cakes look so good

  16. I've never made these before... you've inspired me to give it a go!

  17. I've never tried those before either, but they look delicious!!

  18. I love petti fours, but I have never been brave enough to make them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. I found you through Under The Table and Dreamin' I think I've gained 10 pounds looking at your website :-) and I am your newest follower. Great site!


  20. Thanks for the recipe! I've always wanted to try to make these!

  21. These look so yummy! thanks for linking up!!

  22. Oh! These are so cute! And they sound so yummy!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!


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