Ok, so let’s talk about petit fours.
First off, for years and years I said petit like “petite”, but it turns out you say it like “pet teh”. PET. Like a dog. Only obviously, these are tiny cakes and not dogs, but it sounds like you are talking about animals.
I really should have known that it was “pet teh” because fancy words always have softer sounds. Where does the four part come from, can anyone tell me? Are we allowed to eat four of them? Or multiplies of four?
Let’s just run with that explanation, yes.
Anyways — Petit (pet teh) Fours!!
It turns out, these are not so fancy.
They’re just tiny pieces of cake. Normal people can eat them like it’s no big deal at all!!
Want to make some?
Listen to me carefully, because I am the Petit Four Whisperer…
You just need cake.
Cold cake. And some powdered sugar and water.
Who’s fancy now, huh??
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Few drops red food coloring
- Silver Disco Dust for garnish
- Once cake is chilled and firm (this is to ensure it doesn't crumble when cut), use a serrated knife to cut off the domed top and level the cakes. Flip cakes upside down (cut side down) and using a heart cookie cutter (roughly 2 x 2), cut hearts out of the cake, as close together as possible. Place cake hearts on a wire rack with wax paper underneath.
- In the bowl of a mixer, combine powdered sugar, water, and vanilla. Beat on low speed for about 30 seconds. Add red food coloring and increase speed to high. Beat until smooth.
- Spoon glaze generously over petit fours, making sure it drips down the sides and thoroughly coats the cake. Sprinkle a bit of disco dust on top and let dry completely before serving.
I used a cake mix, to make these quick and easy, but if you have a favorite Red Velvet recipe, you could use that instead.
I baked my cake in 2 (9 inch) pans, because a 9×13 baked it thicker than what I wanted. For thinner petit fours (or to stack them with filling in the middle), you could use a larger jelly roll pan.
Silver Disco Dust can be purchased HERE.
These are so fun and easy for a Valentines Day treat. Enjoy!!