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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentine's Petit Fours

These petit fours for Valentines Day are so much fun and
so easy to make.
This is one of those recipes that is perfect for the kids
to help with as you can use ready made ingredients
and they are pretty much fool proof.

All you need is:

1-2 packages Sara Lee Pound Cake
(in the freezer section)
Betty Crocker ready made frosting

Slice the pound cake into thin layers
and frost one side with desired frosting
and sandwich them together.

Using a small cookie cutter, cut the sandwiched
cake into desired shape.

I got two out of each "sandwich"
I love the Sara Lee because it cuts so cleanly
and there is very little crumb.

Place the sandwiched cake on a cooling rack with a
piece of parchment paper or waxed paper underneath.

Spoon about a cup or half of the can of frosting
into a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in the microwave
for about 15-20 seconds or until soft.  Stir
trying to not add air bubbles.  Spoon over the cakes
trying to cover all sides.  Use the spoon to fill
in any gaps.

The excess frosting can be scraped back into the bowl and
reheated.  You don't want to put the whole can in at
once because it does get a little stiff the more you microwave
it.  Let the frosting cool slightly so that your decorations
don't slide right off.  You want it slightly tacky when you
apply any candy decor.

Use a sharp knife to loosen the petit fours from the
cooling rack after the frosting has comletely dried.

Each pound cake will make about 12 petit fours if
you sandwich them, depending on how thick you
make the layers.

Vary the color of your frosting and the type of candy
and serve up a platter of beautiful treats.

Too easy and too fun.


renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh my heart, these are just adorable! xoxo

Julie said...

I have such a weakness for petit fours. These look too cute and delicious :)

Gina said...

How pretty these are! I bet they're tasty too.

Designs By Pinky said...

Love these, they are adorable! I bet pretty tasty too. SO easy. Thanks. XO, Pinky

Entertaining Women said...

Bravo! Thanks for sharing the process. Cherry Kay

Julie Harward said...

Why go the complicated route when you can do this?! I love easy fun this! ;D

Deb said...

Too cute - thanks for sharing!!

La Table De Nana said...

I LOVE these..and yours are so me they are the tops in pretty w/ macarons.

Thank you..
You did a super super job..
It's not a job though..How can I say it?

Ils sont follement beaux!There that sums it up!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I've loved petit fours since I was a little girl (that was a LONG time ago!) and your method is so simple and just as pretty as the ones you see in the gourmet catalogs.
Thank you, Jacqueline, I'm making some tonight.
Can I put a link to this in my blog post? I think my followers would love to see this.

anniebakes said...

oh my gosh, what a fun treat! and how easy! anne

Holly said...

Bookmarked! Can't wait to make these!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a cute project! This is the second time today I've heard about microwaving the icing, looks like it covers nicely:@)

Grammy Goodwill said...

These are beautiful. I finally found something I could make. hehehe

ButterYum said...

Completely adorable - and honestly, I find it's really hard to beat a Sara Lee pound cake!


Kathleen said...

Very pretty!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, thank you for sharing this clever idea. I'm a fan of pretty petit fours. I'll be using this tip! These look darling.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are so cute! I never really knew how they were made. I bet they are delicious!


Sweet Tea said...

What a great little trick. Good for Valentine's Day AND Baby Shower's AND Mother's Day, etc. etc.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Wonderful idea! So cute for many special occasions!

Beth said...

Hi Jacqueline, These are adorable, and they look very easy too. Thanks for the inspiration - these will be awesome for Valentine's Day!
Blessings, Beth

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They are so pretty! What an easy way to create a lovely looking treat.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE these!!! Added this link to Pinterest!

Barbara F. said...

These are the cutest things ever. Love it!! So making these for Valentine's Day. xo

A Hint of Home said...

They are darling! Kids and adults alike would love them!

Sandy said...

Gonna make some of these with my grandson... he loves to get in the kitchen and cook...mostly with his papa, but...he and I can create some fun little goodies for holidays. thanks for the sharing... xoso Sandy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

These are just adorable! And you make it look so easy! You always have the cutest creations! Thanks for sharing!!

Katerina said...

They look so perfect and professional. I am sure I would want such treats for that special day! You have a very beautiful collection of recipes here!

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Sandra said...

These are quick to pull together and I would never have thought to use canned frosting.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

So pretty and perfect for Valentine's day!

kitty said...

How cute are these??!! Perfect, as you said, for little ones to help (and eat!).

Mary said...

Petit Four Perfection~ What sweet little cakes! I'm pinning this tutorial for Valentine's Day ♥

Pat's Pink Apron said...

These are easy and pretty too! What more you ask for. Great recipe. Pat

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

I am in LOOOOOVE with these!!! Pinning now and I am so excited I feel a very strong need to throw a V-Day party just so I can make these.

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Petit fours are treasured little confection from my childhood. When my mother would have bridge club, I insisted on wearing her yellow chiffon apron and "serving" the petit fours. I thought I was the finest hostess in the world. :~)

These look wonderful and easy to put together for tea or as a special little Valentine's surprise. Newly following from Foodie Friday. Thanks so much for sharing these!

Gypsy Heart said...

Fantastic idea! They are so pretty and look as though they took hours to make. Thanks so much!


Talley said...

Love these petit fours!!! They look so simple to make yet so delicate. I love the intricate look they have to them. Once again you have shown your true ability: cooking!
best wishes,

Amy said...

THese are so pretty! I love your special touch in decorating them in different designs on top!

Tanya said...

I never thought of heating the icing...brilliant!

Katherines Corner said...

lovely little petit fours Hugs!

Glenda said...

Wish you would pin this one. Would love to find it again on Pinterest. Nice easy and very pretty.

zeebaby said...

These are so cute that I am going to attempt them this weekend. For the ready made frosting do you recommend butter cream or cream cheese?

zeebaby said...

Should I use butter cream or cream cheese frosting for best results?

zeebaby said...

These are so cute that I am going to attempt them this weekend. For the ready made frosting do you recommend butter cream or cream cheese?

Carolyn Janzen said...

What flavor frosting is best to put on these? Cream cheese or vanilla? Do you color it pink?

Carolyn Janzen said...

What flavor frosting did you use. Do you color the pink frosting? I am making these today! They are so cute!!


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