Do you need a sugar fix? This kitchen project will take care of your sweet tooth and then some. Seriously, it will. I have a hard-core sweet tooth, and these petits fours (petits coeurs?) hit the spot!
I needed to make something for a charity bake sale last week (as if I needed an excuse to bake). I knew I wanted to do something bite sized and involving cake. It seems like cake balls are everywhere lately, which meant that I had to try something else. I’m such a rebel.
I looked at Martha’s petits fours, but the reviews for taste weren’t great. Also, I would have had to go BACK to the grocery for marzipan. No thank you.
Here’s what I planned. (inner dialogue/discussion with dog) “I’ll bake a cake, cut out heart shapes, slap on icing between the layers and coat in icing. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, right?”
It took longer than 30 minutes, but the results were worth it! Not perfect, very good, and lots of fun!
How to do this at home:
- Bake a cake or brownies. Let cool. (You can make these with your favorite homemade cake recipe, or you can ‘cheat’ and use boxed cake mix. I am pleading the 5th.)
- Cut in half to create 2 layers.
- Spread icing between the 2 layers. (You can use store bought icing. Give yourself a break from being perfect.)
- Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Or cut into squares. Just don’t use the edges, they’re too chewy.
- Freeze again.
- Coat in melted white or milk chocolate. To do this, place your cakes on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (to catch drips). Coat the top and then use the cup side of your spoon to coat the sides. Let cool and harden.
- Add extra decorations, sprinkles, designs, candy, etc. I used white chocolate in a ziplock to draw hearts on top.
I’m still not sure what to call these. Technically, they are petits fours (layers of cake covered in a solid glaze). But they are chocolate covered! Delicious! Actually, they taste a lot like a Little Debbie treat. Maybe we can call them L’il Emmies? The best part is that they fit the bill perfectly for the bake sale, and went quickly! (At least the ones that survived my kitchen did.)
Here are some cake/icing/coating combos:
– Brownies with cream cheese icing and milk chocolate coating (that’s the photo at the top of the page. Divine.)
– Strawberry cake with cream cheese icing and white chocolate coating (the other treats on this page!)
– Yellow sheet cake with chocolate icing and milk chocolate coating
– German chocolate cake with standard icing and milk chocolate coating
– Orange cake with vanilla icing and dark chocolate coating
What’s your favorite dessert to make? Any tips for fun and decorative treats? Any tips for healthier versions? I don’t typically skimp on calories when it comes to dessert, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Ta-ta for now!