I believe that nothing is more comforting than sitting down and talking with a good friend over a cup of tea. Just being together, talking, and enjoying a warm beverage may be just the pick me up you were asking for! Whether it’s you who is sad or your friend, whipping up some of these cute cakes to serve with your tea will brighten any mood. Be sure to color them your favorite colors, the icing are easy to tint, so the sky is the limit. Feeling mad? Make them red or black. Feeling bummed? Maybe a lemony yellow will brighten your mood.
My recipe for petits fours below is perfect to make and pull out when a sad friend stops by for tea. Not only are these cakes are a cinch to make but they look gourmet enough to impress. I promise, your sad friend will feel extra special when you present her with a plate full of these darling little cakes. And making her feel special is a fantastic way to brighten her mood!
I chose lilac, pink, and green, because today I am thinking of Paris. These dainty colors reminded me of all the gorgeous cakes and macaroons served in the boulangeries. I hoped my cakes would remind me of my happy times spend in that amazing city!
Friends, be sure to comfort those around you when they are in need. Serve them these cute cakes, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon spent together!
- 1 vanilla pound cake (you can use either store bought or homemade, it does not matter.) To keep mine stress free, I’ll use half of a frozen pound cake I made earlier. Freezing the half we don’t eat allows me to make fun desserts like this another time with the other half!
- 1 jar of your best raspberry or strawberry jam
- 1 bag of confectioners sugar
- Almond extract
- Heavy cream
- Food Coloring
- Bake cake or unwrap cake
- Once cake has been cooled, use a serrated knife to cut off all of the edges on the loaf. Discard edges
- Use your knife, to cut even cube of pound cake. As a reference, my half of pound cake will make on average 25 petits fours. You can make them really any size you want, cubes, rectangles, whatever you choose.
- Once you have your cubes cut, slice each cube in half.
- Spread a small amount of jam on one side of each cube. Cover back up. You will have mini jam sandwiches.
- At this point, I like to put them on a drying rack, with a large plate underneath to catch any icing that falls through.
- Make icing by mixing all of the icing ingredients in a large bowl, and then separate out to smaller bowls and dye each smaller bowl of icing a different color if desired. You may also keep the icing white. It is your preference!
- (Icing Note: your icing should be thick enough to dip cakes into to cover all sides, and not too thin that you can see through the icing once it’s covered. I like the spatula test. If the icing covers the spatula when you remove it from the icing, and still drips freely off of the spatula you are good to go! Don’t fret…if your icing is too thin, add more confectioners sugar. Too thick? Add more cream. It is impossible to mess up this icing.)
- Once you have tinted your icing in smaller bowls, dip cakes in color. Place on drying rack to firm up. You may choose to embellish with stars or sprinkles…add now, before they fully firm up.
- Repeat until all of your cakes are covered! Once you are done, place in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm up completely.
- They may not look perfect, but trust me, they will take divine!
Petit Fours Recipe