10 Fancy Petit Fours Recipes Fit For A Tea Party

Cranberry Vanilla Bean Petit Fours

Some weekends after binge-watching The Crown, I like going out and indulge in a fancy high tea—the only way to pretend to be a British Royal for an afternoon. While the crustless cucumber sandwiches and scones piled high with butter and jam are definitely nice, what I find most decadent and attractive are the small mini cakes (a.k.a. petit fours) that also come along in these tiered towers of goodies. Scroll through these 10 elegant petit fours recipes and see what I mean.

Drizzled with icing, stacked with luscious layers of cream in between, draped in fondant and sprinkled with crystals, when it comes to petit fours, more is most certainly more in terms of decorating them.

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So, if you're also partial to high tea and want to recreate an epic one in the comfort of your own home, just make sure you include petit fours in your royals-inspired high tea menu. No idea how to get started? Consider this your cheat sheet to petit fours.

What Are Petit Fours?

In French, the word "petit four" can literally be translated into small oven. Petit fours (or "mignardises") generally refers to a small confectionary that can be sweet or savory. In America, "petit fours" most commonly refer to small little cakes.

How to Make Petit Four Icing

To decorate sweet petit fours, a glaze (or icing) is most commonly used. The icing is often made with a base of confectioner's sugar, water, and some syrup that is heated over a double-boiler until smooth, before it's used to decorate the petit fours.

How to Make Petit Four Cakes

The simplest method of making petit four cakes is to bake cake batter in a large sheet pan and then once baked and cooked, the sheet cake is then cut into small bite-sized pieces, which are later stacked on top of each other with icing or filling in between.

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10 Fancy Petit Fours Recipes

<p>Christina Lane</p><p>Olive oil lends a delightful plushness to these mini cakes.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: </strong><strong><a href="https://parade.com/842083/alison-ashton/olive-oil-cakelets/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olive Oil Cakelets;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Olive Oil Cakelets</a></strong></p>
<p>Emily Laurae</p><p>These blueberry muffin petit fours are baked in a silicone mold, inverted and topped with cream cheese frosting.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://emilylaurae.com/blueberry-muffin-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blueberry Muffin Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Blueberry Muffin Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Love and Olive Oil</p><p>Traditional petit fours get a sprinkle of fun: tart apricot and raspberry jam sandwiched between layers of rich, almond pound cake dotted with rainbow sprinkles, all covered in a colorful poured fondant glaze.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2019/07/funfetti-fours.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Funfetti Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Funfetti Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>The Wood and Spoon</p><p>Make brownie petit fours with chocolate ganache in two ways!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thewoodandspoon.com/brownie-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Wood and Spoon;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">The Wood and Spoon</a></strong></p>

The Wood and Spoon

Make brownie petit fours with chocolate ganache in two ways!

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<p>A Spicy Perspective</p><p>Dressed to impress, these chocolate pomegranate petit fours are a show-off treat!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/chocolate-pomegranate-petit-fours/2/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Making the perfect vanilla petit fours are easier than you think if you follow these simple tricks.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.oliveandartisan.com/vanilla-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vanilla Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Vanilla Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Broma Bakery</p><p>Coconut lemon curd petit fours: homemade lemon curd sandwiched between two coconut flour cakes and topped with lemon icing.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://bromabakery.com/coconut-lemon-curd-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coconut Lemon Curd Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Coconut Lemon Curd Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Posh Little Designs</p><p>Light almond petit four cakes with layers of cranberry and vanilla bean frosting. Topped with a vanilla bean glaze and simple sugared cranberries. Dairy and gluten free.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://poshlittledesigns.com/2020/12/03/cranberry-vanilla-bean-petit-fours-gluten-free/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cranberry Vanilla Bean Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Cranberry Vanilla Bean Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Sugar Salt Magic</p><p>These strawberry chocolate petit fours are dainty, mini chocolate cakes filled with real strawberry buttercream and they’re easier to make than they look.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.sugarsaltmagic.com/strawberry-and-chocolate-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Strawberry and Chocolate Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Strawberry and Chocolate Petit Fours</a></strong></p>
<p>Sally's Baking Addiction</p><p>Delicate and sweet, these lemon berry petit fours are bite-size mini cakes perfect for weddings, parties, tea time, bridal and baby showers. Topped with a simple white chocolate garnish, this petit four recipe is easy and approachable. Perfect for beginners!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/lemon-berry-petit-fours/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon Berry Petit Fours;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Lemon Berry Petit Fours</a></strong></p>

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