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Petit Fours–Little cakes with a lot of style…

Eat me, I'm Divalicious

It’s been about a month since my last post because I’ve been creating and changing a few things.  In fact, I changed the look of my blog–a work still in progress.   Needless to say, I have a backlog of posts to make so they probably won’t be in order of completion.  That being said, let’s talk about Petit Fours…

I first fell in love with Petit Fours, as a child, after reading Alice in Wonderland.  I know you remember the cake Alice ate that was labeled “Eat Me,” right?  Like any other kid, I was thrilled with the idea of eating my very own miniature cake that was just my size (in other words, a cake not too big that I’d have to share it with someone) .  As I grew older, I never lost that love of personalized & personal-sized cakes.  But, I did realize finding Petit Fours wasn’t always easy.  In fact, I noticed the only time I seemed to see Petit Fours was at Christmas when they’re being offered by Swiss Colony–nothing against Swiss Colony, but not my idea of Divalicious…

If you’ve had a Petit Four, you’ll probably recall it was a small cake that fit in the palm of your hand.  It may have had a “hardened” icing/glaze on the outside.  And, when you bit in to it you noticed three to four layers of cake filled with some type of preserves or curd.  In french Petit Four means “small oven.” Interesting fact, just about any small treat or cake can be classified as a Petit Four.  Common to all Petit Fours is the fact that they’re usually a bite-sized small dessert.  So, since I specialize in personalized, personal-sized Divalicious desserts, The “Desserts Diva” has been making a variety of Petit Fours for years.  But, my lastest creation was actually inspired by Peggy Porschen, a cake artist extraordinaire from Europe.  About a year ago, I bought Peggy’s book “Pretty Party Cakes,”  and fell in love with her version of Petit Fours.  I decided eventually I’d get around to making a couple treats like hers, but something always came up…

Two for me and two for you...

Fast forward to now and many Divalicious desserts in between, I finally got around to making “bollywood” inspired Petit Fours.  This project took a little time from start to finish because of the many techniques involved; but for those folks who know me, I rarely do quick and simple.  My cake for the Petit Fours is a strawberry pound cake, four-layered with lemon curd.  The icing is a homemade pourable fondant.  The roses and leaves are rolled fondant.  And,  the “bollywood” design is royal icing painted with gold luster dust.  Sprinkle edible glitter on top and voila, I’m done!

I have to say, this Petit Four project was truly a labor of love but it paid off because the results were amazing. If you decide you’ld like to make Petit Fours like these, I have to warn you–set aside a fair amount of time.  Otherwise, have them professionally made by someone like The “Desserts Diva.”   This was like a Bucket List item so I’m glad I made them almost exactly like Peggy’s.  In the future, however, I’d probably make more modifications to the flavors and designs…

A Petit Four Party

Until next time,

Be Sweet and Divalicious.

The “Desserts Diva”