If you’re thinking about making something a little different for Valentine’s Day, I have just the thing for you: Petit Fours!
Just what are petit fours? (Pronounced “pehtee four”, with your best French accent!) Well, in this instance, they are tiny little cakes, drizzled in chocolate ganache and white chocolate. There’s no need for any special molds, cake tins or paper cups, because these are made from a normal chocolate cake baked in a 9 x 13 pan (although, you will need a special cake slicing tool for best results, which is only $2.59 with free shipping on Amazon). If you follow my simple step-by-step directions, you can make these lovely creations in your own kitchen. You can also mix and match flavors of cake, fillings, coatings and toppings to make your very own personal masterpiece(s)!
I made these for a Food Bloggers of Los Angeles meeting last Sunday, where the theme was Chocolate and Champagne…bummer, right?
You can find all the Valentine’s treats which were brought to the event at the bottom of this post; like my friend, Valentina’s Blood Orange-Champagne Creme Brûlée, from Cooking on the Weekends, which was delectably delicious; and Leslie’s Lemon Pudding Cake from Bake This Cake! Which would also be perfect for a Valentine’s Day meal.
Here are the photos and instructions on how to make the lovely Chocolate Petit Fours.
Chocolate Petit Fours
- one 9″ x 13″ buttermilk chocolate cake (use this cupcake recipe but bake it in 9″ x 13″ pan buttered, and lined with waxed paper, then buttered and floured on top of the paper and sides = easy removal)
- Bailey’s or your choice of liqueur (optional)
- Biscoff spread (smooth and/or crunchy), Nutella, or your choice of icing/filling
- 1 cup (8 oz) chocolate chips, I used dark, but use your favorite, as long as its good quality
- 1 cup (8 oz) whipping cream
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) white chocolate
- 1 tsp sunflower or similar oil
- sprinkles, chocolate curls, flakes, etc. to decorate the top of the petit fours
Remove the cake from the pan, by turning it upside-down onto a layer of waxed paper sprinkled with powdered sugar and remove the waxed paper from the bottom of the cake.
Using a cake slicer ($2.59 and free shipping from Amazon!) cut the cake in half, lengthwise.
Then cut the cake into thirds, remove the top layer and spread with your choice of fillings.
These were my choices:
1. Sprinkled the base with Baileys, spread Nutella and sprinkled with crushed meringue.
2. Covered with Crunchy Biscoff spread.
3. Covered with Smooth Biscoff spread (I added crushed meringue on this one too).
It was hard not to “taste-test” along the way!
Now, place the top layer back on the bottoms, and cut each third into 18 squares. Use a knife dipped into hot water and wipe with a paper towel in between cuts, to keep the cake “clean”.
Melt the dark chocolate and cream in a small pot, but don’t overheat or the ganache will be too runny.
When it pours, and drips easily over the top without all running off, it is the correct consistency.
Using a teaspoon, partially cover two-thirds of the petit fours.
Top them with crushed meringue, sprinkles, grated chocolate or whatever you desire.
I only used three toppings, that way I could tell which filling was in each petit four.
Melt the white chocolate with the teaspoonful of oil, and partially cover the remaining squares.
Top with your choice of decoration.
Refrigerate until the chocolate and ganache are set.
If the food bloggers were any indication of how good these tasted, you’ll be very happy with the outcome!! I must say, my personal favorite was the Bailey’s/Nutella/Dark Chocolate combination! Wow!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here is my Valentine’s Pinterest Board for other recipes you may enjoy!
Here is a photo I took when driving home after the Food Bloggers of Los Angeles meeting…
FBLA Chocolate Party 2014 Recipe and Resource Links
- Chocolate Petit Fours — Christina Conte of Christina’s Cucina
- Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread — Dorothy Reinhold of Shockingly Delicious
- Fair-Trade Chocolate Earthquake Cookies — Alison Ashton at Nourish Network
- Mocha Truffle Bars — Valentina of Cooking On The Weekends
- Pain au Chocolat and Cro-Nut Hearts — Jude at Two Broads Abroad
- Vegan Nutella Fudge — Alanna Waldron of Eat Real Food
- Chocolate Red Wine Tart — Nancy Buchanan of A Communal Table
- Brownie Buttons — Judy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze
- Blood Orange-Champagne Creme Brûlée — also from Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends
- Vintage Lemon Pudding Cake — Leslie Macchiarella of Bake This Cake
- Game Day Chili — Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen
- Tamales with Chocolate Mole Sauce — Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash
- Amaretto Sauce/Dressing on Spinach-Berry Salad — Ellen Rosentreter of Within My Means
- Deviled Eggs — Patti Londre from Worth the Whisk
- Chinese New Year Slaw — Nancy Eisman of Adventures with Nancy Rose
Champagne/Sparkling Wine Recommendations
- Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava ($7 “but tastes like $20+”) — Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules
- NV Presto Prosecco Brut ($10-$12), a “price performer” — Alison Ashton of Nourish Network
- Brut Roederer Estate Mixed Vintage ($20) — Jennifer Daskevich of A Little Gourmet Everyday
- Colbert Eco Brut (sugar-free organic sparkling wine; $25) — Caren Magill of The Fit Habit
- Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée ($10.99). “When serving mimosas there is no need to buy expensive bubbly, but naturally you don’t want to serve your guests headache-inducing sparkling wines or champagne either. The Brut Cuvée is Barefoot’s most traditional bubbly and tastes of green apple and jasmine with hints of kiwi and peach flavors which bubble up for a crisp finish and, in my opinion, make a delightful Mimosa,” said Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!