Wedding Petit Fours
What you’ll need:
9 cups powdered sugar
Half-cup light corn syrup
Tsp vanilla extract
Half-tsp almond extract
Toppings like colored sugar, candy flowers and similar things
If you’re still making plans for your fabulous wedding, soon approaching, you’re probably thinking of various foods you can serve at the reception. Some people have an entire meal, with dessert afterwards, and others simply offer some cake, of course, as well as an assortment of finger foods. Whether you’re having a big blow-out, or a casual reception, there’s a certain food that will look lovely on the food table. Petit fours are small, delicious, and absolutely beautiful.
Just because something has a fancy name doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to make. Petit fours are very expensive if you purchase them, but if you make them yourself, they’re just as beautiful, just as scrumptious, and very easy to create.
Pound cake makes the perfect food to turn into petit fours. You can make a pound cake from your favorite recipe but it’s just as easy to purchase one at the grocery store. Whichever pound cake you choose start out making the petit fours by simply cutting the cake into inch-thick slices.
Lay each cake slice down and cut it into one-inch squares. Although you can surely cut other shapes, like circles, hearts or diamond shapes, it’s really easy to just cut the cake into squares. However, if you have tiny cookie cutters you’ll easily be able to make any number of suitable shapes for the reception. Lay wax paper on a cookie sheet then place the cake squares on it.
In a large saucepan, mix together 9 cups of powdered sugar, a half-cup of light corn syrup, a half-cup of water, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a half-teaspoon of almond extract, and cook over medium heat until it’s well-mixed and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. As you do so, the mixture will begin to thicken. Any time you need to thin it down a little just add a spoonful of water.
Decide how many colors you want to feature with the finished petit fours. Divide the mixture into separate bowls and color each bowl a different color by adding a drop of food coloring.
Take one of the cake squares and hold it over the bowl while you spoon the icing onto it. Set it on the waxed paper then immediately apply the toppings you want, such as colored sugar, candy sprinkles, candy flowers or other goodies.
Allow all the cakes to set for about 30 minutes so the icing can set firm. After that, cover them well, then place them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. At the wedding reception the petit fours will go quickly so allow at least two or three for each guest.