Petit Fours Cake Recipe

Petit Fours are delicate French treats that are ideal for bridal showers, brunches, and any other occasion! I tried several recipes and honestly believe this is the best and easiest way to make these delicious treats at home! Please refer to the recipe’s how-to video for flawless results, even if you’re a novice baker!

Petit Fours Cake

Petit Fours Cake Recipe

Petit Fours are dainty French treats that are perfect for bridal showers, brunches, or anytime! I tested many recipes and honestly think this is the best and easiest way to make these French treats at home! Please see the how-to video for flawless results, even if you're a beginner baker!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 252 kcal



  • cup unsalted butter softened (150g)
  • oz  cream cheese softened (113g)
  • 1 ½ cups  granulated sugar (300g)
  • 4 pic large eggs room temperature preferred
  • 2 teaspoon s vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (250g)
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • ¼  cup  whole milk (60ml)


  • 15 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons  heavy cream
  • 6 Tablespoons  light corn syrup
  • ⅛  teaspoon  heaping salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ¾ cup  powdered sugar (600g)


  • Before you begin, I strongly advise you to read the entire post and watch the video. It will assist you, particularly when it comes to icing the petit fours as perfectly as possible!
  • If making fillings listed from scratch, prepare these in advance of beginning the recipe.


  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and grease and flour or spray with baking spray two 10x15” jelly roll pans (if you only have one, you can bake one cake at a time, just let the pan cool completely before washing it and re-using).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until creamy, well-combined, and lightened in color.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each (about 10 seconds on medium speed after each egg).
  • Mix in the vanilla extract. When finished, the mixture should be very smooth, light, and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl on a regular basis to ensure that all ingredients are well combined.
  • Separately, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using a low-speed mixer, alternately add flour and milk to the butter mixture until completely combined (scrape sides and bottom of the bowl as needed).
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared jelly roll pans, making sure the layers are even and smooth. Bake for 12-13 minutes (if baking one layer at a time) or 15 minutes (if baking both layers at the same time) or until baked through and cake springs back when lightly touched in a 350F (175C) oven. Even if the cake is completely baked, it may still appear very pale; don't overbake or it will be dry.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely before cutting one at a time into three even pieces, each just under 5" wide.


Nutrition Information:
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 63mg
  • Potassium: 40mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Vitamin A: 373IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 19mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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Final Thought:

While petit fours have a reputation for being fussy and difficult, I’ve worked very hard to make this recipe as simple as it possibly can be. The trickiest part is getting the icing to drape smoothly and beautifully over the cakes, and if you find yourself struggling I highly recommend you watch my video in the recipe card

I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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