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Scrumptious Petit Fours Recipe makes a perfect dessert for any celebration. Light & fluffy cake layered with jam & frosting & coated with more frosting! A favorite cake recipe that really shows it's something special. Serve these Spring Petit Fours. They are definitely the cutest little dessert and everyone will be amazed that they are homemade!

Petit Fours Recipe

Scrumptious Petit Fours recipe makes a perfect dessert for any celebration. Light & fluffy cake layered with jam & frosting! A favorite cake recipe.
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 40
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs - room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Filling/ Frosting

  • 1/2 cup jam - flavor of choice
  • 2 sticks salted butter - softened
  • 8 cups 1- 2 pound bag confectioners sugar (no sifting)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-2 drops food color of choice
  • sprinkles of choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line the bottom of a 10 x 15 pan with parchment paper, set aside
  • Whisk 3 cups flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl until combined
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy
  • Reduce speed to medium and beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed
  • Beat in vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, combine water and cream
  • Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour, until just smooth
  • Transfer to pan
  • Bake until the cake is lightly golden on top and the center spring back when pressed - about 25 to 30 minutes
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool completely


  • Cream softened butter in stand mixer with whip attachment until smooth.
  • Blend in vanilla.
  • Add 1/2 the confectioners sugar and most of the milk - stir slowly until moist- then whip until well combined.
  • Add remaining confectioners sugar and milk.
  • Beat on med-high about 3-4 minutes scraping sides of the bowl occasionally
  • Add food color if desired
  • Texture will become very smooth.


  • Flip the cake out onto a work surface on another piece of parchment paper
  • Split your cake using a blade cake leveler, knife or my favorite method- dragging a piece of dental floss through the cake lengthwise
  • Separate the layers by sliding another piece of parchment paper in-between the layers you created and then lifting the top layer off
  • Spread on your jam in a thin, even layer
  • Top jam with a thin layer of frosting
  • Carefully place top layer back on - you now have a cake sandwich
  • Cover and place in the freezer for several hours, you want it to be quite firm
  • Once frozen, cut into squares
  • Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet to catch the extra frosting
  • Place several scoops of frosting in a small bowl and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds or until the frosting has liquefied
  • Spoon frosting over frozen cake pieces until fully coated
  • Add sprinkles
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve


  • You can use homemade or store bought jam
  • To save time, you can also use the same assembly methods with cake made from a box mix and ready-made frosting