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MOTHER’s Day Countdown: Petit Fours

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:25 am in Cuisine.

Pastel Petit Fours (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine 5/09) A Mother’s Day Tea Party? How cute is that? Family Fun Mag’s May issue is filled with the usual adorable assortment of family crafts and activities, but their mother-daughter tea party is just too sweet for words. They’ve fashioned floral hats out of wrapping paper, devised games and come up with a menu that includes these Petit Fours. And they were kind enough to share both the photo and the recipe with us. The recipe is adapted from Barbara Beery’s “Pink Princess Tea Parties,” a book we’re going to have to get our hands on. (Homemade Cherry Vanilla Cream Soda? Raspberry Tarts and Gingerbread Tea Loaves? Sign us up!) Here’s how to make these dainty tea cakes:

1 (16-ounce) pound cake
9 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Food coloring
Decorations, such as sprinkles, colored sugar, and candy flowers

1. Cut the entire cake into 1-inch-thick slices. Then use 1-inch-wide cookie cutters or a knife to cut round, square, and diamond shapes from each slice. Place the cake pieces on a wire rack set on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, and vanilla and almond extracts until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes. As the icing cools, it may start to stiffen; if so, stir in a spoonful of water to keep the icing smooth and flowing. Divide the icing equally between two or three small bowls. Stir food coloring, a drop at a time, into each bowl until the icing is the desired shade.

3. Working with one piece of cake at a time, spoon on the icing to cover it completely, then add sprinkles, colored sugar, or a candy flower before the icing sets. Let the cakes stand, uncovered, until the icing is dry, about 30 minutes. Store them in an airtight container for up to three days. Makes about 30 cakes.
– Reprinted with permission from Family Fun magazine, May 2009 issue

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