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Halloween Petit Fours

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Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Butter, Softened
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 5 whole Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour, All Purpose
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Coffee (Dissolved In 1/4 Cup Hot Water)
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
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  • FROSTING
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

For cake:

Spray pan or prepare a 13×9 in baking pan.(I use Pam Baking Spray.)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, usually about five minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder.

Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the dissolved coffee and buttermilk.

Add batter to prepared pan.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, checking regularly at the 35-minute mark. When an inserted toothpick is removed clean, the cake is done.

Let cool completely.

For Frosting:

Cream together butter, sugar, and shortening until light and smooth. Add vanilla. It should appear almost ‘dry.’ Add 3 or 4 tablespoons milk to get a soft, creamy consistency.

Use a small cookie cutter to cut out your petit fours. For a square, you can just cut lines into your cake pan.

Remove squares and cut in half into two ‘layers.’ Pipe frosting to create a cake ‘sandwich.’

You can also remove cake from pan (it is very dense, like a chocolate pound cake) and cut in half horizontally. Remove the top layer, put a layer of frosting on, then put back the top layer of the cake. Now proceed to cut out individual petit fours.

You can cover petit fours with remaining frosting or cover in rolled or liquid fondant.

Petit fours can be any shape, but usually no bigger than 2×2 inches.

Decorate however you would like!

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manda2177, i am baker, i am mommy on 11.3.2009

I used rolled fondant for these dixie!

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Anne McCoy on 11.1.2009

“Ca-uuuute!!” I can’t wait to see what Christmas goodies you are going to show us! Hurryeeeee!!!

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dixie on 10.26.2009

Did you use rolled fondant or the icing including in the recipe for the ones in the photo? So adorable. Looking forward to making them this week. Thanks for sharing.

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dixie on 10.26.2009

Did you use rolled fondant or the icing including in the recipe for the ones in the photo? So adorable. Looking forward to making them this week.

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manda2177, i am baker, i am mommy on 10.26.2009

Its in the works mary… but I thought I should wait until after Halloween to show my Christmas stuff!! (Although the wait is killing me!!)

Thanks all for your sweet, kind, and thoughtful remarks!! Blessings to you!

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