Petits Fours
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Hey there, baby cakes!

You know those adorable miniature glazed cakes you've seen at bridal showers, baby showers, and tea parties? They're called petits fours (pronounced PEH-tee foor) and you can actually bake them in your own kitchen and decorate them for any occasion. Think of the possibilities!

MasterChef alum, Elise Mayfield — aka Smart Cookie — shows you how to make petits fours, from mixing the cake batter using a white cake mix bulked up with extras for flavor and density, to baking the layers (picture super-thin sheet cakes). She'll show you how to spread the layers with fillings and coat them with a layer of frosting. She'll even show you a nifty trick for marking up where to cut the cake into small pieces before the final glazing with poured fondant (she'll show you how to make that, too).

"Sweeten any occasion with a tray of petits fours. Got a baby shower coming up? See how to fill these with the ultimate gender reveal!" — Smart Cookie

Smart Cookie Petits Fours
Photo by Smart Cookie

Smart Cookie's Top Tips:

1. Make sure you're using the right baking pans. Smart Cookie uses two 11" x 17" baking pans, which are NOT the same as the half sheet pans most of us have in our kitchens. (Half sheet pans are 13" x 18".)

2. Using egg whites and vegetable oil in the cake mix keeps the cake white. If you used whole eggs, the cake would turn yellow.

3. Let the cake layers cool before you lift them out of the pans.

4. Chill the filled and frosted cake thoroughly before cutting them into pieces before icing with poured fondant.

Watch the video to see it all come together:

More: Get recipes for baby and bridal showers.