Lemon Berry Petit Fours Recipe

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Joshua Ruiz Modified: March 21, 2022
Lemon Berry Petit Fours Recipe

How To Make Lemon Berry Petit Fours

Petit fours is a French term for small pastries. In this recipe, bite-sized cake slices sandwich a jam layer. They’re then topped with white chocolate.

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 30 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • cupsunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • 8ozcream cheese,full-fat, softened to room temperature
  • 2cupsgranulated sugar
  • cupsour cream,at room temperature
  • tsppure vanilla extract
  • 6large eggs,room temperure
  • 3cupscake flour,spoon & leveled
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • tspsalt
  • 3tbsplemon juiced
  • ¼cupraspberry jam
  • ¼cuplemon curd

For Vanilla Buttercream Filling:

  • ¾cupunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • 3cupsconfectioners’ sugar
  • 2tbspheavy cream,or whole milk
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • pinchsalt

For White Chocolate Topping:

  • 8ozwhite chocolate,coarsely chopped
  • 2tspcanola oil,or vegetable, or coconut oil
  • white sixlets,, mint leaves, edible flowers, berries, and/or sprinkles, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 12×17 inch half sheet pan, then line with parchment paper.

Cake:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on high speed for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

  2. Add the cream cheese and beat on high speed for about 1 minute until completely smooth and combined. Add the sugar and beat on high speed for about 1 minute until combined, then add the sour cream and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined and creamy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

  3. On low speed, beat the eggs in 1 at a time allowing each to fully mix in before adding the next. Careful not to overmix after the eggs have been added.

  4. Once the 6th egg is combined, stop the mixer and add the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat on medium speed just until combined, then beat in the lemon juice. Try not to overmix.

  5. Using a rubber spatula or sturdy whisk, give the batter a final turn to make sure there are no lumps at the bottom of the bowl. The batter will be thick and creamy.

  6. Pour/spoon batter evenly into prepared pan. Bang the pan on the counter once or twice to bring up any air bubbles.

  7. Bake for 26 to 31 minutes. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. Once it comes out completely clean, the cake is done.

  8. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool inside the pan. The cake will shrink down from the sides.

  9. Once cool, invert the cake onto a cutting board or the counter. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice cake in half horizontally.

  10. Then cut each long rectangle into 3 smaller rectangles. There will now be 6 rectangles.

  11. Very carefully and slowly slice each in half, as if making a 1-layer cake a 2-layer cake. There will now be 12 thin rectangles.

Vanilla Buttercream:

  1. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy.

  2. Add confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes.

  3. Add up to ¼ cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or another tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.

  4. With a sharp knife, trim the ends off the rectangles that touched the pan. They’re a little harder and uneven, which would create lopsided petit fours.

  5. Spread vanilla buttercream in a thick even layer on 4 rectangles. Spread both lemon curd and raspberry jam on 4 rectangles. The remaining 4 rectangles are plain because they are the tops.

  6. Go a little lighter on the raspberry jam and lemon curd compared to the vanilla buttercream.

  7. Place the lemon curd/raspberry jam rectangles on top of the vanilla buttercream rectangles. Layer the plain rectangle on top.

  8. Loosely cover each and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour. They must chill before cutting into tiny petit fours.

  9. Once cold, slice each into 12 little squares. Arrange on a baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator or freezer while melting the chocolate

  10. Melt the white chocolate and oil together in a double boiler or in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping and stirring after each until smooth and melted.

  11. If it seems too thick, add another drop of oil to thin out. Spoon or drizzle over petit fours. Top with optional garnish if desired.

  12. Cover and store petit fours in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 238.49kcal
  • Fat: 13.41g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.36g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.63g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.69g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.37g
  • Fiber: 0.55g
  • Sugar: 20.18g
  • Protein: 2.37g
  • Cholesterol: 55.29mg
  • Sodium: 161.92mg
  • Calcium: 34.81mg
  • Potassium: 64.16mg
  • Iron: 0.88mg
  • Vitamin A: 107.87µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.45mg
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