(If you don’t know, petit fours are individual pieces of cake draped in their own frosting. They are the original cake pop. Bakerella, I mean that in the most respectful way).
I feel like I know exactly how it went when a Southern woman invented petit fours. I imagine a gentlewoman, much like Scarlett O’Hara, craving chocolate cake one day, but feeling hesitant to eat a slice in front of her gentleman. I imagine she thought if the apple of her eye saw how quickly she wolfed down a piece of chocolate cake, she would no longer be his lady. So, she got creative. She sliced delicate, lady-sized portions of cake, smushed two pieces together with jam and booze, and doused it in frosting. How dainty!
Are you with me? We are popping miniature pieces of cake in our mouth. And it is more delicious than regular cake exactly because: it has frosting on every square inch of it. Amen.
You have extra chocolate cake mix in your pantry after making my Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cupcakes, yes? Put the extra chocolate cake mix to use in these petit fours. They’re fantastic for holiday parties. After making the cake, dice it up into bite size pieces. Stir some booze into your favorite jam or marmalade. I used orange marmalade and Grand Marnier:
The moral of the story here is to make sure your gentleman likes the way you look when you wolf down a hunk of chocolate cake. But, if you already married the sap, just make petit fours!
For the filling:
For the frosting: