Lemon Petits Fours Recipe

These Lemon Petits Fours are delightful little lemon cakes with a lemon sugar glaze. A perfect dessert to enjoy after a lovely Mother’s Day dinner, or to enjoy at baby showers, wedding showers, or tea parties.

Lemon Petits Fours Recipe - delightful little lemon cakes with lemon glaze. Perfect for Mother's Day, baby showers, bridal showers, tea parties, and more!

It was meant to be.

During Easter, I saw the Nordic Ware Petits Fours Baking Pan. It’s the same one they sell regularly, but this one had Easter labeling. The price was a bit over $20 and while I figured this cast aluminum baking pan was well worth the price, it was a bit more than I could spend at the time.

Nordic Ware Petits Fours Baking Pan

So, I waited.

I figured that if I could find it after Easter, when it would be on clearance, then it was meant to be. As soon as prices went to 75% off I looked for it and was disappointed. It was no where to be found in the Easter clearance. As I headed to the registers with my other purchases and an idea struck me. I decided to duck down the kitchen cookware aisle to see if maybe, just maybe, one of the employees had returned the Nordic Ware Easter Petit Fours pan to the area with the other usual, non-seasonal Nordic Ware items. Sure enough, I found one. There is sat, looking at me and saying “come take me home”.

I gave it a quick scan on a price checker to make sure it was on clearance and sure enough, it was. Just over $6 and it was mine. I took it home and have been eager to use it ever since.

Nordic Ware Petits Fours Baking Pan

With Mother’s Day being the theme for #SundaySupper this week (hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks), I knew that petits fours — little cakes with a sugar glaze — would be a perfect. They are an elegant dessert and after mom has a lovely dinner with her family, these can be served with some coffee or tea. They are also wonderful for dessert tables for parties or bridal or baby showers.

Lemon Petits Fours

I particularly like petits fours because of their size. Rather than indulging in a big piece of cake, I can have a couple delicate petits fours and feel like I’m a getting just as much of a treat. 

While I used the Nordic Ware Petits Fours Baking Pan, you can use a mini muffin tin, if you prefer. After the cakes are baked, you will add the sugar glaze. I do this by dipping the tops and sides directly into the glaze and then allowing the excess to drip off. If necessary, you can spoon a bit of extra glaze over the tops.

Lemon Petit Fours Recipe

Lemon Petits Fours
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • Yellow Food Coloring
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour Noric Ware Petits Fours pan or mini muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in extract. Beat in ½ of the flour and ½ of the milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk, one at a time.
  4. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold egg whites into batter.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each petits fours cup or each mini muffin tin cup; set remaining batter aside. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of one comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling racks that are set on a baking sheet or on top of wax paper to finish cooling. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. With petits fours still on cooling rack, apply the sugar glaze (see instructions below). This can be done by either spooning glaze over the tops of the petits fours or by dipping the tops and sides into the glaze, allowing excess to drip off.
For Glaze:
  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Mixture should be thick, but thin enough to pour. If too thin, add more sugar. If too thick, add more milk. Stir in extract and tint with food color.

Recipe adapted from Nordic Ware packaging

Lemon Petits Fours

My fellow #SundaySupper food bloggers are also contributing amazing recipes for that are perfect for Mother’s Day. You can get all the links before — be sure to check them out, they’d love to have you visit:

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Entrees

Mother’s Day Sides

Mother’s Day Desserts and Drinks

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday, May 12th to celebrate Mother’s day! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes that celebrate mom.  Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

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  1. says

    These are gorgeous! I’ve always loved petit fours-just the bite sized goodness has always been a draw for me. This pan is too cute though!

  2. says

    I have a similar pan, that I bought at williams sonoma and brought in my suitcase. And I have yet to use it! How´s that for ridiculous? I have this vision that every tiny cake will stick due to those intricate patterns. Now I know what recipe to use Brandie!

  3. says

    What a deal! And your petit fours look beautiful with that lemon glaze. They’d disappear quickly around here. Happy Mother’s Day, Brandie!!!

  4. says

    The Nordic Ware Easter Petit Fours pan is perfect for Mother’s Day! The Lemon Petit Fours look scrumptious. I would love to sit down with a cup of coffee and have one!

  5. says

    Dang, that’s an amazing deal on the pan! Nordicware never goes on sale where I live. I either need to find it online or make a trip to the US. Your petit fours are absolutely beautiful, especially dripping with that yummy lemon glaze. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

  6. says

    Ahhh – I am so jealous of that pan! I have been eyeing that one (and similar ones) for so long…I’ve seen them pop up a lot at HomeGoods for about $12 over the years…I really just need to buckle down and pick one up when I see one next!

  7. says

    What pretty petit fours! Now you have me wanting that pan too (I do have a bit of a baking pan obsession/collection). I hope to get lucky like you and find it on sale or clearance.

  8. says

    Hi Brandie,
    These are wonderful Lemon Petits Fours, I just must have one of those precious little pans. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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