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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 egg whites
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- Yellow Food Coloring
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour Noric Ware Petits Fours pan or mini muffin tin.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in extract. Beat in 1/2 of the flour and 1/2 of the milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk, one at a time.
- In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold egg whites into batter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
- Blueberry Coffee Cake from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Cornbread Pancakes with Blackberries from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Crepes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Hot N Sweet Mango Chutney from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Lemon Glazed Raspberry Scones from Juanita’s Cocina
- Quiche Lorraine from Supper for a Steal
- Seafood Quiche from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Strawberry Rhubarb Compote from Noshing with the Nolands
- Sweet French Breakfast Crepes from Curious Cuisiniere
- Vidalia Onion Quiche from Comfy Cuisine
Mother’s Day Entrees
- Cod with Stewed Tomatoes from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheesefrom Foxes Love Lemons
- Lemon Risotto from Healthy. Delicious.
- Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp Caper Sauce from Family Foodie
- Pork dumpling (Shumai) from The Urban Mrs.
Mother’s Day Sides
- Spaetzle from Magnolia Days
Mother’s Day Desserts and Drinks
- Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Gotta Get Baked
- Chocolate Kahlua Cream Pie from Ruffles & Truffles
- Espresso Brownies from What Smells So Good?
- Fresh Blackberry Elderflower Sorbet from Shockingly Delicious
- Fresh Fig and Walnut Pie from Vintage Kitchen
- Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Berries, and Fresh Whipped Cream fromNeighborfood
- Lavender Shortbread Cookies from girlichef
- Lemon Meringue Pie from Pies and Plots
- Lemon Petit Fours from Home Cooking Memories
- Lemon Sorbet in Prosecco from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Milky Way Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mini Coconut Pies from La Cocina de Leslie
- Mini Strawberry and Cheese Pies from Basic N Delicious
- Mom’s Apple Crisp from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Mom’s Texas Sheetcake from Daily Dish Recipes
- Raspberry and Hazlenut Friands from Happy Baking Days
- Semolina Balls (Suji Laddoo) from Soni’s Food
- Too-Good-to-Be-Lowfat Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert from The Weekend Gourmet
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.