This is the best strawberry pound cake petits fours, but I may be a bit biased. These pretty little cakes are made from dense vanilla pound cake with layers of homemade strawberry jam and strawberry cream cheese frosting in the center. Mine are cut into small squares, but you can do hearts, stars, circles, flowers, or whatever you’d like. Then dip and glaze the petits fours on all sides in icing. Oh what a messy dessert, but it must be done.
When the pound cake is baked, remove the brown spots and level the top off with a serrated bread knife or a cake leveler. This makes even straight layers of cake. What to do with the extras? Good question! You can save it to make cake pops or eat it. Guess what my option was? Hehe.
It’s certainly not my first time baking and assembling petits fours, however it has been a while since I’ve laid hands on these sweet treats. Why you may be wondering? Well, it’s so time consuming and involves baking the cake, making the fillings, sugar syrup (though optional), and cutout decorations. And along with that, cutting the cake into shapes and then coating the cakes into glaze, icing or pourable fondant. Whew, what a handful to even type that.
However I plan to make these treats again – different designs, shapes and tastes.
Depending on how many layers you’d like, you can slice the cake horizontally in half and then torte each half in …half again. I think sugar syrup is optional, but feel free to make it. This gives your cake some moisture. Then spread a thin layer of strawberry jam with strawberry cream cheese frosting on top. Assemble with another cake layer on top. Repeat.
I was going for a marbleized look so my strawberry pound cake petits fours had frosting with the chunks of strawberry on top. Freeze and then make a light pink and dark pink glaze. Or glaze the first layer of icing with light pink, then mix in a darker pink gel food coloring. Dip and glaze the second layer of icing.
As always when using a recipe, I tend to adapt it ever so slightly. Who likes to experiment…with everything? In this case, with the cream cheese frosting. I tossed in about 1/2 full strawberries into mixer and cranked it up. For the pound cake, I baked mine in a 13x9in dark pan at 30-35 minutes.