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Frosting for Petits Fours



A fondant style pettit four icing that can be easily colored or flavored. Pour over pettit fours, and then decorate them with sprinkles, whole nuts, candied fruit or coconut.

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Original recipe yields 48 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 48 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.2g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a saucepan, stir together the white sugar, cream of tartar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook without stirring until the temperature is between 223 and 234 degrees F (106 to 112 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dripped from a spoon can spin a long thread.
  2. When the syrup comes to the proper temperature, remove from heat, and stir in confectioners' sugar about 1/2 cup at a time until the icing is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Test by pouring over a small piece of cake. Adjust the amount of confectioners' sugar as needed to get a good pouring consistency. Use while warm, or reheat over simmering water. Keep covered with plastic wrap when not in use to prevent a crust from forming on the top.
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Alot of work mine was way too thick it didn't pour I had to dip. I used with the petit four recipe and threw the whole lot out. It was alot of work for a small amount of icing that was bubbly and extremly sweet. Mine was way too thick so I thinned with water and it worked better. But you still had to put too much to get a smooth finish. This is my first time so I didn't expect to master making petit fours but this was really unusable. Taste and texture on mine was bad. Please try the recipe may be I did something wrong.




The reason I didn't give this five stars is not because of the taste, they were really great once I got it right! I tried it five times! I made a recipe very similar to this one, only with a pound of confectioner's sugar and a tablespoon of butter at the end, rather than just one and a half cups of the powdered sugar. Here are my tips: if your icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, and if it is too thick, add as much hot water as you need. I had to constantly water it as it thickened up very quickly. I used a piping bag to pour over the sides of the cake just to make sure they were covered before using a medium-sized spoon to pour icing over the top and get a nice, smooth surface. I was only happy with the way it covered the cake the last time I made it, it was not too thin and not too thick from the beginning, though I still had to add water from time to time. Maybe it had something to do with me doubling the recipe since I only did it that last time? I had enough to cover about thirty 2x2 petit fours, which is a great size, especially if they are layered. In any case, these were beautiful and got AMAZING reviews from the people at the wedding shower that I made them for. If you’re looking for an idea, I used Betty Crocker French Vanilla and Golden Vanilla cakes doctored with about a teaspoon of almond flavoring apiece. I also filled the middle with a buttercream icing that I had folded cherry preserves (run through the blender) into, as the shower was cherry-themed.

Kathryn Serrano

Kathryn Serrano


I ended up making 2 batches of this frosting (which I would actually label as an "icing", since it is so thin) because I figured one batch for 48 servings would be enough for 36 1.5" x 1.5" petit fours. The first batch was way too thick and I had to keep adding warm water to thin it out. When I ran out of the first batch, I made the second by substituting 1/2 Cup of unsweetened cocoa powder for the powdered sugar. It turned out just perfect: thin enough to drizzle but thick enough to give nice coverage. I tried two different methods for icing: by tube and by dipping -- both used a LOT of icing. The icing cooled down and thickened up too fast in the tube. Dipping was faster and easier, but very messy.

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