How to Turn Store-Bought Pound Cake into Petits Fours

Petits four (meaning “small oven” in French) is a confectionery or savory appetizer popular in France. These lovely little square cakes can be sweet for dessert or meaty for a classic finger food. But these beautiful treats don’t have to be something you go to France for. You don’t even have to go to your local high-end foods store to find some petits four to serve – you can make them right at home! If you’re thinking, “French baking…no thank you,” you’re going to be relieve to hear that there is a clever trick to get homemade petits four in a snap. You only need one secret weapon: store-bought pound cake! Watch the video below to see how it’s done.

Can you imagine how impressed your guests will be when you serve these beautiful mini-cakes at your next party? Talk about class. And you didn’t even have to overspend or overexert yourself to get them done!

That is truly the best of both worlds.

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– 2 loaves store-bought pound cake
– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar plus more to thicken glaze if necessary
– Yellow pearlized sprinkles or sugar pearls


1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and set a wire rack over it. Set aside.
2. Make the glaze: pass the confectioners’ sugar through a sieve into a medium bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of water and stir until the icing is smooth and coats the back of a spoon. If the icing seems too thin, gradually pass a bit more of the sugar through a sieve into it and stir until smooth. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If it is too thin, gradually add more confectioners’ sugar. If it is too thick, add water by the drop. Set aside.
3. Using a serrated knife, trim the crust from the pound cakes on all sides. Slice the pound cakes into 1-inch-thick slices, using an exaggerated sawing motion to get a smooth cut. Cut out 1 x 1-inch shapes as desired and transfer to the rack.
4. Using a teaspoon, drizzle the glaze over each petit four, then patch the exposed parts on the sides with more. Using an off-set tweezer, place a single pearlized sprinkle in the center of each petit four. Let set in a cool, dry place for at least 1 hour. Arrange on a platter in a single layer and set on the table. The petits fours will keep, stored in an airtight container, up to 2 days.