Cherry Almond Petit Fours

Though diminutive in size, my Cherry Almond Petit Fours are big on flavor. The cake layers get a boost of sweetness from almond paste, and the cherry preserves add wonderful tartness. The shell encasing the cake is a smooth-as-silk white chocolate glaze that is finished with piped vanilla buttercream. Their elegant, yet easily achieved, appearance makes them the perfect bite for afternoon tea, a floral-themed bridal shower, to give as a gift or just for everyday fun.  Use your Farmer Owned ingredients to make these little cakes for your next gathering and be prepared to hear “oohs” and “ahhs” as your guests enjoy these gems!

Time: 4 hours, with cooling
Servings: 14 – 15, 1 1/2 inch round petit fours

Ingredients:
For the cake:
300 grams of almond paste
2/3 cup of sugar
11 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
4 eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt

For the filling:
1/2 cup of cherry preserves

For the glaze:
8 ounces of white chocolate, roughly chopped
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon of shortening

For the buttercream:
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

Measure out all ingredients for cake and glaze and let everything come to room temperature. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Butter a 17 1/2 x 12 1/2, rimmed baking pan and line the bottom with parchment.

Place the almond paste, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and creamy. This will take about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the vanilla.

Add the eggs in one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Mix in the flour and salt until just combined.

Spread the batter into the prepared cookie sheet. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, smooth the batter out, making sure to push it into the corners. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 – 18 minutes until it is lightly golden around the edges and it springs back to the touch.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, trim the edges of the cake and cut vertically into three equal rectangles.

Place the bottom rectangle on a cookie tray lined with parchment and slather with half of the cherry preserves. Top it with the second layer of cake, followed by the final half of preserves. Put the third cake layer on top and cover the cake in plastic. Sandwich the cake between two baking trays and weight the top one down with cans, plates, or whatever you have. Just make sure the weight is evenly distributed. Place the cake in the fridge to press for two hours.

After two hours, remove the cake from the baking tray and transfer to a cutting board. Using a 1 1/2 inch circular cookie cutter, punch out as many circles as you can. Set aside while you make the glaze.

To make the glaze, place the white chocolate, shortening, and butter in a bowl set over a pan with an inch of simmering water. Stir until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. This will only take two to three minutes.

To glaze the cakes, arrange them on a wire rack placed over a cookie tray lined with parchment. Using a large spoon or ladle, pour glaze over the cakes, letting the excess drip to the bottom. Glaze as many cakes as you can before collecting and reusing the excess to cover the remainder of the petit fours. If the glaze has collected crumbs, it can be strained and reheated to return it to the right consistency. Place the glazed cakes in the fridge to set for 20 minutes while you make the buttercream.

To make the buttercream, beat the room temperature butter and vanilla until combined. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time until completely incorporated. Beat the mixture on high until smooth. You can dye your buttercream any color that you like and decorate as you choose. I use a #103 tip to pipe the petals and a #65 tip for the green leaves. After piping the flowers, set the cakes in the fridge to firm up for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy! Cakes will stay fresh for a week if kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Cherry Almond Petit Fours


  • Author: FarmerOwned.com
  • Total Time: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 14-15

Description

These Cherry Almond Petit Fours are big on flavor. The cake layers get a boost of sweetness from almond paste, and the cherry preserves add wonderful tartness.  Definitely an elegant dish to serve at any gathering.

 


Ingredients

CAKE

  • 300 grams of almond paste
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 11 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

FILLING

  • 1/2 cup of cherry preserves

GLAZE

  • 8 ounces of white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening

BUTTERCREAM

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

 

 

 


Instructions

Measure out all ingredients for cake and glaze and let everything come to room temperature. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Butter a 17 1/2 x 12 1/2, rimmed baking pan and line the bottom with parchment.

Place the almond paste, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and creamy. This will take about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the vanilla.

Add the eggs in one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Mix in the flour and salt until just combined.

Spread the batter into the prepared cookie sheet. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, smooth the batter out, making sure to push it into the corners. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 – 18 minutes until it is lightly golden around the edges and it springs back to the touch.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, trim the edges of the cake and cut vertically into three equal rectangles.

Place the bottom rectangle on a cookie tray lined with parchment and slather with half of the cherry preserves. Top it with the second layer of cake, followed by the final half of preserves. Put the third cake layer on top and cover the cake in plastic. Sandwich the cake between two baking trays and weight the top one down with cans, plates, or whatever you have. Just make sure the weight is evenly distributed. Place the cake in the fridge to press for two hours.

After two hours, remove the cake from the baking tray and transfer to a cutting board. Using a 1 1/2 inch circular cookie cutter, punch out as many circles as you can. Set aside while you make the glaze.

To make the glaze, place the white chocolate, shortening, and butter in a bowl set over a pan with an inch of simmering water. Stir until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. This will only take two to three minutes.

To glaze the cakes, arrange them on a wire rack placed over a cookie tray lined with parchment. Using a large spoon or ladle, pour glaze over the cakes, letting the excess drip to the bottom. Glaze as many cakes as you can before collecting and reusing the excess to cover the remainder of the petit fours. If the glaze has collected crumbs, it can be strained and reheated to return it to the right consistency. Place the glazed cakes in the fridge to set for 20 minutes while you make the buttercream.

To make the buttercream, beat the room temperature butter and vanilla until combined. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time until completely incorporated. Beat the mixture on high until smooth. You can dye your buttercream any color that you like and decorate as you choose. I use a #103 tip to pipe the petals and a #65 tip for the green leaves. After piping the flowers, set the cakes in the fridge to firm up for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Notes

Cakes will stay fresh for a week if kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

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