As the festive season draws near, are you still searching for that perfect gift for your loved one, coworker, or neighbor? This year, show the people in your life how much they mean to you by wrapping up a delightful array of Christmas Petit Fours. These delicious treats are made from a mixture of moist, rich red velvet cake and smooth cream cheese filling, coated in white buttercream, and topped with rosemary sprigs and red pearl sprinkles. Simple to make and beautiful, Christmas Petit Fours add a thoughtful, homemade touch to all your holiday gifts.
More Recipes for Your Christmas Celebrations
Red Velvet Cheese Ball
This is the perfect dip for the holidays. It has all the deliciousness of red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting rolled into one ball and is served with your favorite cookies or crackers. It’s creamy and flavorful without being too rich and only requires 3 ingredients.
Snowman Cake Balls
At Dutch Apron® Bakery, we know that Christmas isn’t really Christmas without an array of fantastic desserts. This year, we’re here with a recipe that will help you add a little festive flair to your traditional holiday dessert tray. These Snowman Cake Balls are full of chocolatey goodness, both inside and out, to create a holiday indulgence that is almost too adorable to eat. Almost.
Yule Log Cake Roll
Are you looking for a beautiful dessert that will absolutely dazzle on your Christmas table this year? Well, look no further. A twist on the traditional Christmas dessert, this Yule Log Cake Roll is full of chocolatey goodness and covered in buttercream frosting to make it look like a classic yule log. It’s the perfect dessert to help celebrate this wonderful time of year with family and friends.
What You’ll Need
- A parchment-lined cookie sheet will keep your counters clean as you deconstruct your cake roll and separate the cake from the filling.
- Have a small to medium-sized bowl handy. This will be used to hold the filling you remove from the cake roll.
- To cut your cake into circles, use a 2” round cookie cutter.
- Get a cake board or plate to place your cake stacks on while assembling and decorating.
- A small offset spatula and bench scraper will be used to even out the buttercream and give your cake a smooth, professional finish.
- For the frosting and decorating, you’ll need a few 12” pipping bags.
- Finally, you’ll want to have a wooden skewer to hold your cake stacks in place as you decorate.
Once the frosting on your Christmas Petit Fours has completely set, place the cake in an airtight container. We recommend placing a layer of parchment paper or plastic wrap on the bottom of the container before putting in your petit fours. Place the container in the fridge. Your petit fours can be stored like this for 3-4 days.
Tips for Making Christmas Petit Fours
- Give your cake roll plenty of time to thaw before beginning to unroll it. A frozen cake and its filling are stiff and hard to separate while a warmer cake roll is easier to manipulate and won’t break into pieces as easily.
- Don’t worry about making your buttercream coating look perfect. A rustic appearance adds charm to these elegant treats.
- Remember to scrape off any excess frosting from your offset spatula and bench scraper in between petit fours. Otherwise, that excess frosting will just end up back on your cake.
Prepare to Wrap Up Your Own Tray of Delicious Christmas Petit Fours
Servings: One Red Velvet Cake Roll will make approx. 6 Christmas Petit Fours.
- 1 Dutch Apron® Bakery Red Velvet Cake Roll, thawed
- Buttercream frosting
- Rosmary sprigs
- Red pearl sprinkles
- White sprinkle flakes
Prepare Your Cake Roll
- Take the Red Velvet Cake Roll out of the packaging and let it sit on the counter to thaw. You want it close to room temperature before continuing.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the cake roll on it. Gently, unroll the cake. Scrape off all the cream cheese filling from the cake roll and put the filling in a bowl for later.
- Once the filling has been removed and the cake has been rolled flat, use a 2” round cookie cutter to cut out as many circles as you prefer.
Layer the Cake and Filling
- Take the filling you set aside earlier and place it in a 12” piping bag. Cut a small amount off the tip.
- Place one cake circle in the center of your plate or cake board. Pipe a small ring of frosting on the cake circle, leaving some room around the edges. Fill in the circle with the frosting.
- Take another cake circle and place it on top of the frosting, pushing very lightly. Once again, pipe a small ring of frosting on the cake circle, leaving some room around the edges. Fill in the circle with the frosting.
- Top with one last cake circle, pushing very lightly.
- Repeat steps 5-7 to make as many Christmas Petit Fours as you need.
Adding on the Buttercream Frosting
- Place the buttercream frosting in a new 12” piping bag and cut a small amount off the tip. Pipe a small circle of frosting on the top of your stacked cakes.
- Insert a wooden skewer in the center of your cake stack to hold it steady while smoothing out the icing on the top with a small offset spatula.
- Then, pipe a small amount of frosting around the sides of the cake in a wave-like motion.
- Using a bench scraper, gently scrape the sides until there is only a thin coating of frosting on your cake. The cake layers should be visible through the frosting.
- Once satisfied with the frosting coverage, pull out the skewer and gently scrape some frosting over the hole.
Decorating the Christmas Petit Fours
- Place rosemary sprigs on the top of the cake roll stack. The sprigs should be facing opposite directions.
- Add three red pearl sprinkles in between the rosemary sprigs.
- Top with white sprinkle flakes.
- Lift the cake stack from the bottom using the offset spatula and place it on a serving tray or platter. Refrigerate to firm up before serving.
Tender red velvet cake, rich cream cheese filling, and festive decorations make these Christmas Petit Fours a delightful addition to all your holiday celebrations. Whether you’ve made these tiny, tasty desserts for family, friends, or just to treat yourself, they are sure to add an extra layer of delight to each one of your festivities this season. After all, sometimes the most significant joys come in small, delicious packages.
Here’s to a season filled with sweetness, laughter, and the simple pleasure of sharing something special. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!