Garden Petit Fours
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Garden Petit Fours

These petit fours are made easy by inverting mini cupcakes & decorating with jordan almonds, sprinkles & disco dust. 


Designed by Hayley from


I believe in cake mix, overdosing on sparkles, eating yet another cookie and saying what's on my mind. I also really, really love cupcakes. The Domestic Rebel is about baking fearlessly in the kitchen, turning ordinary ingredients into extraordinary treats!



Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Box Cake Mix – White
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations – Cherry Vanilla and White
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Water (¼ Cup)
  • Light Corn Syrup (¼ Cup)
  • Almond Extract (1 Tsp.)
  • Powdered Sugar (4 Cups)
  • Decorations – Jordan Almonds, Sixlets, Pastel Mints, Pastel Candy Corn, Wilton® Butterfly Decorations, Sprinkles, Pastel Sugar, Disco Dust, etc.

Project Instructions

When you were a kid, did you ever throw tea parties for you and your friends? More than likely, you didn't have actual tea in the kettle but instead, juice or Coke or something far less fancy than tea. And the food served was probably far less fancy than tea-party staples. No cucumber sandwiches, just some Cheetos and maybe a Twinkie that you had to eat pinky-up. Or am I alone in this and just admitted I had the World's Worst Tea Party?

Well now that I'm older, I don't necessarily throw tea parties often .. or at all. That'd mean I'd have to own a tea set, which I do not because I am 22 and spend my money frivolously on things that are not tea sets. However, I DO enjoy throwing parties and get-togethers, especially around holidays. Since my Mom shares her birthday month with Mother's Day, it's not uncommon for us to throw a small get-together with family and friends to celebrate her special month. And when we prepare the shindig, I always want to make sure it's elegant and classy .. unlike my Cheetos and Coke party days.

And look no further for an elegant and fancy dessert that's simple to make and wows a crowd more than Cheetos ever could. I made Petit Fours, which I'm sure means I just advanced by like, eleventy hundred fancy points. Don't be intimidated by these miniature, elaborate cakes. While they only look hard to make, they're actually quite easy and are definitely impressive. Plus, they're a perfect way to celebrate Mom's Day in a sweet way, both literally and figuratively!

Step 1 First, make your petit fours: Preheat your oven to 350°F and liberally grease a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 2 In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Divide the mixture evenly among three bowls. Flavor the second and third bowls with the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavors, respectively. This is optional, but I wanted fun-flavored petit fours.

Step 3 Portion heaping tablespoonfuls of dough among the greased muffin tins and bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until the tops are set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before carefully turning cupcakes out onto a wire rack, upside down. Bake off any remaining batter for the cupcakes and repeat.

Step 4 Once the cupcakes have cooled, prepare your glaze. In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring together the water, corn syrup, almond extract and powdered sugar, and whisk vigorously until it combines in a sticky, thick glaze. Remove from heat OR keep on a low flame while you work.

Step 5 Using a teaspoon, gently spoon the glaze over the cupcakes (remember, we inverted the cupcake, so the bottom is now the top) and, working quickly, adhere candies to form different floral shapes. Serve the petit fours immediately. Makes about 36.

*Notes: to make the flowers, attach five Jordan almonds in the same color around the cupcake. Use a Sixlets candy or a pastel mint as the center of the flower. To make the butterflies, gently attach both butterfly wings into the glaze, leaving a small strip of glaze down the center between the wings. Very carefully (you can even use clean tweezers for this), adhere small pearl sprinkles for the body of the butterfly, if desired. You can also sprinkle your petit fours with crystal sugar for a glittery effect, or with Disco Dust to make them shimmer, as shown.



While normally petit fours are an intensely difficult treat to make, these petit fours are made easy by using cake mix as the base and inverting miniature cupcakes into tiny cakes--the perfect petit four. As I mentioned above, I love using the Duncan Hines Flavor Creations to flavor my cake batters because it gives a unique and fun taste, and it added some additional flavor and color to my different petit fours. You could also add in almond extract, lemon, coconut, or even strawberry syrup to enhance or change the flavors if you can't find the Frosting Creations packages. And yes, you can find the Jordan almonds, butterfly decors, pastel mints, sugars, sprinkles, Frosting Creations and more -- all at Michaels! However, it's up to you whether or not you want to serve Cheetos(??) at your tea party... (WHY MENTION OF THE SNACK?) Happy Mother's Day and thanks for reading!!