I’ve joined a lovely group of bloggers for Movie Monday Challenge. The movie we’re celebrating this month is The Princess Bride. I decided to create Pretty Petits Fours Worthy of The Princess Bride. Be sure and check out all the other Princess Bride links at the end of my post.
In case you haven’t seen the 1987 romantic comedy, the story begins with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson. Buttercup, a beautiful young girl who lives on a farm, loves to boss around the farmhand, Westley. He answers every order with “As you wish.” It was his way of saying, “I love you.”
After Buttercup realizes that she’s in love with Westley, he leaves the farm to seek his fortune. After Westley apparently dies at sea, Buttercup vows to never love again but accepts the marriage proposal of Prince Humperdinck.
I won’t tell you the rest of the story, but The Princess Bride is a classic tale of love and adventure. So, Pretty Petits Fours Worthy of The Princess Bride is an ode to Buttercup.
Let’s make some Pretty Petits Fours
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternating with the milk, beating well after each addition.
In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter.
Pour into the square baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut a thin slice off each side of the cake and cut the cake into 1-1/4″ squares. Place 1/2″ apart on a rack in a jelly roll pan to catch drips.
Combine glaze ingredients, beating on low until combined and on high until smooth.
Pour over cake until well covered. Let dry completely.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cups milk
- 3 egg whites
- 2 lbs. powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract
- Princess Crowns:
- Crown candy mold (Wilton)
- Pink candy melts
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Grease and flour a 9" square pan.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in vanilla.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternating with the milk, beating well after each addition.
- In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter.
- Pour into the square baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Cut a thin slice off each side of the cake. Cut the cake into 1-1/4" squares. Place 1/2" apart on a rack in a jelly roll pan to catch drips.
- Combine glaze ingredients, beating on low until combined and on high until smooth.
- Pour over cake until well covered. Let dry completely.
- Melt candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on package.
- Pour into crown molds and let set.
- Top each Petit Four with a princess crown.
Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 5mgSodium 89mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 0gSugar 37gProtein 2g
Did you know?
Traditional Petits Fours are usually made with marzipan. I don’t care for marzipan (candy paste made primarily from sugar and almonds) and I’m not one to follow rules. I think my way is delicious!
Also, when you’re talking about one small fancy cake, it’s Petit Four. The plural of Petit Four is Petits Fours. Petit Four is a french word. The English translation is Small Oven.
I made my Princess Petits Fours a little larger (about 2″ instead of 1-1/4″) than normal so that the pink chocolate crowns would fit on top. No matter how you cut them, they are delicious!
Have you ever seen The Princess Bride? One of my favorite quotes is when the grandson says to his grandfather, “Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow.” His grandpa replies. “As you wish.”