About this recipe:Entertain in style with this petits fours recipe. This sponge is perfect for making petits fours. It is a dense cake that can stand up to the process of being cut into small pieces, and iced individually.
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:15min › Extra time:1hr › Ready in:1hr30min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 25x35cm swiss roll tin.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and egg yolks using an electric mixer. Add sugar, and beat until thick and pale, about 10 minutes. If you have a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment. Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, and fold in by hand along with the milk. Stir just until the batter is mixed then fold in the melted butter until smooth. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared tin.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. When finished, invert the cake pan onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, and cool completely. This will give you nice even petits fours.
Cut the cooled cake into small squares, rectangles or triangles, and arrange the pieces in rows on a wire rack or glazing screen with plenty of space between rows. Set the rack over a shallow tin or greaseproof paper to catch the drips.
Spoon or pour warmed petits fours icing over the small cakes. The drippings may be scraped off of the tin or paper, and reheated for use again. Allow the petits fours to set until completely dry. Lift the cakes from the rack with a metal spatula, and trim the bottom edges with a sharp knife. Set into small petits fours cases for easy handling. Decorate as desired.
The recipe writer fails to mention what to do with the butter!
I added it alternating with the milk and flour. Also in the initial stages, the electric whisk or stand mixer speed needs to be gradually increased to get the pale, thick egg and sugar mixture which is essential to the success of this type of cake. The cake took about 17-18 minutes, but was successful. Also, some vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste should be added. - 30 Oct 2013