While most people recognize the term petifores or "petit fours" as French, few people are aware of the origin. "Petit four" literally translated means "small oven," referring to the low heat setting at which petits fours are baked.
Order assorted petits fours and you will receive hand-made mini cakes, layered with buttercream and covered with rolled fondant. Sometimes called Petifores.
Order petit fours sometimes called mini cakes for a delicious treat or gift, indulge in our
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Assorted Petit Fours or Petifores - This does not refer to the size of the oven but the heat setting- back in the days of the French Revolution, ovens were hard to heat and expensive. In order to get the best value from heating one of these ovens, bakers would use the hottest setting, the grand four, to roast meat and vegetables. Then as the oven cooled, they would use the petit four setting to make small, individual morsels that could be sweet or savory.
When you order petit fours on this site, they are of the sweet variety. Our petit fours are tiny cakes, layered with buttercream and covered with rolled fondant. These petit fours or petifores make great appetizers or desserts at dinner parties. Our petit fours go great with tea or coffee, or can be served simply by themselves. What great gifts they make.
Interestingly, the most common American spelling of the plural of "petit four" is "petit fours". However, the correct French spelling of the plural is "petits fours". We have utilized both on our site to make it more search-friendly to our American clientele, with apologies to our French customers. (We found so many different spellings of petit four it was hard to narrow it down: petit fours, petite four, petites fours, petifores, petti fores, and petitefours, just to name a few!)