These No Bake Peanut Butter Pound Cake Petit Fours are a fun and quick way to make petit fours using store-bought pound cake! It is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts you can make without ever touching the oven!
No Bake Petit Fours Using Pound Cake
This recipe for petit fours uses store-bought pound cake! You can make your own pound cake too which would be delicious but using store-bought is a huge time saver.
I like to serve these pound cake petit fours at fancy parties when I want to impress my guests. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate makes this such a delicious bite sized dessert!
What Are Petit Fours & Why Are They Called Petit Fours?
Petit fours are basically fancy French bite sized desserts. There are a few different kinds of petit fours like the ones that are perfectly glazed and those that are filled with fruit and covered in fondant.
The name petit four actually means “small oven” in French. It is the way the French used to bake these mini cakes when they did not have the wonderfully large ovens we have today.
With that said, many petit fours are just too time consuming to make and are just not worth the trouble. But these no bake petit fours are too easy to pass up!
What Is The Easiest Way To Make Petit Fours?
The best way to prepare this easy petit fours recipe is to use a store-bought PRE-SLICED pound cake.
Here I used Entenmann’s all butter loaf cake because of how rich it is but ANY pound cake will work!
Pound cake is absolutely delicious by itself but it has a tendency to look
blah plain. No one sees pound cake by its lonesome and thinks, “Wow!”.
So I thought of a quick and super easy way to jazz it up without ever needing to touch the oven!
Tip* If you can find a pre-sliced pound cake, grab it!! It is difficult to slice the cake evenly on your own unless you have a really sharp knife!
How To Cut Your Pound Cake
If you can’t find a pre-sliced pound cake…
- Sometimes the nice bakery workers will slice a whole one for you using their fancy machine if you just ask them!
- Slice the loaf yourself using a sharp knife! Tip* Score the top of your loaf lightly to “trace” how thick you want your slices before you start. (I recommend slicing the cake no more than 1″ thick so the entire mini cake stack is about 3″ tall.)
Once you have your loaf sliced…
You can use a small round cookie cutter to cut out your cake layers.
If you don’t have one try using the end of a shot glass! The diameter is a good “bite” size!
Don’t like waste??
You can always just cut each slice into quarters so you do not waste any cake! Your cake will just be square
instead of circular!
You could also use some of the extra cake to top each petit four with!
If you want to try baking and cutting your own petit fours, here is a great tutorial that shows how to make the perfect petit fours!
How To Make Your Peanut Butter Mousse
A mousse is typically very airy and light so any mouse will go well with pound cake.
This peanut butter mousse is one that I make A LOT. I will whip it up in 5 minutes when Derek’s sweet tooth comes out of its cage.
Because pound cake it typically dense compared to most cakes, the light mousse is perfect!
All I did was whip up some heavy cream in a mixing bowl, added some powdered sugar and lastly, folded in peanut butter.
It is important to be gentle when making your mousse so you do not remove much air from the whipped cream.
Tip* Don’t use a spoon to top your petit fours. Instead, I suggest you to do one of the following:
- Try using a piping bag with a star tip like I did! It looks so nice and really does not take long to do!
- Place the mousse inside of a ziplock bag and snip the edge. Works wonderfully! You just wont get the star-like look.
Any leftover mousse, save it to use on top of ice cream!
Mixing Your Petit Fours Chocolate Sauce
This chocolate sauce it super easy to whip up and delicious drizzled on top of each petit four!
Just make sure you’re precise with your measurements! Too much or too little of one ingredients and the consistency will be off.
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Here are other bite sized dessert recipes you may like:
Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Bites With Cookie Crust
Easy NO BAKE Peanut Butter Pound Cake Petit Fours
No Bake Peanut Butter Pound Cake Petit Fours
- 1 store bought pound cake ((pre-sliced if you can find))
Peanut Butter Mousse
- 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Creamy Peanut Butter
- 4 Tsp. Milk
- 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
- 2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
- Pinch Salt
- Whip cream and sugar on medium high for a couple minutes or until it just begins to thicken.
- Turn speed on low and add peanut butter until just incorporated. Set aside.
- Mix chocolate ingredients with a small whisk. Drizzle should be thick but easily drip from spoon. Add more cocoa powder if too “liquidy” or add more milk if it becomes too thick to drizzle.
- Use round cutter (or shot glass) to cut small rounds from each cake slice. Try and get as many rounds out of the cake as possible! (I got two rounds out of each slice.) OR cut each slice into quarters to not waste any cake.
*If you could not find a pre-sliced pound cake, you will need to slice the loaf into ½”-1” slices before doing this.
- Starting with the first cake round, place a dollop of mousse on top using a ziplock bag or piping back. Place second layer of cake on top of the mousse. Use a small spoon to drizzle chocolate on top. Finish with another dollop of mousse on top! (Use a star tip if you have!)
- Cut all cake rounds.
- Next pipe a dollop of mousse on top of first round.
- Top all rounds with second sliced round.
- Next, drizzle chocolate sauce over each.
- Finally, top with a dollop of mousse!