Apricot Petits Fours

Bite-sized citrus cakes are drizzled with a sweet apricot icing then topped with sliced almonds and orange peel.

  • prep time 1 hr 20 min
  • total time 4 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 54

Ingredients

Cake

1
box yellow cake mix with pudding
1
cup apricot nectar or juice
1/3
cup vegetable oil
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
2
eggs
2
tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur or apricot nectar

Icing

9
cups powdered sugar
3/4
cup apricot nectar or water
1/2
cup corn syrup
1/3
cup butter or margarine, melted
2
teaspoons almond extract

Decorations, if desired

Sliced almonds
Orange peel
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients except liqueur with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pan.
  • 3 Bake 22 to 28 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Brush liqueur over top of cake. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. To avoid cake crumbs when adding icing, freeze cake 1 hour before cutting.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat icing ingredients on low speed until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat on high speed until smooth. If necessary, add 2 to 3 teaspoons more apricot nectar until icing is pourable.
  • 5 Place cooling rack on cookie sheet or waxed paper to catch icing drips. Cut cake into 9 rows by 6 rows. Working with 6 pieces at a time, remove cake pieces from pan and place on cooling rack. Spoon icing evenly over top and sides of cake pieces, letting icing coat sides. (Icing that drips off can be reused.) Let stand until icing is set, about 2 hours.
  • 6 Decorate with almonds and orange peel as desired. Store in single layer in airtight plastic container.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Petit Four
    Calories
    150
    (
    Calories from Fat
    25),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    3g
    3%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    10mg
    10%;
    Sodium
    70mg
    70%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    30g
    30%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    25g
    25%
    ),
    Protein
    0g
    0%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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