Buttermilk Petit Fours: Tea Party Recipes (2024)

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This Buttermilk Petit Fours recipe is part of a series I am starting of tea party recipes. It seemed a fun theme to revisit throughout the spring and summer, and the recipes will come in handy for readers hosting princess parties, bridal showers, baby showers, brunches and such.

Buttermilk Petit Fours Recipe (Origin)

The recipe was specifically developed for my Nordic Ware flower petit fours pan I bought a couple weeks ago. I had my eye on the pan for awhile so I was looking forward to trying it. It can also be made in equivalent sized mini-muffin tins (holding about 1 tbs of batter).


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Much to my chagrin the 1st recipe I tried in this adorable petit fours pan was not a good match, and the little flowers ended out a dismal trash can bound failure. I tweaked the recipe, to create a moist fine crumb cake, so they would release nicely and hold their shape well. I also sweetened & refined the batter recipe a bit by partially using confectionery sugar. I didn't want anything getting in the way of the flower outlines.

I swirled strawberry preserves (all fruit type, no sugar) in about half the batter, for a bit of variation.

Buttermilk Petit Fours (Results)

In the recipe version shared below the Buttermilk Petit Fours released easily from the pan, and held their outline well.. I stored them for a couple days before photographing, and tiny cakes were still very moist on the day I shot them. Since they were so moist, and a didn't require more sweetness, I was able to leave them unglazed like I wanted. The cakes with preserves only had a subtle flavor difference, since the buttermilk had already brought a tanginess.

I'll be making these again. Next time I may try adding some pastel colors. They are great for the tea party recipes theme, not only for their dainty size and sweetness, but their ability to serve well after a few days.

If you are looking for more delicious recipes you could serve at tea, considering myLemon Madeleines,Lemon Lavender Cookies, Strawberry Donuts, Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz cookies or coconut bar cookies. You don't always have to strictly serve hot tea either. A nice glass of raspberry iced tea or peach iced tea in the summer months is a welcome respite from the heat of the days.

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Buttermilk Petit Fours: Tea Party Recipes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes minutes

Servings: 40 -48

Calories: 54kcal

Author: Robin Gagnon


  • ¼ cup confectionery sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ pound room temperature butter 1 stick
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • **optional** strawberry all-fruit preserves ¼ cup is enough for ½ the batter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour the pan.

  • Mix baking powder into confectionery sugar, them cream the butter and both sugars together.

  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. (If you choose to add preserves, break them up well before adding and swirl them into the finished batter by hand.)

  • Drop 1 tbs of batter into each tin.

  • If using a cast aluminum pan, bake approximately 17 minutes, if using a standard mini muffin tin bake time will be approximately 15 minutes.

  • Remove to cool on racks before serving.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Amanda says

    Used this recipe earlier this week! Turned out perfect, thanks!!


    • Robin Gagnon says

      Thanks for letting me know 🙂


  2. Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby! says

    Those are beautiful! Fantastic job, Robin!


  3. Scarlett says

    These look fantastic and perfect for any spring tea or shower. Love the addition of strawberry preserves. I wonder how shortbread would hold up in the mold? Pinning!


  4. Mary says

    Hi! I'm planning on making these tomorrow and I'm wondering if the recipe yields just the 20 petit fours from one tin? I have two of these tins and was planning on making either 40 or 80 (for a Father/Daughter dance) and need to make sure I have the correct amount of batter for that many petit fours. Thanks!


    • Robin Gagnon says

      I believe their was some batter left, but not all that much.


  5. Deborah says

    Can't wait to make these for Mother's Day brunch! I've had a Nordic mini-teacake pan for years and didn't know what to bake in it! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. tarazandra says

    These were just perfect. Released from pan easily. I separated batter into thirds and did three different flavors and colors.


  7. Liz says

    Taste good, but they were a disaster as they would not release from the molds at all.


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