Baby Shower Desserts: Petite Sweets

Use these miniature desserts to spell out a special message for your Mom-to-be.

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These elegant petite sweets are dead ringers for petit fours from a fancy French patisserie so you'd never guess how easy they are to make with ready-made pound cake and frosting. You can switch up the colors to match your shower theme and spell out a baby name or monogram with the letters. Start with a 10-3/4 ounce frozen pound cake that's been thawed. Trim the end and cut the cake into 1 inch slices. Square off the top edge and trim the crust from the other three sides. Now, cut each slice into six 1-inch squares. For the [unk] you'll need a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting. Put a 1/4 cup of it into either a piping bag or a zip-top plastic bag. Snip off the end. Divide the remaining frosting between three balls, tint one ball with rose color-- icing color and one with violet icing color. Leave the third ball white. Microwave one of the balls for 10 seconds. Stir it and heat it again for 10 seconds until the frosting is the consistency of heavy cream. Using a fork, dip one cake cube into the frosting to completely coat the top and sides. Let the excess frosting drip back into the bowl. Then, use a second fork to slide the coated cake cube onto a wax paper line baking sheet. If you like, add candy sprinkles while the coating is still wet, though you'll wanna leave enough cubes blank for writing letters. Repeat the coating process with the other cake cubes alternating the colors. When the coating is cool, use the reserved white frosting to pipe letters on to the cubes. You can also mix it up with rose and violet piping tube. Serve the petit fours in paper candy cups.

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