Petit Fours Or Cake Balls......which One Is More Work?

Decorating By littlecake Updated 4 Nov 2009 , 12:11am by hobbymommy

littlecake Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 3:34pm
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i get calls for petit fours all the time...after making them one time....that was enough for me.

i see these cake balls on here all the time....are they that labor intensive?
i thought that might be a good sub. to offer instead of the dreaded petit four.

they could be scooped out a bigger size.

but if they are just a big of a PITA as petit fours....heck with that idea.

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letsgetcaking Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 3:44pm
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Although I've never made petit fours, I'm positive they are much more labor intensive than the cake balls. The cake balls start out with crumbled up cake. That's a cinch! Then stir in frosting, mold like play dough, dip, and dry. All of the steps are fairly easy, it's just that each step takes a lot of time because there are so many. One 9x13 cake pan will yield about 50 balls. They also need to be refrigerated between certain steps, so that adds more time. Depending on how fancy you get with the decorations it could add more. Still, I'll definitely be making cake balls/pops in the future, but I am staying far away from petit fours. I've heard too many horror stories. icon_smile.gif

mcdonald Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 3:51pm
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PETIT FOURS... STAY AWAY.. they are evil and will drive you to drink (which isn't really a bad thing!)...

cakesdivine Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 4:37pm
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I agree petit fors are WAY MORE labor intensive than cakeballs.

KHalstead Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 4:45pm
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petit fours are DEFINITELY way more work.........because you've got to get the shapes to stay perfectly..........cake balls not so much.

leah_s Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 6:22pm
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I've made both. I now charge $9173950471834 per petit four.

countrycakes Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 11:44pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

I've made both. I now charge $9173950471834 per petit four.

AMEN to that!!! thumbs_up.gif

jmr531 Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 12:29am
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It depends what type of petit fors you are making. While some of them are more labor intensive than cake balls, others require much less work.

cutthecake Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 12:47am
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Do you have a one dozen minimum on those petit fours?

cutthecake Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 12:47am
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What happened to the "delete post" option?

mkolmar Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 1:01am
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Petit fours *shiver* oh the horror. Never again *rocking in corner* never again. icon_cry.giftapedshut.gif

leah_s Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 1:06am
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No. I really only need to sell 1 doz. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 12:37pm
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beachcakes Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 2:15pm
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I have yet to attempt petit fours - they look like way too much work!

Mencked Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 2:32pm
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Petit fours=PITA!!!! Cake balls=getting rid of scraps and making easy money off of them!!!!

cutthecake Posted 29 Sep 2009 , 4:16pm
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At that price, you only need to sell ONE. Then retire.

hobbymommy Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:11am
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I sooo enjoyed reading this hilarious thread!! icon_lol.gif

It has, however, scared me TO DEATH!!! I will NEVER attempt petit fours.

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