The Cake Slice: Pistachio Petit Four Cake

August 20, 2009 at 1:47 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 26 Comments

pistachio petit four cake

With marzipan roses on top (however garishly colored–oops!), this Pistachio Petit Four Cake from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes may be the ultimate ladies’ treat– something that you’ll want to eat with your pinkie curled in the air. 

It’s not just for the girls though…R was completely happy to have it as his birthday cake this past week (want to see last year’s, or the year before’s?).  And he’d have been crazy not to want it.  Pistachio butter cake stacked with rolled marzipan, apricot jam and chocolate ganache make for a layered affair that is not just beautiful to look at, but tastes beautiful, too.

Sounds like a lot of fuss for a cake, but it’s completely worth it, and it’s not really that hard…at least not compared to stuggling through the petits fours glacés section of a French cooking school curriculum!  Buy the jam, and what the hell, buy the marzipan, too.  Even though there were instructions in the recipe for homemade marzipan, I confess that I just got the stuff in a log (one log worked great for the six-inch cake I made, but if you are doing a full-sized cake, I’d suggest two).

Here’s a printable link to the recipe.  Better yet, get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne.  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our sky-high cakes this month.

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  1. I agree this cake was fantastic! The perfect afternoon treat for elegant ladies :)

  2. how wonderful !! My son said :delicious and very chocolatey !!!

  3. Stephanie, that cake is amazing! That book is making it to the wish list! A little note for you over here: http://bakergirlcreations.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/a-pleasant-suprise/

  4. Wow, a pistachio butter cake sounds so interesting. This looks so lovely. I love the sound of this book! May have to put it on my wishlist!

  5. Gorgeous! I almost picked this as my birthday cake, but decided not to at the last minute. Makes me wish I had chosen it though, it looks amazing!

  6. wow, your cake looks perfect! I love pistacios and chocolate :)
    I dont think I could be bothered making my own marzipan, thats one shortcut I would deffinately take. Im loving the layer cakes people are making at the moment, it does look intimidating, but I really should try making one :)

    Rose

  7. Steph, your cake is absolutely gorgeous. I love the marzipan roses you have created.

  8. So lovely and elegant! You did a beautiful job with this. I have the Sky High cookbook and have eyed this beauty before. Think I might have to try it for the next special occasion.

  9. Beautiful cake! The flavors sound delicious.

  10. mmm, i love pistachios! they are really good with chocolate too :)

  11. Your cake looks so beautiful and elegant. I took a shortcut, too but only bought one marzipan tube so I didn’t get to make the roses :( But I’m sure I’ll get to make them since know I will be making this delicious cake again.

  12. I was already sucked in and then I read–marzipan. OMG, how I love marzipan, homemade, store bought, whatever. This cake is making me drool. I so want a piece of it, a very large piece of it, right this minute.

  13. Oh wow, what a lovely cake! Your layers look fantastic – so perfectly even!

  14. Your cake turned out really excellent! I have this book and I will definitely be trying this recipe. :)

  15. Oh, love those roses! Your cake is the picture of perfection. I’m glad it was well recieved.

    I actually made the marzipan, but not the cake since my oven conked out. Too bad we couldn’t have collaborated.

  16. Mmm, my Dad loves marzipan, I may have to try this one!

  17. Oh what a pretty cake! Marzipan in the tube is the way to go!!!

  18. OH that IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I have totally fallen off of the wagon with the Cake Slice stuff, but this cake reminded me why I need to start back up! I need to make this! WOW WO WOW.

  19. Your cake turned out so nicely- great job!

  20. What a nice combination of flavours and textures, I bet it was delicious, especially for a birthday!

    Happy delated b-day to R… who’s very lucky to have such a great baker around!

  21. This is gorgeous. I’ve heard terrific things about that cookbook – I can see why!

  22. Sounds like a super cake!

  23. what perfect layers!

  24. that looks beautiful! I really need to practice my layer cakes!

  25. What a beautiful cake Steph!

  26. Am I crazy or would you consider your baked delights works of art?


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