Are petit fours the same as fondant fancies?

Are petit fours the same as fondant fancies?

Fondant fancies are little cakes, often layered with jam or marzipan, covered with a thin coating of fondant and usually adorned with icing or sugar paste flowers or other intricate decorations. Before I knew better, I would have called them petits fours. Needless to say, my fondant fancies were not faultless.

How do you make fondant Mary Berry?


  1. 225g/8oz self-raising flour.
  2. 225g/8oz baking spread or softened butter.
  3. 225g/8oz caster sugar.
  4. 1 lemon, grated rind only.
  5. 4 free-range eggs.

What are French fancies?

A French Fancy is a British variety of iced sponge cake, resembling petits fours. It is two square layers of cake with a flavoured filling topped with a dollop of buttercream all wrapped in a layer of fondant.

Why is it called a petit four?

In French, four means “oven.” When the fire was dying out and there was still plenty of heat retained in the oven walls, this was called petit four (“small oven”). This lower temperature was perfect for baking individual pastries and bite-sized cookies and appetizers, all of which came to be called petits fours.

Whats in the top of a French fancy?

Dainty sponge fancies with a delicious vanilla topping, drenched in soft fondant icing.

Why is Mr Kipling so good?

Since it was first launched in 1967, Mr Kipling has been Britain’s best-loved cake brand. From Cherry Bakewell to Angel Slices, their exceedingly good cakes have become a staple in kitchen cupboards. This was at a time when supermarkets weren’t as popular, and so cakes were more often bought from local bakers.

How much sugar is in a French fancy?


Typical Values Per 100g Per cake (27g)
Carbohydrate 70.2g 19.6g
of which Sugars 57.5g 16.0g
Fibre 0.7g <0.5g
Protein 2.7g 0.8g

Is there marzipan in French fancies?

Use marzipan instead of buttercream Buttercream melts when dipping in warm icing so top fondant fancies with marzipan. White marzipan is best for pastel fondant fancies other than yellow. For other colours tint the marzipan with gel food colouring to get a deeper colour on top.

What is an angel slice?

Delectable layers of pink and yellow sponge with a heavenly vanilla filling topped with fondant icing.

How to make French Fancies in the oven?

Instructions 1 Make the sponge: preheat the oven to 160 C (140 C fan). 2 In a large mixing bowl, use an electric whisk to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 3 Make the buttercream: put the butter into a large mixing bowl and use an electric whisk to beat it until it’s light and fluffy.

Why are fondant fancies on the Great British Bake Off?

Since fondant fancies were featured in this year’s Great British Bake Off final, everyone seems to want to know how to make them. Easily adaptable, perfect for decorating, fondant fancies are a realistic contender to be ‘ the new cupcake ’. Less obvious than cupcakes, fondant fancies are a definite crowd pleaser.

How to make French Fancies with vanilla cake mix?

Ingredients 1 2 boxes vanilla cake mix 2 Half a jar of apricot jam 3 150g butter, at room temperature 4 2 tbsp milk 5 1/2 tsp vanilla 6 100g icing sugar 7 1kg fondant icing sugar 8 100ml water 9 Yellow, pink and brown food colouring gels