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Heavenly Spice Chocolate Petit Fours

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Servings: Makes 54 (2 cakes per serving) petits fours
1 package (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
2 packages (8 squares each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, divided
1 cup sour cream
3/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
54 pecan halves, caramelized* (see carmelizing instructions below)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with parchment or wax paper; spray with cooking spray.

Prepare cake batter as directed on package; pour into pan. Bake 25 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan. Cool 30 minntes.

Meanwhile, microwave 8 chocolate squares in microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted, stirring after 1 minute. Gradually add sour cream, stirring until blended. Stir in pepper; cover. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Chop remaining 8 chocolate squares; place in small bowl. Mix whipping cream and syrup in small saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat; cook 1 minute. Pour over chocolate; cover. Let stand 5 minutes; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is blended. Cover; set aside.

Invert cake onto cutting board; remove parchment paper. Spread bottom of cake evenly with sour cream mixture. Cut into 54 small cake pieces. Place on wire racks, leaving space between each piece. Spoon 1 tsp. chocolate glaze over each cake piece; top with pecan half. Let stand 20 minutes before arranging cakes on serving tray. Store leftover cakes in refrigerator.

Makes 54 (2 petits fours per serving) petits fours.

This recipe makes enough so that you can serve these petits fours at a holiday party and include one serving (2 cakes) in several gift baskets.

How To Caramelize the Pecans
Place the 1/3 cup pecans in medium skillet. Add 2 Tbsp. sugar; toss to coat. Cook on medium-low heat 10 min. or until sugar is melted and pecans are evenly coated. Immediately spread onto foil-covered baking sheet. Cool completely.


Nutrition (per serving) 2 petits fours:

Calories 230 Total fat 13g Saturated fat 6g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium 160mg Carbohydrate 29g Dietary fiber 1g Sugars 21g Protein 3g Vitamin A 4%DV Vitamin C 0%DV Calcium 4%DV Iron 8%D

Source: Kraft Foods
Date: January 4, 2005


Reviewer: Bob
Nice taste, everyone liked them.... the spicy kick comes after you eat them...kinda surprising... i used my own regular cake recipe, no problem.

Reviewer: Amber
I've made several recipes from this site and everything turned out great.. except for this. I found it to be time consuming and even though chocolate and spice are great together I found that red pepper is not the right spice for this. Those who tried them said they lacked flavor and that the spicy aftertaste was gross. Sorry Diana, but I promise I'll continue to use your site.

Reviewer: Miss Havisham
Hmm, well other recipes i've used for school have turned out nicely, and i held high hopes for this as part of my GCSE coursework. However, it turned out to be time consuming and they didn't even look right. Sorry, but the other recipes are great!!


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