Have you seen Sophia Copolla's Marie Antoinette? A beautiful, luscious movie that portrays the young French queen more accurately than previous Hollywood depictions.
Marie Antoinette never said "let them eat cake," but the woman did have a sweet tooth. No doubt petits fours were part of her dessert repertoire.
Vintage recipe from a 1956 Kitchen Craft ad
2 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
5/8 cup butter or margarine
1 7/8 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract
Line the bottom of a 10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ shallow pan with waxed paper, and grease sides. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Mix liquid and flavor; add alternately with dry ingredients, mixing well. Bake 30 min in a moderate oven (350˚ F). Invert cake; remove waxed paper. Cool. Cut triangles. Arrange on rack set in pan. Pour on icing; re-use dripped icing. Allow to set; decorate.
Yields about 36
Icing: Sift 2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar. Combine with 7/8 cup boiling water, 2 tsp. corn syrup and 2 tsp. vanilla. Add color.
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