Alice in Wonderland Petit Fours

These delicate cakes are inspired by those from Alice in Wonderland - just be careful which ones you eat!


  • Cake Batter:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • Glaze:
  • 2 lbs confectioner’s sugar
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp orange extract
  • blue, pink and orange food coloring
  • Frosting:
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp shortening, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • red and blue food coloring


  1. Bake the cake:
  2. Cream the butter, shortening and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the milk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the batter. Pour into a greased 9” square baking pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Slice a thin layer off each side of the cake to remove any excess browning. Use a cookie cutter to cut out square, circle and star shapes. Place on a wire rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath.
  3. Make the glaze:
  4. Combine the confectioner’s sugar, water and orange extract in a bowl with an electric mixer, beating until smooth. Divide into 3 bowls and dye it blue, pink and orange. Spoon the glaze over the tops and sides of the cakes, allowing the excess to drip off. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary, allowing it to dry completely.
  5. Make the frosting:
  6. Beat the butter, shortening and vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar and milk until it reaches you desired consistency. Divide into 2 bowls and dye it red and blue. Place in piping bags fitted with small, round piping tips. Pipe “EAT ME” onto the cakes. Enjoy!