Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours

Amazing Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesdayDressed to Impress, Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours are a show-off treat for your Valentine!

Sparkling Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday

Every time I see Petit Fours I think of Alice in Wonderland, gingerly nibbling bite-sized cakes that made her shoot up to towering heights or shrink down to the size of a mouse.

What’s more, I remember how delightful the petit fours sounded, and recall thinking I would be willing to go through any challenge Alice had to face, to get my hands on them.

Dazzling Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday


Petit Fours are in fact, a labor of love. It’s not that they are hard to make; it’s that there is so much WAITING involved… I don’t like to wait on my dessert.

Impatience is the reason most people don’t make Petit Fours; they buy them at a bakery. However fresh homemade petit fours are a mystifying treat, with flavor combinations you don’t often find at a bakery, like chocolate pomegranate petit fours!

Making Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday

So here is the process for making these insanely tasty Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours. Again, not hard, just lots of waiting around.

Bake the cake and place in the freezer. Wait…

Make the Whipped Pomegranate Cream. Spread on cake. Freeze and wait…

Make the Whipped Chocolate Cream. Spread on pomegranate filling. Freeze and wait…

Trim the cake edges and cut into perfect 1 inch squares. Freeze and wait…

Make the Pomegranate Poured Fondant. Coat each Petit Four. Place on a rack to dry.

How to Make Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday

Why all the freezing and waiting?

The cream layers and the cake layer of the Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours need to be rock-hard before blanketing them in warm poured fondant, otherwise the cream will melt and the tender cake will crumble into the poured fondant bowl creating a huge mess.

Tender Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday

Yet these little beauties are worth the wait. At this moment, I’m surrounded by little pearly pink Chocolate Pomegranate Petut Fours, and that is a goo thing.

If you are of the patient sect, you will be quite pleased with the finished product.

Chocolate + Pomegranate = Exquisite Yum.

Best Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours #valentinesday

P.S. The color of the pomegranate juice is so concentrated; there is no need for artificial coloring!

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121 comments on “Chocolate Pomegranate Petit Fours

  1. the wicked noodleposted January 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    You’re right – I would never have the patience to make these! Although yours are so gorgeous and look so delicious that I would pay top dollar for them. They’re stunning, Sommer!

  2. Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmetposted January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Oh good grief, those are adorable and very impressive – I would lose my mind about mid-way through the process! Kudos!

  3. My German the Rockiesposted January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I just baked a cake with a lot of “cooling and waiting” to apply more layers. Yes, you have to be very patient which isn’t my strength either.
    How about you send some west in a little small pink box? The Petit Fours look amazing. I love the color and I am sure the flavor combo goes really well.

  4. Meghanposted January 30, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Petit fours are definitely time consuming, but so worth it! These are gorgeous! The layers look perfect & I love the color!

  5. Katarinaposted January 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

    These are lovely!

  6. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Just gorgeous! I need some of your patience!

  7. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

    too good!! Wow!

  8. Mariaposted January 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

    So pretty! Almost too pretty to eat!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Oh gee, these are just the cutest!

  10. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted January 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    These are gorgeous! I think it highly unlikely I’d have the patience though. I’ve always hated that saying ;)

  11. Erinposted January 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Those are so pretty!

  12. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted January 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Oh my you are a food artist! These are so beautiful and I can almost smell the lovely flavor. Very pretty – great job. Can I give you my address so you can send some over? Thanks!

  13. Carolynposted January 30, 2012 at 9:41 am

    These look amazing, Sommer. Perfect, beautiful and delicious!

  14. Suziposted January 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    These are absolutely beautiful. I think I would die with all the waiting but like you say the wait would be worth it. I am totally knocked out by these. Lovely!

  15. Cookin' Canuckposted January 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Your patience definitely paid off. These are beyond gorgeous!

  16. Chris and Amyposted January 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Wow! They are soooo pretty! Pretty little cakes, and yummy too, we bet!

  17. pachecopattyposted January 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Very pretty little cakes, I just pinned into my pink and chocolate board,lol!

  18. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted January 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

    They certainly are a labor of love, but when done right, they are SO worth it! So cute!

  19. Britneyposted January 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    These are beautiful and I bet taste magnificent. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  20. Sweetsugarbelleposted January 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Ha! I am terrified of petit fours! You have the patience of a saint, but your mom was right! Worth the wait!

  21. Asiyaposted January 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Gorgeous! I’m waiting for my boys to get older so I can finally have time to make things like these :)

  22. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted January 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Absolutely wicked!! Pinned it :)

  23. heatherposted January 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    These are SO gorgeous!!

  24. jennifurlaposted January 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    OMG you are so talented, do you need my address to send them to me?

  25. Asmitaposted January 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love them.

  26. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio)posted January 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    These are so cute! I made my first petit fours on Friday, and I am definitely going to try it again…with this recipe.

  27. Belinda @zomppaposted January 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    These are beautiful! And *healthy?*

  28. Jennyposted January 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    These are gorgeous!

  29. [email protected] for Good Foodposted January 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These are gorgeous!! I love that they are made without food coloring, too. I would never be patient enough to bake these, but I sure can admire them and wish I was eating one right this second!

  30. Deannaposted January 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Those are beautiful, but I know that I do not have the patience to make them.

  31. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted January 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    These petit fours are soo cute! I love the colors and layering. Yum!

  32. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, these petit fours are pretty darn adorable! I love the combination of chocolate and pomegranate.

  33. Lizposted January 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, these are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat, Sommer! Both beautiful and deletable!

  34. Bonnie Kposted January 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Gorgeous! I would love to try to make this. I am not a patient person. About how long long does it take to freeze per layer?

    • Sommerposted January 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I’d say it takes 30-60 minutes per layer, to make sure they are really set. …But definitely worth it!

      • Bonnie Kposted February 2, 2012 at 2:52 am

        Ok, thanks. I will have to plan for a day of baking and reading only. Patience isn’t one of my strength, but it is certainly worth trying for.

  35. Malliposted January 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! They look gorgeous and so tempting

  36. Priya Sreeramposted January 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Totally droolworthy stuff sommers- slurp !

  37. Culinary Collageposted January 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! I just love how pretty they look!

  38. marlaposted January 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Girl, these are beyond stunning!! They will be pinned everywhere I am sure of it!!

  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Wow those are beautiful! This is the prefect Valentine’s Day treat.

  40. Wendyposted January 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    When complete, should these be refrigerated?

    • Sommerposted January 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Like most cakes, it’s best to keep them in the fridge. But they can sit out throughout the day for events.

      • Wendyposted February 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm


  41. saraposted January 31, 2012 at 12:21 am

    These look so delicious! And so cute and pink – love them! :)

  42. vianneyposted January 31, 2012 at 5:19 am

    So cute, love the deep color!!

  43. chinmayie @ love food eatposted January 31, 2012 at 5:38 am

    So pretty!

  44. Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxieposted January 31, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Just awesome!

  45. Jessica @ How Sweetposted January 31, 2012 at 6:09 am

    these are simply gorgeous!

  46. Sommerposted January 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Amazing combo! Getting ready to make some petit fours, as such, for cupcake toppers (heart shaped). Great tips on dipping… that is the part I hate the most!

    • Sommerposted January 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

      My name is Sommer too… same spelling even… not “the sommer”. :)

  47. [email protected] Todayposted January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Our sweethearts are always worth the effort–these are beautiful, worthy of a date night or special occasion.

  48. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted January 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I think of Alice and Wonderland too! Yours look absolutely AMAZING! I have never made Petit Fours before and I may just do that soon as I have tons of pomegranate juice in my fridge!

  49. Jillposted January 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh my gosh! I need to make these! Thanks for a great recipe. :)

  50. Joytiposted January 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Those look AMAZING! I love the vivid color…and so amazing that you didn’t use artificial food coloring. And the flavors, chocolate and pomegranate, sound amazing together.

  51. Delishhhposted January 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I did ice cream petitie fours long time ago and they were delicious – but a lot of work. These look amazing and so good – and just adorable !!

  52. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Sommer, these look AMAZING. Gorgeous and so perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!

  53. Tickled Redposted January 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    These are just too darling. And sound delicious!! I’m in the mood for love now ;D

  54. Susanposted January 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Simply exquisite ! I am NOT of the patient sect, but I sure do admire those who are!

  55. Olgaposted January 31, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  56. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommyposted February 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Um, yes — I’ll take a few ;-) Looks delicious.

  57. Loraposted February 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    These are just gorgeous. The perfect elegant Valentine”s day treat. So worth the wait.

  58. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}posted February 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    These are so beautiful Sommer! Such a sweet little treat for Valentine’s day!

  59. Steve @ the black peppercornposted February 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    These look gorgeous!! love the colours!

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  61. Dmarieposted February 4, 2012 at 3:54 am

    oh, I so wish I were not too lazy to make petit fours. I love them and these look amazing!

  62. Jillianposted February 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Just attempted to make them – disaster. The icing is disgustingly sweet and since it has to be warm, it immediately breaks down the butter-based layers of cream. You cannot make these look anywhere near what the pictures do, and if you actually make the icing as thick as described it will tear apart your cakes. The cakes were in the freezer for over 12 hours before I even attempted to frost them, so they were indeed “rock hard”, but that still didn’t help. Even if I did manage to salvage them at this point, I wouldn’t eat them because of how insanely sweet the icing is. It actually kind of ruins the whole thing.

    • Sommerposted February 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Oh Jillian, I’m so sorry you had trouble! With mine, the fact that the interior cream layers are less sweet balanced out the sweetness of the frosting. I hate that they didn’t work out for you.

  63. Aisleenposted February 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I made these this weekend! As Jillian says, the frosting is sweet; I added more pomegranate juice to thin it out, and it helped a bit. I actually liked them without the fondant, BUT, they looks so darling all pretty in pink. I posted some photos of mine here:

    They were a hit! everyone loved them. I brought the extras to work, even some un-fondant ones, and they’re gone already! I think I will make this into a cake and use whipped cream instead of the fondant…I am in LOVE with this recipe. Thank you so much!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted February 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Aisleen, I’m so glad you liked them and your photos look GREAT!

      Yes, the poured fondant is sweet, but every poured fondant I’ve ever experimented with (or tasted) was equally sweet, being made of almost all powdered sugar. I love that you’re making your own twist to the recipe. :)

      • Aisleenposted February 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        Thanks so much! Yes, I agree with you on the fondant. Its just pure sugar, every recipe I’ve made has been equally as sweet. Its not overpowering to me, but I can see why some feel it to be TOO sweet. I’m excited to try it as a cake, I will post photos of that once its done as well! Thanks again!

  64. Rachelposted February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I made these yesterday/this morning and thought I would share my 2 cents! They didn’t look very pretty, but it was my first time making petit fours. I had a lot of trouble with the fork/spoon fondant method so i just held them at the base and dipped them upside down, then turned them over to dry. The biggest problem I had was the cake layer – it was so light and fluffy, it could not handle the heavy layers of cream on top. When I cut it into squares, they ended up sliding and becoming lopsided in the freezer overnight. Also, the fondant did not seem to want to stick to the cake. If I made them again, I might try using a brownie base. I was worried they would be too sweet, so for the chocolate layer I ended up using unsweetened chocolate instead of dark and it turned out to be the most delicious frosting and I will probably use the recipe again just for regular cupcakes!

    All in all, they turned out delicious but horrifically ugly. I don’t know if people will be wowed, but I hope they eat them anyway!

    • Sommerposted February 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing Rachel,

      I’m sorry yours turned out ugly!! Honestly, I’ve never posted a recipe that caused so much trouble to my readers. Then again, I generally don’t post recipes with so many layers/steps. I apologize, and will make sure to post goodies that are a little more user-friendly in the future. I’m glad you still liked the way they tasted. :)

    • Melissaposted February 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I had the same problem with the cake (which is ironic, because a light and fluffy cake would usually be the goal). These poor little guys flopped all over. I also had an issue getting the fondant to stick to the cake. I gave up after about 10 (gobbled up) failures. I think they are really quite lovely without the fondant, so I am serving them that way tomorrow.

      With all that said, the pomegranate cream was delicious and I will definitely use it for layering with future cakes. Love the tartness. Either way, the two tough critics that live in my house thought they were super tasty.

  65. Ellieposted February 13, 2012 at 12:19 am

    These guys are waiting in my freezer right now for step 10. Can’t wait! :D

    Rating: 5
  66. Mariaposted February 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I made these the weekend before Valentine’s for my husband. Since I have a small child, I was unable to donate a large amount of time at once, so I took my time w/these. I started Friday and ended Sunday. It was time consuming, but because I wasn’t in a rush to finish, I didn’t mind and was able to get a good freeze on all of the layers.
    I too had problems cutting and especially dipping (but i’m not a good dipper at all). My pieces weren’t even, but I didn’t care. My poured fondant turned out pretty thick, I tried dipping a few, got fed up, and put the fondant in a ziploc, cut the edge and ended up drizzling.
    Now on to the flavor. These were the BEST things I’ve ever tasted! So good, so creamy, so wonderful!! The flavors go so well together!! Everyone that tried them, loved them. They were also good without the poured fondant, but I liked them with.
    I think I will make this for my son’s bday, but in cake form and instead of a poured fondant, do you think a buttercream would work? Do you have any good recipes for a buttercream (I’d probably do a pomegranate flavored one, but I’ve never made buttercream icing.
    Thanks for this recipe, I LOVED IT!!!!

    Rating: 5
  67. dcmcmurtryposted March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    In the recipe, under Chocolate Cream, you list “2 Tb. cup flour” Is that 2 T + 1 cup of flour?

    • Sommerposted March 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Sorry about that. It’s 2 Tb. flour, I’ll fix it right now. :)

  68. Stephposted March 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    These were so tasty! But mine turned out far, far less attractive than yours, haha. Would you mind if I post about this on my blog? I’ll link back to your site & this post =)

    Rating: 4.5
  69. SarahMposted May 5, 2012 at 3:47 am

    These petit fours look AH-MAZING! And couldn’t be more perfect for my Mad Hatter’s Tea Party later this year! Even better is that I can make them in advance and freeze them until almost the last step. Awesome!

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  71. Kayposted May 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

    These look so amazing and beautiful! I will definitely try to make these! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  72. Jennyposted June 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I plan to make these for a friends birthday tomorrow! the recipe sounds delicious! i was thinking of just using the fondant as a top layer and skipping the cutting part, so more like a big cake. anyone else try this? or any thoughts??

    • Sommerposted July 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I bet that would work!

  73. Melissa Mposted July 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I’m in the process of making these darling things.. all the way to the cutting step..
    wondering if I can freeze the final product? does that work?

    • Sommerposted July 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, you can freeze them. Just make sure to wrap them well. Then unwrap them before they thaw so the poured fondant stays pretty.

  74. Loriposted August 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Looks super yummy!

  75. Jessicaposted August 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I made these beautys and they were amazing! The only slight problem I had was with the creams. They were a bit gritty from the sugar. Is that normal? I’ve never made this type of cream before. I’m just wondering if I didn’t whip it long enough or something? I’d love to make them again but with a creamier consistency. Thanks for the recipe and your help in advance.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted August 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Hey Jessica,

      No the creams aren’t supposed to be gritty. Generally that has to do with how long you beat the butter and sugar–it takes AT LEAST 5 minutes. I’m so glad you like them!

  76. Loposted January 4, 2013 at 7:50 am


    Just wondering… How would you store the petit fours? I plan to make a bunch for a party a couple of days in advantage but i don’t know if i should

    1) freeze them until the day before then let them thaw at room temperature/ fridge… i read that you shouldn’t freeze poured fondant.

    2)or… should i just leave them in the fridge for a couple of days. I know the mousse would be fine but what I’ve read that the poured fondant is best stored at room temperature in an unsealed box.


    Would it be easier just to cover them chocolate instead of poured fondant??

    Thanks in advance.

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  78. Danielleposted January 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Do you think the pomegranate cream is okay to use as frosting for cupcakes, or is it too sweet/not sweet enough? The petit fours look a little complicated, but the recipe sounds delicious!

  79. Victoriaposted February 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Delish!!! Looks amazing. I wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog today:

  80. Andreaposted February 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Could I make these with Gluten free chocolate cake mix and use cacao powder? I am excited to try but scared I will have trouble, as I read through the comments. But they look so adorable and delicious! I am always looking for ways around food coloring so if nothing else I really want to try the fondant, as it is my favorite way to top a cake.

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  83. Terri Agloroposted July 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I love your website and I’ve been waiting for a fabulous recipe like this for my entire baking life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  84. Arsheenposted August 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I made cake with frosting was great but poured fondant failed :( . I decided to leave it without fondant like others did. They r delicious without it! Thank you for shared ur recipe.

    Rating: 4
  85. marie, the EpicureanPiranhaposted October 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

    These look and sound wonderful – thanks for posting the recipe (I’m also tempted to make a hazelnut marsala variation :-)

    ~ marie, the EpicureanPiranha

  86. kathyposted October 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Quick question—did you use powdered sugar in the creams or possibly baking sugar, which I should have used…even after 7 minutes, the sugar was still not incorporated fully. thanks

    • Sommerposted October 23, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Hi Kathy, I only used powdered sugar in the poured fondant. For the creams, the heat should dissolve the sugar… wish I could see yours so I know what’s happening.

  87. Summerposted December 31, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thank you so much for the wounderful mini dessert which i would like to make soon, but my question is can we subtetute the shortening with oil and light corn serope?

    • Sommerposted January 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Hi Summer, I’m not sure about that… I’m afraid the glaze wouldn’t harden-up if you used oil. You might be able to get away with coconut oil. But I would make a small test batch and try coating a couple first, if I were you. Hope this helps!

  88. Ireneposted January 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! I’m going to make them. Do you know how long they will last?

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  91. barbposted January 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I made this recipe and it was beautiful and delicious. I feel like a professional baker. This is the best tasting and best looking dessert I’ve had. And, I made it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted January 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Barb, So glad you liked them!! :)

  92. Paytonposted January 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    When making the fondant, the pomegranate and the shortening will not mix. Is that supposed to happen? Even when I added a cup of powdered sugar it wouldn’t mix. I don’t want to add more and wind up with a waste.

    • Paytonposted January 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Also, I used coconut oil instead of regular vegetable shortening. My mother said it wouldn’t make a difference.

      • Sommerposted January 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

        Hey Payton, like oil and water, they will not want to come together but the powdered sugar is the secret ingredient to bind them. Keep on adding it girl!

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