Sunday, January 13, 2013

Piña Colada Petits Fours

This past week my husband Tom and I returned from our "babymoon" in the gorgeous Turks & Caicos Islands. We decided to celebrate the new year on the warm beach with a piña colada or two (rum-free for me, of course:) Our perfect vacation boasted copious amounts of fresh pineapple and coconut, and I couldn't seem to get enough. Sadly, all vacations must come to an end and here we are back in frigid NYC. Still craving that Caribbean flavor combo, I decided to make my own piña colada creation. I knew I wanted to make a piña colada cake, but because coconut can make things extra sweet, I decided petits fours would be the perfect tiny bite! If you're stuck with the winter blues, create these petits fours–The toasted coconut smell alone will take your taste buds to a warmer place (at a fraction of the cost!) 

Piña Colada Petits Fours
Makes about 30 petits fours

For the Cake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/3 cup chopped or crushed pineapple
1/3 cup coconut flakes

For the Glaze
6 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dark rum
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Toasted coconut flakes for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13" baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the coconut milk. Add the rum, coconut flakes and pineapple and mix on high until batter is fully incorporated, about 10 seconds. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake cools completely, make the glaze.

2. Combine sugar, water, rum and corn syrup in a saucepan and cook over low heat until well-mixed, about 5-8 minutes. Set aside.

3. Remove cooled cake from the pan and use a 1.5" circle cutter to cut petits fours (or just cut squares with a sharp knife). Use a spoon to coat the sides of the petits fours with the glaze, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake and garnish with toasted coconut flakes. Let petits fours set for a half an hour before serving.


  1. They are georgeous~ Love the display on "sand" too!!!

  2. Adorable petits! Beautiful presentation and great pictures. My favorite cocktail is always pina colada. Need to try this for sure.

  3. They look wonderful! Fabulous pictures!

  4. what a creative way! thanks for sharing this recipe