The first thing I learned is that Petit Four means Little Oven. They are bite size cakes or savory appetizers. I have to admit I wish I had read more about these before I made them, but I have learned a lot.
They do not look pretty, but man the sure do taste good!
Most of the mistakes I made were pure technical mistakes, and I have read more since attempting, and now I am pretty confidant I will not have those issues again. The biggest issue was the glaze. I wanted to avoid the high fructose corn syrup of pour-able fondant. I did not want to use maple because I wanted to do a coffee flavor. So the first glaze just fell off and soaked in. I do realize that the soaking in was part of that amazing flavor. After glazing them 4 times though, they just looked like wet pieces of cake.
So I ended up making a brown sugar simple syrup and mixing it with chocolate creme and coffee I was able to get a sort of coat. I topped with chocolate cream and a coffee bean.
Next time I am going to try a totally different method for decorating these. I have a lot of ideas and I can't wait to try again!