Dye-free Spring Petits Fours (with icing recipe) @Microgreens

This post about dye-free sprinkles was brought to you by Fresh Origins, who supplied a product sample to facilitate my review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own and honest. 

Easter is almost here, which means that jellybeans, marshmallows and a rainbow of other candies are also making their way to children’s baskets everywhere. What’s a dye-free family to do? I wasn’t sure quite how we were going to approach Easter this year, and then I found Fresh Origins and their beautiful dye-free flower, fruit and herb crystals. As soon as I saw the beautiful spring colors, I knew. This year, we’ll be filling the baskets with garden toys and some very special handmade treats: petits fours!

Dye-free Spring Petits Fours

As a little girl, I was always entranced by petits fours. I would study the Swiss Colony catalogue, marveling at each little piece, hand decorated so perfectly. I guess it only makes sense that I grew up to work in bakeries for nearly 20 years. These days, I only bake for my family, but I truly bake from the heart, so I’m super excited to have found something to help me add some color, crunch and sweet natural flavor to dazzle the kiddos!

Dye-free crystals made with flowers, fruit and herbs from @Microgreens

 If you could have seen the look of sheer delight on my son’s face when I unveiled my trial run of these little beauties… Oof. It just melted my heart.

Dye-free Spring Petits Fours

So, here’s the thing about petits fours. You can use almost any type of firm-textured cake, and any filling that is thick enough not to slide. The possibilities are endless. For this venture, I wanted something that would complement the flavors of the Fresh Origins crystals I had, which were basil, cranberry, rose, hibiscus and mint. (I have fennel and cilantro, too, but I’m saving those for some savory summer salad recipes.) So I went with a classic pound cake and filled it with lemon curd and organic blackberry preserves. Then, I just mixed and matched so each petit four was a different combo.

blackberry mint, lemon basil, lemon cranberry, blackberry rose, lemon hibiscus, you get the idea…and each one is better than the last!

Busy Mom Tip: Bake your cake ahead of time, or if you want to skip a step and make things really simple, head over to your local bakery and pick up some premade pound cake. They’ll still be perfect. Whether you choose to bake or buy, it’s a good idea to partially freeze your cake before cutting. Once nice and cold, cut your cake into 2″ pieces, taking your time to trim them nice and square.

Or, if you’re feeling fancy, get out some small cookie cutters or a tiny knife and cut shapes. Easter eggs would be adorable…

Slice each square in half and fill with a touch of whatever you love.

Then, get those squares nice and cold again. I like to freeze them so you can trim off any filling that squeezes out the sides. Nice, even sides make nice, pretty petits fours. :)

Petits Fours

Then, the magic happens…

Petits Fours Icing

adapted from MarthaStewart.com
  • 9 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon carrot juice (for orange icing)
  • 1 teaspoon beet juice (for pink icing)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest OR scant 1/8 tsp turmeric (either will give you a hint of yellow)

[Before starting, line up petits fours to be iced on a cooling rack.]

Fill a saucepan with about 2″ water; set over medium heat until simmering. Set a heatproof bowl over (but not touching) simmering water.  Add sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, vanilla and almond extracts; warm and stir together until they are blended and smooth. Ladle icing into small bowls to add coloring. Do one color at a time, allowing remaining icing to stay warm in the bowl.

Once each color is mixed, it should cool for about 5 minutes before pouring. You don’t want it too hot, but you also don’t want it to cool to where it has a crust on top (stirring can help prevent that.) Once ready to pour, spoon icing over each petit four, one at a time, taking care to cover all sides. If adding sprinkles, do so before icing dries completely so they stick well.

Dye-free Spring Petits Fours


Covers approx. 32 petits fours, but number of servings will vary depending on the size of petits fours. (Note: Petits fours shown were allowed to dry, then drizzled with melted white chocolate, then sprinkled with Fresh Origins Herb, Flower and Fruit Crystals.)

Dye-Free Spring Petits Fours

I can’t think of a better Easter basket than one filled with seeds, tiny garden tools, bubbles and some yummy little handmade pretties that taste like flowers and herbs.

You can find Flower and Herb Crystals on Amazon, at GourmetSweetBotanicals.com and other specialty shops. Check out FreshOrigins.com for a list of current retailers, and be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Pinterest to see what new flavors are in the works!





  1. Those are beautiful! I’ve always been too intimidated to try making petits fours — they seemed so hard — but yours came out so great, I think I just may try them. My family will be so happy!
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  2. Ok, so you are clearly amazing. Not only do they sound delicious, but they look AWESOME. I know I would totally mess them up LOL :)
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    • They really are very easy! The only part that could be a little challenging is pouring the icing down the sides, but really, it’s all very simple (And mine had spots on the sides that I missed.) I bet you could do a great job!

  3. These look great, I so need to switch over to dye free products – pinnng. !
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  4. Wow, these look like a true work of art! I bet they taste so good too-super pretty!
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  5. These sound awesome. I like to try hibiscus.
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  6. These are so pretty – I have never made Petits Fours. Great instructions! Thanks! Pinned

  7. These look so pretty and fun to make! I have always wanted to try to make these but never knew how! Thanks for this healthy, dye-free recipe!
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  8. Those look so cute and delicious! I love that you included a pictorial too, I’m going to try these!!
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  9. I still do that with the Swiss Colony catalog! I might actually get brave enough to try to make them now. And I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the recipe for naturally dyed icing!
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  10. These are so beautiful! I would have never guessed they were dye free.

  11. This is seriously beautiful and they probably taste just as amazing! I would almost be hesitant on eating one because they are so cute.

    • They are definitely hard to bite into because they’re just so darned cute. But once you eat one, the second one is easier. :)

  12. WoW! These Look Amazing I Can’t wait To Make The recipe
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  13. Oh my goodness, those sound amazing. I love that you also said that I could get a pound cake from the store because I can’t bake very well…

  14. Wow! These look a lot easier to make than one would think! I LOVE the crystals, where do you buy them?
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    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks so much for asking…I wasn’t very clear above. Amazon has some, but they are also found at specialty retailers. I listed on above, GourmetSweetBotanicals.com – they have a ton of other really cool stuff, too!

  15. Wow! These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I might try to make them sometime for a special occasion.

  16. holy cow wendy. amazing. you need to open a bakery.
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  17. Petit Fours are a great treat all year long. I am quite interested in the bottles of sprinkles you used.
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  18. Wow such gorgeous pictures! And I’ve never heard of these sprinkles before…most of my baking looks quite boring, so will definitely have to invest in these!
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  19. I really had no idea what these were until I saw the last image! Wow! They are so beautiful! I’m bookmarking this!

  20. These look delicious! You made them perfectly. I love that they are dye-free. I’m going to give them a try. Sharing. :)

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