The World’s Fastest Petit Four

I’m not sure what it says about me that my latest hero is a confectionary treat. Whatever, who cares.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the World’s Fastest Petit Four:

Petit Four

It all started with Cindy‘s birthday party yesterday. At the party were some cute and delicious petit fours, from Paige’s Bakehouse in Round Rock, Texas. If you live in the Central Texas area, get your treats from Paige’s. Not only are her petit fours delicious, they are hardy and adventurous as well.

There were a few (very few) petit fours remaining at the end of the party, and Cindy kindly gave me one to take home. Not having the normal receptacles in the Red MINI for the random detritus of life (and being quite anti-food in the car for longer than it takes to get back to the office from the drive-through) and needing both hands to zip home, I set my petit four in the rear cup-holder, looking forward to eating it for dessert.

Fast forward to this morning, which happened to involve driving on some back road twisties with the Red MINI’s “sport mode” engaged. I love sport mode – it resets the Red MINI’s personality from Mild Annoyance to Rage. Rage engaged, I wrung out the small beast, hitting apexes and high revs.

Parched from such exertions, I stopped at Sonic for a delicious beverage – the world’s biggest Diet Coke with fresh lime (please note: Sonic’s lime prices have gone up because of the LIME CRISIS). I reached back to set my drink in the rear cup holder (the only one that will hold the world’s biggest Diet Coke)…and nearly crushed my petit four with Styrofoam and aspartame.

My petit four. I had forgotten it, and it had been in the car all night.

I was soooo disappointed. A delicious petit four, gone to waste.

But then I touched it and discovered it was still perfectly moist. Huh.

Turns out, Paige’s petit fours can withstand an overnight in-car slumber AND a high-speed, twisty-road unspooling.


After our adventures together, I felt a certain kinship with my petit four. It’s tougher than a lot of humans I know, and quite lovely to boot. Look how cute it is, even after a night in a cup holder and a morning at speed!

Petit Four 2

An impressive confection, indeed. There is only one thing you can do with such an esteemed object.

I ate it.

It was delicious.