Desserts and Pastries — By Ben on 28 May 2008
The Story of an Opera (Cake)

It is that time of the month again when almost 1000 Daring Bakers reveal their baking creations to the world. This month’s challenge was hosted by the founders of this amazing group, Ivonne and my lovely and beautiful friend Lisa and co-hosted by Fran and Shea (did I mention we are almost 1000 members?) There is a lot going on in the Daring Bakers community, a new forum, soon a new website, lots of food talk and, of course, lots of baking. So what challenge did our lovely Daring Baker mothers choose for this month? Another snobish delicious French dessert, Opera Cake.

This challenge was special because it was dedicated to Barbara. She will always be a honorary DB for her bravery and character in the face of a challenge. Barbara is the force behind the food blog event called A Taste of Yellow (you’ve heard of it) that supports the LiveStrong Foundation started by Lance Armstrong. That’s why we were encouraged to make our cakes with a yellow flavor (or at least not dark chocolaty) What did I do for this challenge? An orange-white chocolate Opera Cake.

What is an Opera Cake? Opera Cake is a layer cake made with a sponge cake or joconde, syrup, buttercream (have you noticed that the Daring Bakers like buttercream a lot?), a mousse and a chocolate glaze. Making this cake wasn’t really hard (after all, we’ve made the different components of the cake in past challenges), it was only time consuming. It took me almost a whole day to make it. That’s why I didn’t really worry about making it look pretty. We had a cook out that day and after making this cake, a mango guacamole, a tropical salad and all the cooking and baking of last week I wasn’t really in the mood for decorating (my baking Achilles’ heel)

But how did it taste? I only had a little tiny piece (I am still trying to lose those last stubborn extra pounds), but I give it an 8 out of 10. The orange, almond and chocolate flavors blended really nicely, though the cake was a little bit on the too sweet side. This cake was worth making because of the learning process, but if you don’t have the time or patience to bake this kind of cake, there are lot of other options out there that require less time and effort with very similar results. But if you want to impress somebody with your snobby French baking skills, this is the cake to bake. (please note that this is my very own and humble opinion)

For the complete recipe, please visit Ivonne’s blog. I am so excited because I was invited by my lovely friend Kelly to co-host next month’s challenge. Don’t miss out, It is going to be a lot of fun!

Buen Provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(45) Readers Comments

  1. I’m not usually one for decorating either, but I’m working on it. Your cake turned out well!

    Can’t wait to see what you and Kelly have for us… maybe something slightly less calorific?!?!?!! lol

  2. Ooooooooh my fave combination…orange, almond & chocolate. Must have been finger-licking good…it looks droolicious! Missed mine this time…made L’Zebra instead because May wasnt too merry. Now am waiting with baited breath to see next months challenge. Love the snobbish French bit!

  3. The flavors sound incredible! I love just about anything orange and paired with almonds and white chocolate, you have a winner!

    I can’t wait to see what the next challenge is!

  4. Hey…missed something obviously…You & Kelly hosting the next months? It’s GOTTA BE GOOD in that case Ben…(typo error above breadth…sorry!!)…HAB BETTER BE! iS IT MANGO??? OK…I’ll wait!! *SMILE*

  5. Awww you are beautiful too – both inside and out! :D

    And wow… you made an orange creamsicle opera cake! YUM!! yours came out much more flat and compact than mine did.. I was shooting for the look of yours. Oh well.. maybe one day you will teach me? :P

    Beautiful cake! And really.. don’t hold back.. tell us how you feel about French desserts? hahahahahahaa! You’re too cute!

    xoxo

  6. Oooh, orange and almond sound delicious! Great job on this challenge!

  7. Hey my Gemini twin – this cake rocks. Love the flavors.

  8. Your glaze has such a beautiful translucency to it! Good flavor choices! :)

  9. Thank goodness! Somebody else who didn’t get wicked with decorations! Shucks, I even opt for a soak over the glaze. Buttercream has been a very heavy theme hasn’t it.
    Your cake looks wonderful!
    Looking forward to what you bring us!

  10. Sounds like a tasty flavor you chose and it looks great. I’m impressed with the great variety of opera cakes that came out of the challenge.

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