Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce an absolute delight of a dessert, the Opera Cake!
It's decoration is as charming and captivating as the emotions it will evoke once the flavors start exciting your taste buds! It's moist texture, enveloped with rich coffee and chocolate flavor will do nothing less then to make you melt! OoOohLaLa
But let's get down to business!
The world first saw the, now called, Opera, at the Expo Culinaire of Paris in the early 1900's. At the time it was introduced by Louis Clichy as the "Gateau Clichy". And of course, as it happens ALL the time in the history of French pastries, someone took the idea of the Clichy cake and renamed it. The "someone" in this cake would be the great Dalloyau pastry shop! It was many years after when, the now famous Parisian pastry shop, named the cake after the Paris Grand Opera. The layered cake was probably renamed in its best interest of representing different acts of an opera with its different layers.
So, are you dying to know what the layers are yet?
- Start by having a very thin layer of a "joconde" biscuit on the bottom.
- You then soak this layer of biscuit type cake with a coffee infused syrup. It is almost drenched to its maximum capacity of absorption.
- Next come a 3-4 mm layer of coffee buttercream
- After that comes another layer of joconde biscuit and let's not forget the syrup.
- Ganache anyone? a sinful combination of chocolate butter and cream, is layered on the second layer of joconde.
- Another biscuit soaked with coffee syrup is put on top.
- One last layer of coffee buttercream is applied before being covered with a chocoalte glaze to seal the deal.
Confused yet? The process does seem a little confusing and trust me, it is, when you are assembling this for the first time. But success is an OH so sweet reward when completing this wonderful creation.
Hope you can get your hands on one of these one day and experience for yourself the overwhelming admiration I have developed for this dessert!
Eat well, sleep well and till tomorrow!