Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Opera Cake "Wannabe"

Chocolate Opera Wannabe Cake
This is a cheater's guide to making an Opera Cake. In fact, I wouldn't really call it a classic Opera Cake. A more apt description would be "Chocolate Opera Wannabe Cake". Well, when time and ingredients do not permit one to bake an almond sponge base, one would have to make do with a normal plain sponge. Here's what I did:

Slice the baked and cooled sponge cake into a few layers, and spread a layer of Baileys-flavoured chocolate hazelnut buttercream. Chill it for awhile then top with a layer of chocolate ganache. Chill again till the chocolate ganache hardens. Repeat the above. On impromptu, I also added a generous sprinkle of crushed peanuts and biscuit crumbs in between the layers to make up for the feeling of a "slightly crunchy almond sponge cake". Once done, frost and decorate the cake with leftover buttercream, chocolate ganache and biscuit crumbs.
Chocolate Opera Wannabe Cake

The cake (sans baking time) and frostings took me a matter of minutes to prepare. The frosting and decorating? A matter of hours, no thanks to clumsy and amateurish fingers as well as unco-operative hot and humid weather.


thenomadGourmand said...

hours??! must be enjoying the fruits of ur labour now eh?

Selba said...

I would love to try a bite of that opera cake *slurp*

myCoffee said...

Hi thenomadGourmand,
Not exactly now, this cake was baked early of this month.

Hi Selba,
Sure, would love to share the cake with anyone who's keen to try. ;)

Satria Sudeki said...

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sean said...

the choc looks tempting! and nice blog you have

CUMI & CIKI said...

wannabe or not, still looks damn fine, woman! lol..

myCoffee said...

Hi Satria,
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Hi cumi&ciki,
Aw, thanks for the kind comment babe.

sc said...

looks very pretty for a wannabe :). maybe you should give it a new name, so that's a new type of cake altogether!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Baileys-flavoured chocolate hazelnut buttercream!! Yummy! That's one lovely looking cake. Wish I had the guts to do something this challenging.

myCoffee said...

Dear SC,
*LOL* Thanks for the suggestion!

Dear lemongrass,
No real hardship. The key is not to stress/pressure yourself. You should have lots of ample time at hand too. *grin*

ai wei said...

this is fabulous! u made it?!?!?!
that's really a piece of arts!

myCoffee said...

Hi ai wei,
Thanks! You are too generous with praises... *grin*

Iva said...

That looks awesome. Thanks for sharing, I am a sweet tooth and definitely love my dessert.

Anonymous said...

r u a photographer?! ur pics look really really nice =)

WishTrish said...

Looks delightful, even if it's a wannabe. I wannabe eatin' it!