Cheat of the Week: Opera Cake

Infamous Opera Cake.
Infamous Opera Cake.

When in Paris do as the Parisians do!

My friend Aimee and I had a lovely night of epic culinary indulgence capped off by one of Paris’ most recognizable desserts; the Opera Cake. It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. And I have eaten so, so much.

What makes the cake so delicious is the combination of three of my all-time favorite flavors; almond, coffee and chocolate.  The elements of the cake include layers of almond cake soaked in a coffee syrup, espresso-flavored buttercream, a layer of bittersweet chocolate ganache and a topping of chocolate glaze. The flavor and mouthfeel are incredibly rich but the dessert, surprisingly, is not too filling. This makes it perfect for someone like me, who becomes completely useless when too full. I must have it again before I leave Paris. One thing is for sure; it is a ton of work and I am not going to make it in the tiny kitchen of my flat. I look at it and think back to making Sacher Torte in culinary school; delicious but utterly time consuming and painstaking. Generally, baking isn’t along the lines of my “freestyle” approach to cooking. But if you are the baking type and want to give it a try, here is a link to a recipe I pulled from the inter-web.

As for me, I’ll just sit down and be served. Si bon!


2 thoughts on “Cheat of the Week: Opera Cake

  1. Since I did the pastry and baking school at LCB, I would love to make this! The Sacher Torte was fun. I deep froze it and shipped it to Germany for one if my friends stationed in Stutgart. It arrived perfect so he and his office could devour it!

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