Another Daring Baker Challenge, and it introduced me to a famous cake I never knew existed! The Opera Cake was first introduced to the world in 1903 and has been quite popular since then. But, I've never heard of it until now. Maybe our noble founders of Daring Bakers, Ivonne of CreamPuffs In Venice, and Lis of La Mia Cucina, assisted by Fran at Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie and Shea at Whiskful, knew there were people like me, and wanted to enlighten us. Well, I'm very happy that they chose this recipe. I admit that my first glance at the recipe made me groan. It was so long and I immediately thought...too complicated. Then I remembered that a long recipe can actually be easy to make, because everything is spelled out clearly. And so it was. I made this cake over a period of several days and easily assembled it on Mother's Day, for a party I attended.
This lovely recipe is dedicated to Barbara of Winos And Foodies, the driving force behind LiveStrong Day. If you haven't already done so, stop by her blog and see beautiful, funny, and inspiring photos and stories.
Everything about this cake was easy, with the only problem occurring when I forgot to put the butter in the cake batter. The cakes, which are made with almond flour, still tasted delicious. But, they were a little flat, due to that omission, no doubt. I was particularly happy with the white chocolate glaze and white chocolate mousse, both a snap to make and apply to the cake. Just make sure you don't tarry as you pour the glaze on the cake. I did, and one section wasn't as smooth as the rest of the cake. The glaze sets up quickly. Here is the cake after it was trimmed.
I've seen some of the other Daring Baker's Opera Cakes, and they are incredibly beautiful. I decorated my cake about 20 minutes before I left for the party. So, it's not imaginative or pretty. But, it was delicious, and that's the most important thing to me. Everyone loved it. If I had more time, I would have made raspberry sauce to serve with it.
Now, please go visit the The Daring Bakers Blogroll and see pictures of cakes that will astound you. The recipe should be on our co-hosts site. It's long, but easy. Really, it is!