This month's challenge was opera cake. The challenge was hosted by 4 DBers, namely co-foundereds Ivonne and Lis and two newer members Fran and Shea. They dedicated this month's challenge to Barbara of winosandfoodies.com who is the force behind A Taste of Yellow -blog event that supports the LiveSTRONG foundation started by Lance Armstrong.
The opera cake = a cake compiled of a joconde (=a cake layer), a syryp, a buttercream, a ganache and a glaze. And with the longest recipe I've ever seen!!
We were instructed to use light colours only and were given the option to leave out the ganache/mousse and the freedom to choose the shape of our cake and some of the flavorings. I ended up flavoring my syrup with cloudberry liqueur and the buttercream with lemon extract. I also left out the white chocolade mousse to save some time -and money. And I halved the recipe to make a smaller cake.
I did not have any particular problems when making this cake (other than my camera's battery dying after just two pictures of the finished cake & my not having any extra batteries charged at the time...), but I must confess that my choice of flavorings was maybe not very successful. The cloudberry liqueur was lost under the very powerful and v-e-r-y sweet taste of lemon in the buttercream. I am a person with a veritable sweet tooth, but that was almost too sweet for me. I ended up freezing half the cake in little pastry-sized pieces and when I defrosted the pieces they actually tasted better than the fresh cake and also the taste of lemon was less prominant. Hmmm...
I'm not sure if I will ever try this recipe again. I am not too fond of buttercream in general. I might bake the joconde again, though, as it was really easy to make and tasted delicious, but propably not the whole cake. I am, however, glad that I did this challenge. It was an interesting project, and it was rewarding to see that, yes, I did manage to do a good job with a rather complicated or at least multiphase recipe! :)