Wednesday, May 28, 2008

L'Opera! : Daring Baker's May Challenge

I was happy to see this challenge was cake and a fancy one at that. I quite enjoy baking and decorating cakes though I had never heard of an opera cake.

Due to our crazy schedule this month and only having baking time on the weekends, I didn't get to this cake until Memorial Day. By that time, I was not much in the mood to make this cake anymore. I already knew I was going to be reducing the recipe by at least half when I went to the grocery store. I was even more glad of that when I saw the price of the ingredients require. Almond meal was over $11 for two pounds and the white chocolate bar(the only one I could find in the whole grocery store) was almost $4 for 3.5 ounces. If I had made this cake full size I would have spent over $20 just on those two ingredients, though I would have had some almond meal left. As it is, my little cake is worth about $10 and it's not even pretty. I skipped buying the almond meal and made my own, which may have not been the best idea.

My cake has a definitely gritty texture, due to the almonds. I followed the directions and allowed the sponge cake to cool on a piece of wax paper which didn't go so well since the side against the wax paper became quite soggy, which I thought might happen yet still did it. I used my own favorite buttercream flavored with lemon extract and also flavored the cake with lemon syrup and skipped the mousse as I am not a fan of mousse.

I didn't really understand how the cake was to be assembled since the directions didn't specifically say. I put butter cream on the top as suggested and once I added the glaze, it slid right off. I ended up scooping that all off and pouring glaze all over the cake since it was already stuck on the sides from sliding off.



I admit, my attempt at this cake was rather lacking in enthusiasm, but based on the cost on ingredients alone, I don't see myself making this cake again. The taste was nothing special, but that was also my fault since I didn't want to spend anymore money and tried to work with what I had on hand. Maybe a traditional chocolate version would be better. I am not a fan of white chocolate, but I will take dark chocolate any day. At least the little slice is kinda cute.



Be sure to check out the other DBer's attempts at opera cake on the blogroll, and if you feel up to attempting this recipe yourself you can find it here.

12 comments:

AndreaLea said...
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AndreaLea said...

Sorry, I messed up and had to delete.

That is so cute!!! I ♥ tiny cake!

Mary said...

I think your little cake looks kinda cute. And yeah this was a ridiculous expensive cake to make.

RadioactiveUnicorn said...

Well, it looks totally cute. Too bad it was so expensive and unexciting! I like your plate, too.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Good job stretching yourself and trying something new. You might never make it again, but you can say you've done it!

Virginia said...

what did you use to cut out the tiny cakes? I'm curious because I did little guys too, haha I used my maple syrup bottle top! :)
They look so yummy! Love your green plate.

LotusKnits said...

It's such a cute little cake though! Good on you for trying something new.

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your cake.

I'm sorry the ingredients were so expensive. If you decide to use almond meal again, try buying it from Barry Farms. (www.barryfarms.com) They have some very good prices on the various nut meals.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Jaime said...

sorry you didn't enjoy this challenge so much. i made my own almond meal so that saved some money...and my 1 pound box of guittard white chocolate was $10, not too bad, i thought. hope you enjoy next month more!

marye said...

you did a beautiful job!

Dolores said...

Nice job with the May challenge. I'm glad you were able to find a way to work it into your budget.

Rebecca said...

Oh, thank God someone had as many problems as I did with this thing! Bless you.