Eggless French Opera Cake | How to make Eggless French Opera Cake

By Deepali Jain  |  8th Jun 2016  |  
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About Eggless French Opera Cake Recipe

The best cake I ever made or eaten. This requires a little bit of work but it's worth all the effort that goes in. Recipe in parts adapted from Vegan Visitor, Joe Pastry and eHow

Eggless French Opera Cake, a mouth-watering delicacy which no one can resist. Most people try this amazing dish at restaurants, but with this recipe you can easily make it at home with the same taste. This super quick and easy recipe is written by Deepali Jain. Eggless French Opera Cake is a dish which demands no explanations, it's a whole world of flavour in itself. Eggless French Opera Cake is a very simple and easy recipe to prepare. The time required to make this recipe is not very much, but the delicious taste it renders is just remarkable. This recipe of Eggless French Opera Cake by Deepali Jain is perfect to serve 8 people. Even beginners can also try this recipe. The recipe is explained step by step with pictures that it becomes very easy to understand each and every step, which actually turns out to be very useful. So, the next time you have a get together, night party, kitty party or any other occasion don't forget to try out the absolutely amazing Eggless French Opera Cake.

Eggless French Opera Cake

Ingredients to make Eggless French Opera Cake

  • 1 cup of ground almonds, blanched and then ground (for coffee joconde)
  • 1/4 cup of icing sugar (for coffee joconde)
  • 1/2 cup of cake flour (for coffee joconde)
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk (for coffee joconde)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (for coffee joconde)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder (for coffee joconde)
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar (for coffee joconde)
  • 1 portion of ganache (recipe already shared here on better butter)
  • 11/2 cups of icing sugar (for coffee buttercream)
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened (for coffee buttercream)
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract (for coffee buttercream)
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee (for coffee buttercream)
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water (for coffee buttercream)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (optional) (for coffee buttercream)
  • 1 cup of water (for coffee coffee flavoured cake syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (for coffee coffee flavoured cake syrup)
  • 3 tablespoons of instant coffee (for coffee coffee flavoured cake syrup)

How to make Eggless French Opera Cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Line a 5″ X 8″ loaf pan with parchment paper & grease. Add dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine milk & vinegar in a separate cup. Add to dry ingredients. Mix vigorously with a fork. Consistency like pancake batter.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of batter into the prepared pan to cover the bottom to the edges. Bake for 5-7 mins or until the top appears golden, begins to dry & edges starts leaving the sides.
  3. Loosen edges with a knife, if necessary and top with another layer of parchment paper. Flip pan to remove the cake, cool on the rack. Reline the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter, baking 3-5 cakes. Freeze cake layers till assembly.
  4. Dissolve coffee in boiling water. Allow it to cool. In a large bowl beat butter & sugar on slow speed until the sugar has blended in. This will keep the sugar from jumping out of the bowl.
  5. Then switch to medium & beat for 3-5 minutes. Add almond extract & coffee mixture. Continue to beat for another minute. If frosting is too thick you can add milk or heavy cream till desired consistency is reached.
  6. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy bottom pan. Heat till the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to simmer. Remove from flame. Allow it to cool & store in refrigerator till needed. It can be stored for a week & more.
  7. The ‘up’ side of joconde layers when they finished baking should remain their ‘up’ side as they are more porous and will more easily absorb the syrup.
  8. Melt little chocolate in a microwave for 30 secs on high. Keep repeating spurts of 10 secs till it is melted. Allow it to cool down using tempering.
  9. Move a layer (which will form the bottom layer) of joconde on a separate parchment by flipping over. Apply a thin layer of this melted chocolate on it. Allow it to firm up for few mins, then place it in the refrigerator for another few mins
  10. This will make sure that the cake doesn’t stick to the platter when sliced & served apart from adding chocolatey deliciousness. :)
  11. Flip it back (chocolate side down) on to the platter or cake board to start assembling. Gently peel the parchment back, you may re-position the layer to centre it. And we are good to go!
  12. Apply coffee syrup thoroughly soaking it. This gives the melt-in-the-mouth texture that Opera cakes in Paris are known for. Layers should be soaked till they are brown all the way through.
  13. Spread buttercream on top of the soaked layer. Apply evenly & slowly from side to side about 1/4″ thick.
  14. Place your next layer, making sure that ‘up’ side of baking is ‘up’ side for soaking. Soak it as in earlier step. Now spread a layer of thin ganache.
  15. It should be spread thinner than buttercream. I warmed it slightly to get a thin layer. Place the next layer of the cake. Soak it. Spread buttercream. Place the next layer of the cake. Soak it. Spread thin layer of ganache.
  16. Place the top layer. If there are any high spots, you can press them down gently with your palm. Soak it in coffee syrup. Now apply a thin layer of buttercream similar to a crumb coat to allow even application of chocolate layer.
  17. Apply ready ganache/ tempered chocolate. Spread evenly & quickly. It is ok if it drizzle down a bit on the sides. Again I used slightly warm ganache to cover the top layer. You can use tempered chocolate as used traditionally.
  18. Let the chocolate/ ganache firm at room temp or in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Then dip a knife in hot water & dry off on a towel, quickly trim off the edges to show the layers. You can keep the trims to enjoy the goodie before anyone else
  19. It is best to slice the cake into servings at this time to avoid breakdown of the cake later. Again using knife dipped in hot water & then dried, slice the cake into any size serving you like.
  20. Do not separate the slices, and place your cake in refrigerator. It is best to cover the cake in a cardboard box before placing in refrigerator to avoid condensation.
  21. Refrigerate for 1-2 days. Before serving remove the cake an hour before serving. Separate the already sliced pieces using a warm knife dipped in hot water & then dried. Serve slightly cold.

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