Initially, when I saw this month’s challenge I thought that it was way over my head and that I would just have to skip this one because there was NO WAY in…. Hades that I could possibly have any success at this challenge. I mulled it over for a few days and and finally concluded that if I ever want to improve my skills in the kitchen, then I just have to get in there, roll up my sleeves, get messy, get confused and just do it! And, I’m so glad that I did. This was the best cake that I have EVER made and possibly the best cake that I have ever tasted (if I do say so myself!).
I had the perfect occasion to bake this beautiful L’Opera Cake – one of my dearest friend’s birthday. Yuka was turning 29 again which always calls for a celebration. Another friend offered to host the barbecue and I jumped at the chance to bring dessert (he, he!). Since part of this challenge was to honor a fellow Daring Baker, Barbara, who “is the force behind the food blog event called A Taste of Yellow that supports the LiveSTRONG Foundation started by Lance Armstrong,” we were all asked to keep the cake light in colors and flavors…. I hope I didn’t vary too much because I really wanted to keep with the spirit of the challenge. I used white chocolate in lieu of the traditional chocolate, coffee or cocoa and then used Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, as my flavoring. The result was amazing & I look forward to when I turn 29 again so that I can make this for myself!
Yuka with the girls
LESSONS LEARNED: The whole process was a beautiful experience. I had two mornings that I planned to work on this cake without being rushed or distracted which was a huge blessing and I think why I enjoyed making this cake so much. The ONLY pitfall I had was the unusually hot weather. My mousse and glaze were melting from the heat. Then, when I was driving to Justine’s house I had to blast the AC & shade the cake from the sun. Oh well! If that’s my biggest complaint in the world, then I’m OK.
Thank you Lis, Ivonne, Fran & Shea for such a crazy challenge! I never in a million years would have come up with this on my own!!! Honestly, this cake is a show-stopper & I loved hearing all of the applauds. Yuka is still thanking me for making it for her. Happy birthday to you, my friend! To see some more INCREDIBLE L’Opera Cakes please check out the other Daring Bakers. For the recipe…. it was 7 pages long once I printed it up & I’m happy to email it to you if you like.