Opera cake, also known as Hungarian wedding cake, can be found in many European countries and has been used in weddings for hundreds of years. Its origins are hazy, but one thing remains constant no matter who you ask: it’s delicious! There are many different variations on the cake, which typically includes layers of almond sponge cake, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream; but feel free to experiment with different flavors and recipes! Here’s everything you need to know about opera cake so you can make some of your own!
What is opera cake?
Opera cake is a sweet sponge cake filled with coffee buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache. The cake originated in Hungary, but it is now associated with the famous Viennese coffee house, Cafe Central. While there are different variations of the opera cake all over Europe, the traditional cake has several layers – a genoise base that’s soaked in syrup then filled with coffee-flavored whipped cream.
What are its origins?
Opera cake is not a traditional cake but rather a confection made with alternating layers of white chocolate ganache, thick caramel syrup, ladyfingers, coffee jelly or custard, and a liqueur such as Chantilly cream.
The origins are unknown however the oldest recipe found was from the 1890s. The cake’s association with opera is likely due to its milky appearance which resembles an opera singer’s make-up.
How to make it at home?
Whip the egg whites in a stand mixer until they form peaks. Add the sugar, lemon zest, salt, and almonds. Mix until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before inverting onto serving platter.
Why do they call it an opera cake?
Opera cake is a sandwich-style cream cake with two layers of chocolate ganache and whipped cream filling. The origins of the name can be traced back to 18th century France, when it was served at the premiere performance of an opera.
What is an opera cake made of?
Opera cake is made with layers of almond sponge cake, filled with a chocolate ganache, layered with whipping cream, coated in confectioner’s sugar, and topped with slivered almonds. The opera cake is believed to have originated in France.
So there you have it, the origins of opera cake and how to make it. It’s not a difficult dessert but is time consuming as well as requiring a few ingredients that are harder to find. Next time you have a big gathering, whether a birthday party or just having friends over for coffee, make sure you have an opera cake in your fridge so everyone can enjoy this delicious treat!