The Opera cake and its recipe have been around the world ! Created in 1955 by Cyriaque Gavillon of pastry Dalloyau, then taken over by Gaston Lenôtre famous visionary of French pastry, who recognized all the genius of this association of flavors. I invite you to discover the recipe of the opera and to master its secrets …
Category : Desserts and cakes
Difficulty : Confirmed
Servings : 10 people
Preparation time : 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Rest time : 3 hours
Total time : 1 hour 45 minutes
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Opera cake


Coffee syrup :

  • 25 cl water
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 2 cups espresso coffee
  • 5 cl cognac


  • Plan this cake in advance, as the different bases need to be done before you start assembling.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Continue with the syrup, in a saucepan pour the water and the espresso coffee, add the caster sugar, mix and bring everything to a boil.
  • Then pour it into a container to let it cool. When it is cold, add the cognac before mixing.
  • For the chocolate ganache, heat the liquid cream until it boils, then pour 150 g of melted chocolate over it. Mix and set aside.
  • Make the Opera bottom with half a Joconde cookie sheet (20 cm X 28 cm), on which you spread 50 g of melted chocolate using a palette knife. Leave it to harden in the refrigerator.
  • For the buttercream, keep a small portion (20 g) for decoration. Pour a teaspoon of liquid coffee extract into the other part of the buttercream and mix with a whisk.
  • For the coffee, it’s a matter of taste and you can add coffee extract if you wish.
  • Take the Joconde cookie sheet covered with chocolate, turn it over on a baking sheet covered with a sheet of baking paper.
  • Soak this cookie Joconde abundantly with the coffee syrup using a brush. Soaking the cookie well is one of the secrets to succeed your Opera.
  • Evenly spread half of the coffee buttercream on the Joconde cookie with a palette knife. Place a second layer of Joconde biscuit of the same size.
  • Using a baking sheet or a wire rack, put pressure on the cookie to have a straight cake. Soak this cookie in the same way as before.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache that you spread evenly over the entire surface using a palette knife. Place the last part of the Joconde cookie, which you also flatten and soak.
  • Finally, spread the rest of the coffee buttercream on top using a palette knife. The surface of the cream should be as smooth as possible. Put the Opera in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • For the glaze of the Opera, pour the oil into 100 g of melted and tempered chocolate (around 35 ° C) and mix using a spatula. You get a very fluid chocolate icing.
  • Take the Opera out of the refrigerator, then pour all the chocolate glaze over the entire surface, which you immediately spread using a palette knife, as even as possible.
  • Tap the baking sheet on the work surface to smooth the icing. Put the Opera back in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate icing to harden.
  • Then, take the Opera out of the refrigerator, then cut the edges so that they are clean, using a knife dipped in hot water and wiped, which allows to heat the blade.
  • Place the Opera on a presentation tray, using a palette knife that you slide between the baking paper and the Opera. The point of the chocolate bottom is found here !
  • Make a baking paper cone which you fill with the plain butter cream left out at the start. Cut the tip of the cone using scissors.
  • Traditionally, it’s time to write “Opera” and make a border around this great classic of French pastry.
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