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9 mars 2023

Bienvenue aux classes de français.—-

French III has been learning French food vocabulary. They have also tried their hands at cooking a French recipe. We tried some delicious desserts. I will provide one of them here.

This recipe is titled “Le Gâteau Opéra”! “Le Gâteau Opéra is defined as a French cake made with layers of almond sponge soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze.


Opera Cake

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: French

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes                                         

Servings: 10 servings                                                                      

Calories: 670kcal

Author: John Kanell



Electric or stand mixer, Large jelly roll pan, Parchment paper, Saucepan, Mixing Bowls, Piping bag             


For the Almond Sponge Cake:                                                                             

4 large eggs

1 1⁄4 cups almond flour (125g)

3⁄4 cup powdered sugar (90g)

1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour (30g)

3 egg whites

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted                                         

For the Coffee Syrup:

1⁄4 cup granulated sugar (50g)   

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

1⁄4 cup water (60ml)

For the Chocolate Glaze:                                      

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped (225g)

7 tablespoons unsalted butter cubed (100g)

For the Coffee Buttercream:                   

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

4 tablespoons hot water divided (60ml)

1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (125g)

6 egg yolks

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (227g)



For the Almond Sponge Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Butter a 11×17-inch jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet. Line with parchment paper and butter again and lightly flour.                                                                                                          
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs on medium-high speed until foamy. Add the almond flour and sift in the confectioners’ sugar. Beat until pale and thickened, about 3 minutes. Sift in the flour and beat just until combined.                                                                                                          
  3. In a separate mixing bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites on high speed until frothy, about 1 minute. While beating, slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Fold the egg whites into the flour mixture in three batches.                                                                                                          
  4. Fold in the melted butter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and gently smooth it into an even layer.                                                                                                          
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch. Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen from the pan. Invert onto a wire cooling rack and carefully peel off the parchment paper. Let cool completely.

For the Coffee Syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar and espresso powder. Whisk in the water. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  1. In a small pot, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low.       
  2. Combine the chocolate and butter in a large heat-proof bowl and set over the pot making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Stir the mixture until the chocolate and butter are fully melted and combined. Remove from the heat and let cool, stirring occasionally, until thickened and spreadable but still glossy. Make the buttercream while it cools.

For the Coffee Buttercream:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve espresso powder in 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside.                                                                                                          
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the egg yolks. Beat on medium-high speed until thickened, about 6 minutes.                                                                                                          
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and the remaining 3 tablespoons of water in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Swirl occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Insert a candy thermometer, and bring to a boil.                                                                                                          
  4. Continue boiling the sugar until it reaches 240F. Immediately remove from the heat.
  5. With the mixer running, carefully and slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg yolks in a steady stream. Beat the egg yolk mixture on medium-high speed until very stiff, gathering around the beater, and the outside of the bowl is barely warm to the touch, about 10 minutes.                                                                                                          
  6. Decrease the speed to medium and add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, waiting a few seconds between each addition. (If your butter feels too cold, squeeze the piece between your fingers to warm them a bit before adding to the bowl.)                                                                                                          
  7. Beat on medium speed until the buttercream is spreadable and smooth, about 3 minutes. While beating, slowly drizzle in the coffee. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well combined. Cover and set aside.                                                                                                          

For the Assembly:

  1. Transfer the cooled cake to a cutting board. Cut a 4 1⁄2-inch wide strip down one long side of the cake, creating two long pieces. Cut both pieces in half crosswise creating 4 pieces (2 large rectangles and 2 thinner strips).
  2. Place one large rectangle on a cake plate. Brush with a third of the cooled coffee syrup. Spread half of the coffee buttercream evenly over the cake and all the way to the edges.                                                                                                          
  3. Place the two 41⁄2-inch wide strips side-by-side on top of the buttercream. (The seam will be covered by the next layer.) Brush with half of the remaining coffee syrup. Spread half of the chocolate glaze over the cake all the way to the edges.                                                                                                          
  4. Top with the remaining pieces of cake and brush with the remaining coffee syrup. Spread the remaining buttercream over the cake making it as smooth as possible. Chill for 30 minutes or until the buttercream is firm on top.                                                                                                          
  5. Reheat the remaining chocolate glaze for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave or over simmering water, just until glossy again not hot. Place 2 tablespoons in a piping bag or the corner of a ziptop bag and set aside. Spread the remaining glaze into a thin even layer over the top of the cake, making sure you go all the way to the edge. (Don’t worry if it drips over the side a bit.) Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  1. When firm, trim away a bit on each side of the cake to create clean straight sides. Rewarm the glaze in the piping bag with your hands or run warm water over it. Snip the tip of the bag off and decorate by writing “Opera” on the top of the cake, or pipe as desired. Cake can be loosely covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days. (Source: https://preppykitchen.com/wprm_print/49321)

Bon Appétit!!!!!!       

Bonne Journée des classes de Français,

Madame Reeves