This month, we had the pleasure of a challenge from the founders of The Daring Bakers Lis and Ivvone and co-hosts Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie(http://applespeachespumpkinpie.blogspot.com/) and Shea of the blog Whiskful (http://whiskful.blogspot.com/).
Our mission: Opera Cake
Feelings immediately after reading the challenge: Exhaustion
Feelings after completing the challenge: Not as bad as when I did it in class
Feelings after 1st bite of challenge: *shudder*
Feelings after trying to make myself eat another piece: *shudder*
I am not sure why I do this to myself everytime I make something. Even if it's not to my liking or taste, I force myself to eat it. Possibly because we grew up not wasting what food was prepared for us. Afterall you know, all those starving children in China. *jokes*
Above is the Joconde sheet cakes separated by a vanilla buttercream. The joconde are moistened with simple syrup.
Now, here is the cake that has been covered by a white chocolate mousse and covered in a white chocolate glaze.
I also busted out some decorating skills, I also have nunchuck skills.
Surprisingly, it looks pretty good when cut and the buttercream actually worked for me this time, probably because I let it mix in the mixer till it was stiff. The other times, I was afraid I would curdle it for some reason so I always removed it before it was done and yeah...it was not good.
and there we have it folks, May challenge is complete. Here is the link to the recipe.
To be completely honest, if you couldn't tell by my entire entry, I did not much enjoy this Opera Cake, nor was it satisfying for the amount of calories I forced myself to eat. I can truly say that I hate buttercream, I'm not sure I like the joconde since I felt it was rather bland. The only part I did like was the white chocolate glaze, but that alone took me into a sugar coma. I have never been a fan of desserts such as this, no offense. It reminds me of petit fours and I just felt that the textures and the tastes were so different in each of the components to make up the Opera that it didn't quite blend together well for me. Perhaps I'm crazy, which is probably the case.
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