This week’s episode of the Great British Bake Off was great, but so sad to see Becca go home *sniff*. I’m happy that Francis survived another week though because she is so creative, I love seeing her twist on the tasks each week.
So this week was savoury canapés, Charlotte Royales and Opera cakes. I knew as soon as I saw Opera cakes were on the list that I had to try my hand at that for the Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted by the super Jenny Berry and Helen Hollywood.
I love Opera cake and I saw an episode of Baking Mad ages ago where Eric Lanlard (swoon) made making one look achievable for mere mortals.
I liked the idea of the praline crunch Ruby added to her Opera Cake so I decided to add my own crunchy dimension and opted to make an Amaretti Opera Cake.
I used Eric’s recipe as a guide (although note the recipe says: ‘preparation time: 20 minutes’. WTF? Seriously, wtf?) but I added 2 tsp of Amaretto (Disaronno) to the espresso that I splashed over the sponges (nom), and I added about ½ cup of crushed Amaretti Biscuits to the buttercream (double nom). Not for the faint-hearted either: seven layers of boozy, coffee-laced almond sponge, amaretti buttercream and rich chocolate ganache topped with a little more glossy chocolate for good measure. Divine.
This was by far the trickiest bake I’ve tackled for the Great Bloggers Bake Off. The sugar syrup for the buttercream nearly killed me. It took me FIVE attempts to get it right. Sugar seized, caramel burnt, some swearing may have occurred. I didn’t give in though and I’m proud of myself for persevering.
The first slice tasted all the sweeter for the effort.
Now go check out the other bakes this week by clicking below.