Tipsie tert inspired opera cake - Pic by Lisa Skinner

Ingredients

Jaconde

277 g Almond Flour

128 g Sugar

68 g All Purpose Flour

7 Large Eggs

188 g Egg Whites

150 g Castor Sugar

8 ml Fresh Ginger

45 ml Melted Butter

1 ea.Brown Food Gel

1 ea. Orange Food Gel

Tipsy Tart Cake

260 g Pitted Dates, chopped

7,5 ml Bicarbonate of Soda

260 ml Boiling Water

225 g All Purpose Flour

2 ml Baking Powder 

2 ml Salt 

100 g Chopped Pecans

45 ml Butter

300 g White Sugar

2 ea. Large eggs

Buttercream

150 ml All Purpose Flour

563 ml Milk

30 ml Vanilla Extract

500 g Salted Butter

560 ml White Sugar

15 ml Cinnamon 

Brandy sauce

250 ml Water

250 ml White Sugar 

60 ml Brandy

5 ml Vanilla Extract

30 ml Butter

Ganache

340 g Dark Chocolate 

188 ml Milk

90 ml Cream

90 ml Butter (room temp)

Spice Nuts

350 g Pecan Halves

60 ml White Sugar

60 ml Honey

15 ml Mixed Spice

Method

Jaconde

Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with baking paper, brush with melted butter.

Combine almond flour, sugar, all purpose flour. Place in electric mixer with paddle attachment, gently mix.

Add in eggs, one at a time ensuring each is fully incorporated first. Add ginger and beat for a further 4 minutes, scraping sides.

In separate bowl, on low speed beat the egg whites to aerate. Add sugar. Increase speed, beat for 4 minutes ( soft peaks).

Gently fold meringue into batter (do not overwork). Take a 1/3 cup of batter and place into two separate bowls.

Add a drop of brown and orange gel in bowls and colour gently. Place into piping bags and design leopard print on baking paper.

You can use a template for this, freeze for 20 minutes.

Gently half and spread batter thinly into baking trays. Bake for about 7 minutes, surface will be golden brown.

Invert cake onto wire rack, peel off baking paper. Cut to desired height and use to form boundary of opera cake.

Tipsy Tart Cake

Preheat oven to 190 C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper, grease with Spray and Cook.

Mix boiling water and bicarbonate of soda and pour over dates.

Let it soak for about 30 minutes. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, add chopped nuts.

In separate bowl, cream together butter, sugar and egg. Gradually add in flour mixture, mix well after each addition.

Mix in the dates, divide between two baking trays, smooth out. Bake for 15-20 minutes, let cool and remove baking paper

Cinnamon Buttercream

In small saucepan bring milk and flour to boil, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and let cool, stir in vanilla

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add cool milk mixture and cinnamon to butter mixture.

Beat for 5 minutes on med-high until it looks like whipped cream. It may look separated at first but continue until it comes together.

Brandy sauce

Add water, sugar, vanilla and butter together in small pot. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add brandy.

Ganache

In a medium saucepan bring milk and cream to boil.

Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, stir for 2 minutes, smooth. Stir in butter, stir for further 2 minutes.

Spiced nuts

Preheat oven to 180 C. Mix together sugar and spices. Heat honey in microwave until very runny.

Pour honey over nuts and coat properly. Bake on baking paper lined baking tray for 10 minutes, remove.

Cool for 5 minutes and sprinkle with sugar spice, toss to coat well.

Assemble

Line bottom of a 8” spring form pan with a cake plate.

Line side of pan with baking paper.

Measure how much Jaconde will be needed to form boundary.

Cut to desired size. Spread thin layer of Buttercream onto the back of the Jaconde. Place Jaconde inside lined spring form pan to form boundary.

Cut tipsy cake to desired size and place inside spring from pan. Brush with the brandy syrup. Spread half of the buttercream and smooth out using offset spatula.

Add another cake layer and brush with syrup.

Spread thick layer of Ganache over the cake, freeze for 5 minutes. Spread another layer of Ganache, freeze again for 5 minutes. 

Spread a thin layer of butter cream, smooth out nicely. Place last layer of tipsy cake  and brush with syrup.

Spread a thin layer of butter cream on top, smooth out nicely. Pour on last layer of Ganache, smooth out.

Decorate with spiced nuts. Refrigerate cake until just before serving. Remove from spring from pan