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Passionfruit Opera Cake


Upon seeing the recipe choice this month, I was ecstatic! I had seen Opera cakes in the bakery at the store, but I have never tasted one. Not only was I going to make one, I was going to have to offer my own creative touch by making it lighter in color and flavor.

I put a lot of thought to flavor combinations and decided upon passionfruit to blend with the other flavors. Oh, and I am so glad I did! This was truly a cake to conquer as I hadn’t really done anything with exposed layers and certainly had not attempted a 5 part cake. This was my chance to show myself I could!

For the cake, I did switch Brazil nuts for the almonds simply for a factor of cost. I had to grind them to a powder. I also forgot to add the melted butter when I poured out part of the batter. I scooped it back into the bowl and mixed it in before filling the pan again! The first cake was a tad short but the second turned out perfect. The flipping and re-flipping? Not-so-perfect…but since I was cutting this way down to size, I wasn’t too worried.

The syrup and buttercream both had passionfruit in them. I tried a new technique to separate the pulp from the seeds and I am sold. I have made passionfruit juice several times since then. My cake was rather small in size but I felt like there should have been a bit more buttercream. (Okay, I did eat a couple spoonfuls, but, really only a couple!)

The mousse came together beautifully. Some said it was a bit more like ganache, but for me it was very mousse like. I loved it in the cake, but I still have some leftover in the fridge. I think on its own, it was just too sweet.

I wanted to adopt a look I see in so many Peruvian cakes so I used the passionfruit gel toppings for the glaze and absolutely loved it! I tried to pour it on and it seemed to flow right off. So, I decided to catch it with a tin foil trap. It worked okay, but I can see the benefit to having a form of some sort.

All in all, this might have been my favorite Daring Bakers challenge. Maybe it was the taste? Maybe the fact that I could personalize it? Maybe I was just ready for something that would truly challenge me? Needless to say, this is definitely a cake I would make again. And maybe I will…with it’s traditional flavors!

Opéra Cake
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Paris Sweets and
Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty’s Chocolate Passion

Passionfruit Syrup

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Stir all the syrup ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Notes

The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.

http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/05/passionfruit-opera-cake/

Passionfruit Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 200 grams of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of passionfruit puree

Preparation

  1. Combine the sugar, water and vanilla bean seeds or extract in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the syrup reaches 225F (107C) on a candy or instant-read thermometer (look for threadlike, mostly syrupy). Remove the syrup from the heat.
  2. While the syrup is heating, begin whisking the egg and egg yolk at high speed in the bowl of your mixer using the whisk attachment. Whisk them until they are pale and foamy.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low speed and begin slowly (very slowly) pouring the syrup down the side of the bowl being very careful not to splatter the syrup into the path of the whisk attachment. Some of the syrup will spin onto the sides of the bowl but don’t worry about this and don’t try to stir it into the mixture as it will harden!
  4. Raise the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the eggs are thick and satiny and the mixture is cool to the touch (about 5 minutes or so).
  5. With the mixer on medium speed, begin adding in two-tablespoon chunks of softened butter. When all the butter has been incorporated, raise the mixer speed to high and beat until the buttercream is thick and shiny.
  6. At this point add in your flavoring and beat for an additional minute or so.
  7. Refrigerate the buttercream, stirring it often, until it’s set enough (firm enough) to spread when topped with a layer of cake (about 20 minutes).

Notes

The buttercream can be made up to 1 month in advance and packed in an airtight container. If made way in advance, you can freeze the buttercream. Alternatively you can refrigerate it for up to 4 days after making it. To use the buttercream simply bring it to room temperature and then beat it briefly to restore its consistency.

http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/05/passionfruit-opera-cake/

Joconde

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (225 grams) ground Brazil nuts
  • 2 cups of icing sugar, sifted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams of unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Line two 12½ x 15½- inch (31 x 39-cm) jelly-roll pans with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. (I only had one, so I baked twice.)
  2. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add the granulated sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff and glossy.
  3. In another bowl beat the Brazil nuts, icing sugar and eggs on medium speed until light and voluminous, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and beat on low speed until the flour is just combined (be very careful not to overmix here!!!).
  4. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the meringue into the almond mixture and then fold in the melted butter. Divide the batter between the pans and spread it evenly to cover the entire surface of each pan.
  5. Bake the cake layers until they are lightly browned and just springy to the touch. This could take anywhere from 5 to 9 minutes (mine took almost 15 minutes) depending on your oven.
  6. Put the pans on a heatproof counter and run a sharp knife along the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Cover each with a sheet of parchment or wax paper, turn the pans over, and unmold.
  7. Carefully peel away the parchment, then turn the parchment over and use it to cover the cakes. Let the cakes cool to room temperature.

Notes

The joconde can be made up to 1 day in advance and kept wrapped at room temperature.

http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/05/passionfruit-opera-cake/

White Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 200 grams of white chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream (35% cream), divided

Preparation

  1. Melt the white chocolate and the 1/4 cup of heavy cream in a double boiler. Stir to ensure that it’s smooth and that the chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate to form a mousse.
  3. If it’s too thin, refrigerate it for a bit until it’s spreadable. If you’re not going to use it right away, refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

Notes

The mousse can be made ahead and refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.

http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/05/passionfruit-opera-cake/

Passionfruit Glaze

Ingredients

  • 4 passionfruit
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered gelatin, hydrated in a tablespoon of water; then heated until dissolved

Preparation

  1. Cut the passionfruit in half and remove all of the pulp (this equaled almost 1 cup). Heat the pulp in a small saucepan over low heat. Strain & reserve 1/3 of the seeds.
  2. In a bowl, mix the strained pulp, the reserved seeds and the sugar. Add the prepared gelatin and mix well.
  3. Remove cake from the fridge and spread the glaze over the layer of buttercream. (I did make a tin foil “mold” since my glaze was way too runny.

Notes

It’s best to make the glaze right when you’re ready to finish the cake.

http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/05/passionfruit-opera-cake/

ASSEMBLY
(Note: The finished cake should be served slightly chilled. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.)

1. Line a baking sheet (I used a cutting board with a handle!) with parchment or wax paper. Working with one sheet of cake at a time, cut and trim each sheet so that you have three rectangles (11×6 inches to fit my serving plate). Divide syrup in three parts. Divide buttercream in two or three parts.

2. Place one piece of cake on the baking sheet and moisten it gently with the flavored syrup using a pastry brush. Spread one half of the buttercream over this layer.

3. Top another piece of cake. (I refrigerated up to this point for over an hour.) Moisten with the flavored syrup using a pastry brush. Spread the mousse on the cake and then top with the third piece of joconde. (Again, refrigerated over an hour.) Use the remaining syrup using a pastry brush to wet the joconde and then refrigerate until very firm (at least half an hour).

4. Spread the remaining buttercream on the top of the last layer of the joconde. Refrigerate for 12 hours to give the ganache/mousse the opportunity to firm up. (Here, I left it only about an hour again.)

5. Make the glaze and after it has cooled, pour/spread it over the top of the chilled cake. Refrigerate the cake again to set the glaze.

6. Serve the cake slightly chilled.

Passionfruit Opera Cake is being served up for the May Daring Bakers Challenge and is dedicated to Barbara of winosandfoodies.com. The Opera Cake was chosen by this months hostesses, Ivonne from Cream Puffs in Venice, Lis from La Mia Cucina, Fran from Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie and Shea from Whiskful. Please visit the Daring Bakers Blogroll to see what other Opera Cakes are being served up today!

Discussion

108 Responses to “Passionfruit Opera Cake”

  1. That flavor combination really sounds amazing- I’ve been dying to get my hands on passion fruit for as long as I’ve known they existed, but I can never find them or they’re too expensive. I guess I’ll just have to drool over your pictures with envy instead. ;)

    Posted by Hannah | May 27, 2008, 11:29 pm
  2. Beautiful .I love the Passion fruit gelee on top. So light and delicate. I’m curious how the Brazillian Nut tastes.

    Posted by glamah16 | May 27, 2008, 11:35 pm
  3. I’m with Hannah… I’m intrigued by your flavor combinations and I *love* the way your passion fruit glaze bring beautiful bright color to your cake. Great job!

    Posted by Dolores | May 27, 2008, 11:44 pm
  4. love the glaze….lovely

    Posted by Rachel | May 28, 2008, 12:11 am
  5. Fantastic Gretchen! Great flavor and beautiful. I don’t know what the deal was with that butter, it seems many of us almost missed putting that in the cake.The passion fruit really is gorgeous!

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | May 28, 2008, 12:32 am
  6. Wow…the glaze looks stunning, a summer opera cake, beautifull :)

    Posted by Zita | May 28, 2008, 1:18 am
  7. I think your flavor choices are just wonderful. The color of the glaze is so vibrant. Beautiful Opera!

    Posted by Kim | May 28, 2008, 1:32 am
  8. oh, passionfruit is one of my favorite flavors! looks beautiful with that glaze on top!

    Posted by steph- whisk/spoon | May 28, 2008, 1:33 am
  9. How gorgeous! You did a great job, well done. I loved this challenge too!

    Posted by The Baker & The Curry Maker | May 28, 2008, 1:39 am
  10. How gorgeous! You did a great job, well done. I loved this challenge too!

    Posted by The Baker & The Curry Maker | May 28, 2008, 1:39 am
  11. Oh my gosh. That sounds so good. Passionfruit? Heck yeah.

    Posted by rainbowbrown | May 28, 2008, 1:42 am
  12. Wow. Your cake looks wonderful! I especially like the glaze with those black little spots!

    Posted by Viv | May 28, 2008, 2:47 am
  13. Turned out beautiful.

    Posted by Peabody | May 28, 2008, 2:56 am
  14. Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | May 28, 2008, 3:10 am
  15. Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | May 28, 2008, 3:10 am
  16. Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | May 28, 2008, 3:10 am
  17. Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | May 28, 2008, 3:10 am
  18. What a beautiful cake!

    Posted by HoneyB | May 28, 2008, 4:12 am
  19. Yum, that sounds delicious!

    Posted by Anne | May 28, 2008, 4:14 am
  20. Awesome passionfruit glaze!! It’s perfect for a summer lunch dessert. Just added this version to my list. ;)

    Posted by Suzana | May 28, 2008, 4:33 am
  21. Very interesting flavours and beautiful cake with an unusaul glaze.

    Posted by Aparna | May 28, 2008, 4:36 am
  22. Your cake is beautiful, the glaze gives it so much personality!

    Posted by Clumbsy Cookie | May 28, 2008, 5:02 am
  23. Great job Gretchen… I’m glad it turned out and you were happy with the result.

    Posted by Aran | May 28, 2008, 5:35 am
  24. great job; love your tropical flavor. it looks professional.

    Posted by maybelles parents | May 28, 2008, 6:11 am
  25. STUNNING,LUSCIOUS & FULL OF FLAVOUR! Fatastic challenge;can see why it was your best! It’s an out & out feast for the eyes!

    Posted by Passionate baker...& beyond | May 28, 2008, 6:24 am
  26. STUNNING,LUSCIOUS & FULL OF FLAVOUR! Fatastic challenge;can see why it was your best! It’s an out & out feast for the eyes!

    Posted by Passionate baker...& beyond | May 28, 2008, 6:24 am
  27. wow! your cake looks so fluffy and perfect! great job!!

    Posted by Lina | May 28, 2008, 6:32 am
  28. Passionfruit – brilliant! i went with orange and raspberry.

    Posted by Dana McCauley | May 28, 2008, 6:33 am
  29. Wow! Your cake looks perfect! I nearly liked the screen with your first pic! ;) Great job!

    Posted by Jeanine | May 28, 2008, 6:59 am
  30. I love the simplicity of the passionfruit. What an inspired combination. The seeds themselves are the perfect foile for this DB challenge. Great job Gretchen!!!!!!!

    Posted by Bellini Valli | May 28, 2008, 7:00 am
  31. Your cake looks beautiful. I love the way the glaze turned out. And I had to laugh at the idea of you putting the batter back in the bowl to add the missing ingredient–sounds like something I would do. =)

    Posted by Di | May 28, 2008, 7:09 am
  32. I love, love, love passionfruit! THe cake looks amazing. I wish I could get a bite of each of these cakes. But then that would be a lot of bites wouldnt it?

    Posted by Lori | May 28, 2008, 7:13 am
  33. I love the look of the passionfruit glaze – beautiful!

    Posted by Engineer Baker | May 28, 2008, 7:23 am
  34. Stunning! Closest thing to perfect. Great flavour choice – delicious.

    Posted by Dayna | May 28, 2008, 7:25 am
  35. The passion fruit glaze has such a beautiful colour, it fits perfectly to the rest of that beautiful cake.Ulrike from Küchenlatein

    Posted by ostwestwind | May 28, 2008, 7:32 am
  36. I like the passionfruit gel on top. Great for presentation.

    Posted by Y | May 28, 2008, 7:35 am
  37. Gretchen, what a fantastic combination! That top layer is just perfect and so appetizing!

    Posted by Baking Soda | May 28, 2008, 7:55 am
  38. Amazing! Passion fruit?!?!? How clever! Great job. Tres belle!xoxox Amy

    Posted by familiabencomo | May 28, 2008, 8:03 am
  39. What a lovely flavor combination, and it sounds so refreshing. Bet that lightened up the richness of this multi-faceted cake. Just beautiful!

    Posted by Bumblebutton | May 28, 2008, 8:16 am
  40. Looks wonderful! Great job!

    Posted by Heather | May 28, 2008, 8:28 am
  41. stunning. The passion fruit on top makes the whole thing. And your mousse looks so fluffy and inviting!I have not had passion fruit in years. We used to have a vine down our fence. I miss it now!

    Posted by sarahmarie | May 28, 2008, 8:30 am
  42. Oooh that’s pretty. Think I might need to get some passion fruit now.

    Posted by Jenny | May 28, 2008, 8:34 am
  43. Oh wow…That is just stunning!

    Posted by Dianne | May 28, 2008, 8:38 am
  44. The glaze is really spectacular and unique. Gorgeous job!

    Posted by Susan/Wild Yeast | May 28, 2008, 8:54 am
  45. Your cake is stunning. I love the gel glaze. simple yet elegent.How I would love to get my hands on a slice!

    Posted by Megan | May 28, 2008, 8:59 am
  46. This sounds so fabulous — I love passionfruit! I also love your method for removing the seeds from the pulped. Bookmarked!

    Posted by Dana | May 28, 2008, 9:04 am
  47. Passionfruit!!! What a wonderful flavor to add to this! Beautiful cake.

    Posted by Judy @ No Fear Entertaining | May 28, 2008, 9:05 am
  48. Brazil nuts and passionfruit! Sounds like such a tropical and delicious version of opoera cake! I love how beautiful the color is too!

    Posted by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen | May 28, 2008, 9:19 am
  49. The passionfruit is wonderful! I love how you left the seeds, they are perfect. What a beautfiful cake! Libby

    Posted by Allergy Mom | May 28, 2008, 10:02 am
  50. gorgeous and delicious — does it get any better than that? the color is perfect!

    Posted by Katy | May 28, 2008, 10:04 am
  51. Wow, I absolutely love your passionfruit idea! It’s one of my favorite flavors, and thanks for the tip about how to separate the seeds from the pulp. I’m definitely going to save this in my favorites file and try it soon! I bet the brazil nuts tasted delicious with the passionfruit.Shari@Whisk: a food blog

    Posted by Shari | May 28, 2008, 10:19 am
  52. The flavor combo sounds great and I love the way the passion fruit glaze looks on the top- its so shiny! Yum :)

    Posted by Maddy | May 28, 2008, 10:48 am
  53. Really beautifully done with great flavor. You’ve done this challenge very proud.

    Posted by giz | May 28, 2008, 11:24 am
  54. Gretchen, absolutely love your combinations…simply gorgeous :-)

    Posted by sunita | May 28, 2008, 11:36 am
  55. Nicely done! The way the passionfruit glaze looks on top is great. Lovely pictures!

    Posted by Christina | May 28, 2008, 11:54 am
  56. Beautiful cake! In its simplicity, it just stands out! i’m so curious about the passionfruit. It’s very rare that we get it here…

    Posted by pixie | May 28, 2008, 11:59 am
  57. Gretchen,This is just so lovely of a cake that even lovely isn’t lovely enough of a word! I just love the orange look of the glaze.

    Posted by breadchick | May 28, 2008, 12:10 pm
  58. Gretchen, your cake looks just gorgeous! I love the passionfruit gel. It looks so tropical! Great job!

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | May 28, 2008, 12:11 pm
  59. The topping is just gorgeous with that passionfruit gel! Great job on this challenge!

    Posted by Deborah | May 28, 2008, 1:39 pm
  60. What a beautiful cake! Flavor combination sounds delish!

    Posted by Christine | May 28, 2008, 1:55 pm
  61. Nice cake love the combinations and looks so good, It was my first time and was terrified initially, but it came out ok.

    Posted by Medhaa | May 28, 2008, 2:27 pm
  62. How beautiful! I am so impressed. I will have to try this flavor combination. It was fun to look at your other challenges too. :)

    Posted by Natalie | May 28, 2008, 2:56 pm
  63. Now this is my kind of Opera cake! The passion top is just breath taking!

    Posted by My Sweet & Saucy | May 28, 2008, 3:34 pm
  64. Now this is my kind of Opera cake! The passion top is just breath taking!

    Posted by My Sweet & Saucy | May 28, 2008, 3:34 pm
  65. Oh. My. I love passion fruit and used to drink the juice when I lived in Colombia. I miss it, and it’s so darned expensive to get it fresh this far north, so I must make due with frozen. That cake looks amazing!

    Posted by Andrea | May 28, 2008, 4:21 pm
  66. Oh my! That is so friggin’ gorgeous!!!

    Posted by marias23 | May 28, 2008, 4:26 pm
  67. that looks beautiful!

    Posted by Tammy | May 28, 2008, 5:14 pm
  68. Your cake looks absolutely adorable! I love the idea of using passion fruit topping! This is creative!

    Posted by farida | May 28, 2008, 5:19 pm
  69. This is really fabulous looking and I know delicious! I love passionfruit. The clear glaze is perfect and those seeds….WOW. I’m inspired to do a clear glaze next time. Nice work.

    Posted by kellypea | May 28, 2008, 5:23 pm
  70. That looks great! I really like the passionfruit top!

    Posted by Kevin | May 28, 2008, 6:15 pm
  71. Stunning cake! I love how you used passionfruit! I bet it tasted wonderful too!

    Posted by briannalee | May 28, 2008, 6:41 pm
  72. So very, very pretty. Love the transluscency of the passionfruit glaze.j

    Posted by jasmine | May 28, 2008, 6:50 pm
  73. the passionfruit looks wonderful..what a great taste combination.

    Posted by marye | May 28, 2008, 7:06 pm
  74. Beautiful cake.

    Posted by landa | May 28, 2008, 8:04 pm
  75. That looks simply mouth watering. I love the seeds in the top. So pretty…

    Posted by Lesley | May 28, 2008, 8:50 pm
  76. Ooooh, how pretty is that? It’s flawless and I too love the passionfruit gel on top.

    Posted by Jacque | May 28, 2008, 9:25 pm
  77. I am passionate about your passionfruit opera! Ahhhh…..I hear the singing over here. :) Perfect!

    Posted by Chris | May 28, 2008, 9:44 pm
  78. Mmmmm .. that looks absolutely delicious!

    Posted by one spicy mama | May 28, 2008, 9:57 pm
  79. Beautiful cake! Your glaze is gorgeous! Love the flavor combo, nice work!!!

    Posted by Half Baked | May 28, 2008, 10:19 pm
  80. great job! i love the look of that glaze. amazing!jenniferwww.oyecookie.com

    Posted by jennifer | May 28, 2008, 10:23 pm
  81. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    Posted by dobetter | May 28, 2008, 10:37 pm
  82. GORGEOUS! I’d love a piece of that!

    Posted by emgray | May 29, 2008, 12:33 am
  83. Simply lovely Gretchen!! Passion fruit is such a fantastic flavor idea. I am drooling all over again! Well done!

    Posted by Meeta | May 29, 2008, 5:21 am
  84. Yeah, I love the addition of passionfruit!! Thank you so much also for instructions on how to work with it as well. I’ve never used fresh passionfruit, but I’ve been very curious as of late!

    Posted by Mevrouw Cupcake | May 29, 2008, 5:25 am
  85. Passionfruit – wonderful idea!

    Posted by zorra | May 29, 2008, 6:35 am
  86. I think passionfruit is an excellent choice here! Looks delicious and beautiful!

    Posted by Ilva | May 29, 2008, 7:04 am
  87. I love, love, love your Opera! That glaze is just wonderful and your choice of flavor makes me happy happy…I love passion fruit! Brazil nuts are my favorites too. Can you say I would like a slice of this one?!! Glad you enjoyed the challenge so much!

    Posted by Tartelette | May 29, 2008, 7:34 am
  88. Stunning! What a cool idea to use passion fruit and brazil nuts – and I adore the glaze! Sets your cake apart – great job!

    Posted by Katie B. | May 29, 2008, 8:32 am
  89. Your cake turned out so beautifully! Great job, Daring Baker! I love the look of the passionfruit glaze on top. What a wonderful idea.

    Posted by Cookie baker Lynn | May 29, 2008, 8:55 am
  90. Fabulous job! The passionfruit seeds in the glaze look so pretty! :)

    Posted by ChichaJo | May 29, 2008, 9:12 am
  91. Oh, amazing! I love the glaze, and am intrigued by your combinations.

    Posted by chou | May 29, 2008, 10:19 am
  92. The passionfruit glaze looks stunning! It’s such a great idea.

    Posted by Maggie | May 29, 2008, 1:05 pm
  93. Leisurely talking about passion fruit pulp and cocoa trees as well – I might have to move to Peru ;-).My passion fruit pulp comes frozen by FedEx or at about $3 a piece. Nice cake!I forgot the butter too in the first layer but did not bother to scoop it off again. I added 2/3 to the rest and went for it – cheating?Alexandra

    Posted by Sweet Tooth | May 29, 2008, 1:38 pm
  94. every single one of these opera cakes is my favorite. I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

    Posted by michelle @ TNS | May 29, 2008, 2:39 pm
  95. Oh dear, the passionfruit glaze is to die for!!

    Posted by Venus ~ Vi | May 29, 2008, 4:20 pm
  96. I am drooling over the passionfruit flavorings…. yum… and how pretty!

    Posted by gfgastronaut | May 29, 2008, 4:58 pm
  97. A beautiful Opera Cake! Not surprised you have so many Comments. Passionfruit flavor must have been wonderful – it’s almost impossible to get here on the Eastern Seaboard and I love it.

    Posted by Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats | May 29, 2008, 6:43 pm
  98. mmmm passionfruit! i love the glaze you used on this. so beautiful

    Posted by Jaime | May 29, 2008, 8:27 pm
  99. What an absolutely excellent idea to use passionfruit. It’s so beautiful! Nice work :)

    Posted by RecipeGirl | May 29, 2008, 9:24 pm
  100. This looks so beautiful with the passionfruit! Sounds delicious

    Posted by Ruth Elkin | May 30, 2008, 7:38 am
  101. Your cake looks beautiful! And that passion fruit glaze is gorgeous!

    Posted by Barbara | May 30, 2008, 8:19 am
  102. You’ve done an amazing job on this months challenge! Really well done :)

    Posted by Kelly-Jane | May 30, 2008, 10:59 am
  103. Brava! This is gorgeous!!

    Posted by Amy | May 30, 2008, 7:01 pm
  104. Love the passion fruit glaze. I bet the flavor combo tasted great. I love that you used fresh passion fruit and let the seeds show through. Good job!!

    Posted by Pam | May 30, 2008, 8:51 pm
  105. Beautiful! I just love the extra that the passion fruit adds to it…so unique.

    Posted by Claire | May 30, 2008, 11:11 pm
  106. Now that’s a passionate Opera! hehe Yes, I know.. Imma dork. :DI love what you did here.. especially the top – it just makes an already gorgeous cake stunning!Beautiful, Gretchen Noelle!!xoxoxox

    Posted by Lis | May 31, 2008, 8:44 am
  107. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Posted by Ann | May 31, 2008, 1:56 pm
  108. Jumping on the lovely opera cake bandwagon here. The passionfruit gel on top is so lovely. Wish I though of using a fruit glaze. Oh, well there is always next time…

    Posted by Andrea | June 4, 2008, 7:42 pm

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