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Become a Great Baker #3: Opera Cake Quartet

Master the Opera Cake - a timeless French culinary masterpiece - and create amazing classic and modern presentations!

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What you will learn

  • Create many kinds of Opera Cakes, leveraging exciting, modern and intriguing designs and presentations.

  • Advance your baking career by learning a huge variety of important recipes and sophisticated decoration skills.

  • Customize the Opera Cake recipes to match various tastes.

  • Learn professional-level tips and tricks for assembling the Opera Cake and for finishing its top.

  • Master one of the most important French cakes, and create unique culinary masterpieces.

What are the requirements for taking your course

  • No previous baking or cake decoration experience is necessary.

  • Some basic baking utensils such as cake pans and a rolling pin are required.

Who is this course for

  • Anyone interested in a serious baking and cake decoration career.

  • Beginner bakers who want to bake amazing Opera Cakes.

  • Intermediate bakers who want to learn important recipes and sophisticated decoration skills.

  • Bakery and pastry shop owners who want to add fantastic cakes and personal desserts to their offering.

  • Professional pastry chefs who want to add sophisticated plated desserts to their menus.

  • Anyone who loves the Opera Cake and would like to be able to make it at home.


Since it was invented in 1955 the Opera Cake is widely considered as one of the wonders of the French oven. And now you have a chance to master it yourself, as part of your journey to becoming a great baker!

Developed by award-winning pastry chef Irit Ishai, this course is your ultimate step-by-step guide to creating the delicious and stunning Opera Cakes that never fail to impress. Learn everything there is to know about making this French culinary masterpiece using classic recipes and many impressive presentations.

In the course you’ll learn how to make all of the recipes and decorations from scratch using inexpensive tools and fairly simple techniques. Explore the best and most effective methods of making the traditional cake's recipes, such as almond sponge cake (Joconde), flavored buttercream, and 2 kinds of ganache. Discover secrets and tricks that will help you to assemble the 9 layers of the cake inside a cake ring, just like professional bakers. Learn how to finish the top of your Opera cakes and make them smooth and shiny. 

Master the art of making sophisticated decorations such as artistic chocolate plaques, and use them to decorate your cakes. Create multiple elegant and modern presentations for this traditional cake, using fruits, chocolate plaques and other edible elements! You'll even learn how to serve these amazing edible creations as individual desserts!

Along the way you'll learn many tips and tricks that are only discovered through many years of pro-level work. You'll also get an in-depth bonus tutorial about chocolate tempering (both manual and using tempering machines). Many of the recipes and techniques you'll master in this course are extremely useful, and you'll be able to leverage them while making other baking and pastry projects.

Join me in this course, and I'll do my best to take you one step further in your journey to become a great baker!

Irit Ishai

Founder and Instructor


The Opera Cake - a Great French Masterpiece


Opera Cake Recipes

Almond Sponge Cake - Introduction

Making Almond Sponge Cake

Flavored Buttercream - Introduction

Making Flavored Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Ganache - Introduction

Making Dark Chocolate Ganache

Light Chocolate Ganache - Introduction

Making Light Chocolate Ganache

Making Simple Syrup

Assembling the Opera Cake

Assembling the Opera Cake - Introduction

Assembling the Opera Cake - Demonstration

Finishing the Cake's Top

Finishing the Cake's top - Introduction

Finishing the Cake's Top – Flower Design - Demonstration

Finishing the Cake Top – Bi-Color Design - Demonstration

Making Chocolate Plaques


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