When I was introduced to someone who bakes macarons, little did I know that she bakes joconde cakes too! Otherwise known as ‘opera cakes‘. Yep. I only knew this recently and with that little titbit of knowledge, I made an order for a slice of green tea and black sesame flavoured joconde cake, on top of having three more macarons delivered to my home.
Let me tell you a bit about these multi-layered cakes, and once I have eaten it, I will share my experiences with you. Until then, here is a short history of the joconde cake:
According to Wikipedia:
The joconde cake is a French type of cake, and can also be called an ‘opéra cake’. It is made using several thin layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, before being covered in a chocolate glaze.
According to Larousse Gastronomique:
The ‘opéra gateau’ is an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee and chocolate filling and icing. The cake was popularized by the French pâtisserie house Dalloyau.
Alright, now I know why it’s called a ‘joconde cake‘. Because in French, it is the layers of almond sponge cake that is included in the recipe! So that’s where it got its name from then…
So, what are you waiting for? Time to buy ourselves a little slice of heaven! And maybe we’ll take it with a cup of coffee too.