Dear Daring Bakers,
This time you’ve really outdone yourselves. Opera cake for your May challenge? Wow. Who knew SO many people could pull off an opera cake so well! All those elaborate layers topped with an even more elaborate musical decoration of some kind…it’s something I could never even fathom doing myself. It’s no wonder they call you “daring“.
(Sidenote for the readers: For those of you haven’t heard of Daring Bakers, they’re an ever-growing group of food bloggers who pull off a different baking feat each month. Every month, they’re all required to attempt to bake the same thing. There is a list of all of them here. And this post is essentially a tribute to them.)
I thought you guys blew me away with last month’s Cheesecake Pops, or even January’s Lemon Meringue Pie (because we all know I couldn’t make a lemon meringue pie quite as well). But now…these Opera Cakes have really “taken the cake,” if you will. I only wish I had your strength and your skills to bake things nearly as magical month after month.
And yes, I’ve thought about joining your group. But a flood of anxiety and questions always stops me in my tracks. What if I don’t have or can’t find the ingredients we need? What if my variation comes out terrible – do I still have to post them? How can I pretend to be a daring baker when I can’t even muster up enough courage to send the e-mail?
Maybe one day I will. But for now, I’ll instead pay tribute to the fine work you Daring Bakers put forth this month and leave you with a roundup of my favorite versions of this month’s challenge.
Could Channelle et Vanille’s Apricot Passionfruit White Chocolate Opera cake (pictured above) be any prettier?
Or what about Tartelette’s hilariously perfect rendition on the opera cake (pictured above)? She is always talented!
Bittersweet’s creations (both the cake and the foam! – pictured above) were beyond beautiful.
And props to LOR in the kitchen for their clever Mojito flavored-take on the opera cake! What a unique flavor idea.
And last but not least, an apricot-pistachio flavor combination never looked so beautiful! Bravo Pretty Tasty Cakes!
And bravo to ALL you Daring Bakers!
With deep respect,