Bake the Book: Opera Cake ✩

Photo by Joann Pai.

Welcome to a special series of classes in June: Bake the Book! Settle in and learn one of the recipes in my new cookbook, French Pastry Made Simple…. Opera Cake! This cake is a true classic and I hope it will have you singing in the kitchen. Layers of chocolate ganache, Jaconde sponge cake, and coffee buttercream make up this rich decadent cake.

Hold onto your bootstraps as there are several components for this cake. I’ll be walking you through them step by step in this three-hour class geared a bit more towards intermediate + bakers because of the pace.

We will bake and assemble the cake together. At the end of the class, the glaze on top will need about 30 minutes to 1 hour to set before cutting the cake to reveal the layers.. reminiscent of the balconies inside the Opera Garnier in Paris. Get ready for a fun afternoon of baking!

If you’re interested in preordering my cookbook, head here!

Class time: Sunday, June 27th

7pm Paris | 1pm EST | 12pm CST | 10am PST Live on Zoom!

What you will learn:

  • How to make Joconde, a light almond-based sponge cake
  • The tricks to assembling an opera cake
  • How to whip up a French buttercream
  • Glazing a cake
  • Assembly and decorating ideas
  • Tips for how to make-ahead

What’s Included:

  • Recipes for: Opera Cake (this includes: Joconde cake, coffee simple syrup, French coffee buttercream, and chocolate glaze)
  • A list of equipment recommendations specific to this class
  • Access to a private Facebook group to share your creations, interact with fellow students and ask questions that come up

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose flour, almond flour (or meal), eggs, granulated sugar, instant espresso powder, unsalted butter, vegetable oil (or coconut oil), dark/bittersweet good quality baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream

Special Equipment Needed:

Electric mixer (hand or stand), parchment paper, small offset metal spatula, 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) and 9×9 inch (23×23 cm) baking pan. You can find recommendations here (affiliate link).


What level baker is this for?

This class is geared more toward intermediate to advanced bakers because of the pace of the class. No matter your level you’ll pick up lots of great tips that you can apply to all of your baking projects.


What if I don’t have the ingredients/equipment?

Not to worry! You can choose whether you’d like to simply watch and bake later, or bake along with me.


What if I miss the class?

You will be sent a reminder email one hour before the class will start. Unfortunately, if you miss the class, it is non-refundable. You will have the recording, recipes and are welcome to get in touch with any questions you have.


Is the class recorded?

The beauty of the class is that it’s live with lots of fun interaction. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and you can always get in touch after the class via email or on the FB group. A recording of the live class will be sent to participants about one hour after it takes place. It will be available for viewing for 72 hours. No names will be on the recording and the recording will be almost entirely of Molly during the class. If you do not want your face to be shown, please turn off your camera. This will allow you to rewatch the class to pick up any tips that might have been missed. Also, it’s perfect in case you were not able to attend the class due to the time, so you can view it and bake along.


How do I ask questions during the class?

You can ask questions during the live broadcast on Zoom either by commenting or talking directly with me! There will be at least 10 minutes at the end of each class for questions and you’re always welcome to get in touch with me before or after the class at


When do we get the recipes?

The recipes and a list of equipment recommendations will be emailed to you with the Zoom link to your class several days before the class. Noted above in the description you can find what you need and any special equipment already though!


What if I have never used Zoom before?

Zoom is super easy. If you haven’t used it before, I recommend clicking on the link a couple of minutes before and Zoom will walk through any necessary set up you need to take.


Can I gift this workshop to someone?

Absolutely! Make a note in the order that this is a gift with their name and email address and I will send them the details for the class and a note saying it’s been gifted.


I won’t be paying in euros. How much is this class?

Your bank or PayPal will automatically convert the amount for you after you place the order based on current conversion rates. You can get an idea of how much this would be by simply googling “25 euros to dollars” (for example). Currently 25€ is about 29 US Dollars.


What payment methods do you have?

You can pay via PayPal, credit or debit card. To reserve your place, click on the “Book Now” button above.


No refunds will be made for virtual classes. 

June 27 @ 19:00
7:00 pm — 10:00 pm (3h)


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