Best Pistachio Opera cake recipe

Best Pistachio Opera cake recipe

Try this amazing pistachio opera cake recipe with chocolate ganache and glaze!  This is one dessert recipe you won't want to miss!

Here is a little twist on the classic opera cake which normally consists of chocolate, coffee, almond sponge cake.  I made it with pistachios (try this cream puff recipe with pistachio ) and chocolate with different variations of each.  If you love pistachios and chocolate you will love this dessert. 

This is a dessert I made a few weeks ago that was a huge hit.  I served it with pistachio ice cream.  Pretty straight forward baking for this dessert, it just has a several steps to the layers.  Not hard though.  Here is the best opera cake recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Pistachio and Chocolate Opera Cake


Pistachio Sponge

  • 150 g eggs ((3 eggs))
  • 54 g yolks ((3 yolks))
  • 111 g sugar
  • 35 g flour
  • 25 g almond flour ((4 tbsp))
  • 35 g pistachio flour (1/4 cup ground pistachio)
  • 128 g egg whites ((3 egg whites))
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • drops pistachio extract

Chocolate Sponge

  • 150 g eggs ((3 eggs))
  • 54 g yolks ((3 yolks))
  • 111 g sugar
  • 35 g flour
  • 25 g pistachio flour
  • 35 g cocoa powder
  • 128 g egg whites ((3 whites))
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt

Quick Pistachio Butter Cream

  • 2 stick butter (at room temp)
  • 3 cup powder sugar
  • 1/2 cup pistachio paste
  • drops pistachio extract


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb bittersweet chocolate

Chocolate Mirror Glaze

  • 10 g gelatin beef powder
  • 210 g sugar
  • 110 g water
  • 65 g cocoa powder
  • 65 g heavy cream
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

For the Sponge Cake

  1. Place eggs, yolks, and 111g sugar into a stand mixer.  Whisk until thick and pale yellow about 5 minutes.  Then add the flour, pistachio flour, and almond flour to the egg mixture and mix well.  Then pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl.  

    Clean out the mixing bowl and then place egg whites into the bowl.  Whisk egg whites until triple in volume and then add the 3 tbsp of sugar.  Whisk until stiff peaks and add pistachio extract.

    Then fold the egg whites into the egg-flour mixture in 3 parts.  Pour the batter onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and smooth surface with offset spatula.  

    Place in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.  

For the Chocolate Sponge

  1. Same process as the pistachio sponge.  

For the Ganache

  1. In a small pot add cream and bring to a boil.  Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.  Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. 

    Wait 1 minutes and then mix well with a whisk until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted. Allow to cool to room temperature.  

For the Buttercream

  1. This is a quick version of buttercream.  Add butter, powdered sugar, along with pistachio paste to a stand mixer bowl. 

    Mix with a paddle attachment 2-3 minutes until smooth. Add a drop or two of pistachio extract and mix well.  

For the Mirror Glaze

  1. In a small bowl bloom gelatin powder in 3 tbsp of water.  Place sugar, water, cocoa powder, and cream in a pot and turn on medium heat.  Stir regularly until it comes to a boil.  

    Then add in the chocolate.  Stir until completely combined.  Then add in the gelatin and stir until smooth. You can use the glaze immediately if you want or you can save the glaze for another time, just bring the mixture up to 110 degrees before using.  

To Finish

  1. You can either cut your sheet cake in half or in thirds depending on how big you want your cake to be. 

    If you don't want any waist you can cut in half.  Place the pistachio cake on the bottom and then spread a layer of the pistachio buttercream on top. 

    Then place a piece of the chocolate sponge on top.  Add a layer of the ganache on top and spread evenly.  Add another layer of the pistachio sponge and butter cream.  Then top off with the last layer of chocolate sponge and ganache. 

    Chill for a few hours and then pour the mirror glaze on top for a nice finish.  Accompany the cake with a side of pistachio ice cream.  Serve and enjoy!

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