Opera Cake -Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Between the two competing coffee joints, I usually hang out at Coffee Bean more than Starbucks. I am not sure why, don’t ask. I just feel more at home at Coffee Bean more than Starbucks. Maybe it is the less pretentious crowd?

Anyway, if I am with the kids, they love Coffee Bean hot vanilla, their staples.


I don’t mind a slice of their opera cake, anytime. Why is it call opera cake? I don’t know. But I do know that this is one cake that I won’t be able to make at home because it has several layers and textures.


Just take a look at this recipe and my head is spinning already. Check out Scena.org for the recipe and the story behind it.

The opera cake was created in the 1960s by the well-known French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre. The marriage between opera and desserts is a daily reality in a number of great opera houses. At New York’s Metropolitan Opera for instance, the well-to-do dine with refinement at the in-house restaurant before the show. At the first bell, the music lovers are careful to reserve their dessert for the first intermission!


So, the next you are in Coffee Bean and see a pink Vaio owner eating opera cake and some tall black, come and say hi to me, k?

16 Replies to “Opera Cake -Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf”

  1. which CBTL do u frequent? My all time favouite is their carrot cake and mocha latte πŸ™‚ yum .. this is my favourite haunt as my best friend is with CBTL

  2. DOF – Hahaha, I didn’t know my post is so influential on your taste. Hope you like it!

    Erina – No ler, still long way to go to slim and sexy part. Hahaha.

    Sheryl – I see their muffin so big, I dare not try. Cannot finish. The Chicago cheesecake oso good.

    Soleilina – I suka kat Island Plaza. In fact, I like Island Plaza a lot. Less crowd, less jinjang. Hahaha.

  3. And if you see both together, take a photo and if one of them is me….I reward the first person with RM100 CoffeeBean vouchers! How’s that!

  4. I used to go to Coffee Bean in Subang Parade because I used to live in Subang Jaya. They used to sell lemon meringue pie there and we used to ta pau them back home. But somehow they stop serving lemon meringue pie. Wonder why? I prefer CB than starbucks too. Dont know why too.

  5. The Opera Cake is credited to a Louis Clichy around the turn of the last century. But disputed origins also place it in a French Restaurant around the same time. Usually layers of Joconde or La Gioconda sandwiched with a coffee buttercream and topped with Chocolate Ganache.

    Is that what they serve in Coffee Bean? It’s a very traditional French Gateaux. Hmmm now I think I should go have a look see look see πŸ˜‰

  6. terence – You sponsoring the prizes issit?

    nigel – LOL, tks for that bit of history. It says Opera, so opera it is to me. Dun care lah, as long as it is nice.

    flower – Yay to CB lover. LOL, coffee bean, i mean.

    mamaBOK – when are you coming by to spore and drop in here?

  7. Aiyoh..Lilian..!!
    If i can hor.. i wanna come back now.. and often.. lor.. πŸ™‚ But with your own store.. and the lil’ brat.. hard to just drop everything.. and visit lor.. πŸ™
    Even no time to go to the city.. and get my chinese groceries.. sad eh..??
    But no worries.. if i come home to Asia.. i would be definitely meeting you .. in Penang.. because Penang is one place..i want Chloe to visit.. and enjoy.. πŸ˜‰

  8. I felt for Lilian’s comment on the CB than StarB and had always visit to de’ old CB when I’m back in Penang esp Island Plaza’s,it’s already a routine for me and my family. Just hang around,sipping away my fav’s black forest ice blended and tucking in the yummilicious blueberry mousse cheesecake!

    yuMmo !

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