What comes to your mind upon hearing the word ‘Opera’? Most will think of opera as the performing arts. Some will visualise the Sydney Opera House. However, many regular customers of Patisserie Yahagi, at Church Corner Mall in Upper Riccarton, will imagine the Opera Cake.
The Opera Cake is a French cake named after the Opera House in Paris. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. Unfortunately, when Eri Yahagi, the owner of Patisserie Yahagi, opened her shop in 2009, Opera Cakes were not well-known because only a few shops sold them in Christchurch.So, when Eri first began to sell her beautiful Opera Cakes in her shop, she explains that many customers asked her if it was a tiramisu, to which she has always responded with a smile, “No. This is Opera. It’s not an Italian cake but a French cake. You must try it, once.”
Fast forward seven years and the only question that her customers ask is, “Can I have your award-winning Opera?” Her exquisite Opera even won the Gold Award, winning in the Café Dessert Section of New Zealand Bakery of the Year in 2010 – and they can easily be enjoyed along with other award-winning cakes that await at Patisserie Yahagi.
If cake lovers have never tried Patisserie Yahagi’s Opera Cake, they have been missing out on a great opportunity to step into the Christchurch Opera House!
When you work within or establish a new business, what makes you the happiest?
For Eri Yahagi, the owner of Patisserie Yahagi at Church Corner mall in Upper Riccarton, happiness comes in knowing that her customers enjoy her desserts and cakes, but especially when they pass that joy on to their dearest people.
These were posted on the Facebook page of one of her customers on Valentine’s Day.
Heath Wells posted at 16:05 on his Facebook:
“It’s Valentine’s Day and I cannot think of anything nicer for Heather than a sweet treat from what is, in my opinion, the best patisserie here in Christchurch, Patisserie Yahagi…
This is their creation to celebrate today – a heart shaped raspberry and chocolate mousse.”
Heath Wells posted at 16:33 posted on his Facebook:
“So this just happened… This morning Heather Wells and I had a conversation along the lines of Valentine’s Day being a commercialised thing and we wouldn’t buy into it and get each other anything. Of course I was like, ‘Yeah right! As if I would not get something’. So, as per my previous post, I went along to Patisserie Yahagi and got that heart shaped treat…
Well, it seems Heather Wells had similar thoughts, and also called into Patisserie Yahagi on the way home and picked up this gorgeous looking chocolate tart! Great minds think alike!”
This heartwarming story is right at the heart of what Eri loves most about her business. “They got their desserts from Patisserie Yahagi for each other because they thought this was the best for each other!”
And so Eri will continue to bake her desserts and cakes to make people you love like your partner, family and friends happy. Who’s your special someone that you want to treat with Patisserie Yahagi’s creations?