chocolate ganache

by vanissa

Hi just want to know how to make a perfect chocolate ganache. Every time I've made one it's rather too liquid, or when I let it chill I'm not really happy with the results.

I've noticed it's a bit sticky and not shiny the way it should be. please advice for moelleux au chocolat which frosting is better?

If using a buttercream frosting is recommended to avoid crumbs is it applicable for chocolate cakes also if yes can I have a recipe for buttercream? Thanks.

I find your website really interesting and thanks for helping me.

From the editor:

Ganache is fabulous for filling and frosting, but it can be a little temperamental. Here's a few tricks I've learned over the years:

1. Make sure the cream just boils. This will reduce the water content of the cream a little, which is what you want.

2. After you pour the cream over the chopped chocolate, be patient. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before you stir.

3. Always use a wooden spoon to stir the cream into the chocolate. It works better than plastic or metal.

4. Stir in a figure eight pattern to incorporate the cream and chocolate.

5. Just keep stirring - the ganache will go through stages; first it looks lumpy, then grainy, then smooth and, finally, shiny. Don't stop stirring until you reach shiny.

Here's a great all purpose buttercream recipe.

To avoid crumbs, no matter what kind of frosting you're using, check out this great tutorial on how to crumb coat a cake.

I'm glad you're finding the site interesting. Keep exploring. There's lots here to discover.

Michelle (editor)

Comments for chocolate ganache

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 16, 2010
REF: Ganache
by: Anonymous

Thx a lot for your advise will surely try it.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Questions About Decorating a Cake.

looking for something in particular?

If you want to find something in a hurry? No Problem. Find the answers you need here:

search this site

Custom Search

still have questions?

If you still have any questions about baking, assembling or decorating a cake, ask them here!

keep the excitement going

Never be short of a great cake idea at a moment's notice.

Sign up for the "Too Nice To Slice" newsletter and get fantastic insider tips, tricks and out of the box cake decorating ideas delivered right to your inbox.




Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you 'Too Nice To Slice'.

share the love

If you like what you see, why not share this site with your friends? There's always something new baking around here.