Ganache and filled cakes

by Teri
(Midwest, USA)

I am rather new at making fancy cakes and I wanted to know if I have to refrigerate filled cakes and ganache frosted cakes?

Also, I made a chocolate cake and filled with ganache and then whipped the rest of the ganache and frosted the cake. Problem is that I put it in the fridge covered to store it and the ganache on the outside of the cake got dry and crumbled and my cake got really dried out.

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Jul 22, 2009
Whipprd Ganache Tips
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Teri,

Yes, you do need to refrigerate cakes filled or frosted with Ganache, or any filling/frosting that contains dairy or eggs.

As for the crumbling whipped ganache, I have not experienced that, so I can only guess as to what might be the cause. If you skipped a step and didn't crumb coat your cake, that could be the problem. A crumb coat helps seal in the crumbs so the top coat of frosting looks better, but also adheres better to the cake.

The other reason may be that the ganache was whipped too much, which essentially turns it into chocolate butter, which would set too hard in the fridge and possibly crumble off the cake. Making whipped ganache is a balancing act - you want to whip until it lightens in color and thickens to a good spreading consistency, but if you whip too long, you turn the cream in the ganache into butter.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Michelle (editor)

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