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How to Make Chocolate Ganache for Decorating Cakes
"I show you how in this video tutorial"
The question I get asked most about cake decorating is "how do you get your smooth sharp edges?". The answer is a combination of...
The consistency of the ganache
How I use the ganache
The way I use 2 cake smoothers to get the sharp edge
None of it is difficult when you know how!
In part 1 of this 3 part online tutorial series I give you the chocolate ganache recipes for both dark and white chocolate ganache. I also show you, in the video, how to make chocolate ganache quickly and easily using the microwave. The video shows you the consistency of the ganache.
I use this chocolate ganache on all my cakes underneath the fondant.
Chocolate Ganache Recipe
1 part pure cream (35% fat) -- in the video I use 900ml 2 parts dark chocolate -- in the video I use 2 x 900g or 3 parts white chocolate -- in the video I use 3 x 900g
How to Make Chocoalte Ganache Method
Watch the video to see my exact technique. These are the steps I go through...
Chop the chocolate finely
In a microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate and cream and fold the chocolate through the cream until its surfaces areall covered
Heat in microwave for 2 minutes. I heat using the microwave on full power, if you are not used to using a microwave use medium heat and take a bit longer
Take out of microwave and use a spatula to scrape down the sides and ensure the chocolate isn't sticking. Do not stir and do not use a wooden spoon. Agitate the bowl (do not stir at this stage) until the chocolate is under the cream, then let the bowl rest until it is cool to touch
Put the bowl into the microwave for another 2 minutes
Take bowl out of microwave and mix the cream and chocolate with the spatular
When the bowl is cool to touch repeat for another 2 minutes. Then remove and stir again, making sure there are no lumps
Making Ganache Video
Tutorial Parts 2 and 3
In the 2nd tutorial I show you how I set up the cake using a base board and a very simple tool that gives the smooth edges.
The 3rd tutorial shows how I use 2 cake smoothers to finish the fondant cake with a sharp edge.