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Frosting and Whipped Ganache

I told you on Wednesday that I would give you the finishing touches to my perfect chocolate cake…and here they are!  I am giving you two recipes.  If you are feeling adventurous, then make both (the whipped is in the middle between two cake layers).  For my friend’s going away party, I finished the cake with ganache.  Do not be daunted by these recipes…if you follow the directions, they are easy to make.

Over the holidays, my mom made the chocolate cake recipe from Wednesday (recipe HERE), the whipped ganache recipe, and a white chocolate ganache recipe for my friend’s wedding.  Everyone at the wedding was grateful and appreciative of the effort my mom took to make a cake.  Let me tell you, it didn’t taste like any typical wedding cake!

Ganache is a versatile sweet that can be an icing, glaze, or filling.  It is made with three simple ingredients – chocolate, cream, and butter.  The texture of the ganache depends on the ratio of chocolate to cream.  The larger amount of cream, the looser the ganache, which is best for frostings, glazes, and even an ice cream topping.  The smaller amount of cream, the firmer the ganache, which is best for fillings in cakes or truffles

Ganache

1 cup heavy cream (1/2 pint)

1 stick butter

8 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate – I use Ghirardelli which comes in 4 oz packs – so you need 2

On low heat warm cream

Add chocolate (broken in pieces) & butter

STIR, STIR STIR over low heat until chocolate is almost melted

Take off heat & stir til smooth

Cool for at least an hour & then whisk until it thickens a bit (you will probably have to put in fridge for 20 minutes for the ganache to thick to correct consistency)

Spread one layer on cake (it should stay in place, if not it isn’t cool enough) – then put entire cake with 1 layer of frosting in fridge for 20-30 minutes

Spread with second layer of ganuache

(You will probably have too much ganache for cake)

The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Ganache Frosting

Whipped Ganache Filling

2 cups heavy cream, cold

7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped coarsely (any good-quality chocolate may be used) (my mom used white chocolate for the wedding cakes)

5 1/3 tablespoons butter

Warm the heavy cream in a heavy saucepan.

Add the chopped chocolate and butter

Stir over low heat until the chocolate is almost melted

Take saucepan off the heat, and stir until smooth

Cool, then refrigerate until cold

Whip until light and fluffy, but not dry

Use as the middle filling layer for a 9 inch cake

Best to keep cake in the refrigerator or in a cool place

Spread a thick layer whipped ganache between 2 cake layers

Enjoy the pictures of my mom cakes from the wedding!

Wedding Cakes!

Single Cake

Piece of Cake

Hope you give these recipes a try!

And, don’t forget to “like” the newsforchews facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/NewsforChews/276447152386516) for a chance to win home made goodies from me…see the details HERE!

Stay hungry…

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