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Ganache – 2, Me – 0

I absolutely love ganache; it is my favourite form of icing.

What I am not a fan of is making the ganache. I have made ganache twice and whilst the recipe seems so simple, the ganache seems to kick my ass every time.

The first time I made ganache, the recipe said that it should set in about two hours at room temperature and to freeze it if you wanted to save it. Well 2 hours changed to overnight in the fridge and eventually in the freezer. It did eventually set – in the freezer! I could eventually ice the cake – a day later than I planned to ice it.

Thinking that the first time was not a total flop, and that practice makes perfect, I thought I would make Ganache again for my mother birthday cakes.

Second time around was by far worse than the first time.

No- it did not set in two hours.

No- it did not set in the refrigerator overnight.

Yes- it did set in the freezer.

After taking it out of the freezer, it was thick enough to ice the cakes, or so I thought!

As soon as I spread it over the test cake (which was ice, ice cold and let’s not forget the weather was cool as well), the ganache literally melted over the cake. And no- not in the good way, where it covers the cake in thick ganache. It was like water!

I was certainly not prepared for this as I was at least expecting a similar result to the first time around. I think I might have put in too little chocolate this time but who knows.

I had cakes that needed icing and eventually mixed icing sugar into the ganache to thicken it up so that I could finish my mother’s birthday cakes as I was seeing her for her birthday the afternoon.

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2014-12-16 08.47.42

 

Finished mini-cakes
Finished mini-cakes
Finished mini cake
Finished mini cake

Next time Ganache, I will kick your ass!

 

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3 thoughts on “Ganache – 2, Me – 0”

  1. Should not have read this post right now because my sweet tooth is reaching right into the pic and craving some choc cupcakes at this early hour. It looks lovely. Hope you kicked ganache’s hiney by now 😉

    PS: Looking forward to some more baking tips. I love me some baking.

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    1. Chocolate cupcakes for breakfast is never a bad thing 😉 I have not tried making ganache again but mother’s day is coming up so hopefully I would shown it who is boss.
      Have a great Monday.

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