Forget The Poured Ganache, I Don't Think That'll Be Wise

Decorating By cheeseball Updated 17 Oct 2008 , 9:34am by banba

cheeseball Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 2:55am
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Ok, I posted earlier about poured ganache because that's what it looks like, but I think that's going to be a real problem in the 200% humidity icon_lol.gif ...now I'm thinking it kinda looks like it could be shiny chocolate fondant...whaddya think and what do you think the best way to make fondant look like poured ganache would be?
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Cake_Princess Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 3:06am
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Originally Posted by cheeseball

Ok, I posted earlier about poured ganache because that's what it looks like, but I think that's going to be a real problem in the 200% humidity icon_lol.gif ...now I'm thinking it kinda looks like it could be shiny chocolate fondant...whaddya think and what do you think the best way to make fondant look like poured ganache would be?




Maybe rubbing it with shortening but be careful too much will cause the fondant to breakdown.

sugarshack Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 6:31am
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that is poured ganache in that pic. i dont know if u can get fondnat to look like that, but maybe u can brush it with water to get it sticky and shiny

SugarFrosted Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 8:24am
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It looks like poured ganache to me.

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 9:19am
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Originally Posted by sugarshack

that is poured ganache in that pic. i dont know if u can get fondnat to look like that, but maybe u can brush it with water to get it sticky and shiny



but wouldn't that eventually dry and look matte?

cheeseball Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 1:55pm
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Thanks guys...I was reading how folks had used confectioners glaze to make fondant shiny, but I don't have access to it...is there an acceptable substitute? Maybe a thin layer of clear piping gel?

7yyrt Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 3:44pm
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Well, here is a chocolate mirror glaze recipe. Original Source : Hershey's -
http://www.bigoven.com/70739-Cocoa-Mirror-Glaze-recipe.html
Never tried it, just found it.
A demo, and more recipes - http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=86115&pid=1171755&st=0&

cheeseball Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 4:22pm
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Sighhhh icon_rolleyes.gif ...ok, gotta scratch shiny fondant, budget won't allow it. So mavens, how am I gonna make dark chocolate buttercream look glossy?

CakeMommyTX Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 4:27pm
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I've used ganache before here in Houston and we almost always have 90%+ humidity and have never had any problems.

Tweedie Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 4:49pm
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Where is the cake going to be? As in, will it be sitting outside in direct sunlight, or in a stuffy building that has no a/c. Unless that's the case I don't really think the ganache would be a problem for you. It does set up some.

maggiev777 Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 8:59pm
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I think it looks like poured ganache too. I don't think fondant or BC could look that smoothly shiny. Sorry I don't know about humidity and ganache but I hope you figure it out because boy, it looks soooooo yummy!

cheeseball Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 10:58pm
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Thanks for replying guys...it'll be in a/c, but first, a ride on a puddle jumper flight to a resort on a tiny island in Belize and it is definitely rainy season - when I say 200% humidity, I mean it! (and here I thought the humidity back in NC or SC was bad! icon_lol.gif) Between the moisture in the air and that flight, I just don't trust ganache to hold up (and once you have to touch it up, it just never looks as good)

kjt Posted 16 Oct 2008 , 11:14pm
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This may not work AT ALL, but - I steam my fondant-yep steam it...either the figures, or the fondant on a cake. It gives it a finish ummm not as shiny as you are looking for but not nearly as "matte" as fondant usually is-more like leather. Try a piece and see if that finish will work. Good luck! I really admire your courage-Belize! Will you get to attend the wedding!!?

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 5:56am
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can we come if we bring our own jumper plane? just kidding. wishing you luck! icon_smile.gif

AZCakeGirl Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 6:20am
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Oh my....I've been on those puddle jumper plans & they are pretty bumpy! Ae you sure you want to stack & decorate the cake before you leave? If I were you, I would just take everything with me & decorate it in the hotel or someplace after you land.

As for water on fondant, I found out while trying to carry one of my store display dummy cakes through the rain........it will not turn matte once it drys, it will stay shiny. Hence, raindrops = little shiny spots on your cake! That being said, I don't know if I would try to use that technique on a whole cake to get it shiny but you could try it if you want & see what happens. I would just be worried that it would be "patchy" or something. The picture really does look like ganache thugh.

janbabe Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 9:04am
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Could you cover it with choc fondant then brush brown sparkle dust over it? Just a thought, wouldn't be shiny like the pic but would give a nice sheen, or gold sparkle dust. icon_smile.gif

If you whipped choc buttercream up sometimes it can go glossy if egg whites are used?

The pic is poured ganache if you want to have exactly the same look.

Good luck in what you choose.

Jan x

banba Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 9:34am
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I would use either modeling choc or choc fondant and paint it with confectioners glaze.

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