I've made ganache a couple of times but have always added it to BC. I now have a bride that wants a chocolate brown cake with cornflower blue accents. I mentioned to her chocolate fondant but now I've been thinking of the ganache but I have a few questions if you all would be kind enough to answer before I mention it to the bride.
Do I just fill the cake and then cover in ganache or is there a crumb coat of some kind?
Does it melt easily once it's set? (I don't know if the reception is indoors or outdoors yet)
If I cover a dummy cake with plastic wrap and then coat in ganache, can it be rewarmed and used again?
When I go to pour, I would start at the top middle and work out to the edges, right?
I'll be using the SPS system, is it forgiving around the bottom when stacking?
I'll probably think of more but here's a start and I appreciate any help.
please, any advice would be appreciated!
You can fill and cover, no need to crumb coat. But if you want it smooth (no gaps between layers) crumb coat w/ buttercream
Yes it will melt easily. It will not tolerate heat
Don't know if you can resuse the ganache b/c it will perish after a few days
Yes, start in the middle & guide it down the sides.
Don't know what you mean about SPS being forgiving. There will be a gap unless you cut your dowels slightly shorter than the cake. Remember w/ SPS that there is the SPS plate plus the cardboard & you'll have abou 1/8" gap b/c of the two.
I agree that you don't have to use a crumb coat, but I think you'll be a lot happier if you do. I like to use a thin coating (thicker than a crumb coat, but not as much as if I'm icing the cake) of chocolate BC or whipped ganache. As you guide it from the top down the sides, you may have to use a spatula to patch some spots; the chocolate icing helps it blend better than white. Again, I don't know much about SPS, but if you let the leftover ganache cool for a while you can do a simple border out of firmer ganache to cover any gaps.
Thanks you both of the information. The cakes will have a fondant ribbon border that i can use the cover up the bottom edges. I just didn't know if fingerprints show easily or sometimes I like lift the bottom fondant edges by accident when stacking the cakes.
I would put the border on after stacking. That way you could cover up a gap if there is one. I haven't done it but you may can smooth it with a hot dry spatula if you bump it. Might give it a practice before doing it on the cake
Thanks so much cocobean for the picture and advice. The cake is going to have a fondant cornflower blue ribbon around the bottom so that should hide any gaps then.
Thanks to everyone that offered advice.