abeane Posted 24 May 2010 , 5:16am
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Can I add black food coloring to dark chocolate ganache? If so, which should I use (I have Ateco super black gel and Cake Craft super black paste) and when should I add it? I know dark chocolate ganache will end up being dark brown but if possible I'd like the cake to be black without using fondant...

Along the same line, can I add Cointreau to the ganache? My main fear is that I will do something to cause the ganache to seize but I'd like to have an orange-flavored ganache for my Clockwork Orange themed cake.

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wildwolves Posted 24 May 2010 , 6:08am
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I added yellow wilton paste colour to white choc ganache on the weekend and it turned out great! I waited till all the choc was melted with the cream and then just folded it through.I just kept adding little amounts of colour till i had the right shade. I'm not sure if you will get the ganache to go really black as it is always so hard to get a good black colour. But being that you are already using dark choc you might have more luck. HTH

abeane Posted 24 May 2010 , 6:33am
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Thanks wildwolves! I won't be heartbroken if it doesn't turn out super black because this cake is just for fun but I would like it to be more black than brown.

wildwolves Posted 24 May 2010 , 6:38am
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not a problem icon_smile.gif make sure you post a pic when your done so we can see how it turned out icon_smile.gif

abeane Posted 24 May 2010 , 6:57pm
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I'll be sure to post a photo but it won't be for a while because I'm not actually decorating the cake until next week

Minstrelmiss Posted 24 May 2010 , 7:11pm
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I just posted a pic of my first try with white chocolate ganache that I colored black for the very top. I mixed the black in after it cooled and had no trouble. It was REALLY dark too, jet black.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1681001

wildwolves Posted 24 May 2010 , 7:37pm
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Minstrelmiss it looks awesome! Its really really black! Hmm i have a million ideas going through my head now lol.. Did you use dark chocolate and just add black colouring paste?

Minstrelmiss Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:09pm
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That was colored WHITE chocolate ganache. I had NO problems at all! Feel free to ask away icon_smile.gif any questions you may have. I just thrilled you liked my cake icon_biggrin.gif

wildwolves Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:41pm
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wow white ganache.. thats great to get it so black.. hmm ill have to make a cake now just so i can try it out icon_razz.gif

Minstrelmiss Posted 24 May 2010 , 9:45pm

Glad I could help. I imagine you'll have no trouble getting your chocolate ganache black. I bet it will be lovely. icon_smile.gif

abeane Posted 25 May 2010 , 7:14am

Well that white chocolate definitely looks black so I'm thinking I shouldn't have any issues with getting dark chocolate to look black. Did you notice any change in the consistency of the ganache after adding coloring?

Minstrelmiss Posted 25 May 2010 , 10:14am

Not at all. Hubby says he can taste black no matter what but everyone who ate the cake LOVED it! Orange cake with white choc ganache...what's not to love?! icon_smile.gif

katehalliday1987 Posted 19 Mar 2011 , 10:05am

hey!!!
i know im a bit late on this post but im hoping you might be able to help me with a question about your absoloutly amazing cake! what type of icing did you use for the white. it's such a pure white. i dont really like the taste of fondant so i try to use other options as much as possible.
any help would be much appreciated!
happy cooking all! icon_biggrin.gif

angie1229 Posted 30 Mar 2013 , 2:49pm

ATo katehalliday1987, i just used the wilton whipped icing for the first time and it was this white and really yummy! :)

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