Helpful Video Tutorial For Perfecting Ganache & Sharp Ed

Decorating By cutiepiecupcake Updated 5 Apr 2011 , 11:57pm by cutthecake

cutiepiecupcake Posted 31 Mar 2011 , 11:34pm
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I originally found these links on my news feed on FB from another cake decorator.. they are put together by Michelle Rea from Sydney Australia -an extremelly talented decorator! There are 3 parts to the tutorial - making ganache, applying the ganache, and then acheiving the sharp edges on the fondant... these videos are only 1 day old (from today's date). I found them REALLY helpful.. so I thought I best share them with the rest of you ganache enthusiasts icon_wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/user/InspiredByMichelle?blend=2&ob=1#p/u/2/qFtm8q4m4Bk

http://www.youtube.com/user/InspiredByMichelle?blend=2&ob=1#p/u/1/OgrXxYLm0Sk

http://www.youtube.com/user/InspiredByMichelle?blend=2&ob=1#p/u/0/imfDvvSZn5I

A BIG thank you to Michelle thumbs_up.gif

30 replies
Coral3 Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 12:17am
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Thanks for the links cutiepiecupcake...I have to say that ganache is SUCH a great surface to cover with fondant (buttercream is a nightmare under fondant in comparison). Another great source of info for those interested in ganache is the book 'Planet Cake' by Paris Cutler, but hey, I think we all love a free youtube tutorial! icon_biggrin.gif

cutiepiecupcake Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 12:22am
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Your on the ball there Coral3.. I love the Planet Cake book too.. oh how I would love my ganache to be so perfect... practice.. practice icon_smile.gif

srkmilklady Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 12:58am
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These videos are great!! I've never used ganache under fondant, but I'm going to give it a try after seeing these. Thanks to Michelle for explaining it all so perfectly and thanks cutiepiecupcake for posting the links!

AKS Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:22am
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Thanks so much for this link. It's really in-depth and she does a great job explaining things!

CakeCrystals Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:26am
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Great tutorial. Thanks for posting this for all to see. I too have taken to using ganache under my fondant instead of buttercream. But some people still prefer buttercream. icon_razz.gif

infinitsky Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:26am
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Thank you, thank you and thank you again for posting the link to tutorial videos. icon_smile.gif

Vanessa7 Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:35am
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Thank you for posting these links!

icer101 Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:40am
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Great videos. Thanks. I,m sorry, but , i don,t know the name of the tool she is using. She tells where to get it, but i didn,t catch what is is. lol!! help!!!

CakeCrystals Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:49am
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Great tutorial. Thanks for posting this for all to see. I too have taken to using ganache under my fondant instead of buttercream. But some people still prefer buttercream. icon_razz.gif

chrisviz Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:51am
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Thanks for sharing! This is great!

tamdan Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 3:27am
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Thanks so much for posting the tutorials. Does anybody know the name of the tool she uses to smooth out the ganache?

srkmilklady Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 3:35am
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This is the link to what looks to me like what she was using...a tri square or square tool.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100187457/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

If anyone else has any ideas, please let me know also...
Thanks

CakeCrystals Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 11:46am
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Originally Posted by srkmilklady

This is the link to what looks to me like what she was using...a tri square or square tool.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100187457/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

If anyone else has any ideas, please let me know also...
Thanks




I like this one. It has a level on it which IMO will help to ensure that you are holding the tool level when smoothing the ganache.

anamado Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 12:16pm
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Thanks for sharing!

cakesnglass Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 12:21pm
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Thanks this is great!!! Been wanting to try this, hope it holds up in humud weather.

Sangriacupcake Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 1:45pm
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very cool videos!

Lcubed82 Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 4:54pm
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I thought it was interesting that her cake board for the tier is actually a cake drum. That would certainly help give height, as well as support.

sillywabbitz Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 1:42am
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I'm excited to try making ganache in the microwaveicon_smile.gif Seems easier than the stoveicon_smile.gif

sugarMomma Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 2:31am
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great tutorials! I have always wanted to know how to get super sharp edges, now I just have to find a smoother like her see-thru one. Great ganache tips too, thanks for sharing!

VaBelle Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 3:39am
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Thanks so much for posting this! I haven't tried covering a cake with ganache yet because I didn't quite understand the process. Seeing the video gave me the visual I needed. I'll have to try it on my next cake.

crumbcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 3:41am
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Super videos, thanks for posting, if this keeps up, I will have more tools in my tool box than my husband! Gotta get one of those, I mean the tool, not the husband!

CakemummyCC Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 6:55am
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Thank you so much for posting these tutorials. Its great to be able to see what the consistency of the ganache should look like.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 7:11am
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You are all very welcome icon_smile.gif I visited her site http://inspired-by-chocolate-and-cakes.com/ and made her chocolate cake recipe.. my oh my is it delish!! AND it has no eggs in it!! My husband was really impressed with both the taste and texture.. he said it kicks ass over the box mixes "it has a real homely taste to it" was his exact words icon_smile.gif I am now officially converted and can call myself a 'scratch baker'.. I like the sound of that and can't wait to add that to my website icon_smile.gif The only issue I did have.. (and it happens a bit more often than just the odd occasion for me) I ended up with the cake dipping in the middle.. hmmm *scratcheshead*

Karadactyl Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 12:09pm
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Thank you so much for posting the videos! I'm even more inspired to try ganache now!!

solascakes Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 12:52pm
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She makes it look so easy,thanks for posting.

CakemummyCC Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 7:10am
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Cutiepiecupcake, this may sound like a stupid question, but when she/others refrigerate the ganached cake overnight, would you cover it in cling film? my fridge sucks out all the moisture from everything...
thanks..

cutiepiecupcake Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 10:25am
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Originally Posted by CakemummyCC

Cutiepiecupcake, this may sound like a stupid question, but when she/others refrigerate the ganached cake overnight, would you cover it in cling film? my fridge sucks out all the moisture from everything...
thanks..



I can't recall ever refridgerating a ganached cake overnight.. I've placed them briefly in the fridge to harden a little if I'm trying to hurry the process along so I can cover with fondant.. I usually place my ganache covered cakes in my linen cupboard which has now been converted to a cake storage unit lol icon_wink.gif Sorry I could not be of more help.. but I do suggest you maybe contact Michelle on her blog site.. you will find the address in a previous post of mine on this same thread, I'm sure she would answer your question icon_smile.gif HTH

cutthecake Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 12:31pm
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cutiepiecupcake,
Which of Michelle's chocolate cake recipes did you use? There are several posted on the website.
Thanks.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 9:34pm
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Originally Posted by cutthecake

cutiepiecupcake,
Which of Michelle's chocolate cake recipes did you use? There are several posted on the website.
Thanks.



I used the base chocolate cake recipe.. I think the other chocolate cake recipes are altered versions of the original base cake. You'll find it here
http://inspired-by-chocolate-and-cakes.com/index.php?page=chocolate-cake just make sure you scroll down the page for the start of the recipe. I made the white chocolate version too.. it was lovely thumbs_up.gif

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