Runny Ganache

Baking By craigas Updated 31 Oct 2011 , 6:55pm by craigas

craigas Posted 29 Oct 2011 , 4:27am
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I made chocolate ganache and left it at room temp thinking it would harden up so I could cover a cake with it. Many hours later it is still runny, if I put it in the fridge and it hardens up can I bring it back to room temp and cover my cake with it? Or will it eventually go runny again?

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handovertheasparagus Posted 29 Oct 2011 , 5:00am
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Yes! Put it in the fridge to harden, then heat it for a few seconds in the microwave-depending on how much ganache you have, try 10 to 30 seconds-then stir it until its spreadable. Just be sure you don't get it TOO warm or you'll be back in the same boat. icon_smile.gif

I actually did this earlier today. icon_smile.gif I forgot to make my ganache in advance, but it all turned out great! Happy to help!

mcaulir Posted 29 Oct 2011 , 5:50am
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If it's room temp and still runny, I wouldn't cover the cake with it. Melt some more chocolate and mix that in, heating the whole lot again if you get lumps,

craigas Posted 30 Oct 2011 , 1:34am
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Thank you both! It is at room temp and still a little runny after leaving it in the fridge last night. I will try adding some more melted chocolate. I don't know why it didn't work to start with, I followed the recipe exactly...

mcaulir Posted 30 Oct 2011 , 8:05am
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There are different proportions for pouring and spreading ganache - maybe you used a pouring recipe?

handovertheasparagus Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 5:41am
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The recipe I use for ganache is 1 part cream to 2 parts chocolate. I haven't made the white chocolate ganache, but I know its a little different...I want to say its 1 part cream to 3 parts chocolate, but don't hold me to that...I'll have to look it up. icon_smile.gif The regular ganache has always worked like a dream for me though!

craigas Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 2:50pm
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I think I did use a recipe for poured ganache as it was so runny! I added some more melted chocolate and its a little better but it should still be hard at room temp right?

cakegirl1973 Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 3:27pm
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Originally Posted by craigas

I think I did use a recipe for poured ganache as it was so runny! I added some more melted chocolate and its a little better but it should still be hard at room temp right?

After you've added the additional chocolate, it should still be spreadable. It should eventually firm up at room temp, though.

craigas Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 3:41pm
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IT is definitely spreadable but maybe once it is spread thin on a cake it will harden? I just hate to ruin an entire cake with it if it isn't the right consistency.

KoryAK Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 5:24pm
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At room temp, it takes 24 hours for chocolate to set back up completely. If you just add more chocolate, you will mess up the ratios after it's all said and done. Fridge it.

craigas Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 6:28pm
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I refrigerated it after adding more chocolate and it firmed up but now that it is at room temp again it is spreadable. If I want to put in on a cake under fondant will it be ok?

KoryAK Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 6:38pm
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Spreadable is fine, runny is not. As you work the chocolate (while putting it on the cake) it will cause it to seize up some (not in a problematic way unless you work it and work it and work it) and get a bit firmer. You can also refrigerate the cake again after coating and before fondant to make a nice work surface.

craigas Posted 31 Oct 2011 , 6:55pm
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Great thanks so much for the help. Next time I will just use the 2:1 ratio and save myself all this trouble icon_smile.gif

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