Chocolate Ganache Or Chocolate Buttercream?

Decorating By tara7778 Updated 18 Nov 2011 , 8:19pm by JanH

tara7778 Posted 13 Nov 2011 , 10:56am
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I will be doing a cake with the outside frosted in chocolate...should i use whipped ganache or chocolate buttercream? I am not looking to glaze the cake, i want it as thick frosting. thanks?

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melanie-1221 Posted 13 Nov 2011 , 12:07pm
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I use chocolate buttercream to ice my cakes, and whipped chocolate ganache only as a filling. The buttercream can withstand more where as the whipped ganache tends to break down easily.

esq1031 Posted 13 Nov 2011 , 1:27pm
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Since it doesn't seem that you are going to be using fondant to cover your cake, I don't think it matters much. Just personal preference although I actually think the ganache tastes better. If you are using buttercream, just do a crumb coat with the same buttercream, then do your thicker top layer of buttercream. this will probably save you time and money.


LisaPeps Posted 13 Nov 2011 , 3:09pm
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Ganache always. I hate the taste of chocolate buttercream, ganache is amazing. Personal preference on which you use based on taste though!

I've never seen or heard of ganache breaking down??

CakeInfatuation Posted 13 Nov 2011 , 4:20pm
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This is my chocolate buttercream recipe. It's really yummy (recently won best tasting at a local competition with 40 different local Philadelphia bakeries and cake shops in attendance and this is what I used to ice the cake).

I've tried it with other chocolate and I recommend you stick with the Ghiradelli and that you use the Hershey's special dark cocoa powder. It may seem like it doesn't matter, but it does. I didn't like it as much when I strayed away from the original recipe.

If you look in my album, you'll see cakes and cupcakes iced in brown. It's ALWAYS this recipe. It doubles as a filling and if you add a bit of peanut butter, you'll have peanut butter cup filling. (just chop some peanut butter cups and sprinkle them in before you stack) MMMMMMM yummy!

tara7778 Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 7:56pm
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thanks everyone. I really appreciate it!

JanH Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 8:19pm
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CakeInfatuation, thanks for sharing your recipe (I'm adding it to my CC favorites list as we speak) as it's less complicated than Toba's but with similar chocolately goodness. icon_biggrin.gif

If anyone is interested, JodyF's Amazing Chocolate Buttercream thread discusses Toba Garrett's chocolate buttercream recipe:

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