How Do I Keep My Chocolate Decorations From Dissolving?

Decorating By coolchc21 Updated 25 Mar 2012 , 12:40am by KoryAK

coolchc21 Posted 11 Mar 2012 , 11:20pm
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I make a cake and covered it with ganache. I then added some chocolate decorations on top. About 30 min later, I noticed my decorations softening. Help!

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KoryAK Posted 12 Mar 2012 , 3:12am
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Chocolate decorations shouldn't melt from anything but heat. What type of chocolate did you make them out of? Unless it was candy melts, you may not have tempered it correctly - leading them to be ok if you chilled them to harden but not ok at room temp.

coolchc21 Posted 24 Mar 2012 , 8:21pm
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I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips and melted them in the mircowave. I made my decorations and chilled them in the refrigerator. I stood them on top of my cake over the ganache and then they began softening. icon_sad.gif

I did make the cake another time and let the ganache harden first. I believe this solved my problem.

KoryAK Posted 25 Mar 2012 , 12:40am
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Chocolate chips should not be used for this type of decoration for this very reason. They are designed NOT to melt (think of a cookie) and to stay a bit soft after heating (again, think of a cookie).

You can use "real" chocolate (couverture) but then you have to temper it. Candy melts (aka almond bark, Merkins Wafers, Apeels) are designed for exactly your purpose: easy melting and re-hardening.

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