happycakesbysarah Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 2:15pm
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My client likes chocolate but has requested "just not buttercream."  My first thoughts are ganache or maybe a whipped cream frosting.  It's for a wedding so it will be sitting out for a bit.  Any other ideas or thoughts?  Thanks.

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jason_kraft Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 3:45pm
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AWhy not buttercream? Perhaps a sample of your BC would change the customer's mind.

happycakesbysarah Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 5:43pm
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I thought about that but I was trying not to fight it and think of something else.  Any other suggestions?

CakeGeekUk Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 6:10pm
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Cream cheese frosting? (although it's half buttercream (for stability), half cream cheese with a drop of vanilla). Tastes super yum!

ericapraga Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 6:15pm
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I would do whipped ganache. People can't tell the difference between my whipped ganache and chocolate buttercreams (although I can!). I use the whipped ganache when I need more stability, I find it holds together better.
 

matthewkyrankelly Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 6:16pm
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Whipped chocolate ganache - rich, chocolately, great mouthfeel.

ashby1983 Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 2:12am
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AI'm am wondering how you make whipped ganache?

ericapraga Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 2:28am
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Make ganache the regular way, and then whip the crap out of it. Really, super simple.
 

Apti Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 3:14am
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Originally Posted by ericapraga 

Make ganache the regular way, and then whip the crap out of it. Really, super simple.
 


What she said.

Smckinney07 Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 3:22am

AMaybe the customer is used to the super sweet ABC, if your comfortable making IMBC or SMBC you could let them sample that as Jason suggested, a lot of my new customers are amazed that BC doesn't have to be super sweet (no offence to ABC, or anyone that uses it) and a sample of ganache.

I love working with ganache. You said the cake will be sitting out for a while, will it be outside? Are you covering it with fondant too?

BAKEDbyTristan Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 4:11am

PASTRY CREAM!

matthewkyrankelly Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:12pm

That's pretty much how you make whipped ganache.

 

However, if your ganache sets up really hard, you can cut back on the chocolate a little.  For whipped ganache, I like to use equal parts of whipped cream and semisweet chips by volume.

southerncross Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 12:50pm
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Originally Posted by Smckinney07 

Maybe the customer is used to the super sweet ABC, if your comfortable making IMBC or SMBC you could let them sample that as Jason suggested, a lot of my new customers are amazed that BC doesn't have to be super sweet (no offence to ABC, or anyone that uses it) and a sample of ganache.

I love working with ganache. You said the cake will be sitting out for a while, will it be outside? Are you covering it with fondant too?

I agree.   When I have cake tastings I always offer a sampling of standard buttercream (the confectioners sugar and vegetable shortening kind - what is sometimes called wedding cake frosting) as well as SMBC.   Without fail, every bride chooses the SMBC and are amazed at how light it is compared to the heavier traditional BC.  I'm in the very rural South and SMBC was generally unheard of ...everyone just relied on their maw maw's old fashioned kind.   I use Rose Levy's recipe for Mousseline and find that the next day it's even better as the ingredients meld....and yes, it has a few ounces of liquor as a finish....after all we are the heartland of bootleggers.

 

Now if the bride is dead set against any form of BC, then I suggest a fluffy  fosting - similar to the fillings on Hostess cupcakes (RIP)....it works on regular cakes too and seems to meet taste standards for those who don't like old fashioned BC.  I posted the recipe here    http://cakecentral.com/a/best-fluffy-simple-frosting-ever 

happycakesbysarah Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 2:59am

Thanks so much for all the suggestions.  I am going to share with her all the different ideas and see if one of them sounds like what she wants :)

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