Decorating By Jennkrem Updated 2 Apr 2005 , 8:15pm by GHOST_USER_NAME

Jennkrem Posted 3 Mar 2005 , 5:58pm
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Call me silly, but, Just what is it???? I have seen a Ganache cake in the grocery store, but I am unfamiliar with just what it is.

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GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 3 Mar 2005 , 6:06pm
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In simplest terms, it's melted chocolate poured over a cake that is allowed to harden again. If Done correctly it will have a very smooth surface and looks beautiful.

Once you get familiar with pouring it correctly, you can start adding liqueurs to it and other flavors, making great enhancements.

Click here for a great discussion and recipe instructions:

Jennkrem Posted 3 Mar 2005 , 6:19pm
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So Ganache isn't the cake, it is the type of frosting. Right? Is there a certain type of cake you would use with it or would any cake do??

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 3 Mar 2005 , 6:21pm
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It can be done over any cake. Someone here recently successfully poured it over angel food!!

nashsmom Posted 5 Mar 2005 , 3:38am
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Ganache is a wonderfully melt in your mouth, so chocolately, smooth and decadent kind of poured icing. Can you tell I really like the taste of this stuff? It would go good with any kind of cake that a dark chocolate glaze or icing would work well with. The only cake I can think of right now that I may not like it on would be a chocolate cake. That could be way too much chocolate, but you could change the filling to a simple whipped cream...hmmm...I feel another experiment coming on! Anyways, cali4dawn gave wonderful directions for it.

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 5 Mar 2005 , 3:54am
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Originally Posted by nashsmom

The only cake I can think of right now that I may not like it on would be a chocolate cake. That could be way too much chocolate

Actually, one of my best selling cakes is my Chocolate Explosion cake filled with fudge icing, iced in chocolate buttercream and covered in ganache. A true chocolate lover's delight.

nashsmom Posted 5 Mar 2005 , 4:08am
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WOW! icon_eek.gif Talk about a serotonin boost! I still think that would be too much chocolate for me personally, except maybe the week before, well, never mind... icon_redface.gif I will rethink all the chocolate.

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 5 Mar 2005 , 6:10am
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Personally--- I hate chocolate- even in small doses. But, I swear, people love this cake.

mochaboi Posted 5 Mar 2005 , 11:21pm
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This is so cool to see...I'm actually going to cover a cake tonight in a white chocolate ganache with a raspberry/shaved chocolate garnish. I'm really excited about this one. icon_biggrin.gif

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 6 Mar 2005 , 1:31am
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I wanna see......

mochaboi Posted 6 Mar 2005 , 1:38am
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Oh but of's in the oven now... thumbs_up.gif

nashsmom Posted 6 Mar 2005 , 4:29am
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Mochaboi-I would like to see it too! Hey, you are from Rochester! I could drive up and have some!

veejaytx Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 3:45am
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Just going back and reading past postings, and would love to have the recipe for the Chocolate Explosion Cake. Is it in the website recipe list or can you post it here? I don't think there is such a thing as too much chocolate! Thanks, Janice

briansbaker Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 4:02am
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(waving hand out the window) I am in fort worth.. icon_biggrin.gif Hi neighbor! Welcome to our addiction! and yeah that Chocolate Explosion does sound tasty..I have a friend that would do dog tricks for a very chocolaty cake. I made him for his birthday last year chocolate cake mix, buttercream icingand filling, chocolate covered strawberries and a big glass of chocolate milk. He was in chocolate heaven.

emi Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 4:23am
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thanks for sharing your chocolate explosion cake recipe. I made it for easter, and everyone loved it. It was almost like a brownie. I used your reg. white buttercream icing, and filled it with chocolate pudding. The cake went very fast. Again, thanks. I would love to try the chocolate icing you use with this cake. Do you mind sharing it?

veejaytx Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 5:04am
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Hello over there in Fort Worth, glad to know I've got a neighbor in here! Hi to you, too, emi! Your chocolate combination sounds great! Did your friend survive or go into chocolate overdose?

I've looked here at CC for the Explosion recipe and didn't find it (found several others that sound good though), so hopefully calidawn will share it with me/us.

I took an Easter bunny cake to my cousin today for his 72nd birthday, and he and his wife were impressed with my amateur effort, made me feel really good. We cut the cake, and as usual, my piped icing broke apart and fell off, and it frustrates me!

Do you think my problem is with the icing/piping or just that I expect too much perfection? I'd appreciate your opinion.

Thanks, Janice

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 1:21pm
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When I make my chocolate explosion cake, I cover it it with a 1/4" layer of chocolate icing and then cover it with ganache. My chocolate icing is made by combining 1 batch of my bc and 1 batch of my ganache.

My Explosion Recipe can be found on this post:

Do not be tempted to over fill your pan. In its batter state it will look like brownies. But I promise you, it bakes up (rises) just like a cake. Follow directions or you will be asking me what you did wrong. People rarely believe me about how thick the batter will be then they don't believe it will bake up correctly. It really does, though.

veejaytx Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 2:00pm
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Thanks so much for this recipe, it sounds wonderful, and obviously is a hit with everyone! I will be trying it out very soon! Janice icon_razz.gif

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 2:32pm
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Originally Posted by veejaytx

We cut the cake, and as usual, my piped icing broke apart and fell off, and it frustrates me!

Do you think my problem is with the icing/piping or just that I expect too much perfection? I'd appreciate your opinion.

Thanks, Janice

Can you give a more detailed account? When you say "piped icing" are you talking about borders? Figure piping? None of it should break and fall off though. Are you using meringue in your icing? Too much?

veejaytx Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 6:40pm
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Hi Cali. This is a rabbit shaped pan, just using regular buttercream icing. The piping is on outlines, filling in ears and eyes, etc., and I wrote Happy Birthday. The icing was working fine, not too soft, not too stiff. Come to think of it, the chocolate bc that was on the egg came off too. The rest of the rabbit was white bc applied with a spatula (not stars).

This is not the first time this has happened, and I just can't figure out what I'm doing! I am pretty slow, have to take breaks because of my arthritis (knees and hands), so maybe my icing on the cake is drying out too much before I finish? I do cover the cake when I take a break, but maybe it is just exposed for too long. Any suggestions you have will be makes me really unhappy when the "decorations" fall off when I've worked so hard to put them on!

Thanks, Janice

m0use Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 7:16pm
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To help with your arthritis for your knees- maybe you can find a tall stool to sit on that puts you at counter height. I've heard that the wrist support gloves from the medical store's work great as well.
Hope this helps.

veejaytx Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 7:44pm
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Thanks for the suggestions. The problem isn't so much the sitting, it is the getting up and down to get things together, cleaning up, etc. I'm afraid that the only thing that is going to help me is the total knee replacement surgery (both knees) that I will be having in the next few soon as I get the courage to set a date! I had shoulder replacement surgery a year ago, and have had a little trouble convincing myself that I'm ready for more, but my knees are so bad and hurt so much, it is really stupid of me to put it off. I've got to get them fixed up so I can decorate more cakes!!! icon_smile.gif Thanks again, Janice

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 8:15pm
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I'm not convinced it's the cake sitting in between getting "finished." However, it is certainly worth exploring. Instead of just covering, how about covering with a wet paper towel... but carefully so the weight doesn't damage any already accomplished decorating.

I honestly have no other advice for you right now.

As for the arthritis, it helped me a lot (I suffer from arthritic hips) to get a cushy rubber mat and stand on it in addition to good sneakers. The kind you get in the toy section that children play on- the really cushy kind. They look like puzzle pieces.

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