Chocolate Ganache Or Chocolate Buttercream?

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

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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.

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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.


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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??

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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!

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

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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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