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Mixing chocolate brands for ganache
Hello Cakeflix team,
I have a selection of milk and dark chocolate with various percentages of cocoa solids I want to use them up, will it work if I mix these together and how would you calculate the amount of cream to be added?
Yes that was very helpful as always, thankyou MIWL.
I have used the recipe calculator for the first time and it a fantastic tool.
Off I go to bake in this very hot kitchen!
Hi Sandra Bibby
What is the cocoa percentage of your milk chocolate and what is the % of the dark? and what is the ratio of milk chocolate to dark you are using? Is it 50/50 or something else?
100g 85% Lindt Dark
100g 70% Lindt Dark
200g Menier swiss milk 29%
I wanted to cover a 10"x5" chocolate cake no filling, strange shape I know but I am putting two different flavoured cakes together to make a 10" square.
Hi Sandra Bibby
In total, you have 400 grams of chocolate of various cocoa percentages. You will need 1k of either double cream or whipping cream to make your ganache.
To break this down for you, you need 200 g of cream for the 400 grams of dark chocolate, and for the 600 g of milk chocolate, you need 200 of cream. The ratios used are 2:1 chocolate to cream for the dark and, 3:1 chocolate to cream for the milk. It's always best to use white chocolate ratios for milk chocolate which contains such little cocoa solids.
Hope this helps. Nighty nights 🙂
Hi MIWL, Yes that helps a great deal, thankyou.
I used the recipe calculator for the first time today, it is great tool.
Hope the heat doesn’t affect the ganache too much.
If you want you can increase the dark chocolate to cream ratio to 2.5 : 1 or more if the conditions become more extreme. The milk chocolate should be increased if needed to 3.5 : 1
Hope all goes well 🤞
Really sorry if I have read this wrong but in the advice given above might be the wrong way round. Should be much more chocolate than cream. Wonder if you could check.
Thank you for picking that error out. I’ve corrected the amounts the right way round.