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asked April 8th 2015

Mixing ganache & buttercream

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Just a quickie, I'm in the process of doing a 3 tier cake. The top and bottom are white sponges and I'm much more familiar with buttercream and customer has said they love it! But the middle tier is a choc fudge which is really moist, would you recommend doing a ganache filling and crumb coat for this one to help it's stability?

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Hello DawnW

I would personally recommend ganache filling and crumbcoat for the chocolate fudge cake. Especially if the fudge cake is already moist, it won't need the moistness of buttercream as a sponge cake might. Also, don't think you can beat the taste of ganache on a chocolate cake!

Hope all goes well

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Ganache will certainly give the moist cake more stability. I never make a heavy filling with fudge cake, it's good to go for me with a little blackberry preserve but there's nothing wrong with making a ganache filling. The last wedding cake I did had chocolate fudge bottom tier, it had no filling at all. They served single cream with it at the venue. How about chocolate buttercream?? I make Italian meringue buttercream with melted chocolate. It's less sweet than regular buttercream and less heavy than ganache. There are lots of recipes online, a bit faffy but worth the taste! I would definitely crumb coat with ganache, it'll be nice and sharp.

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Just thought. will the chocolate ganache dye the white icing?

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No there's no dye leaching. Let the ganache set up nice and firm before icing. If it feels dry to the touch either spray or brush the ganache with a little boiled cool water for the icing to stick down. You will know already that bubbles will form in dry patches of the cake, it's best to wet the cake a little, not too much, before icing.

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can white choc ganache be coloured?

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Hi elaine77

Please take a peek at the last comment in the following thread which will give two links with answers. 🙂

Will ganache stiffen up?

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madeitwithlove - would you mind sharing your fudge cake recipe with me - never heard of it before. [email protected]

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