Can I Make Chocolate Ganache?
One of the most satisfying things during YouTube cooking videos is when they pour a shiny chocolate ganache or a mirror glaze over a cake. They put the cake on top of a can and the ganache comes spilling down all over. It looks so pretty and fun.
I had heavy cream in the fridge that was questionably old :) , so I decided to use it to learn more about making chocolate ganache. I'm saving mirror glazes for later; they look harder. :)
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Attempt #1:
There are lots of different recipes for chocolate ganache. I chose to try this one from this Tasty video above because it only had 2 ingredients: chocolate and heavy cream.
This was not a true experiment because as I mentioned my heavy cream was questionably old :) and you're supposed to use high/highest quality chocolate (typically dark chocolate) when you make a ganache. I just used some milk chocolate chips I had around. I mostly wanted to learn about the steps. One thing to know is you're supposed to make chocolate ganache right before you want to pour it on the cake and serve it right after this.
They use 16 oz. of chocolate and 2 cups of hot heavy cream. I did half this amount.
I warmed up the heavy cream on the stove and put the chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
I used this 4" (healthy cake mix - see post) cake for my experiment.
One of the most fun parts in the videos is when they pour the hot heavy cream onto the chocolate and it starts to melt. It's fun IRL (in real life :) ) too!
I stirred it together. I didn't use dark chocolate. I used milk chocolate I had around, so it wasn't that nice dark chocolate color.
Not that it matters, but something you may not realize when you are eating a cake with a chocolate ganache or a mirror glaze is that sometimes that you are eating the bottom of the cake on top. That's how they get that nice flat edge -- it's the bottom of the cake. This isn't the case with a cheesecake or something like that.
To pour the chocolate ganache, you flip the cake (put the bottom on top). You also put the cake up higher (on a can or a glass as I have here) and then pour the ganache on top. The can or glass should be a smaller circumference than the cake, so that you can get that nice edge to the ganache.
RESULT: Success / Failure. :)
We are good at this? First, pouring the ganache was super fun! It was more fun than watching it in the videos. So that was a success. It was also really easy and fast to make something fancy.
I waited 30 min. or 1 hour for it to set. It turned out okay (photo below). I think the possibly spoiled heavy cream may have impacted things. :)
Also, I do not think I used the right kind of cake for chocolate ganache; this cake was moist and absorbed the ganache -- even though I poured it on the bottom, which would be more crusty. I also may not have waited long enough for this to cake cool before pouring the ganache on top. The cake might have been too warm and absorbed more than it normally would. I will try again with a cheesecake or ice cream cake which has a nice flat smooth cold non-absorbent surface. :)
Stay tuned! I will update this post when I try again. Give it a try yourself! It's fun!
Also, this was not a total loss because I learned about making ganache and I had planned to use this healthy cake for my experiments using healthy cake on cake pops. So I just cut off the edges of the cake and used it for that. [Reusing ingredients for multiple projects / posts like I wrote about before.] Stay tuned for that post (updates on my previous Cake Pop post links).