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Topic: Ganache under Fondant?
amynicole 06/19/2010 6:30 PM
I am making my friend's wedding cake and she just showed me a picture. But she said she wanted ganache instead of frosting, but the cake will be covered in fondant. I'm new to fondant but I've always but buttercream under it. Can you cover a cake in ganache and then put fondant on it?
cakesrnuts 06/19/2010 7:06 PM
YES! In fact it works wonderfully and I prefer ganache to BC under fondant. It dries harder than BC, so you can really get your fondant smooth. Tastes great too!
bunnywoman 06/19/2010 7:54 PM
DITTO! DITTO! DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!

I love doing this!!!
auntiesquizzle 06/20/2010 12:11 AM
Do you mean chocolate ganache (as in chocolate and cream)? If so, why would you put fondant over the top please? To me ganache itself is wonderfully decadent! Thank you!
cakesrnuts 06/20/2010 7:39 AM
Yup, chocolate ganache! I put fondant over it (although I have just used ganache with no fondant a couple times for small cakes) because you can color the fondant to any color you want, or keep it white. You can't color chocolate ganache any color but brown or black. White chocolate can be colored, but some people don't care for white chocolate (I'm one!). More importantly, fondant gives a much smoother finish. Which is why many brides choose it for their wedding cakes. They want that flawless look, even if the fondant is not eaten by some.
cakedujour 06/20/2010 11:03 AM
Oh, yeah!!! Ganache under fondant is incredible!!
Smooth it out as you would for buttercream and let it set for several hours. Sharon Zambito (on her Topsy Turvy DVD) brushes a simple syrup on the sides before applying the fondant, but not on the top. Then she can easily adjust the fondant if necessary to cover the sides completely. Works like a charm.
miss mollie 06/23/2010 12:31 AM
I'm confused. Do you let the ganache set up to a medium to thick frosting texture and then frost the cake, let it set and smooth with Viva? I have so much to learn. thanks