This chocolate ganache frosting is rich and decadent. Made with high quality chocolate and cream, this recipe works every time to make a thick, smooth and luscious frosting.
This is a marvellous topping for cupcakes - rich and delicious. Equally it can be used on cakes. This quantity is perfect for 12 small cupcakes. You can double the quantity to make enough to cover a cake.
When you use it for cakes, it is a nice quick frosting - although you do need to allow 30 minutes for it to set nicely. If you use it to top cupcakes, it needs a long time to come to the right consistency to use - up to 2 1/2 hours.
Now the frosting needs to be handled differently for cakes or cupcakes....
Scrape all the frosting into the bottom of the bowl. Cover the frosting with clingfilm. The clingfilm needs to actually touch the chocolate mixture so that it is not exposed to the air at all. Leave to one side while you make the cakes. Don't put it in the fridge. It should be left to begin to set at room temperature.
Before topping your cupcakes, check first to make sure that the frosting has started to set. You need to catch it before it hardens, but when it has become easy to spread.
It can take anywhere between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours for the icing to set enough to spread and stay in place. Don't try to hurry it in the fridge. It will ruin it by taking the shine away. Of course it would still taste great.....
Leave the frosting on one side for 5 or 10 minutes to cool slightly.
Use 1/4 of it to spread in the middle of the cake.
Pour the rest of the chocolate ganache frosting over the top of the cake, spreading it quickly with a palette knife over the top and sides. You can either do this extremely carefully and try to stop it from hitting the plate, or you can put 5 small pieces of parchment paper onto your serving dish, like the petals of a flower, and then place the cake on top. The pieces of parchment should stick out from the bottom of the cake. Now you can ice the cake, and then remove the parchment when the ganache has set. This keeps the plate clean from frosting.