Frostings 101: Whipped Cream and Ganache
This topping is easy to make and at its very basic, it just has one ingredient, whipping cream.
It can be used as a cupcake topping when your cupcake on its own is sweet enough. It's light flavor enhances the cupcake's overall flavor
2 cups whipping cream (I use the non-dairy variety, Avoset Pour N' Whip)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp powdered sugar (if you're using Avoset Pour N' Whip, no need to add sugar)
1. Pour whipping cream in a cold bowl. Add vanilla.
2. Using cold beaters, whip cream at high speed.
3. Whip until stiff peaks form.
Whipped cream is now ready to be piped or spread into cupcakes
Ganache is basically cream and chocolate combined together. It is one of my favorite frostings to use as it is not overly sweet. And since chocolate is universal, ganache can be paired with any cupcake flavor. Yes, even green tea.
Ganache can be made with any kind of chocolate - dark, bittersweet, milk, even butterscotch flavored. Just make sure to use the best chocolate you can find. Here's my recipe.
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
a pinch of salt
optional: you can also add liquers like Kahlua, Cointreau or Crème de Menthe
1. Chop chocolate and transfer into a bowl.
2. Heat cream until it simmers (do not allow it to boil), pour cream over the chocolate. Add salt.
3. Let sit for one minute then stir until combined.
Ganache as a Glaze
By now, the ganache can be poured over a cupcake or you can dunk a cupcake into it.
Like so :)
Here's a ganache glazed cupcake.
Ganache as a Spread
Cover the ganache and cool in the refrigerator overnight.
Once cooled, using a scooper then a spatula, spread ganache over cupcake
Let cooled ganache sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, using cold beaters, whip ganache until stiff peaks form.
Having stiff peaks mean the ganache is of piping consistency. You may place some in a piping bag...
And pipe away!
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