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Adding food coloring to ganache?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Can I add black food coloring to dark chocolate ganache? If so, which should I use (I have Ateco super black gel and Cake Craft super black paste) and when should I add it? I know dark chocolate ganache will end up being dark brown but if possible I'd like the cake to be black without using fondant...

Along the same line, can I add Cointreau to the ganache? My main fear is that I will do something to cause the ganache to seize but I'd like to have an orange-flavored ganache for my Clockwork Orange themed cake.
post #2 of 14
I added yellow wilton paste colour to white choc ganache on the weekend and it turned out great! I waited till all the choc was melted with the cream and then just folded it through.I just kept adding little amounts of colour till i had the right shade. I'm not sure if you will get the ganache to go really black as it is always so hard to get a good black colour. But being that you are already using dark choc you might have more luck. HTH
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks wildwolves! I won't be heartbroken if it doesn't turn out super black because this cake is just for fun but I would like it to be more black than brown.
post #4 of 14
not a problem icon_smile.gif make sure you post a pic when your done so we can see how it turned out icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'll be sure to post a photo but it won't be for a while because I'm not actually decorating the cake until next week
post #6 of 14
I just posted a pic of my first try with white chocolate ganache that I colored black for the very top. I mixed the black in after it cooled and had no trouble. It was REALLY dark too, jet black.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1681001
post #7 of 14
Minstrelmiss it looks awesome! Its really really black! Hmm i have a million ideas going through my head now lol.. Did you use dark chocolate and just add black colouring paste?
post #8 of 14
That was colored WHITE chocolate ganache. I had NO problems at all! Feel free to ask away icon_smile.gif any questions you may have. I just thrilled you liked my cake icon_biggrin.gif
post #9 of 14
wow white ganache.. thats great to get it so black.. hmm ill have to make a cake now just so i can try it out icon_razz.gif
post #10 of 14
Glad I could help. I imagine you'll have no trouble getting your chocolate ganache black. I bet it will be lovely. icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well that white chocolate definitely looks black so I'm thinking I shouldn't have any issues with getting dark chocolate to look black. Did you notice any change in the consistency of the ganache after adding coloring?
post #12 of 14
Not at all. Hubby says he can taste black no matter what but everyone who ate the cake LOVED it! Orange cake with white choc ganache...what's not to love?! icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 14
hey!!!
i know im a bit late on this post but im hoping you might be able to help me with a question about your absoloutly amazing cake! what type of icing did you use for the white. it's such a pure white. i dont really like the taste of fondant so i try to use other options as much as possible.
any help would be much appreciated!
happy cooking all! icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 14
To katehalliday1987, i just used the wilton whipped icing for the first time and it was this white and really yummy! icon_smile.gif
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