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Feb 26, 2009 04:15 PM

Chocolate frosting recipe?

I am looking for a great chocolate frosting recipe for cupcakes for my husband's birthday. He eats gluten free (the cupcakes will be) but I think most frostings/icings are naturally gluten free. Hoping that a delicious frosting will make up for whatever the cake part is missing since it's his 1st gluten free b-day. Thanks!!

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  1. I haven't made it yet, but whipped ganache sounds great and really easy - make some ganache - pour in the bowl of a mixer, allow to cool slightly and beat until fluffy!

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    1. re: harryharry

      its easiest to do it in a food processor. You can chop the chocolate fine and them them steep in the hot cream for a few minutes and then whip them in the FP, and only dirty 1 bowl. I like to use a slightly stiffer ganache recipe when I do this because of the preferred consistency.

    2. Whipped ganache is my favorite. i prefer a dark chocolate flavor.

      As for the GF cake part, not that you asked, but I have had good luck with the Black Magic chocolate cake recipe, subbing in gluten free flour (I used a blend of what I had on hand), and would suggest using melted butter for half the oil for the flavor. Best chocolate cake result I have had GF, and I make a lot of cupcakes for my celiac son.

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      1. re: jsaimd

        Sounds great...thank you! Do you ever use any of the gluten free "baking mixes" or do you make your own?

        1. re: mom22tots

          I always make my own, because the mixes are so much more than the parts. I also like to vary based on what I am making. For this one, though, I would suggest you just stay away from Bob's Red Mill GF blend for this one. The bean flour flavor i find too strong for most pastries.

          1. re: jsaimd

            thank you. Do you have a g/f recipe for yellow cake that you like? I was hoping to do choc frosting on yellow cupcakes.

            1. re: mom22tots

              I am not a huge yellow cake fan, but I do love the almond cake recipe from the Sweet Melissa cookbook.


              I also find buttermilk cakes work well, and often add an extra egg to the cake recipes to help it hold together.

      2. This is one of my favorites. Put 10 oz of good milk chocolate in a food processor. Heat 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 TBS corn syrup and a pinch of salt in a microwave for 1 minute. Pour over the chocolate and process until smooth. Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and process for 30 secs. With machine running, add 8 TBS of unsalted butter, 1 at a time, processing until smooth. Allow to cool. Really good.

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        1. re: bnemes3343

          Is that enough to go inside and outside a 2-layer cake?

          1. re: rememberme

            I use it on a sheet cake (9 x 13), so doing the math for the surface area of a cylinder, assuming 9" cake pans about 2 1/2 inches for each layer, you would need to double the recipe.

            1. re: bnemes3343

              I have this sitting on my counter right now, waiting for the cake layers to cool. I used dark chocolate, and threw in a shot of vanilla. It tastes great, and is very, very smooth. Thanks for the recipe!

            2. This whipped ganache thing is very interesting! I have always made frosting with softened unsalted butter, melted chocolate, vanilla and confectioner's sugar, and possibly rum or coffee. I used to add a raw egg to keep it from hardening. I've made ganache for the inside of cakes and between cookies, but have never whipped it. Is it glossy? Stiff?

              1. There is a great recipe on the back of the box of Hershey's dark unsweetened cocoa powder. It is on the dutched too, I'm sure but the dark is my family's favorite. It is kind of a ganache but you can lighten it with some whipping cream.

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                1. re: hotcookinmomma

                  is that the "perfectly chocolate" chocolate frosting from hersheys?

                  1. re: mom22tots

                    I believe it is. It is on the back of the box and that sounds right.