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Feb 13, 2011 01:08 PM

Chocolate icing advice

I'm making a German chocolate cake for my friend's birthday tomorrow, and I really want a chocolate icing for the sides of the cake. I have the coconut-pecan filling made and cooling, along with the cake layers. I just need to decide what to do about the sides.

Any suggestions for icings to use? I was going to use a buttercream recipe in a cookbook I have, but I realized it calls for 5 egg yolks that are not cooked at all. Normally I am not wary of raw egg, but several guests at the party are just getting over a stomach flu, including one child, so I don't want to do anything too risky. Would an American buttercream be too sweet? Should I try to do some sort of a chocolate whipped cream? Help!

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  1. I think a nice chocolate ganache would do well on the cake. It's not icky sweet like buttercream, and has a rich chocolate flavor.

    Chocolate Ganache Icing

    6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1. In a mixing bowl, place the chopped chocolate.
    2. Heat cream in a small saucepan until it just begins to boil.
    3. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes, then stir until smooth and all the chocolate melts. Refrigerate until thick enough to spread. If icing gets too hard can be microwaved slightly to soften.

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      A nice bittersweet chocolate ganache is the perfect compliment to the sweet coconut-pecan filling and the cake. There are other options for an icing, but I think the ganache is the best.

    2. The ganache/buttercream frosting found at is from the Sweet and Salty Cake by Baked. I think it would work well for a german chocolate cake ...

      (and half the recipe would be more than enough for most cakes! I also don't bother with the corn syrup)

      1. I've also seen German chocolate cakes that were frosted with the same coconut filling, if you have enough.

        1. Well I ended up whipping up a quick American buttercream that was pretty pedestrian. But, I was ready to be done with it at that point! Next time I'll try something different!