Baking and holidays abound year-round in my home and since you are reading this I bet in yours too! You’ve come to the right place to learn how to make red ganache icing.
When you see ganache you might not even know that it is ganache, but you might consider it tasty icing! Today I’ll share how to make red ganache icing.
Why Learn How To Make Red Ganache Icing?
First, this recipe to learn how to make red ganache icing is ridiculously easy.
Plus with the tips I will share about red ganache icing and how to color it, you could then color any ganache icing for any occasion, not just red ganache.
If you know how to color ganache then you are a ganache superhero and you will make it a lot! Go you!
Second, if you want to sound like you really know your way around the kitchen when baking you want to be able to toss ‘Ganache’ into your word choices (kidding but not, lol!)
Third, if you learn how to make red ganache icing you will be able to decorate cakes, cookies, and sweetbreads and that’s the shortlist with this yummy icing.
Overall Red Ganache
What in the world is red ganache going to do for you?
Let’s start easy. The red ganache will grace your baked good with a sweet, sophisticated, yet creamy taste.
You can make it chocolate tasting or you can flavor it. Also, it can be made, thicker and thinner to fit whatever you are making!
Additionally, red ganache can be used as a dip for your strawberries on Valentine’s day, or as a frosting on a party cake, or a spread, or a filling in a bloody cake for Halloween, you get the idea.
Versatile should be its middle name. Ganache is the recipe you want for your Ripe Red Color Holidays, which I’ll cover down below!
How To Make Red Ganache Icing + The Holidays
Now consider all of the holidays that the color red is part of.
Is your mind racing to name them before I do? Honestly, it’s insane how much the color red is part of our holidays, and each time it has a different meaning.
For instance, if you look at Valentine’s Day, the color red represents, hot-lovin’, love, my one and only, etc.
On the contrary, the color red used on Halloween is BLOOD. Merciless killing, etc.
So that’s just a few ways red is used to celebrate the holidays.
Also, consider if you can perfect the art of how to make red ganache icing, you can create beautiful white cakes with red icing hearts for love. You are amazing.
The Holidays Are Coming So You’ll Want Red Ganache Icing at some point
So what are all the holidays that you might use this red ganache icing?
- Valentine’s Day
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Any July Birthday
Wow, that means that once you learn how to make red ganache icing, and you bake, you are sure to use it more than one time!
See, when I look for a good recipe to learn, I always make sure it is both versatile and easy. So I guess you can figure out what you should learn how to make red ganache icing at some point right?
It’s About the Melting Wafers: Red Ganache Icing
The thing about getting the right shade of red is the thing about starting with the right color of melting chocolate.
So this means, I’ve used semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips in my ganaches, but this red needs to be red and I don’t want to wage a war to get to red, I want to melt it and be on my way.
The perfect solution for red ganache icing is candy melt wafers.
When I see candy melts, I try to find the right color so I don’t have to do much to it.
In other words, when I make my Halloween Bleeding Cake with a Knife I use red candy melts for the blood.
But I still have to adjust the red, trust me, it’s not hard, but the right red either makes or breaks the presentation!
Alternative Chips for Red Ganache
Here’s another thing I do if I can’t find my red melting wafers, I use white melting wafers.
If I can’t find white melting wafers I then purchase white chocolate morsels.
White is very easy to convert to RED when melted.
Bringing Red Ganache to Its Fullest Red-Blood Red Ganache
However, these melting wafers require a particular dye with oils in it that won’t ruin it. Did you know that chocolate requires the same?
I use this candy coloring to get the right color.
If I want a chocolate taste, I often just use chips, but, when I really want good color, I use melting wafers.
Melting wafers come in many different colors and then I up the color boldness by dropping in candy coloring.
Intensifying color when needed.
Want to Flavor the Red Ganache? You Can!
Did I mention you can also FLAVOR your melting wafers?
Just purchase an oil-based flavor extract to achieve the flavor you are seeking.
If you do not use oil-based flavor extract you will RUIN your wafers.
For those that try to use a water-based colorant, it’s not going to work, you need these special oil colors to color your chocolate.
Truly some next-level stuff without too much fuss!
One Last Word About How To Make Red Ganache Icing
Ghiradelli Chocolate Melting wafers are my go-to. They never fail me and the flavor is rich.
I’ve tested so many wafers, and so much chocolate, these make me the happiest with the end result.
Grab my Double Chocolate Cake Recipe for a total foodgasm experience!
Again, I love the white because I use candy coloring to get the right color and offer a great chocolate taste!
Make Red Ganache Icing with The Recipe
- 1 C Heavy whipping cream
- 1 C meltable candy wafers or white chocolate morsels
- Red Oil Food Coloring *optional
- microwave safe bowl
In a microwaveable bowl, place heavy whipping cream.
Microwave it for about 45 seconds bringing it to the beginning of a boil, but not boiling.
Remove from the microwave.
Add in 1/2 C of the meltable chocolate pieces.
Allow it to sit for a few minutes then stir.
Then, add in the rest of the chocolate pieces.
Again let it all sit for 2 minutes or so.
Now stir, to combine and smooth, because the heat will continue to melt those wafers (chips) whatever you used.
As you stir, it will thicken.
If it is not getting thick enough add more chocolate pieces.
*Tip >>Heavy whipping cream thins, while the chocolate thickens.
Stir and the color will change.
Next, let's get the RED popping.
Add a drop at a time, the special chocolate coloring for candy in. (if you are happy with the color of your melting chips, you don't need this step, but if you started with white chips, you have to color them red)
If the color you want is not there yet, add another drop or 2 until you achieve your desired shade of red.
For those that want to flavor the red ganache icing, simply add in the appropriate flavor oils discussed in blog post.
Use for your cake, or drippings or dippings.
You will need chocolate food coloring, do not use regular food coloring or it will ruin your chocolate.
Candy food coloring is oil-based food colors that do not ruin the chocolate.
Generally, the colors are more vibrant and it takes less candy coloring to achieve.
The candy colors are specially formulated to actually bind with the chocolate.
Don't skip on this part, unless you purchase already RED chocolate chips and melt those.
My bet is, however, that the red won't be brilliant enough for you against the white cake.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1117Total Fat: 83gSaturated Fat: 52gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 5gSugar: 72gProtein: 14g
nutrition information is inaccurate.