The best way to get a shiny super-smooth coating of chocolate ganache is to first give the cake an undercoat. Cool ganache; whip until spreadable. Cover cake, smoothing out bumps or imperfections; then pour warm ganache over cool layer. The excess that drips over the sides can be scraped up and used again. Click for the chocolate glaze recipe
My Favorite Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Cooking Classy). "This frosting is what dreams are made of. It’s fluffy, creamy, smooth, rich, indulgent, chocolaty, delicious, my best friend. Basically it’s melt in your mouth, pure divinity."
Swiss Buttercream: from Smitten Kitchen. Pinner - "so I met this girl at a party last night who makes cupcakes from her home as a side job - yay cottage food law! - anyway, she had this frosting that was uhmazing, just like the icing my granny used to smear all over her red velvet cake. the girl revealed to me its called swiss buttercream - yippee! no more cream cheese or sugary buttercream for me!!!!"
Ms. Humble's Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting 16oz cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup heavy cream, cold.....so doesn't sound good for you but one day I'll try it out...my frosting never turns out how I want it to so I'll give it a whirl
Pastry Cream Recipe ~ is the filling/base of many desserts. Use it to make/fill countless cakes, pastries, trifles, mousses, pies etc.. You can also flavor pastry cream by whipping the finished product with peanut butter, nutella, caramel, melted chocolate, ground spices, extracts and liquors to taste. Just don’t overdo it on the liquid elements, lest you give the pastry cream a soupy texture.