Carved Chocolate Ganache Cake

Yes, you read the title right.  Carved Ganache.  Honestly, the thought of carving ganache has never even crossed my mind.  And I did a double take when I first saw this cake in my inbox.  But that is the wonderful thing about this blog… talented, creative bakers across the globe keep us all inspired and wanting to do more!  And Trina Thomson of Sweet Ruby Cakes in Australia is pushing the chocolate cake boundaries with her latest creation.  Inspired by antique wall molding, this cake is romantic, ornate and all about chocolate!  From the base icing to the intricate bottom molding and antiqued topper, it’s all chocolate ganache!  Created using no molds, just cold chocolate ganache and a hot knife… let’s marvel at this Hand Carved Chocolate Ganache Cake!

Carved Ganache by Sweet Ruby Cakes  |

Trina of Sweet Ruby Cakes shares the inspiration behind her design:

“I found an image of some intricate wall moulding in a furniture magazine and thought it would make a wonderful trim for a cake.  I couldn’t find suitable moulds and started thinking up ways to make one.. clay?  silicone rubber?  and then I wondered… “Could ganache be carved?”  Why yes, it can!

I coated the cake with very soft dark ganache and piped a rough pattern.  I then set the cake in the fridge and when it was hard I carved into it with a hot knife.  I then antiqued it with some edible gold.  Its such a lovely technique and nothing I have seen before.  The possibilities are endless and I hope to explore a little further with white and tinted ganaches.  The best part?  No fondant.”

Carved Ganache by Sweet Ruby Cakes  |

Carved Ganache by Sweet Ruby Cakes  |

Incredible right?!  I think it takes a moment to fully appreciate this concept… for the mind to process that this cake is not only covered in ganache but the intricate bottom molding and topper are made of ganache.  Hand carved ganache!  Such a fabulous idea!  And the end result is as delicious as it is striking.

A big thank you to Trina at Sweet Ruby Cakes for sharing her intricate Carved Ganache Cake with us today!  Happy Friday everyone!

Cake:  Sweet Ruby Cakes

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    This is unbelievable! And another superior example of how an edible medium is a great canvas for an artist! Just. Love it and thanks so much for sharing!

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    Lora says

    Wow, this is such a stunning cake! So many talents all rolled into one design – Trina, you are one rockin’ woman! Thank you for sharing!

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    Simply amazing. I don’t work with ganache a lot but this inspires me to do so. I wish there was a tutorial but something tells me I wouldn’t get mine to loo nearly that perfect. Great job.

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    Rima says

    I have come late to this specific party, but I’m so happy to have stumbled on this specific page………. I am blown away by this gorgeous technique!! What a beautiful cake!

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