What are common fillings used in cakes?


Quick Answer

Chocolate ganache is a basic cake filling that is a combination of heavy cream and chocolate. Cream cheese filling is made by combining cream cheese with butter and powdered sugar. Basic buttercream filling contains powdered sugar, milk, butter and vanilla.

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Make a variety of fillings by starting with basic buttercream filling. Place 1 pound of powdered sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer, add 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Beat at low speed until smooth. Cut 2 sticks of butter into 1/2-inch slices, adding them one at a time while the mixer is running. Once the butter is thoroughly incorporated, add 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening, beating for 12 minutes on the mixer's highest speed. To make chocolate chip filling, add 1 cup of crushed chocolate chips. Add banana instant pudding mix with the powdered sugar for banana cream filling.

To make lemon curd filling, combine in a large bowl 5 whole eggs and 5 egg yolks in addition to 1 1/4 cups of lemon juice, 1 2/3 cups of granulated sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest and 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon of melted butter. Whisk the ingredients until smooth, place the bowl over a pot of boiling water, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens. Cover it with plastic wrap, and chill.

To make chocolate mousse filling, combine in a microwaveable bowl 3/4 cup of dark chocolate and 4 tablespoons of butter. Microwave for 40 seconds until the butter and chocolate are melted. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of dark rum and 1/2 cup of heavy cream, mixing it until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate mixture with 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, whipping by hand or with a mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Cover it with plastic wrap, and chill.

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