I had my first reason to use ganache last week: a chocolate butter cream on "chocolate chocolate-chip" cake to be decorated in pastel colors. I didn't want to toss fondant on top of chocolate buttercream because I've done that before and it's messy - so I decided to finish my cake in buttercream, cover that with ganache, then cover the ganache with fondant. Oh man, this was a decorator's dream. So simple, so fast, so pain free. After my practice cake, I did the "real" cake - my Barney cake (pictures to follow this post). Here's photos of the practice cake (that I didn't bother to smooth). This cake was a bit too rich for my liking, but my little girl, Molly, age 12, almost went out of her mind over it. hehehe @ her!