For the Ganache I used 2 pounds of chocolate (the recipe said to spend the money and get good chocolate well I used Bakers chocolate since the expensive stuff comes in smaller amounts and Bakers chocolate is good anyways!) 4 cups of heavy cream and Almond extract.
Start by chopping the chocolate until it's very fine. You'll have great arm muscles once you're done with this step! Hahaha. Here's once box chopped.
Heat the cream to almost boiling in the microwave. I also added my almond flavoring here, use as much or as little as you like.
Now for the Vanilla Chocolate Chip Buttercream:
1 pound confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 sticks butter, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup chocolate chips, crumbled in a food processor
One package vanilla instant pudding mix
Using the wisk attachment on your electric mixer mis the confectioner's sugar, pudding mix, chocolate chips, vanilla and milk at low speed until smooth.
Add butter one slice at a time until incorporated.
Add shortening and whip at highest speed 10-12 minutes until volume increases by at least 50%
Now, I was going to do the fondant in this one too but Matt's awake so I'll do it in another one. That one couple potentially be a long one anyways. So, enjoy!!!