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Chocolate Ganache

This chocolate ganache is easy to make with cream and chocolate. It’s smooth, creamy and perfect for spreading on desserts, to use as a glaze, in a frosting or as a filling.

Chocolate ganache is pouring from a spoon.
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Best Chocolate Ganache Recipe

In my opinion, all of the best things in life include chocolate. Some of them being chocolate caramel brownies, microwave fudge, and the best chocolate cupcakes. A chocolate recipe is always my first pick for dessert!

Making chocolate ganache is super easy, made with just 2 ingredients and ready in less than 10 minutes. Whether you use it this flourless chocolate cake, brownies, candy, or eat by the spoonful, you will love this delicious treat!

Ganache vs. Frosting

Chocolate ganache is a glaze made with 2 simple ingredients: chopped chocolate and heavy cream. It’s thicker and more rich than regular melted chocolate and is often used as a filling or topping in many dessert recipes. Its consistency is smooth and spreads easily.

The frosting is typically made with cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar, and cream. Its texture is fluffy and smooth, making it great for decorating cakes and cupcakes. It’s thicker than a ganache and can typically hold a point.

Ghirardelli chocolate on a cutting board.

Best Chocolate for Ganache

The type you use for this recipe will really determine the flavor and consistency. These are a few of my favorite brands. I prefer to use chopped chocolate, but if using chips then I’ll use Ghirardelli or Guittard.

  • Ghirardelli chocolate
  • Baker’s bar
  • Guittard chocolate (best chocolate chips)
  • Trader Joe’s pound bar

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

This is a simple homemade chocolate ganache recipe that is equal parts chocolate to heavy cream. The ratio of chocolate part cream is the best way to make this ganache. It is an easy method to make a delicious dessert!

The process of making chocolate ganache in four steps.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Chop chocolate. Take your chocolate bars and chop them up into smaller pieces using a sharp or serrated knife.
  • Combine the Ingredients. Place the cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until simmering, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped chocolate and let sit for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook both on a double broiler over the stove if preferred.
  • Stir Until Smooth. After 5 minutes have passed, whisk the mixture until smooth. If it’s too thick, add 1 more Tablespoon of warm cream to thin it out. This is also when you would pour vanilla extract if you prefer more flavor.
  • Top your Dessert. Slowly spoon the ganache over your dessert using the rubber spatula. If adding other toppings, add them immediately.
Whisking chocolate ganache in glass bowl.

5 star review

“Simple and decadent! Super easy to heat cream in microwave then add chocolate and stir approx. 5 minutes. Delish!”


What Desserts to Top With

This ganache recipe is so versatile and tastes delicious on almost anything, but here are my favorite desserts to drizzle over the top:

  • Chocolate bundt cake: The moist cake topped with the rich ganache is a match made in heaven!
  • Peanut butter cheesecake: As if this dessert could get any better, it’s then topped off with a luscious ganache that drips over the edges.
  • Banana split: A family-friendly ice cream dessert option that’s super easy. Is it even a banana split without a generous ganache drizzle?
  • Mini cheesecakes: Top your cheesecakes with ganache and a fresh strawberry for the ultimate bite-sized treat!
  • Peanut butter brownies: These brownies are layered with all of the goods! A brownie layer, a peanut butter layer, and a ganache layer. The best ever!

Recipe FAQs

What is chocolate ganache made of?

Ganache is a melted mixture of chocolate and heavy cream. Melt together to make the glaze, fill in a cake, make a frosting, or fill truffles.

What is the difference between chocolate frosting and chocolate ganache?

Chocolate frosting is made with butter, cocoa powder, and sugar whereas chocolate ganache is made with a mix of chocolate, and heavy cream, and can add in gelatin.

Does chocolate ganache set hard?

After chocolate ganache cools it will naturally harden and becomes thicker. You do not want to mix or stir the ganache as it cools because it will become lumpy.

What are the three types of ganache?

There are three types of ganaches, white chocolate ganache, milk chocolate ganache, bittersweet chocolate, and dark chocolate ganache. These types of chocolate-based ganache are immense flavors of chocolate.

Can chocolate ganache be reheated?

Yes! You can reheat chocolate ganache once it has cooled to room temperature and hardened. Warm it up in a heat-proof bowl placed over a pan of simmering water or use a double-broiler.

Chocolate ganache being spooned on a chocolate bundt cake.

Have leftover ganache? Warm it back up in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Then dip it in fruit or desserts like rice krispies and chocolate chip cookies.

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Chocolate Ganache Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This chocolate ganache is easy to make with cream and chocolate. It's smooth, creamy and perfect for spreading on desserts, to use as a glaze, in a frosting or as a filling.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces good semi-sweet chocolate , chopped


  • Place the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until simmering.
  • Add the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes. Alternatively you can cook the cream and chocolate on a double broiler. Whisk until smooth. Add a Tablespoon more of warm cream if needed to thin out.
  • Slowly spoon the ganache over your cake or dessert. Add optional toppings if desired immediately. 


You can add 1 teaspoon vanilla for extra flavor if preferred. 


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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