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Chocolate Ganache

It doesn’t get any easier than this delicious 2-ingredient ganache recipe. You’ll have a smooth and creamy chocolate ganache in less than 10 minutes!

In my opinion, all of the best things in life include chocolate. Some of them being brownies, fudge and cupcakes. I mean, is there really anything better?!

pouring chocolate ganache

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I’m a chocolate girl through and through. It’s always my first pick when it comes to dessert…I just can’t get enough! Seriously, give me a big bowl of chocolate ganache and all my dreams would come true.

The beauty of making ganache is that it’s super easy to whip up. It’s made with just 2 ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes. Now that’s a dessert that I can get behind. Whether you use it on cakes, brownies, candy or by the spoonful, you will love this delicious treat!

Ganache vs. frosting

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. It’s consistency is smooth and spreads easily.

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

chopped 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

Pouring cream over chocolate in a glass bowl

How to make chocolate ganache

Step 1: 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 if preferred.

Step 2: Stir until smooth 

After 5 minutes has passed, whisk the mixture until smooth. If it’s too thick, add 1 more Tablespoon of warm cream to thin it out.

Step 3: Top your dessert 

Slowly spoon the ganache over your dessert. If adding other toppings, add immediately.

whisking chocolate ganache in glass bowl

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 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, peanut butter layer and a ganache layer. The best ever!

Have leftover ganache? Try this:

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

ganache being poured over chocolate bundt cake

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pouring chocolate ganache

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

5 from 4 votes
It doesn't get any easier than this delicious 2-ingredient ganache recipe. You'll have a smooth and creamy chocolate ganache in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

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

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

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
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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