Perfect Chocolate Ganache + How to Glaze a Cake!

This chocolate ganache recipe is really easy and only requires two ingredients! Pour it over cakes or let it cool and frost your cupcakes with it! The first time I made ganache I screwed it up because I stirred it too soon.

I also measured the chocolate chips all wrong because (don’t laugh) I thought; 8oz = 1 cup, nope; it’s actually a weight measurement (so much for my A in Calculus – I am was such a nerd). Chocolate chips usually come in 12 oz bags, so use 3/4 of the bag (which is roughly 1 1/3 cup measured).

This tutorial will save you from my past pitfalls and before you know it, you’ll be pouring ganache over everything you can get your hands on!

Ingredients for chocolate ganache:

8 oz  (1/2 lb or about 1 1/3 cup of ) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Note: If you want more ganache, use the full 12 oz bag and 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) of whipping cream.

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How to Make Chocolate Ganache:

1. Bring heavy cream to a simmer on the stove top, stirring occasionally. Just as soon as you see a simmer, remove from heat and poor over chocolate chips, swirling the bowl to make sure all chips are covered.

2 .Place lid on chocolate chips to trap the heat and let sit undisturbed (no mixing) for 5 minutes. Remove lid and swirl the chocolate chips with a whisk starting in the center and working outward until smooth. It will turn into velvety ganache right before your eyes and you’ll get excited.

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3. Once it’s velvety, let it sit uncovered at room temperature (70˚F) for about 15 minutes before pouring it over your cake. It was perfect for glazing the entire surface of a cake roll after 15 minutes (it should coat a spoon nicely when ready for cake coverage – set your timer!).

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Important Note:

Keep in mind, the longer ganache sits, the thicker and more of a frosting it becomes. And then you’ll want to spread it on top of cupcakes and cookies. It stays great at room temp for a couple of days. Put a Tbsp of this ganache in your latte and you’ll have the most incredible mocha. 

And this is how the steady spoon was achieved (with a little help from my son’s sand bucket)

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How to Glaze a cake:

Place cake on a wire rack over a rimmed platter or rimmed baking sheet. Pour your ganache evenly over the top of your cake until desired coverage is reached. You can lift up the wire rack and re-use the chocolate ganache that drips onto the platter.
See that cake? Whoa Mom that’s next 🙂 and I’m really excited about it!

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Perfect Chocolate Ganache + how to glaze a cake!

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This is chocolate ganache is really easy and you only need two ingredients! Pour it over cakes or let it cool and frost your cupcakes with it! The first time I made ganache I screwed it up because I stirred it too soon. I also measured the chocolate chips all wrong because (don't laugh) I thought; 8oz = 1 cup, nope; it's actually a weight measurement. Chocolate chips usually come in 12 oz bags, so use ¾ of the bag (which is roughly 1⅓ cup measured). This tutorial will save you from my past pitfalls and before you know it, you'll be pouring ganache over everything you can get your hands on! Note: If you want more ganache, use the full 12 oz bag and 12 oz (1½ cups) of whipping cream.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $4-$5
Serving: Glazes 1 round cake or 1 cake roll

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (1/2 lb or about 1⅓ cup of ) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

How to Make Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Bring heavy cream to a simmer on the stove top, stirring occasionally. Just as soon as you see a simmer, remove from heat and poor over chocolate chips, swirling the bowl to make sure all chips are covered.
  2. Place lid on chocolate chips to trap the heat and let sit undisturbed (no mixing) for 5 minutes. Remove lid and swirl the chocolate chips with a whisk starting in the center and working outward until smooth. It will turn into velvety ganache right before your eyes and you'll get excited.
  3. Once it's velvety, let it sit uncovered at room temperature (70˚F) for about 15 minutes before pouring it over your cake. It was perfect for glazing the entire surface of a cake roll after 15 minutes (it should coat a spoon nicely when ready for cake coverage - set your timer!).

How to Glaze a Cake:

  1. Place cake on a wire rack over a rimmed platter or rimmed baking sheet. Pour your ganache evenly over the top of your cake until desired coverage is reached. You can lift up the wire rack and re-use the chocolate ganache that drips onto the platter.

Notes

Important Note: Keep in mind, the longer ganache sits, the thicker and more of a frosting it becomes. And then you'll want to spread it on top of cupcakes and cookies. It stays great at room temp for a couple of days. Put a Tbsp of this ganache in your latte and you'll have the most incredible mocha.

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Are you a chocolate lover? What would you pour this ganache

Easy fail-proof chocolate ganache. Perfect for glazing cakes or frosting cupcakes! Just 2 ingredients. @natashaskitchen

over? Maybe take your strawberries swimming in it?

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  • sara
    January 2, 2018

    can you freeze cupcakes that are frosted with ganache? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2018

      Hi Sara, I haven’t tried freezing it but ganache is a pretty stable mixture so I think it would freeze well. I’ve done a little research online and the sources I came across say ganache is freezable up to 3 months. Reply

  • Constance Parker
    December 25, 2017

    So that’s what I did wrong. I too thought 8 oz equelled 1 cup. Mine was too thin. Thanks for the tutorial. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2017

      I’m glad it was helpful! Reply

  • Ana
    December 21, 2017

    I would love to try to make this dairy free, with coconut heavy whipping cream.. do you or anyone know if it will work?

    And to pour it on the top of the 9″ cake with it dropping a little to the sides (not cover the whole cake), do you need the whole recipe or will cutting it in half be enough?

    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 21, 2017

      Hi Ana, I haven’t tested that so I can’t really speak to that but one of my readers wrote in with the following: ” My sister is lactose intolerant, and so I exchanged the heavy whipping cream for a coconut cream and milk mixture. It turned out great ” I hope that’s helpful! Half of the recipe should be enough to cover the top and have it drip down the sides. It will thicken faster being a smaller batch so keep an eye on it 🙂 Reply

  • Monica
    December 15, 2017

    I think i stirred it too soon will it thicken? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 15, 2017

      Hi Monica, it should still thicken fine. Make sure you stir until all of the chocolate chips are fully dissolved and the mixture is completely smooth. Reply

  • pauline morris
    December 13, 2017

    made it i did add a teaspoon of butter it makes it shiny !!! at first bitter as it cooled it was (AWESOME) 5 star Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 13, 2017

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much Pauline! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • chris
    November 29, 2017

    Can I add any foavorings like vanilla extract or some alcohol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2017

      Hi Chris, I haven’t tried that but I think a splash of vanilla would be nice, just don’t overdo it or it will take longer to thicken up. Reply

  • Mike
    November 20, 2017

    Can I use milk chocolate morsels? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Mike, I haven’t tried, but I think it would work. Several of my readers have reported good results using milk chocolate chips. It may take slightly longer for it to thicken up than semi-sweet but I think it would work. Reply

  • Omee
    November 18, 2017

    I am going to try this very soon. I looked at maybe 20 different ganache recipe and your mesasurments are the easiest. I am making my son a Mickey Mouse cake for his first birthday with fondant. I am a beginner so I am really worried. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 18, 2017

      I hope you love it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m sure it will turn out fantastic! Reply

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