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!

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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!

4.85 from 86 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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 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! Note: If you want more ganache, use the full 12 oz bag and 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) of whipping cream.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5

Ingredients

  • 8 oz 1/2 lb or about 1 1/3 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.

Recipe 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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