This Chocolate Ganache makes a delicious chocolate recipe for glaze, frosting or filling for pastries and more! It’s simple, yet decadent and so versatile!

Chocolate Ganache Recipe from addapinch.com

There are few things as simple to make as chocolate ganache or as versatile. Made by heating cream and pouring over chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, there couldn’t be anything more basic than that.

But even though this is so simple to make, this chocolate ganache recipe is perfectly decadent, delicious and oh so versatile!

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

The uses are endless for this basic, yet delicious treat! I have to say it is pretty amazing just straight from the spoon!

Depending on the intended use, the ratios of the ingredients will vary. Additionally, you can add flavor with liqueurs, extracts, and other elements depending on what treat you are making. Butter can also be included in the mixture to give a rich, shiny sheen and flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

Ganache Basics:

Ganache Glaze

Equal parts chocolate and cream, along with butter and any additional flavorings desired.

This glaze is used for pouring over cakes, dipping cupcakes and cookies, pouring over ice cream, as well as other pastries or sweet treats.

Ganache Filling

Two parts chocolate to one part cream, along with butter and any additional flavorings desired.

Slightly thicker than the glaze, you’ll use this recipe for adding a layer of ganache between two layers of cake, the base of truffles, or filling pastries.

I use this ganache filling in my Chocolate Ganache Cookies recipe. Amazing!

Ganache Frosting

Two parts chocolate to one part cream, along with butter and any additional flavorings desired. 

You’ll use this recipe for frosting cakes, cupcakes, etc. Once made and allowing to cool to room temperature, you’ll incorporate air into the ganache to form a frosting by using an electric mixer or whipping by hand with a whisk.

More Chocolate Recipes to Try

Like I am sure I’ve mentioned before, I am a serious chocolate lover. So I have shared many amazing chocolate recipes with you. Here are a few favorites that I hope you try soon!

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s how I make my Ganache. I think you’ll love it anyway you decide to use it!

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

4.94 from 16 votes
Ganache makes a classic chocolate recipe used as a glaze, frosting, or even as a filling for pastries and truffles. Ganache is a simple, yet versatile recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

Ganache Glaze:

  • 1 cup (238 g) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter
  • 1 cups (170 g) chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet, or dark
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brewed coffee
  • pinch (0.4 g) kosher salt

Ganache Filling:

  • 1 cup (238 g) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter
  • 2 cups (340 g) chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet, or dark
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brewed coffee
  • pinch (0.4 g) kosher salt

Ganache Frosting:

  • 1 cup (238 g) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter
  • 2 cups (340 g) chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet, or dark
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brewed coffee
  • pinch (0.4 g) kosher salt

Instructions 

  • Add heavy cream and butter to a small saucepan and heat on low heat until the butter has melted and the cream is warmed throughout.
  • Add chocolate chips to a large glass or nonreactive bowl. Pour the warmed cream and butter mixture over the chocolate chips. Add in the brewed coffee and a pinch of salt. Allow to stand for about 3-5 minutes to soften the chocolate chips completely.
  • Stir briskly to combine and until smooth.

Ganache Glaze:

  • Allow to cool slightly. Ganache will easily pour over cake or other item.

Ganache Filling:

  • Once cooled, ganache filling can be spread between layers of cakes, piped as filling into pastries, or sandwiched between cookies, etc.

Ganache Frosting:

  • Once cooled, use an electric mixer or a wire whisk, whip ganache to incorporate air and increase the volume of the ganache. Spread on cakes or other pastries as you would frosting.

Notes

The brewed coffee and pinch of salt are optional in my ganache recipes. I use the coffee to enhance the flavor of the chocolate, but it is not required. The salt, in my opinion, helps to balance the chocolate as well, but is not required either.
Makes 1 – 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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84 Comments

    1. I’ve never made it with candy coating, so I can’t say what the results will be using it. Thanks Sam!

  1. Hi there – Can I use espresso powder instead of coffee? If so, would i just add a little water or extra cream? Thank you in advance for your timely response 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I am making a 35″chocolate cake for a wedding. can i use the ganache frosting recipe between layers or is it to soft.

    1. Hi Isabel,
      I’m not certain, but I would suggest since this is for such a special event that you make a “test cake” to be sure it works. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for my daughter’s birthday cake. Ganache turned out amazing, I whipped it into a light, fluffy frosting and made the chocolate cake from this site too. So happy with the results! I had to whip the ganache for at least 5-7 minutes to get it how I thought it should look. Always wanted to make ganache, thanks for the recipe!

  4. Best ganache recipe ever! Today I had some green mint baking chips so did chocolate ganache and in a separate bowl, the mint. Pretty excited to play around with it!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my go to frosting, thank you so much for sharing it! I recently made with dairy free chocolate chips and cashew milk as well as added a touch of vanilla and It was just a yummy as the original.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe! It is so so very good, I didn’t add the coffee as I am 13, but it was really good!!!