Ganache Recipe

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How to use Ganache and make a ganache recipe for cakes
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How to use Ganache

This is my recipe on how to make a great ganache recipe that can be used in multiple ways, by drizzling it over the edges of cakes, by using it with piping or by getting super sharp edges on your cake.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate ganache
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 1149 kcal



  • 1 lb semi-sweet chocolate good quality, at least 55% cocoa
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup is 8oz, you can also use half & half
  • 1 pinch sea salt for taste



  1. Weigh out your chocolate and measure 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.

  2. Heat cream in a sauce pan until it just starts to steam.

  3. Put chocolate in a large bowl and pour hot cream over the chocolate and let it set for 2 minutes. Make sure the cream completely covers the chocolate.

    Whisk ganache starting from the center in small circles ganache recipe cake tutorial
  4. Whisk the cream and chocolate together. Add a pinch of salt to taste.

    Sometimes it all won't mix together and you'll be able to see a couple lumps. If you have lumps, put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to completely melt all your chocolate, otherwise this can ruin the ganache later when the chocolate re-crystalizes. 

    Allow ganache to firm up ganache recipe cake tutorial
  5. Drip Ganache

  6. Pour this ganache into a squeeze bottle to drizzle ganache onto a cake. 

    Watch video for instructions on how to get a clean drip with the ganache on a cake.

Piping Ganache

  1. Follow the drizzle ganache steps 1-4 above.

  2. Let the ganache set for 2-3 hours, until it's the consistency of soft peanut butter. Mix a couple times since the inside and outside of the ganache will cool at different rates.

  3. Put ganache into a piping bag with a star tip, or whatever tip you want to use. 

    Use about 1.5-2 cups of ganache at a time.

Truffle Ganache

  1. Follow the drizzle ganache steps 1-4 above.

  2. Let the ganache set up overnight on your counter top (NOT in the fridge) and it will be a hard consistency.

    Use a spoon or tool to carve shavings of ganache or to make ganache truffles by rolling it in your hands. 

    If you need to melt your ganache once it is in this stage, pop it in the microwave for a seconds to make it melty.

Recipe Notes

Don't put your ganache in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
How to use Ganache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1149 Calories from Fat 783
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 87g 134%
Saturated Fat 51g 255%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 916mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 55g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 24.8%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 53.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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