How to make a great ganache recipe and how to use it in it's various forms for a ganache drip, piped ganache and ganache for icing a cake. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate ganache
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 1140 kcal


Firm Setting Ganache 2:1

  • 16 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate guittard a'peels - about $3/lb
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ganache 1:1

  • 8 oz 60% high quality chocolate Such as callebaut - about $8/lb
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

White chocolate Ganache

  • 18 oz white chocolate
  • 6 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt



  1. Weigh out your chocolate in a heat proof bowl

  2. Heat cream in a sauce pan until steam starts to rise from the surface but isn't boiling yet. 

  3. Pour hot cream over the chocolate, push the chocolate down so that it's all under the surface of the cream and let it set for 2 minutes. 

    Whisk ganache starting from the center in small circles ganache recipe cake tutorial
  4. Whisk the cream and chocolate together. Add salt and vanilla and whisk. 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. 

    If you have an immersion blender you can use it to remove any remaining lumps as well for a super cream ganache

    Allow ganache to firm up ganache recipe cake tutorial
  5. Freshly made ganache is great for piping a drip around a cake. For piping ganache or frosting a cake, let the mixture sit at room temperature until it's thickened to peanut butter consistency. For truffles, let your ganache sit overnight at room temperature. 

  6. Ganache can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 week for frozen for up to 6 months. 

Recipe Notes

Don't put your ganache in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 1140 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 85g 131%
Saturated Fat 50g 250%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1129mg 47%
Potassium 913mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 55g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 23.7%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 53.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.