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The Best Chocolate Ganache Recipe

This chocolate ganache recipe is so easy. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk! Depending on the temperature, you can make frosting, drips or even truffles. Ganache is a chocolate dessert staple!

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
Author Liz Marek


Firm Setting Ganache 2:1

  • 16 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or any other extract

Soft Ganache Frosting 1:1

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

White chocolate Ganache

  • 18 ounces white chocolate
  • 6 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ounces fine sea salt
US Customary - Metric


chocolate ganache Instructions

  1. *Note* using a scale is recommended for accuracy and to ensure your ganache turns out.

  2. Weigh out your chocolate in a heat proof bowl

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

  4. 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 5 minutes. 

  5. Add salt and vanilla and whisk everything together until it's smooth. If any lumps remain, put the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds and whisk again.

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

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

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chocolate Ganache Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 1140 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Fat 85g131%
Saturated Fat 50g250%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1129mg47%
Potassium 913mg26%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1185IU24%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 9.6mg53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.