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Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Learn how to make this easy chocolate ganache for dipping, drizzling, or frosting. This is the most simple recipe!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Cool Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 8


  • 8 ounces (113g) semi-sweet baking chocolate (see note)
  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy whipping cream


  • Chop chocolate into small pieces. The smaller the chop, the faster it melts. Place in a medium sized heat safe bowl.
  • Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium low heat until it just begins to simmer (don't let it boil).
  • Pour hot cream over chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth and all chocolate is melted.
  • To use as fondue: Use the warm ganache as a dip.
  • To use as a dip, drizzle, or glaze: While warm, frost cupcakes with a thin layer (it's not pipable at this stage). Or use as a dip for fruit or drizzle for cakes and pies.
  • For pipe-able chocolate frosting: Let sit at room temperature until the mixture cools to room temperature (it will thicken slightly). Place in a pastry bag and pipe onto cupcakes as desired.
  • To use as truffles: Chill ganache until firm. Use a cookie scoop to scoop 1 tablespoon size balls. Roll cold ganache into uniform balls and dip in chocolate or coat as desired.
  • To make whipped ganache frosting: Place cold ganache in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy. Ganache will lighten in color. This will take a few minutes - longer if you're using a hand mixer. At this texture you can pipe the frosting using your desired frosting tip.


  • Use a good quality chocolate (baking chocolate) that is at least 56% cacao (semi-sweet). Percentage varies by brand.
  • Be sure to use heavy whipping cream (no substitutions).
  • Store ganache at room temperature for up to 2 days, however if you feel more comfortable you can store in the refrigerator then reheat to thin if needed.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg