Rating: 3.13 stars
358 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 54
  • 3 star values: 132
  • 2 star values: 89
  • 1 star values: 21

This recipe (which can easily be multiplied) is the base for Apricot and Ganache Tartlets, Chocolate Cakes with Ganache Glaze, Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Ganache, and Peanut Butter Truffles. For step-by-step photos, see our handy 101 here.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Coarsely chop chocolate. A serrated knife is best for the job; its sawlike teeth grab the chocolate, breaking it up.

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  • Bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over chocolate, and add salt. Let stand for 10 minutes (don't stir -- doing so will cool the ganache too quickly, making it grainy).

  • Stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny to break up any pieces and emulsify cream and chocolate.

  • Chocolate will often settle on the bottom or sides of the bowl. Scrape the dish with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of it.

  • To make a whipped filling or frosting: Let ganache cool to room temperature, stirring often, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Beat it with a mixer on medium-high speed until paler and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. (This will yield about 2 cups.) Transfer to a disposable pastry bag with a large opening and use it as a filling for mini whoopie pies or spread it over cupcakes.

Reviews (9)

358 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 54
  • 3 star values: 132
  • 2 star values: 89
  • 1 star values: 21
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2019
Perfect every time. I usually use it whipped but have also used it as-is.
Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2017
I have made this ganache many times over the past 15 years, however, the last time I made it was over 7 years ago, before my attempt today. I thought that I was following the instructions exactly and it failed twice. But, upon further investigation, I realized my error. It is IMPERATIVE that you do not leave the whipping cream over the double boiler and add the chopped chocolate to the hot liquid. I didn't think this would be a problem, but I suspect that the residual heat from the hot water under the bowl made the temperature stay elevated and it caused the mixture to separate. It was such a disappointment! I used Trader Joe's 70% dark and it tastes amazing, so at least that. I will try to reuse this mixture for brownies or chocolate frosting since I hate wasting food.
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2017
Ganache: Food of the Gods. Thank you!
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2017
Truly don't understand all the complaints. This is a simple, go-to recipe that is perfect for ice cream sauce (you can use light cream or even 1/2 and 1/2) of cakes (use w[filtered] cream and chill a bit). The salt? It does affect the taste, so be careful or don't use. It's not "completely unnecessary," it faintly cuts the overt sweetness, but chances are you won't notice it so save the step and lower the blood pressure.
Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2017
First, no salt. Completely unnecessary; why subs[filtered]ute salt for flavor? Second, it IS a bit runny (compared to doing it right). Answer? Not enough chocolate. Want it rich? Add two squares of bakers semi-sweet and 1/3tsp butter to the chocolate morsels. Whoa!!! Finally, flavor. Try ONE of these: (a) 1 tsp almond extract (b) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + 1/2 tsp chili powder (I like cayenne!) (c) 1 tbsp. run (d) you try something! Use of salt is bad for you and masks the fact that there isn't any interesting flavor except chocolate.
Rating: 1 stars
03/09/2016
I have made ganache before and it turned out perfect. This recipe was followed to the letter and was a runny mess! Ruined the cake. Heading out to buy canned icing...
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2014
I was intimidated to make ganache, so I'm lucky I chose this method for my first try. Worked like a charm! I won't bother trying any others, because why reinvent the wheel? This one's foolproof. Will post again when I've used it as a frosting!
Rating: Unrated
02/05/2013
Used 60% caco. Result ended up pretty good. Putting on French Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry cake filling.
Rating: Unrated
09/12/2012
wat chocolate brand can u use