Chocolate Ganache

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


1-1/4 cups

Updated: Aug. 05, 2022
This smooth, satin chocolate ganache recipe will bring a touch of elegance to even the most basic cake. A simple garnish, like fresh fruit, adds the finishing touch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth.
  2. For a pourable ganache, cool, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 85°-90° and is slightly thickened, about 40 minutes. Pour over cake, allowing some to drape down the sides. Spread ganache with a spatula if necessary to evenly coat, working quickly before it thickens. Let stand until set.
  3. For spreadable ganache, chill, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches a spreading consistency. Spread over cake.
White Chocolate Ganache: Substitute 6 ounces chopped white baking chocolate for the chocolate chips. Proceed as directed.

Chocolate Ganache Recipe Tips

What's the best kind of chocolate to use for chocolate ganache?

We recommend using semisweet chocolate chips for this easy chocolate ganache recipe (and using the ganache for these chocolate ganache peanut butter cupcakes!). Don't have a bag of semisweet chips? You can use dark baking chocolate instead. Just follow the steps in this ganache-topped chocolate cake recipe.

How long does it take for chocolate ganache to harden?

It takes about two hours at room temperature for chocolate ganache to completely cool and set. You can speed up the process by placing the ganache in the refrigerator. Keep in mind that you'll only want to thicken spreadable or whipped ganache, like in this three-layer chocolate ganache cake.

What can you substitute for heavy cream in ganache?

There are plenty of substitutes for heavy cream. Melted butter and 2% milk works well, or you could use sweetened condensed milk. If you're looking for a dairy-free alternative, try coconut cream. (Here's how to make chocolate ganache, step by step.)

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 135 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.