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Chocolate Ganache is a versatile frosting because there are many ways you can use it. It is made up of only two ingredients: chocolate and whipping cream, and it can be used to make glazes, cake fillings, icings, and whipped frostings. You can change the ratio of chocolate to cream and end up with a totally different consistency and texture. I’ll be sharing how to make it for pouring over desserts, spreading on cakes, and whipping up for decorations.

You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate, but each one will have a different ratio when added to the cream. Check out the table below for each type of chocolate and its ratio. Note that the first number represents the chocolate, and the second is the cream. I have not added quantities of ingredients regarding the recipe because quantities will differ depending on what you’re making.

1. Pouring ganache can be used at a liquid consistency for pouring over cakes, and cupcakes, and as a dipping sauce. Drip cakes have been very fashionable, and it’s not a trend that will disappear, so the pouring ganache is your go-to for drip cakes. You can add a teaspoon of corn syrup or butter to the ganache for a glossy shine, it also keeps it from hardening and maintains a good consistency. Go to Perfect Chocolate Drip for my recipe.

chocolate swiss roll

2. Whipped Ganache – This is my favorite type which I use all the time for my cakes. Make a chocolate ganache and leave it out at room temperature for 4+ hours, then whip it with an electric mixer, it becomes a perfect whipped ganache, with a mousse-like consistency and it’s perfect for filling, piping on cakes and cupcakes.

chocolate cupcakes

3. Spreading ganache – Again the same ganache left sitting out at room temperature for over 12 hours is perfect for spreading on top of cakes. Here you don’t whip it, but just use it as it is. It will be thick and dark, and it will harden to a solid consistency if you use it to cover cakes. That makes it very sturdy under fondant.

frosting ganache


Chocolate Ganache For Spreading


  • 180 g Whipping cream
  • 450 g Milk Chocolate


  • Finely chop the chocolate if it's not already in small pieces.
  • Heat the whipping cream on medium heat until it begins to steam.
  • Remove the cream from the heat and add the chopped chocolate to it.
  • Allow the chocolate to sit in the cream without stirring for one minute, then begin stirring until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Cover the ganache with cling film directly touching the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Let the ganache sit at room temperature for 12 hours before use. After that, you can use it as is, or whip it with a whisk for a whipped ganache.



Bonus tips:
  • Look for good quality chocolate such as from a cake decorating store, because chocolate chips have ingredients like stabilizers in them that stop them from melting.
  • Store unused ganache in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the ganache for up to 3 months, and bring it back to room temperature when ready to use.
Where to buy it:

Chocolate Ganache Ratio Table:

Note that the first number represents the chocolate


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