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How To Make Chocolate Ganache and 3 Amazing Ways to Use It

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Get 3 amazing ways to use my Chocolate Ganache recipe. You can spread it, whip it and even roll it into Chocolate Truffles for the easiest dessert ever!

Hi Bold Bakers!

You have seen me make Chocolate Ganache multiple times but now I want to show you 3 different uses for ganache. Ganache is really easy to make: the ratio is 1:1, equal amounts of cream and chocolate.

Ganache for Glazes and Fillings

To make the ganache that is used for fillings and glazes the ratio is 1:1 , one part chocolate to one part cream. Heat up some cream, pour it over chopped chocolate and let it sit for 4 minutes. Then stir. This is for filling cakes, covering truffles, and drizzling over cakes and cupcakes.

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Ganache for Easy Frosting

Another use for ganache is an incredible easy chocolate frosting. Once made and cooled, place in the fridge and let it cool down for roughly 30 minutes, just long enough for it to set but not too hard. Then go in with an electric mixer and whip it up to create a fluffy chocolate Frosting.

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Ganache for Chocolate Truffles

Anther wonderful product from ganache are truffles. It is probably the easiest sweet treat you will ever make. Once your ganache is cold and hard, scoop it with a spoon. Shape it in your hand and toss in cocoa powder. Feel free to add liquor into the ganache to make more interesting truffles in a variety of flavors.

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How To Make Chocolate Ganache and 3 Ways to Use It (Bold Baking Basics)

4.39 from 21 votes
Get 3 amazing ways to use my Chocolate Ganache recipe. You can spread it, whip it and even roll it into Chocolate Truffles for the easiest dessert ever!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Get 3 amazing ways to use my Chocolate Ganache recipe. You can spread it, whip it and even roll it into Chocolate Truffles for the easiest dessert ever!
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (12oz/340g) heavy cream
  • 2 cups (12oz/340g) dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Chocolate Ganache Proportions: These proportions are based on weight. For example, a 1:1 ratio means 4 ounces chocolate to 4 ounces cream.
  • Weigh the chocolate: Weigh out the amount of chocolate called for in your recipe. If you aren't following a recipe, start with a small amount and make more as needed.
  • Heat the cream: Pour the cream into a small saucepan and place it over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Keep an eye on the cream — it's not necessary to boil it. It just needs to get hot. The cream is ready when you can place a finger in the cream and keep it there for 3 to 4 seconds. Turn off the flame and remove the cream from the stove.
  • Chop the chocolate: While the cream is heating, chop the chocolate into fine pieces.
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate. Stir gently to distribute the chocolate through the cream and then let it sit for a few minutes to give the chocolate time to soften and melt.
  • Stir the mixture: With a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the ganache. At first it might look spotty and broken but keep stirring until it comes together in a creamy mass.
  • Ganache for filling and glaze, Cool the ganache as specified in your recipe, or as described here:
  • If you plan on pouring the ganache over a cake, pie, or pastry, it will need to be loose enough to flow but thickened enough to stay on the pastry.
  • To whip the ganache for frosting or for layer cake filling, cool the ganache until it is thick, but still soft, and then beat in a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, until the ganache is fluffy and has lightened in color, about 1 or 2 minutes.
  • To use the ganache make truffles, you may need to set the pan in the refrigerator so the ganache cools. Remove the pan every 5 minutes or so and stir so that the ganache cools evenly. As the chocolate begins to stiffen, stir it more frequently — it will go from soft to very hard quite suddenly. (If this happens, soften the ganache over gently simmering water, stirring until you've reached the right consistency again.)
  • The easiest way to work with ratios is to measure both the cream and the chocolate by weight. If you don't want to weigh your cream, remember that 1 cup of liquid is 8 ounces.
  • Ganache can be store for 4 week in the fridge.

 

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Evone Kent
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Evone Kent
2 months ago

can you use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream and would it still taste okay? Would it be the same measurements with canned milk?

Member
5 months ago

Hi Gemma,
Can I use 2% milk instead of heavy cream?

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Toatea
6 months ago

Hi Gemma! I’ve tried to make petit fours before but the frosting never works well for me. Could I use this ganache as a poured frosting? And in between the layers?

Venetia
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Venetia
8 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I cannot use dairy as I am lactose intolerant and do not consume any dairy. Would I be able to use coconut milk to make the ganache?

Thanks!

Anjana
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Anjana
9 months ago

i need your help Gemma, i am baking a truffle cake, 2 6 inch cakes, what is the ratio chocolate in grams and cream please. a rough estimate will do, please help!!!

Anelle
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Anelle
10 months ago

◼back in 82 the fresh cows cream was so thick. Couldn’t get it to make good ganache. ◼took evap.milk and chocolate.chips, a tbsp.salted butter, plastic wrap over my pyrex bowl, microwave for one min. Let it sit a couple min. Got a blueribbon at the fair that year for my ganache. If your melted chips are grainy, add ONE tbsp.water and continue stirring with a whisk. ◼ have also……while the cake is baking put my plastic wrapped bowl on top of the oven or even near my woodstove (long after the fire is out) to slowly melt first. The ambient… Read more »

Perla
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Perla
10 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I’ve tried your ganache recipe for the purpose of making a truffle. However, my output won’t set despite more than 3-hours in the ref and looks like will end-up as frosting????. I’ve used a mix of 7 oz heavy cream and 196-grams choco chips. Is there a way to remedy this and still able to do truffles. Thanks in advance for the help.

Angel Naidoo
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Angel Naidoo
1 year ago

Hi Gemma

This is the first time I have seen your page. Love your recipes 🙂 I would like to know if you can tell me how to make caramel icing using Caramel Treat which comes in a can just in case you are wondering..I am not sure whether I can use milk with it to make it softer so I can spread it easily between the cake layers.

Kind regards
Angel

Pandapopsgleek
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Pandapopsgleek
1 year ago

How much cream and chocolate would I need to make for ganache to fill and cover one 6 inch round cake and one 8 inch round cake? Both cakes are 5 inch tall. Thank you.

legaldivas
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legaldivas
1 year ago

Hi
Can I use ganache to make a hardening chocolate for pouring over toffee? I’m making this sugar free and was wondering if I could use Lily’s dark chocolate chips (no maltitol), cream, and some coconut oil to harden.

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