Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Chocolate Ganache Frosting is an easy way to make your cakes and cupcakes scream with flavor. Homemade ganache gets whipped into a light fluffy frosting in this easy recipe.

We have so many delicious frosting recipes to choose from, including our chocolate sour cream frosting recipe.

Chocolate frosting in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment.


Why this Recipe is Best

Making homemade ganache is easier than you might expect.

Don’t see the ganache on this chocolate cake? That’s because it’s whipped with air to create a fluffy frosting that’s ready to add to your favorite dark chocolate cake.

Chocolate ganache is most recognizable as that creamy, rich melted chocolate poured between cake layers or on top of desserts. But it has plenty of other uses too!

Today we’ll show you to to use chocolate ganache to make a rich, fluffy frosting.

  • Perfectly smooth and spreadable.
  • Tons of irresistible chocolate flavor.
  • Spread it on cakes, pipe it onto your cupcakes or anywhere you love chocolate frosting.

How to make Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate ganache frosting.

This chocolate ganache frosting recipe starts by making homemade chocolate ganache.

  • Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave or in a double boiler. Stir until combined, smooth and creamy.
  • Now, chill the ganache for about an hour. This helps it thicken and stabilize.
  • After chilling, transfer the ganache to the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to beat the frosting until it’s light and fluffy. This may take several minutes.
  • Immediately spread the ganache frosting over a baked cooled cake.
Chocolate ganache frosting being spread over a chocolate cake.

Tips and Tricks

  • Stove top method: If you are making this on the stove top, always use the double boiler method. Chocolate can scorch if directly heated and it won’t be pretty (or delicious).
  • How to use a double boiler. Heat your small saucepan with about an inch or two of water. The steam will heat the double boiler placed on top. Put the chocolate and cream in the top bowl and stir until smooth.
  • DO NOT remove the double boiler from pot until the ganache is smooth and creamy. You don’t want to get any moisture in with your chocolate or it may seize.
  • Microwave method: Start with a clean, dry glass bowl. Add your chocolate and cream and heat for one minute. Stir your ganache and heat in 15 second increments until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
  • Brownies: Spread ganache frosting over our favorite brownie recipe.
Chocolate ganache frosting spread over a double layer chocolate cake on a cake server.

Recipe FAQs

My frosting is too thick to spread. What can I do to fix it?

Occasionally the whipped frosting does end up too thick. If this happens to you, warm about 1/4 cup of extra heavy cream for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Drizzle into your mixing bowl while beating on high. This will add a little extra fluffiness and lighter texture to your frosting. Remember to heat the heavy cream slightly before adding it to the frosting. Adding cold cream will harden the ganache.

Can I make this frosting ahead of time?

The best way to make chocolate ganache frosting ahead of time is to prepare the ganache and store it in the fridge. Beat the ganache in your stand mixer right before spread it onto the cake.

How should I store leftover ganache frosting?

Any leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will lose some of its fluffiness as it sits. If this happens, beat the leftover ganache with the mixer again to achieve the light fluffy texture.

How can I use this ganache frosting?

Today’s chocolate ganache frosting is delicious on all kinds of cakes. Try spreading it onto this Easy Chocolate Cake or these Chocolate Cupcakes. It’s also incredible on a Peanut Butter Cake or anywhere else you’d enjoy chocolate icing.

Slice of chocolate cake on a stack of white plates.

More Dessert Recipes

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

4.75 from 16 votes
By: Aimee
Chocolate Ganache Frosting is an easy way to make your cakes and cupcakes scream with flavor. Homemade ganache gets whipped into a light fluffy frosting in this easy recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 chocolate cake prepared in 9-inch round pans
  • 2 packages milk chocolate morsels 11.5 ounce each
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • chocolate candy for garnish

Instructions 

  • Prepare chocolate cake in two 9-inch round pans. You can use a boxed mix or this dark chocolate cake recipe. Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • For the ganache, heat a double boiler or medium saucepan with an inch of water. Place double boiler on top of saucepan (or use a glass bowl). Add chocolate and heavy cream to bowl. Stirring constantly while melting, stir until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and place in refrigerator for about one hour, or longer.
  • Remove from refrigerator and using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat melted chocolate ganache on high until light and fluffy. Immediately spread frosting on cake. ENJOY.

Notes

  • Stove top method: If you are making this on the stove top, always use the double boiler method. Chocolate can scorch if directly heated and it won’t be pretty (or delicious).
  • How to use a double boiler. Heat your small saucepan with about an inch or two of water. The steam will heat the double boiler placed on top. Put the chocolate and cream in the top bowl and stir until smooth.
  • DO NOT remove the double boiler from pot until the ganache is smooth and creamy. You don’t want to get any moisture in with your chocolate or it may seize.
  • Microwave method: Start with a clean, dry glass bowl. Add your chocolate and cream and heat for one minute. Stir your ganache and heat in 15 second increments until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
  • Brownies: Spread ganache frosting over our favorite brownie recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 30mg, Sugar: 4g
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
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Posted on March 30, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made Ganache first my wisk broke and I must say I was covered with chocolate and everything else was too. Then after about a half hr of whipping it still is not thick enough to use. I don’t know if I will ever try making this again. However my homemade German Chocolate cake and frosting turned out great. But the ganache was a bust. So sad.

  2. So I made the ganache and stored it in the fridge till later in the evening. It was very cold. I added it to my mixer and turned on the wisk. It appears to be soft but the color is right. How do I fix?

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for my son’s cupcakes and I will make it again! You can use this for so many desserts!

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