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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.

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Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator for about one hour, or longer.
  4. 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    16

    Serving Size:

    1 slice

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on March 30, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. Anything with chocolate sounds good right now! I really want to make this cake right now. too bad all I have is a vanilla cake.

    2. Oh, how I love me some ganache…warm and melty or whipped into frosting!!! Either way it’s awesome stuff!!! This is one striking cake…I love all the chocolate action going on in it!!! And the stand is too cool!!!

    3. Omg one of your most beautiful cakes EVER!! What a showstopper! I wish I was having it right now! A huuuuge slice! Looks amazing!

    4. Oh my – ganache is one of my favorite things on earth! Lovely tips – thank you. I once made whipped ganache frosting and totally over-whipped so it got grainy. I will be armed with your instructions in the future. I just love chocolate and this cake definitely makes me happy. : )

    5. Lovely chocolate cake and ganache, Aimee! Fabulous tips, too. Thank you for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week!

    6. Aimee, that frosting! I can’t even… GAH! I want to go to town with that decadent ganache and frosting with my fingers. Forget the spoon – I don’t have time for that! 🙂

    7. your chocolate ganache looks delicious, I’m just wondering if I could get away with eating it for breakfast! 🙂

    8. I never knew you could whip ganache! I am so there. What a great way to make frosting! And adding Hershey Kisses is kind of the best thing ever.

    9. What a gorgeous cake!! Annnnd now I’m dying to try cake soup… Can we just call it cake cereal and eat it for breakfast??

    10. Wow, I like the idea of a fluffy ganache. Really, just like cake in general. My 2 daughters birthdays are coming up so maybe we should give this cake a whirl. Fluffy frosting just goes down so easy.

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