When you bake cakes, fill pastries, ice cookies, need a frosty, or even need dripping icing, the answer is ridiculously easy chocolate ganache.
Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Ganache is fabulous!
This is the recipe you want to bookmark, save, pin, share, use, and use again!
You literally don’t need to be a baking pro, or a chef, to make the recipe because honestly, chocolate ganache is just that super easy and so versatile!
NO matter your level of kitchen expertise, ganache is one of those recipes you just will use over and over and it doesn’t matter how bad or good you are in the kitchen.
Test Out Chocolate Ganache Yourself
If you still don’t believe me, all you need to do is to make this chocolate ganache just one time, use it as a dip for pretzels and graham crackers, and suddenly you will realize that this is a very easy chocolate ganache!
Now think about how long you have been living without this and should have known about it sooner!
Simple Chocolate Ganache. Seriously!
So now, I am about to rock your baking world, or topping, filling, and candy world with my recipe for chocolate ganache.
Truth be told, I’ve never been PRO at baking cakes and I am always awe-stricken when I see fantabulously decorated cakes.
Usually, it’s the icing and filling that kill my perfectly baked cakes, thus enter my fabulous chocolate ganache that will now be your fabulous chocolate ganache too!
How Versatile is This Chocolate Ganache?
In case you don’t know it or skipped it above, I will repeat the uses of this fab ganache.
Ganache can be but is not limited used for:
- a filling
- dripping icing
Buttercream for Some, But I’ll take chocolate ganache anytime!
You’ll hear a lot of people rave about buttercream, but when it fails you, an easy chocolate ganache will become your best friend.
After all, it’s all in the final presentation, buttercream is not my girl, but a simple ganache will rock your socks.
I believe buttercream is temperamental and it depends on my time and day if it turns out, and I don’t care what recipe anyone shares, that is how it goes!
Filling – Easy Chocolate Ganache
When I need a richer filling that has more chocolate flavor in it that’s where Ganache comes in big time.
Such as inside of cupcakes, or my thumbprint cookies!
IN fact, if you found my recipe for Best No-Bake Mini S’mores Cheesecakes, you know that these offer my ridiculously easy chocolate Ganache filling.
Alright, so if all that has not intrigued you, then let this information do it for ya.
Ganache is simple to make, it’s 2 ingredients!
How To Make Simple Ganache
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Since I am lucky enough to have a friend that bakes nonstop and makes simple ganache over and over, she taught me.
Want to know the best part?
There are 2 ingredients involved in a simple ganache.
Combine them properly and you’ve got the filling, icing, or glaze of your dreams.
Make it thicker, thinner, or in between to change how you use it.
Easy Chocolate Ganache
Again, in my Mini S’ more Cheesecakes I used my ridiculously easy chocolate ganache for a layer of rich chocolate filling.
I’ve used semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips in my ganaches.
Also, I’ve used candy melts and often prefer them, but I use those when I don’t have to color them.
When I see candy melts, I try to find the right color so I don’t have to do much to it.
In other words, when I make my Halloween Bleeding Cake with a Knife I use red candy melts for the blood.
However, in between the layers, I crafted a rich, chocolate-flavored filling which is made with the same ridiculously easy chocolate ganache recipe I am sharing right here!
It imparts a rich flavor, and thick consistency, without the slide (yeah), unlike my traditional buttercream flops!
Want To Make Red Ganache for Valentine’s, Christmas, Summer Holidays, and Halloween Blood? Check out the how-to make red ganache here.
Before you make the easy chocolate ganache, you’ll need the right baking pan for baking a cake!
For those of you looking for a great Cake Pan, mine is Stainless Steel and is like magic when I bake.
Perfection every time. After all, you don’t want to make chocolate ganache if you don’t have a great cake to put it on right? (oh I dip in it, I would make it even without cake, but you get the idea1)
Easy Chocolate Ganache with 2 ingredients?
In its more basic form, combining 2 simple ingredients together at the right temperature you’ll create an easy chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Flavor & Chocolate Ganache
To get chocolate ganache, you need to use chocolate.
Best in chocolate ganache chocolate flavor, in my opinion, is high-quality chocolate such as Ghiradelli.
Ghiradelli chocolate wafers are readily accessible both online and in stores (craft, grocery, and Costco!).
But, you can use chocolate chips (Nestle semi-sweet work) but better quality chips make a better-tasting chocolate Ganache so keep that in mind.
Also, the Ghiradelli Chocolate Melting wafers are my go-to.
These chocolate wafers come in semi-sweet, dark chocolate, and white.
I love the white because I use candy coloring to get the right color and offer a great chocolate taste!
Tip To Know About Ganache
You’ve got to work with this one time to understand its properties.
If you want the ganache runnier, just add more heavy cream.
The ratio I have given you is going to be a bit thicker, and I’ve used it a lot.
Additionally, to make it thicker more chocolate.
You can easily figure out what you are doing once it’s made, after all with only 2 ingredients, it’s not rocket science!
My Favorite Versatile Baking Companion Recipe
So, when you want to make a chocolate ganache into a frosting, after you make it, allow it to sit then you will use a mixer to achieve the fluffiness you need to frost.
For those that just want a dip, make it, and dip in it.
If you want a filling, you may need to add a bit more chocolate to thicken and wait a bit to allow this to happen. Then you can use it as a filling!
So, one recipe, multiple uses and it never gets boring using it!
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping cream
- 12 ounces Chocolate morsels
- Measuring Cup
- Microwave safe bowl
- Microwave your heavy cream using a microwave-safe measuring cup.
- Set the microwave at 45 seconds and work up to a minute (if necessary)
- The cream should be just on the cusp of boiling.
- If it starts to boil, it will go right over that dish, so WATCH and use less time and add more.
- Less is more.
- Once the heavy cream shows the start of a boil, carefully remove it from the microwave and then cover the chips in the heat-proof bowl.
- Allow this to just sit for about 3 minutes before you stir.
- Once the chocolate and the heated whipping cream have sat, it is time to stir.
- I work on my ganache from the middle of the bowl, outwards. (you can use a whisk if you prefer)
- Make sure to work all the melted wafers/chocolate into the heated heavy whipping cream, by stirring.
- After the initial mixing, if you want to color the ganache, now add in your color drop by drop until you achieve the color you are wanting.
- Whisk until smooth, then stop.
- At this point you can do the following:
- Running-LIke (drip-cake) Appearance
- If you want to use it for a 'running down the side of a cake look' then
- Allow this to set up and cool for about 10 minutes, but not too long if you want to top a cake like my Blood Red Cake or it won't run the way you want it to.
- For Icing or filling...
- If you want to use it for a filling or an icing, then you need to let this set up until it thickens (sometimes I toss t in the fridge for 10 minutes to help that process move along).
- Once cooled and thicken, use your mixer whisk attachment to create a fluffy and light texture.
This recipe is good for fillings, icing, or drip cakes and so much more, just change the consistency by either whisking or setting.
The longer this sits after prep, the thicker it will get.
I am telling you this so you can decipher what you need it for drip, filling, frosting, etc.
Therefore timing provided may not be accurate based on your use of the Ganache.
Do note that more heavy cream will make this thinner.
More chocolate will thicken it.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 cup Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3562Total Fat: 242gSaturated Fat: 143gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 81gCholesterol: 376mgSodium: 551mgCarbohydrates: 308gFiber: 16gSugar: 257gProtein: 43g
Nutrional Information is innacurate