How to Make Chocolate Ganache (Two Ways!)

This Chocolate Ganache will cover one 8 or 9" layer cake or a 9x13 cake. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
Be sure to check out the how-to VIDEO below the recipe!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, drip cake, ganache, how to make ganache
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 2101kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 1 cup chocolate chips or 6 oz chopped premium chocolate bar (170g)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (118ml)


Saucepan Method (my preferred method):

  • Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in small saucepan over low heat. Use a whisk to stir frequently until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from heat and use as desired!

Traditional Method:

  • Place chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a medium-sized heatproof bowl and set aside.
  • Pour heavy cream into saucepan and heat over medium/low heat until cream comes to a simmer.
  • Once simmering, pour cream over chocolate but do not stir. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes has passed, remove foil and use a whisk to slowly stir from the center until mixture is completely melted and smooth (this may take a minute and the mixture may look separated and piece-y at first).
  • Use as desired!



Keep in mind that ganache will be very thin while still hot. Let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes or until desired thickness is reached before pouring over your cake etc.


Serving: 1entire serving of ganache | Calories: 2101kcal