Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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This chocolate ganache frosting is a luscious and decadent dessert topping with the perfect balance between sweet and chocolatey.  This will definitely become your new favorite way to top any dessert!

Stirring a clear glass bowl of Chocolate Ganache Frosting with a whisk

Chocolate Ganache Frosting is an indulgent way to top your favorite cake or cupcakes! Surprising that something this decadent can be so easy to make and uses only THREE ingredients and it’s pretty much a no fail recipe! This will quickly become your favorite way to top all your cakes!

What is a ganache? Chocolate Ganache is a very easy and rich glaze or filling made from chocolate and cream which is often smooth and shiny. I have used ganache to top pies and cakes and even my Baileys Brownies! Most often ganache is poured (as a glaze) and allowed to cool producing a decadent shiny finish on desserts.

This Chocolate Ganache Frosting recipe begins smooth and shiny, however I allow it to cool and then whip it till it is light and fluffy! This creates an exquisitely light and delicious topping which is more like what you would think a traditional frosting would be like.

I’ve kept this recipe short and simple with just 3 ingredients (that you most likely have on hand). While some recipes make ganache with corn syrup, I prefer to just keep the flavors simple… cream, chocolate and a pinch of butter.

Clear glass bowl of Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Using just those ingredients, the process to make Chocolate Ganache Frosting is super easy, almost foolproof! Heat the cream, pour over the chocolate chips and butter then allow to sit for 5 minutes to soften. Once softened, whisk till smooth and allow to cool – seriously simple.

Once completely cooled, (did I forget to mention completely cooled?) whip till it is light and fluffy! Since I just cool it on the counter, it can sit for a while and be whipped just before serving.

This ganache frosting has the perfect balance between sweetness and bitter cocoa. I am not a fan of whipped toppings that are so sweet they make your teeth hurt!

I have used this frosting for cupcakes, cakes, as a layer over a brownie and as a filling for croissants! Use your imagination to top your favorite dessert! Warning! Be sure to make plenty as there is a high risk of half being devoured before it is used! This recipe is so easy to remember you may not even need to print off the recipe!

Stirring a clear glass bowl of Chocolate Ganache Frosting with a whisk
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Review Recipe

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24
Author Holly Nilsson
This chocolate ganache frosting is a luscious and decadent dessert topping with the perfect balance between sweet and chocolatey.


  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream

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  • Place chocolate chips and butter in a large bowl.
  • Heat the heavy cream either on the stove or in the microwave until almost boiling.
  • Pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips and butter. Allow to sit for 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Whisk until completely smooth and shiny.
  • Cool to room temperature (this may take about an hour, but you can leave it at room temperature for longer).
  • Whip the ganache with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Spread or pipe onto cooled cake or cupcakes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 133, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 89mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 220IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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