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Simple Chocolate Ganache Recipe

  • Author: How To Ice A Cake
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Here’s a recipe for a simple chocolate ganache that should be enough to cover a 9-inch cake that serves 12 people:



12 oz Dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup Heavy cream

2 tbsp Unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp Vanilla extract


  1. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set it aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the unsalted butter and vanilla extract to the bowl.
  5. Use a whisk or a spatula to gently stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and the ganache is smooth and shiny.
  6. Let the ganache cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once the ganache has cooled, it should be thick enough to spread over the cake. If it’s too runny, let it cool for a bit longer.
  8. Spread the ganache evenly over the top and sides of the cake using an offset spatula or a butter knife.
  9. Let the ganache set at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
  10. Enjoy your delicious chocolate ganache cake!


Covers a 9 inch cake that serves 12 people.

The prep time and cook time for this chocolate ganache recipe should take about 20-30 minutes. Keep in mind that the ganache will need to cool to room temperature before it can be used, so factor in an additional 30 minutes for cooling time.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10

Keywords: simple chocolate ganache

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