Simple Chocolate Ganache

If you’re looking for a simple chocolate ganache recipe, this is it! I will show you step-by-step how to make a smooth chocolate ganache that can be used a few different ways.

All you need for this recipe is semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream. Many people add flavoring by using extracts or liqueurs, Grand Marnier is a popular flavoring if you’re into that.


I recommend using quality chocolate such as a Bakers or Ghirardelli. I used Bakers semi sweet and I really enjoy how the sweetness from the cake balances the dark chocolate. Try chopping your chocolate as fine as possible. This will help the chocolate melt faster and consistently. 

Be careful to not boil the heavy cream. All you want to do is heat it on medium low until it simmers. Once your cream has reached a simmer, pour it over your chocolate and let it sit for 2-4 minutes before stirring. If your chocolate does not melt do not microwave it, try using the double boiler method. Also, it is important to keep water away from your mixture, as water will cause the chocolate to seize and if that happens, you’ll have to start all over. 

Once your cream and chocolate have mixed completely, you now have ganache and it’s ready to use. Ganache can be used as a drizzle on whatever your heart desires; cakes, cupcakes, fruit, you name it!

Simple Chocolate Ganache

Simple Chocolate Ganache

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Easy ganache using just 2 ingredients


  • 2 4oz bars of semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place chopped chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl, set aside.
  2. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer but not boil.
  3. Pour the warm heavy cream over the chocolate and let sit for 2-4 minutes.
  4. With rubber spatula, slowly stir until completely combined and chocolate has melted.
  5. Ganache will be ready to use or you can let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up if you want a thicker spread.

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