I do not usually post on Saturday, but I have a BIG cake post on Monday. I figured I would whet your appetite with my favorite cake filling today.
Chocolate ganache is more a method than anything else. The name Ganache implys fancy, but in reality it is one of the most simple to prepare dessert sauces. It can be used as a topping for your favorite ice cream sundae or it can be used as a filling in between cake layers. No matter how you use it ganache is crazy yummy.
When ganache is warm it is like a hot fudge sauce. It can be swirled on cupcakes & brownies or used as a drizzle for plating desserts. It can fill tarts and be used to enrobe a cake too. When chilled & thickened it can be used in a piping bag for decorations.
The neat thing about ganache is that it is just two ingredients: Heavy Cream and Chocolate. That’s it. Done. What could be more simple and fabulous! Here is all you need know to make a creamy chocolate ganache.
- Add a few drops of your favorite extract or spices to change up the flavor. Coconut, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, peppermint, almond, espresso & orange all pair nicely with chocolate. You can even add a pinch of cayenne for heat!
- If you glaze a cake with ganache then you can sprinkle nuts, sprinkles, sugar crystals, coconut flake, dried fruit, etc before it sets so it they will stick.
Chocolate Ganache Recipe Links
- Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts MarlaMeridith.com
- Banana Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Walnuts Glorious Food
- Halloween Chocolate Orange Layer Cake Bakingdom
- Pistachio Cupcakes Annies Eats
- Pumpkin Cheesecake with Nutella GanacheVanilla Sugar
22 thoughts on “How To: Simple & Creamy Chocolate Ganache”
It looks esp delish in that tart shell. I can just imagine the creamy/chewy.
Mariko: Yes, the creamy chewy is really great! Also cool that you don’t even have to bake those tart shell. This recipe comes together in minutes!
Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. This makes me hungry. 🙂
Everybody needs a great ganache recipe in their baking repertoire and this one looks as though it would fit the bill perfectly. I’m looking forward to your big cake post on Monday!
oh, It must be a delicious ganache!
have a nice time!
These are great ideas for ganache. Thanks for sharing, Marla! You’ve got me craving chocolate BAD and I have none in the house!
This looks incredible. I love ganache, and I love having your recipe for it. One of your awesome recipes is featured on my new blogpost today. Happy weekend!
Alison: You are a doll for posting my Cheerios & Chocolate Halloween Tarts on your Halloween Favorites post today. That Cheerios tart crust would pair great with this ganache.
I always love your tips at the end!
Oh yeah…that’s totally tempting me! Can’t wait to see the cake if this is involved – yum!
Simply delish! But didn’t’ you know… there’s no teasing allowed on Saturdays? 😉
Really shouldn’t have read this post when I can’t access chocolate… (sigh). Great recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal – simple, versatile and so dang delicious!!!!
Can’t wait to see the cake!!!
Nancy: I know, it is painful to look at sweets when you are hungry – or any photos of food for that matter. Working on the cake post now, lots and lots of photos to sort through and edit. I am looking forward to sharing our party with you guys!
I love the idea of putting this into a tart! It looks so scrumptious!
Wow, this looks incredible. I’d put it on anything and everything if I had some.
Gotta love a good Chocolate Ganache, love the stuff.
you forgot the most important way to eat leftover ganache~
WITH A SPOON…
Louise: You so called me on that girl. I think the spoon, or licking the bowl is the best way to enjoy ganache.
Those ganache tarts are just beautiful!