How to Make Chocolate Ganache – A Recipe for Frosting, Icing, Drizzling and More

by Sugar on February 5, 2012 · 47 comments

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Chocolate Ganache for frosting, icing, drizzling or dipping is a simple, quick dessert recipe that you can make in minutes with just two ingredients. Your guests will flip when you serve this with any dessert. I like to use it to frost or ice a cake or cupcakes and you can also drizzle it hot over ice cream or dip just about anything into it, like strawberries and other fruits. My recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes with Ganache, is below the ganache recipe.

Please enjoy my video “How to Make Chocolate Ganache” and then try it yourself. The recipe is below the video. Enjoy.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or any flavor you desire (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup for extra sweetness (optional)


Add heavy cream to a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1-2 minutes until cream is hot.  Add the chopped chocolate to a separate bowl. Pour hot milk over chocolate add flavoring and corn syrup if you like and let it sit for a minute or two so the chocolate begins to melt.

Stir continuously until chocolate turns to a smooth cream.

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator. To reuse heat in the microwave for 30-second intervals until chocolate is smooth and creamy.


Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes Recipe


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder


Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

Beat cake mix, mayonnaise, water, eggs and espresso powder for 30 seconds in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed. Beat on medium speed, scraping sides occasionally, 2 minutes.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake and cool as directed on box for cupcakes.

Turn cupcakes upside down and dip into the chocolate Ganache. Swirl to remove excess and top with edible flower or decorative sprinkles.

Nancy Alvarez says:

Hi Sugar,
Omg I didn’t know how easy this recipe is:) I was also wanting ask you if I can use heavy whipping cream instead of heavy cream or is that the same thing?:) Thanks

Sugar says:

Nancy it’s the same thing. Enjoy and thanks for posting.

Nancy Alvarez says:

Thanks I will and Thank you for responding back Sugar!:)

Monique says:

Hi, I just wondered can i use an ordinary dark chocolate as i dont believe bakers is easily accessible in the uk? x

Sugar says:


That will work just fine. Enjoy!

ammar says:

how tasty the chocolate ganache

dhiyam says:

i luv ur cooking

Sugar says:

Oh how sweet of you. Thanks for posting feedback. XXOO :)

christina says:

im going to do them thank you so much

Sugar says:

Great! Be sure to let me know how you like them. :)

Hannah says:

at 57 seconds this video looses it sound – your lips move and there is music in the background but no sound

Sugar says:

That seems to happen to only a few people. I’m not sure why. Thanks :)

Nadine says:

Hi there,
If I make this one day, can I put it on the fridge and drizzle it on a cupcake the next day?
Also, you did not use the corn syrup. Do you recommend using corn syrup if I want to drizzle it onto a cupcake?
Thank you,

Sugar says:

Sorry I didn’t get to this sooner I was away on vacation. Yes you can use the corn syrup if you are using it on the cup cakes. Enjoy!

Lily says:

Hi Sugar,

These cupcakes look divine! Do you by any chance know where to get the edible flowers from? Thanks!

- Lily

Sugar says:

Hi, I buy the flowers at Whole Food Market. Enjoy!

Sharon says:

Thank you for the lovely recipe and the adorable video!
Going to make my famous chocolate bundt cake but had no ganache recipe. I will let you know how it turned out–no doubt it will be FABULOUS!
Be blessed!

Sugar says:

Hi thanks for the sweet feedback and do let me know how it turns out.


Terri says:

Thanks so much for the information. It looks so much easier than I ever imagined. I’m gonna try it today! I’m having some friends over for a jewelry party … It’s best friends brownies & bracelets party… I have a fabulous recipe for chocolate bacon brownies .. needed to find out how to make a ganache drizzle to drizzle over the top. But now I have some other ideas I would like to try too. YAY!!

Sugar says:

I’m so glad you like it. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Dani says:

Hey Sugar,

If I wanted to make a smaller batch of ganache, can I just cut them proportionally?

i.e. 1/2 c. of heavy cream and 4 oz. of chocolate?


Sugar says:

Sure you can easily make 1/2.


rachel says:

I love your cooking thankyou

Sugar says:

Thank you so much for the sweet feedback. :)

Nurul says:

hi sugar….i’m nurul from malaysia…i like this chocolate Ganache much..its very easy than what i’m thinking… but i have little bit confused with the ingredients.. what is heavy cream…and what kind of chocolate that i should use…??? to get this perfect chocolate Ganache. Can i use ordinary melts chocolate..??

Sugar says:


Here in the US we call heavy cream a cream that has a fat content between 36 and 40%. As for the chocolate you need to use baker type chocolate.

Good luck,


Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Hi sugar..made the ganache yesterday. It was delicious but a little thinner than I expected. I used semi sweet choc chips ..could that be why it was a thinner consistency. Also when I made the chicken soup it came out delicious! But, after I serve the soup and it sits awhile the noodles soak up so much of the broth. Can I add water or more chicken stock. Both came out so flavorful. My family loved both. Thank you in advance.sandy

Sugar says:


Hi, I never use the chips so it may be why. I like to use the Bakers chocolate bars. They work great. As for the soup yes some pasta will soak up the broth. You can just add extra broth. :) Thanks for the feedback.


Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Thanks so much for answering my questions. I thought it was the chips…guess I will have to try again…nothing like more ganache! Yummy. The soup was awesome..I made a big pot..only have a cup or so left…my family loved it. Great recipe. Thanks again sugar.

Lynn says:

This always scared me. Will try you make it look easy…thanks!

Sugar says:


Anyone can do this. Super Simple…

Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Hi sugar! Just viewed your chocolate ganache recipe. Never imagined it was so easy. Cannot wait to try it and the cupcakes. Great video as always. Looks like you have a blast when you cook…that is how it should be. Love it! Sandy

Sugar says:


Yep it’s that easy. Have fun making them and let me know how it wrks out.

Sugar :)

Sherri Byram says:

Thanks for sharing! That looks so cool and easy :-)

Sugar says:

Sherri it is super easy and so yummy.


kim says:

dear sugar i was wondering if you can make a recipe about an easy chocolate fudge brownie please :)

Sugar says:

Sure I can. I will add that to my list. Thanks for posting.

Sherise says:

i cant wait to try this recipe! you make it look so easy. ps. Where is the subscribe button?

Sugar says:

Sherise, I’m so glad you like it. The button is on the right side of the page near the top you will see a place to enter your name and email. When you do I also send you a free copy of my top recipes. :)

Have a great day.


Sammilyn says:

Do you think sour cream could be used in place of the mayo?

This looks great can’t wait to try this.

Sugar says:

So glad you like it. It’s so easy and so yummy. Enjoy!

Alice says:

Wow, incredible!