Whipped Chocolate Ganache Filling (or Frosting)

Recipe by WaterMelon
READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 3 1/2 cups




  • Place chopped chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Heat heavy cream and sugar (if using) in a large heavy saucepan over med-hi heat until it simmers gently.
  • Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir gently until the chocolate is mostly melted.
  • Let stand for 15mins to be sure all chocolate is melted.
  • Stir ganache gently until perfectly smooth, let cool.
  • Cover and chill for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight (it must be very cold or it will curdle when it's whipped; ganache can be made up to 4 days ahead).
  • When you're ready to assemble the cake (and NOT before), whip ganache until it's stiff enough to hold a nice shape and seems spreadable (Don't overwhip; overwhipped ganache looks granular, so watch carefully).
  • Spread whipped ganache immediately, as it will firm as it sits.
  • NOTE: if using 50-60% bittersweet chocolate, use 8 oz of chocolate and omit the sugar; if using 60-64% chocolate, use 7 oz of chocolate and omit sugar; if using 66-72% chocolate, use 6 oz and add the optional sugar to give the ganache a bit of'lift'.
  • If you're just using this as a filling, halve the recipe.
  • If you're glazing the cake with a chocolate glaze, chill the filled cake for at least 1 hour (up to 2 days) before glazing.