Chocolate Ganache Icing Recipe -
Chocolate Ganache Icing Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Chocolate Ganache Icing

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"This frosting recipe quickly makes a rich, creamy, and dark chocolate icing with just bittersweet chocolate, brandy, butter, and heavy cream."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups icing Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    25 mins


  1. Melt chocolate, cream, butter or margarine, and brandy together until smooth. Allow to cool a little before spreading liberally over cake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 16, 2004

Excellent! The only change I made was to add 2 Tbsp. corn syrup to the ganache after I removed it from the heat. The frosting was creamy, smooth, and shiny...just what I was looking for. When it's chilled it tastes like the filling in a truffle.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 21, 2004

I tried this recipe and wound up having to add about 3/4 box of confectioner's sugar in order to achieve an icing-like consistency. That said, I love the smooth texture and the taste is great. I didn't have brandy, so I used Godiva chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier. Yummy!


102 Ratings

May 19, 2007

How wicked is this!! melted chocolate in microwave, then added butter and cream last. Used freshly brewed coffee with teaspoon of sugar to balance the bitterness instead of alcohol. I bought dark chocolate with 70% coco content. Very easy to do...

May 10, 2004

DELICIOUS rich and chocolately, and sooo easy to make! I made mine w/o the brandy as it was for a cake for my mom, and she hates alcohol. Still tasted great!

Mar 10, 2008

I love this recipe, I used milk chocolate instead and omitted the brandy and used them on my fauxstess cupcakes. Yum!!

May 28, 2007

Excellent consistency. I do not like bittersweet chocolate so I used semisweet because my husband likes the semi. Not a fan of semisweet either. It was ok for me but he loved it. Next time I'm going to use Milk Chocolate for a sweeter flavor. I did not use the liquor as I do not like that flavor.

Sep 28, 2006

This was good. I used it to ice a dark chocolate cake. I used Kahlua instead of brandy. The directions are easier than a "gourmet" recipe, but it did the job. Maybe a little too bitter for me...

Apr 29, 2008

Rich and Delicious! I added 2 tbsp of light corn syrup when I removed it from the heat as suggested by another reviewer and used Frangelico because I did not have any brandy. I used this on the Cream Filled Cupcakes from this site. I can't wait to use it again with other recipes.


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  • Calories
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 30 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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