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gluten free chocolate loaf cake on wire rack with ganache dripping down sides. Orange slices in front and back.

Chocolate Ganache

Author: Janet Harlow
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 cup
This chocolate ganache is the easiest, most elegant cake or dessert topping.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Additional Time 20 mins
Total Time 23 mins

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  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips or 6 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate 60% chocolate works best for ganache
  • 1/2 c coconut milk canned

Optional Flavors

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp peppermint oil
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules


  • If using bars, chop the chocolate into chip-sized pieces.
  • Place the chocolate, milk or cream, and any additional flavors* in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  • Heat an additional 30 seconds on high. Stir with a wire whisk for one minute or until smooth. If some chunks remain, heat another 15 seconds to melt.
  • Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Pour over a cake. Do not spread it as it will self-level and create a smooth coating.
  • Or dip cupcukes. Dip 2-3 times for a thicker coating.


Additional flavors: Salt can be combined with the orange, peppermint or coffee. Otherwise, I recommend sticking with one flavor addition.
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