Ganache is chocolate mixed with cream. It has a smooth, glazed texture that gives a sense of richness. Use this recipe to bake a delectable chocolate ganache cake.

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

An easy recipe for a delicious Chocolate Ganache cake.
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Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Course Cake
Cuisine South African
Servings 12


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder

Ganache filling

  • cups heavy cream
  • 20 ounces fine quality bittersweet chocolate finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease 3 eight inch cake pans with butter.
  • Whisk together water, coffee powder and cocoa.
  • Add milk and vanilla.
  • Beat together butter and sugar and add eggs one at a time.


  • Bring cream to a simmer in a pan. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in chocolate until smooth.
  • Transfer ganache to a bowl, cover and chill.
  • Stir occasionally. It should thicken but must still be spreadable.
  • It takes about 4 hours. If too thick, let stand at room temperature, if too runny, chill in fridge.
  • Spread over first cake layer, add a layer, spread, then add third layer and spread.
  • Let cake chill in fridge for about 1 hour.
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