The easy way to coat a cake in ganache, instead of frosting it

Pourable Ganache

Contributor: Lyndsay Burginger

Company’s coming over and you’ve only got minutes to frost a cake! This looks like a job for pourable ganache!

  • Author: Lyndsay Burginger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: Enough to frost one cake
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  1. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave in 30 second intervals and stirring in-between. The cream is ready when it reaches 200°F, right below the boiling point. You can tell the cream is warm when it begins to bubble and is hot to the touch.
  2. Remove the cream from the microwave and pour the chocolate chips in. Stir gently until smooth and no chunks of chocolate remain.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Meanwhile prepare your cake by placing it upon a cake board and then on a cooling rack. Set a sheet of wax paper underneath.
  4. Pour ganache over cake, letting it spill all down the side. Pick up wax paper and pour remaining ganache over cake again. Cool in fridge until hardened.