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White Chocolate Ganache

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White chocolate ganache sounds elegant and fancy but don’t be fooled- like a traditional ganache, this one is so easy to make! Two simple ingredients transforms this luxurious treat which creates a beautiful glaze for decorating cakes and cupcakes, and a lovely way to fancy up fruit or cookies.

Our favorite way to enjoy this white chocolate ganache is on top of our white chocolate cake! It makes an elegant (and tasty) drip design that gives the cake a beautiful, professional look.

Plus, it’s topped with a sweet buttercream and features a fluffy white chocolate mousse filling between the firm cake layers. If you love white chocolate, this is your dream dessert!

White chocolate ganache dripping down the sides of a cake.

What is Ganache?

So, what exactly is ganache (pronounced guh-NAWSH)? And what is the difference between icing and ganache? A ganache is a mixture of melted chocolate and cream, which makes a more thick and rich mixture than an icing.

Ganache can be used in the same way- to frost a cake, decorate a cake or even as a cake or pastry filling. Our white chocolate ganache recipe is simply a white chocolate version and it’s just as easy to make.

The Ingredients:

This isn’t really a “list” per se, rather a mention of the two ingredients that is needed: white chocolate and cream. Easy, right? Make sure you’re using white chocolate bars instead of white chocolate baking chips.

Since white chocolate chips don’t contain any cocoa butter, the consistency and taste will be different when it’s melted down.

White chocolate ganache should be rich and creamy, and the cocoa butter contributes to its amazing flavor and texture.

Ingredients needed for white chocolate ganache.

How to make White Chocolate Ganache:

This white chocolate ganache recipe takes only 10 minutes! We use a double boiler setup, or a glass or metal (heat-safe) bowl on top of simmering water.

The trick to making white chocolate ganache is to use gentle, indirect heat to slowly melt the chocolate since white chocolate can burn easily.

Here’s how:

  1. Bring water to a simmer: Fill saucepan with about two inches of water and bring it to a very gentle simmer (it should not come to a full boil).
  2. Heat the white chocolate: Place a metal or glass bowl over the warm water but make sure it doesn’t actually touch the water. Pour the chocolate and cream into the bowl and stir frequently while it melts.
  3. Cool: Once all of the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat. The rest of the chocolate will continue to melt off-heat. Cool the ganache slightly and use as needed.

Tips for the Best Results:

Heat the chocolate slowly: White chocolate burns and scorches easily, which is why we don’t want the water in the double boiler to come to a full boil. For reference, white chocolate melts at a low temperature (between 100°F and 109°F) which is about as warm as a hot tub.

Cool as needed: When the white chocolate ganache is warm, it will be thin and runny. Note that it will thicken as it cools, so the cool time really depends on the consistency you need and how you’ll be using the ganache. While it is in liquid stage, use it for a glaze. If you want a drip cake, let it sit a bit longer (usually 10-15 minutes) to allow it to slightly thicken. And if you’re using the ganache as a frosting or filling, let it sit even longer, until it reaches the consistency of thick pudding or peanut butter.

How to reheat white chocolate ganache: If the ganache firms up too much before you finish, set the bowl over the double boiler and heat/stir for a couple of minutes. Warm it up gradually or it will break.

Can I Color White Chocolate Ganache?

Yes! Liquid or gel food coloring can be used to dye the ganache. Add it in after the ganache has completely mixed and all of the chocolate is melted. Gel food coloring will give you a much deeper color than liquid coloring.

Why is my White Chocolate Ganache Runny?

The white chocolate ganache will be runny immediately after melting/heating, but it will thicken as it cools.

If the ganache is still runny after it has cooled a bit, there is perhaps too much cream and not enough chocolate. You can troubleshoot by gently reheating it over the double boiler again, and adding a little more white chocolate.

White chocolate ganache on a spoon in front of a bowl of ganache.

To Make a Drip Cake:

For a white chocolate ganache drip, place the cake in the fridge or freezer first to get it very cold. This step will slow the ganache drip and allow you to get the desired effect. If the cake isn’t cold, the drip will run all the way to the base of the cake.

Another tip for a white chocolate ganache drip is to make sure the ganache isn’t too hot. It should be cool enough so it doesn’t melt the buttercream but still warm enough to drip down the side.

Check out our White Chocolate Cake post for more tips on how to get a beautiful drip effect!

Enjoy this white chocolate ganache, friends! It’s an extra yummy and versatile recipe that we’re sure you’ll find so many uses for.

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White chocolate ganache dripping down the sides of a cake.

White Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 2 cups of ganache
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Two simple ingredients transform into a luxurious treat. When it is slightly warm it is in a pourable state and can be used as a glaze for cakes and cupcakes. Let it sit for a while and it will thicken up to a spreadable consistency that can be used as a cake filling or frosting. It also makes a great dip for fruit and cookies.

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (6 fluid ounces)

Instructions

  1. Fill a saucepan with enough water so it is about 2 inches deep. Bring the water to a very gentle simmer. You don’t want the water to boil. You want to melt the chocolate with very gentle, indirect heat. 
  2. Place a metal or glass bowl over the warm water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. 
  3. Place the chocolate and cream in the bowl and stir frequently. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove it from the heat and let the rest of the chocolate melt while it sits off the heat. If there is any un-melted chocolate then let it continue to sit until all the chocolate melts. As long as the mixture is warm, the chocolate will continue to melt. 

Notes

  • Don’t let the water in the double boiler boil. Since white chocolate scorches or burns easily, it is best to melt it slowly. White chocolate melts at low temperatures between 100°F and 109°F (about as warm as a hot tub)
  • You can color the ganache with either liquid food coloring or gel food coloring. Just add the food coloring after the ganache is completely mixed. Gel food coloring will give you a much deeper color than liquid food coloring. 
  • The ganache will be thin and runny right after you mix it. It will thicken up as it sits. While it is in the liquid stage, use it for a glaze. If you want a drip cake then let it sit just a little longer (usually 10 to 15 minutes) so it is not too hot.
  • If you want to use it as a frosting or filling in a cake then let it sit even longer until it has the consistency of a thick pudding or peanut butter. 
  • If it firms up too much before you finish with it then set the bowl over a double boiler and stir it for a minute or two. Warm it up gradually and slowly or it will break. 
  • If you want to use the ganache to make a drip cake, stick your cake in the fridge or freezer first to get it very cold. A cold cake will make it much easier to get that ‘drip’ effect and prevent the ganache from running all the way to the base of the cake. Also, make sure the ganache isn’t too hot. You want it to cool enough so it doesn’t melt the buttercream but still warm enough so it drips down the side of the cake. 
  • This recipe makes enough ganache to frost a single-layer 8-inch cake. Double the recipe if you want to frost a double-layer cake. 
  • It also makes enough filling for an 8-inch cake with extra to use as a drip on top. 
  • Store the ganache in a covered container for 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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