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Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache

Dairy Free Chocolate ganache is easy to make and is perfect for frosting or glaze for dairy free cakes and dairy free cupcakes.

a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache on a plate with a whole chocolate cake in the background

Chocolate ganache is used for decorating cakes, the chocolate on top of eclairs, and Boston cream pie or donuts.

While it may seem intimidating, chocolate ganache is actually very easy to make.

You have four types of chocolate ganache depending on your need.

Chocolate ganache for Truffles

Chocolate ganache for truffles is much thicker than what you’d use for frosting.

You make this type by using a 2:1 ratio of chocolate and heavy cream.

So, 2 parts chocolate, one part heavy cream. Meaning, 8 ounces of chocolate and 4 ounces of heavy cream.

Chocolate Ganache for a Glaze

A chocolate ganache frosting is a thick rich ganache that can be used for layered cakes or cupcakes.

This is 1:1 ratio chocolate and heavy cream. So, 4 ounces of chocolate and ounces of heavy cream.

Chocolate Ganache for Pouring or Dipping

This is commonly used on Boston Cream Pie and Boston cream doughnuts.

It is a 1:2 ratio of chocolate to cream. So, 1 part chocolate, and two parts cream or 4 ounces of chocolate and 8 ounces of cream.

Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Whipped chocolage ganache is wonderful for a frosting or filling to a cake or cupcakes.

You make this by letting the chocolate ganache cool to room temperature, which can take a couple of hours. Then, you whip it up until it’s light and airy.

At this point it can be spread or piped.

Other Liquids

You don’t have to use coconut cream (in place of heavy cream). You can really use any type of liquid including dairy free milks and even coffee.

What you need to keep in mind is that the ratio of liquid to chocolate will be different. You’ll need to eyeball this.

How to Fix Chocolate Ganache that is too Liquidy

This is a really easy fix. Just add more chocolate to balance out the liquid.

How to Fix Under Melted chocolate

Just pop it in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds. Then remove and mix.

Can I make Chocolate Ganache In the Microwave?

Yes. All you need to do is pour the cream over the chocolate and pop it into the microwave for a minute at a time.

Mix in between each time it is put back into the microwave for a minute. This should take only a few minutes.


The first time I tried to make dairy free whipped chocolate ganache, I didn’t let it cool enough and then couldn’t get it to whip up.

To fix this I added dairy free pudding mix until it was stable and turned it into a frosting.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache

a slice of chocolate cake with a whole chocolate cake in the background

This dairy free chocolate ganache can be poured over cakes or whipped into a dairy free frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 8 ounces dairy-free baking chocolate, finely chopped or dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut cream


  1. Heat coconut cream until it simmers.
  2. Pour over chocolate. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Whisk or mix with a rubber spatula until smooth.

For Whipped Ganache:

  1. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure it is touching the chocolate to prevent a crust from forming.
  2. Let cool until it reaches room temperature. This can take a couple of hours.
  3. Whip until medium/high speed until for about five minutes light and fluffy.

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