Decadent Mocha Ganache Recipe – Indulge in Chocolate Bliss

Are you a fan of chocolate and coffee? Looking for a way to combine these two beloved flavors in one delicious treat? Look no further than this mocha ganache recipe!

As a barista, I’ve experimented with different ways to incorporate coffee into sweet treats, and this mocha ganache is one of my absolute favorites. It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and packs a rich, chocolatey punch with just the right amount of coffee flavor.

Whether you’re making a cake for a special occasion or just want to indulge in a decadent dessert, this mocha ganache is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. So let’s dive into the recipe and start mixing up some deliciousness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Ganache
Mocha Ganache

Are you a coffee lover who also has a sweet tooth? If so, you won’t be able to resist this mocha ganache recipe. Trust me, I’m a barista and have tasted my fair share of coffee-infused desserts.

What makes this mocha ganache recipe so special? Well, for starters, the combination of rich chocolate and strong coffee creates a flavor explosion in your mouth. It’s sweet but not too sweet, with a depth of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

And let’s talk about the texture. This ganache recipe produces a smooth, velvety frosting that glides over your tongue. It’s perfect for spreading on cakes or using as a filling for cupcakes.

Plus, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can use it to top a chocolate cake or add it to a layer cake for extra richness. You could even heat it up and drizzle it over ice cream for an indulgent treat.

But don’t just take my word for it. Try making this mocha ganache recipe yourself and see why it’s set to become your new go-to frosting.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich flavors of Mocha Ganache!
Indulge in the rich flavors of Mocha Ganache!

To make Mocha Ganache, you’ll need:

Ganache ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules

Mocha ganache frosting ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of high-quality chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons of espresso powder

These ingredients are enough to fill an eight-inch double-layered cake, whip up a batch of cupcakes, or use as a frosting for your drip cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to take a bite out of chocolatey goodness.
Get ready to take a bite out of chocolatey goodness.

Now that you have all the ingredients for Mocha Ganache, it is time to learn how to make it.

Step by Step Guide to Make Mocha Ganache
Step 1 – Preparing the Ingredients

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until the coffee granules are dissolved. Add 6 ounces of chocolate chips (either bittersweet, dark, or milk chocolate) and stir until the mixture is smooth.

Step 2 – Melting Chocolate

You can melt the chocolate using a double boiler. In a saucepan, bring water to boil then cover it with a heat-proof mixing bowl that fits on top but not touching the water. Ensure the heat remains low and add in the chocolate chips into the mixing bowl. Keep stirring gently until they are fully melted.

Alternatively, you could opt for microwaving the chocolate in short increments of 30 seconds to avoid overheating.

Step 3 – Making Ganache

Now that your chocolate has melted, pour it over your already-prepared espresso mixture. Whisk everything together until all ingredients are completely combined, making sure that no lumps of chocolate remain. Your mocha ganache is now ready!

Step 4 – Using Mocha Ganache

There are numerous ways to use mocha ganache. You can create mocha ganache frosting for cakes or use it as a filling for macarons. The recipe produces around one-and-a half cups of liquid. You could use it right away, refrigerate and reheat later, or freeze it.

Easy and Flexible Recipe

This recipe is simple, easy-to-follow, and so flexible that you can use it in various ways beyond cakes and macarons. You can also drip cake edges with thick mocha ganache or mix it with condensed milk to make a mocha mousse.

Now that you know how to make mocha ganache, let your imagination and taste buds lead the way.

Substitutions and Variations

 Mocha Ganache - the perfect pick-me-up on a rainy day.
Mocha Ganache – the perfect pick-me-up on a rainy day.

If you are looking for ways to switch up this mocha ganache recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations that you can try to create a different flavor profile or cater to different dietary needs.

Firstly, if you want to go for a milk chocolate flavor instead of a dark chocolate one, you could substitute the bittersweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate ones. Keep in mind that this will likely result in a sweeter ganache overall, so adjust the amount of sugar or condensed milk you add accordingly.

If you don’t consume dairy products, you can use coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream. This will result in a coconutty flavor that goes incredibly well with chocolate. Simply replace the cream in the recipe with an equal amount of coconut cream and proceed as usual.

For those who follow a gluten-free diet, this mocha ganache recipe is already perfect as is! But be sure to check any pre-packaged ingredients such as chocolate chips for hidden gluten.

If mocha isn’t quite your thing but still want something chocolatey, simply omit the instant coffee granules and make a plain chocolate ganache frosting with heavy whipping cream and 6 oz of your favourite high-quality chopped chocolate.

Another variation on this recipe would be to turn it into a whipped mocha ganache by refrigerating the ganache for an hour or more and then using an electric mixer to whip it until lightened in color and texture. This makes for an airy, delicious frosting that goes perfectly on top of cakes, cupcakes, or macarons.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to make, just be sure to keep track of how much you’ve added or removed from the original recipe so you don’t lose track of the flavors balance. Enjoy experimenting and creating new flavour profiles!

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with our decadent Mocha Ganache.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with our decadent Mocha Ganache.

Once you’ve whipped up this delectable mocha ganache, you’ll want to show it off and indulge in its rich, chocolatey flavor. This recipe is so versatile that it can be used as a frosting or glaze for any cake or cupcake. It adds a depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with bold flavors like raspberry and hazelnut, making it ideal for layering in a cake.

If you’re feeling fancy, try using this ganache to make a drip cake – the thick texture is perfect for its drippy effect. You can also use it as a piping frosting to decorate cupcakes or switch it up by adding a pinch of cocoa powder to make it even richer. The possibilities are endless!

To bring out the best in this mocha ganache, pair it with a strong coffee, like espresso or dark roast. The coffee flavors will complement each other and create a decadent dessert experience. If you’re looking for something less intense, try pairing this ganache with a glass of cold milk or hot cocoa.

This recipe is also incredibly flexible when it comes to dietary needs, as it’s naturally gluten-free and can be easily adapted for vegan diets by using dairy-free chocolate and coconut cream instead of heavy cream. No matter how you choose to serve and pair this mocha ganache, one thing is clear – it’s a true crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone wanting more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe is a chocoholic's dream come true.
This recipe is a chocoholic’s dream come true.

If you’re looking to save yourself some time and effort, there’s good news! This Mocha Ganache can be made in advance of when you actually need it. Simply allow the ganache mixture to cool completely and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.

When storing, keep in mind that storing the ganache in the fridge will result in a solid and basic texture. On the other hand, freezing it will make it hard like ice. To reuse the ganache, thaw it at room temperature (if frozen) or warm it up slightly by heating it gently over a double boiler (if refrigerated), making sure you don’t burn or overheat it. Then give it a quick whisk and it should be ready to go!

Reheating ganache is super easy if you’re planning to use it as a glaze or frosting. Microwaving is not recommended as there’s a high chance of scorching, causing lumps and ruining the taste. Instead, for best results, warm the ganache by gently reheating over simmering water until melted and fluidity is restored.

In case you find that your ganache has become too thin and runny, just thicken it up by placing it back on low heat, stirring constantly until it reaches your desired consistency.

Now that you know how simple it is to preserve and revive Chocolate Mocha Ganache Cake ahead of time, why not whip up an extra batch for all your dessert needs? Stored correctly, this decadent concoction makes any dessert even more delicious and enjoyable!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rich chocolate and coffee in every bite, what's not to love?
Rich chocolate and coffee in every bite, what’s not to love?

When it comes to making a delicious Mocha Ganache, there are some tips and tricks that can help you achieve perfect results every time. Here are my top recommendations:

1. Use high-quality chocolate: The type of chocolate you use can make or break your ganache. Using a high-quality dark chocolate can help enhance the flavor of the espresso and give your ganache a rich, velvety texture.

2. Dissolve instant coffee granules in boiling water: To get the most out of your instant coffee granules, dissolve them in boiling water before adding them to the ganache mixture. This will help bring out the rich coffee flavor in your Mocha Ganache.

3. Use heavy whipping cream: A higher fat content can help thicken your ganache and make it more stable for frosting cakes or filling pastries. That’s why I recommend using heavy whipping cream instead of regular cream.

4. Add ingredients gradually: When making ganache, it’s important to add ingredients gradually to achieve the desired consistency. Be patient and don’t rush the process.

5. Keep it at room temperature before serving: Once you’ve made your Mocha Ganache, let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving. This will help soften the ganache and make it easier to spread.

6. Don’t overheat or overmix: Overheating your ganache can cause it to break and become grainy, while overmixing can make it dull and lose its shine. So be sure to mix and heat your ganache gently, and avoid overdoing it.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of making a perfectly rich and velvety Mocha Ganache every time!


Now, let’s move on to section (9) FAQ where I answer some common questions that you may have about this Mocha Ganache Recipe. It’s expected for bakers and coffee lovers to have questions on how to perfect this recipe or how to make it fit their dietary needs without compromising the flavor. So, sit back, relax and read along as I share my knowledge so that you can make the best mocha ganache possible.

What are the three types of ganache?

Ganache can be categorized into three types: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. The choice of chocolate used in making the ganache distinguishes between the dark and milk chocolate varieties.

What is the secret of good ganache?

When preparing ganache, it’s essential to heat the heavy cream to the right temperature. The cream should be hot enough to soften the chocolate, yet not too hot that it gets burnt. A temperature of around 200°F is ideal when making ganache. Another thing to consider is the temperature of the ganache after it is prepared.

What is the difference between chocolate glaze and ganache?

When it comes to cake toppings, we have icing and glaze. Icing is a bit thicker than glaze, but not as thick as frosting. One popular type of icing is ganache, which is made with chocolate. Icings harden as they dry, but glazes don’t harden as much due to their lower sugar content.

What is the difference between chocolate cream and ganache?

Ganache cream, which combines cream and chocolate with a touch of butter, is a fundamental mixture in pastry making. However, it is important to note that it should not be mistaken for chocolate cream.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the mocha ganache recipe is undoubtedly a must-try for coffee and chocolate lovers. With its rich and creamy texture, it is a versatile and delicious frosting that can elevate any cake or dessert to new heights. Whether you are entertaining guests or simply indulging in a sweet treat, this recipe is guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

Moreover, by using high-quality ingredients such as bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, and espresso powder, you can ensure that you are getting the best flavor possible. The step-by-step instructions and substitution options make this recipe easy to follow and adaptable to your liking.

So go ahead and give this mocha ganache recipe a try today. With its delectable taste and easy-to-follow instructions, it is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for any occasion. And who knows? You may just surprise yourself with your newfound skills in the kitchen.

Mocha Ganache

Mocha Ganache Recipe

I used this on the recipe for Mocha Mousse Torte
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1289.5 kcal


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules


  • Microwave whipping cream in a glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute and 30 seconds or until hot, stirring once. Add chocolate morsels and coffee granules; stir until smooth. Chill 30 minutes or until spreading consistency.

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Serving: 580gCalories: 1289.5kcalCarbohydrates: 115.6gProtein: 10.1gFat: 88.3gSaturated Fat: 53.9gCholesterol: 168.1mgSodium: 49.2mgFiber: 11.3gSugar: 90g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Microwave
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