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Extra Shiny Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache is a mixture of cream and chocolate which is often used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, muffins, eclairs and other desserts. It adds a very beautiful touch, making any dessert look professionally done, even though the efforts it takes to make are minimal. This ganache has a secret ingredient to make it ganache SHINY.

Check this White Chocolate Ganache Frosting, if you’re looking for ganache made with White Chocolate.

Rich chocolate ganache on a glass bowl with a spoonful of ganache.

How to thicken ganache? 

Heat the ganache slightly (no higher than 110F), then add EXTRA 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, for every 1/2 cup of chocolate chips used in the recipe, let sit for a couple of minutes, then stir until smooth. Sometimes the chocolate cocoa content is low and that leads to thinner ganache.


One of the most common problems with ganache is that it goes from shiny to dull, once refrigerated. This recipe is here to fix this problem.

Slice of cake topped with a drizzle of chocolate ganache.

How to make SHINY GANACHE?

The secret to making the ganache extra shiny is to add corn syrup. Glucose syrup (get it HERE *affiliate*)  is even better for this purpose, but it is hard to find in stores, so corn syrup will do if that is all you have. The corn syrup is the key ingredient that gives it the extra gloss and keeps the ganache shiny even after being refrigerated.


What will YOU use this recipe of Extra Glossy Chocolate Ganache for?

Extra shiny chocolate ganache in a glass cup with a spoonful of chocolate.

Extra Glossy Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 1 cup (enough for pouring over one 8 or 9 inch round cake, with some leftover)

Ingredients for Extra Glossy Chocolate Ganache: 

  • heavy cream
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips, or finely chopped dark chocolate
  • corn syrup or glucose


Combine the hot cream, chocolate chips and corn syrup or glucose. Let sit, then stir until smooth.

How to make extra shiny chocolate ganache with heavy whipping cream and chocolate chip morsels.

You can do this with both chocolate chips and good quality bar chocolate (I use Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars).

Using a chocolate candy bar to make this shiny chocolate ganache recipe.

Bring ganache to room temperature before pouring over cakes. You can set the cup with the warm ganache over cold water to cool it faster. If the ganache thickens too much, that it is hard to pour, just heat it in a couple second intervals in the microwave to make it pourable.

Chocolate cake on a white plate topped with extra shiny chocolate ganache.

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Extra Glossy Ganache and How to Decorate a Cake w/ Ganache

Chocolate Ganache is a mixture of cream and chocolate which is often used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, muffins, eclairs and other desserts. It adds a very beautiful touch, making any dessert look professionally done, even though the efforts it takes to make are minimal.
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Extra Glossy Chocolate Ganache (Glaze) - learn how to make this simple and easy chocolate decoration with all the tips and tricks you need for success. 

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate ganache
Calories: 75 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 14 1 cup (enough for pouring over one 8 or 9 inch round cake, with some leftover)




  1. Heat 100 ml cream until very hot, or almost boiling and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Let sit for 2-3 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Stir with a whisk or a spoon until glossy and homogeneous. Add 3 tbsp corn syrup or glucose & stir until it’s well incorporated into the chocolate & smooth.

  2. Place the bowl or cup with ganache into another bowl or cup filled with cold water. Stir the chocolate slowly allowing it to cool to room temperature, or until it’s thick enough that it will form a drizzle when poured down the inside of the cup (about 10 minutes).

Recipe Notes

General rule for making ganache that is to be used for drizzles on cakes, cupcakes and such is to use 1:1 ratio of liquid fat (cream or butter)  to chocolate. We are using some corn syrup, that's why we're using slightly less cream. 

Nutrition Facts
Extra Glossy Ganache and How to Decorate a Cake w/ Ganache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Adelyn Peter

    Hi, any chance you have the weight of the 1/2 cup chocolate chip? I think the weight will be different for chocolate chip and finely chopped chocolate.

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  • Rachel

    This drip is the first successful drip I have ever had. It is the perfect consistency and so shiny, even after putting it in the refrigerator. The only change I made was to use dark chocolate chips because they are all I had on hand. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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    • Love hearing that, Rachel! Thank you for sharing your success!

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      • Rachel

        May I ask you a question? I love this glossy ganache so much as a drip that I would like to use it to frost a cake. Should I do a 2:1 ratio of chocolate to cream, as well as adjusting the corn syrup appropriately, instead of this 1:1 recipe? I am wanting it to be peanut butter consistency at room temperature so that I can spread it onto the cake. If this will work, will it still be glossy? Thanks.

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  • Tamica Scott

    Thank you very much. This was the easiest recipe to follow. The results are beautiful.

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  • Cassie Johnson

    I have had a lot of trouble with white chocolate turning into more of a cream/yellowish color when I melt it die ganache. I have tried so many white chocolate chips from the most expensive to the cheapies. What do you recommend? The off color of the chocolate makes it hard to color it with gel because it throws the color off. Red looks more like a brick red than a shiny bright red. Any suggestions?

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    • Americolor make a white gel coloring

      I have used this white coloring it is wonderful. Makes those off white icings real white.

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  • Tejal

    Hi …can this ganache recipe be used to pipe the ganache in chocolate cake jars ?
    And will it remain soft on refrigeration?
    Awaiting your kind reply . Thank you

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  • Maddie

    Easy, and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

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  • Laurie

    I made a similar Nutella ganache and it stayed shiny … … for hours, but the next day the gloss was gone. Is there an amount of corn syrup I might add to main that shine? It was glorious!

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  • Panna Seth

    Thank you for sharing this secret. I am a beginner in this field, so I don’t have more knowledge about this stuff. Next time while making a cake, I must use your recipe to make my ganache more shiner.

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  • Riana

    Will this ganache remain glossy even when we refrigerate the cake after glazing it?

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    • Hi Riana, this ganache is glossier than the regular ganache made without the corn syrup, but if you want something super glossy (bakery style glazed cakes) I would try this Dark Chocolate Glaze from Truffle Cake.

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  • Jacqueline

    Hi I’m from the UK can which measures in metric rather than cups! Could I have the measurements in grams and mls mls please!
    Kindest regards

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  • Olesya

    Hi. I have tried different recipes of chocolate ganache but they all crack in the fridge. But i’ve never tried one with corn syrup – Will corn syrup prevent it from cracking?

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    • Hi Olesya, if it cracks usually that means that the ganache is a little too thick. Make it thinner by adding a tad of heavy cream to your ganache. Or it can also be that the cake surface is absorbing all moisture from the ganache and then it can also crack. For this, make sure the cake is covered with either buttercream or even a thin layer of preserves.

      I always make my ganache with corn syrup or glucose so I am not sure if it will help, but I guess you can try it with syrup or just thin it as I mentioned above to solve the problem.

      Let me know how it all worked out 🙂

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      • Olesya

        That makes sense. Thank you Marina for your time. I love your blog im following you on instagram 🙂

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  • Irene

    Hey there! Love your blog, it’s awesome! So many helpful tips. I have one question though. Does that also work with white chocolate? Thanks a lot, greetings from Germany 😉

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  • Cristen

    can i use half and half instead of heavy cream

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    • Hi Cristen,
      I’ve never done that before so I can’t tell you for sure 🙁

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  • yy

    appx. how much is 100 ml of heavy cream in cups or tablespoons?

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    • You should use a liquid measuring cup for this, but it’s a little less than half a cup.

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  • Olga

    1/2 of semi-sweet, 1/2 a cup? Half of what?

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    • Hi Olga,
      Yes, it’s half a cup, thanks for catching that!

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  • Tanya I

    I don’t have corn syrup or glucose. Will it still work?

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    • Yes, it will still work, just won’t be as glossy as it would have been with the syrup or glucose 🙂

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