The BEST Chocolate Ganache
Hello! It is birthday season in our house! The four of us have birthdays in less than a two month window, and my husband and oldest son are less than a week apart. Fun fact, my oldest son was actually due on my husband's birthday...but of course he made his debut several days late! It's probably better this way because they each get their own day. And I'm definitely not mad about making two birthday cakes in one week.
I always make my husband the same cake for his birthday. It's been his favorite since his mom made it when he was a teenager. However, I've never been crazy about the frosting. I've only made a few other homemade frostings but have been very unsatisfied with the chocolate frosting recipes I've tried. This year, my oldest son picked a chocolate cake to bake out of the Tartine cookbook and I decided to make extra frosting to try on my husband's cake. Not to brag or anything, but this was a REALLY good idea.
I like frosting that is thick and rich but not so overwhelmingly sugary that you miss the the other flavors in it. Have you had Linda's Chocolate Fudge Cake from The Cheesecake Factory? Okay so I could go on and on and on about my love for that cake but the point is THAT is the type of frosting I am always aiming to make.
Guess what guys. I did it.
Here's the recipe. It's so easy.
Equal parts chocolate chips and heavy cream (for example, 8 oz chocolate chips, 8 oz heavy cream. I made...get this...40 oz chocolate chips 40 oz heavy cream. Yes it hardly fit into my biggest mixing bowl. Yes we are still eating the leftovers. Not sad).
Those are your only ingredients!
Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Make sure it's big enough for all your chocolate chips and heavy cream and some mixing.
Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan to just below boiling. (100 C/212 F). Pour hot cream on top of the chocolate chips. Let it sit for a few minutes without mixing so that it will melt the chocolate chips. After a few minutes, use a rubber spatula to mix until smooth.
That's it! I'd recommend using chocolate chips you loooove because the better they taste, the better the frosting tastes.
I've been debating whether I should post this recipe by itself or along with the cake recipe, but since I plan on using it on all sorts of chocolate cakes, annnnnnd more importantly since my kids need me right now, I'll leave it be. Come back tomorrow for a fancy cake recipe to smear it on. Or, just eat it by the spoonful. I don't judge.