Chocolate heart cake with cake balls and drippy ganache

Pourable Ganache

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings (enough to cover an 8" round cake)
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Kara Jane @ I Scream for Buttercream
Rich and smooth pourable chocolate ganache. Great for pouring over cakes or ice cream. It doesn't harden fully, but remains slightly soft. No cutting into a crunchy cake.
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  • 30 oz semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 15 oz heavy cream (called whipping cream in some areas)


  • Weigh your ingredients.
  • Heat the cream to almost boiling.
  • Pour over the chocolate chips and let it set for several minutes.
  • Stir well. You will still have some chocolate that isn't melted. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds and stir well again. You may need to do this a couple times.
  • Do not heat your chocolate too much or it can cause your ganache to separate. Just make sure to stir it very well between each round in the microwave. Sometimes it takes the chips a little bit to melt and stirring helps the process.
  • Now take some plastic wrap and cover your ganache while it cools down. Press the plastic wrap all the way down to the surface of the ganache. It needs to actually touch the ganache, so a skin will not form on the top.
  • Let the ganache cool. You'll still want it a little warm, but don't pour hot ganache over buttercream. You'll also want your cake to be chilled.


Ganache can be kept in the fridge for about a week. You can reheat it in the microwave, but only heat at about 20-30 second intervals and at 50% power. If it heats unevenly, the ganache could separate. Stir well after each round in the microwave.
This recipe makes a lot of ganache, but you'll have a bit extra to pour over the cake balls plus you can use any leftovers to pour over ice cream!


Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4.5mg