Whipped Ganache Frosting

Craving chocolatey decadence without the overwhelming sweetness? This whipped ganache frosting is your answer. Made with only a few simple ingredients, you’ll transform basic dark chocolate into a light-as-air frosting masterpiece!

A stand mixer's whipping attachment is loaded with whipped chocolate ganache frosting.

I’m a frosting fanatic, but sometimes traditional frostings can be a sugar bomb. This whipped ganache delivers the perfect balance – rich chocolate flavor with a cloud-like texture.

This is THE frosting for people who think they don’t like frosting!

What is Whipped Ganache Frosting?

Whipped Ganache Frosting is a dreamy combination of velvety chocolate and a touch of plant-based magic. It’s the answer to those moments when you crave decadence without compromising your health goals.

Plus, it’s a fantastic alternative to traditional buttercream, delivering a rich flavor profile without the excessive sugar content.

Ingredients & Substitutions

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Cream — Ganache is made with cream. To make your ganache plant-based using full-fat coconut milk is the answer.
  • Chocolate — We’ll be using semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips. It’s easy to find these in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.
  • Flavor — To enhance the flavor of our ganache, we’ll add a bit of salt and vanilla extract.
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How to Make Whipped Ganache Frosting

This delicious frosting comes together in a flash! Here’s the basic process:

  1. Coconut Milk Magic: You’ll want to store a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Then you can scoop the fat from the can the next day.
  2. Melt & Whisk: Heat the coconut milk and pour it over your chocolate. A five-minute rest followed by a good whisking will create a luxuriously smooth ganache.
  3. Cool Slightly: Let the ganache cool down just a bit before whipping – this is key to getting that fluffy, light texture.
  4. Whip to Perfection: Add a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla, then whip on high speed until you have a light, airy, and utterly irresistible frosting.

Marly’s Tip: Don’t over-whip! Keep an eye on your frosting, stopping the mixer when it’s lightened in color and holds soft peaks.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Indulgent: This frosting delivers pure chocolate bliss – a rich, luxurious treat that feels incredibly decadent.
  • Crowd Favorite: Whether you’re whipping this up for a party or just a weeknight dessert, prepare for rave reviews and empty plates.
  • Magical: Transform everyday cakes and cupcakes into something extraordinary with this heavenly whipped ganache.

Marly’s Tips

  • Chilled coconut milk is key! We want to scoop the fat from the canned coconut milk and chilling makes that so easy to do.
  • Let the ganache set slightly before whipping. This prevents the mixture from becoming too loose.
  • For extra richness, add a tablespoon of dairy-free butter to the ganache before whipping.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this with your favorite side dishes such as:

  • Spread it generously over your favorite chocolate cake.
  • Pipe swirls onto cupcakes for an elegant touch. I added whipped chocolate ganache rosettes on my Vegan Oreo Cake and it was a hit!
  • Use it as a decadent filling between cake layers.
  • Get creative! Add a dollop to your morning coffee or stir it into your next batch of vegan chocolate ice cream.

Storage Tips

Store leftover ganache in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and re-whip before using.

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More Frosting Recipes

If you love this whipped chocolate ganache frosting, here are more velvety frosting favorites you’ll want to try:

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Vegan Whipped Ganache Frosting

Velvety, dreamy, and oh-so-chocolatey! This dairy-free whipped ganache frosting is light, fluffy, and full of rich chocolate flavor.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 160kcal


  • 1 cup coconut cream from a can of chilled full-fat coconut milk (see notes)
  • 1 ½ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Using a can of chilled coconut milk (see notes), scoop out one cup of coconut cream into a pyrex measuring dish or another microwave-safe dish. Heat in 30-second increments until it's hot, but not boiling.
  • Pour the chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl.
  • Pour the heated coconut milk over the chocolate. Use a spatula to press down any chocolate that is not under the surface of the milk. Cover, and set aside for 5 minutes.
    Milk is being poured into a bowl with chocolate chunks.
  • Whisk the chocolate mixture until glossy and smooth. Learn more about Vegan Chocolate Ganache.
  • Let the chocolate mixture sit at room temperature for an hour or refrigerate the ganache for about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and add salt and vanilla. Using a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or an electric mixer, mix on medium speed to incorporate the ingredients. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then turn the mixer to high and whip for around 1 to 2 minutes. The ganache will get lighter in color and will become fluffy.
    Chocolate ganache frosting is filling up a stand mixer's whipping attachment.
  • Spread it over your favorite cakes, or add to a piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip to make decorative toppings to cupcakes. It's also a great filling to add between layers of a layer cake.

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The nutritional estimates are based on portioning the frosting into 12 servings.
To make the fat in a can of coconut milk scoopable, refrigerate the can overnight. When you open the can, the fat will be mostly solid. Use a metal spoon to scoop it into a measuring cup, measuring out around 1 cup. You can add up to 2 tablespoons of the watery coconut mixture from the can. Use the remaining coconut water in smoothies or other baking dishes.
Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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