Hard Cider Ganache

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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Holy moly. This Hard Cider Ganache is GOOD. And fun! Because you get bonus leftover hard cider, too.

Hard Cider Ganache over raspberries

Sometimes, really good things come to those who don't restock their pantry. You see, I made you a cake. I made you the tastiest, most simple, flourless chocolate cake you've ever seen. It's decadent and delicious and if you follow me on Snapchat (@fedandfit), you got to see the cake come together in a series of videos. I'll post the full recipe here in a few days. This awesome cake needed a chocolaty crescendo, a finishing touch. My first inclination was “ganache!” I thought that I'd just whip up a simple coconut milk ganache, slather it on the top of the dessert marvel, and then call it a day. THEN, I opened my pantry. The shelf designated for coconut milk in my neat and tidy type-A pantry was empty. EMPTY! I couldn't believe it! Didn't I JUST buy a whole case of coconut milk? What's girl to do? How am I supposed to make ganache?

I put my thinking cap on and decided to throw caution to the wind. A couple bottles of hard cider had found their way into my refrigerator …I thought, well, that could be delicious. If I add some butter, it could end up with about the same fat content as coconut milk. Let's give it a go!

Hard Cider Ganache over raspberries

I think I love my accidental recipe successes almost more than I love my recipes that required a LOT more work – like the Perfect Paleo Pie Crust in my Holiday Feast eBook. Oh boy that one was a labor of love. 12 batches and then I finally nailed the recipe.

Hard Cider Ganache

This one was a labor of a different kind of love. It was an impulsive, fun, creative love. A love of chocolate and of bonus leftover cider. Also, a love of butter. Because everything is better with a little grass-fed butter.

Long story short, this hard cider ganache blew my socks so far off that I decided it needed a photo shoot and recipe post all on its own. I DID put it on the cake, but this ganache is great as-is, too …on some berries, or on a spoon.

If you're looking for a simple recipe for Valentines Day, a girl's night in, or for a quick dessert option at a brunch you're hosting, this hard cider ganache will deliver!


Hard Cider Ganache

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 9, 2-tablespoon servings 1x


  • 1/2 pound dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup hard cider
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the hard cider, butter, and sea salt together in a small sauce pan. Whisk together over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the butter is melted and everything is well-incorporated. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, and stir occasionally for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot buttered cider over the chocolate pieces and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. Then, using a whisk, mix the now melted chocolate until smooth. Use right away to top cakes or drizzle on berries.
  4. If the ganache gets too stiff to use, simply place the heat-proof bowl over a smaller pot of boiling water and stir until it has a consistency you need.
  5. Leftovers will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. Sondra says:

    That sounds wonderful and so easy. I can’t wait for the flourless cake. Perfect for Valentine’s Day

    1. Cassy says:

      Absolutely perfect!! I hope you love the cake – it’s live now!

  2. Deborah says:

    When will you be posting the flourless chocolate cake recipe? I would like to make and take to a neighbors Valentine’s dinner this Friday evening. This will be my first attempt at a flourless cake, is the springform cake pan imperative? Thank you for all your recipes, information, and snapchats! I enjoy it all.

    1. Cassy says:

      Chocolate cake is live now, Deborah! I included a note to folks who don’t have a springform pan, too 🙂 So glad you’re liking everything!! I’m having a blast with Snapchat.

  3. Erin says:

    My daughters birthday is next week and she has requested a chocolate cake with berries. This looks absolutely perfect. Does the alcohol cook off in the process? Getting you 6 year old tipsy at her birthday is generally frowned upon. =)

  4. Stephanie Richards says:

    What is a good replacement for the hard cider or is there one? I do not do any kind of alcohol.

  5. Karla says:

    Incredible recipe. Just delicious.

    Can you offer tips on how to make this a peanut butter ganache?