Hard Cider Ganache

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

Hard Cider Ganache by Fed and Fit-6

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 by Fed and Fit-3

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 by Fed and Fit-2

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


  • 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.


Hard Cider Ganache by Fed and Fit-5


6 Responses to “Hard Cider Ganache”

  1. #
    Sondraposted February 2, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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

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      Cassyposted February 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

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

  2. #
    Deborahposted February 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    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.

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      Cassyposted February 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Chocolate cake is live now, Deborah! I included a note to folks who don’t have a springform pan, too ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you’re liking everything!! I’m having a blast with Snapchat.

  3. #
    Erinposted January 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    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. =)

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    Stephanie Richardsposted October 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

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

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