Easy Double Chocolate Cream Pie – A simple graham cracker crust topped with a rich chocolate ganache and thick, creamy chocolate whipped cream mousse. This easy chocolate dessert whips up in 5 minutes or less.
I’m a chocolate lover through and through. I recently made an amazing, super easy lemon cream pie (as I’m also a lemon dessert lover too). I thought, how amazing would my 3-ingredient Chocolate Mousse (an easy, quick chocolate whipped cream) be as a pie?! Lightbulb moment! Add a layer of chocolate decadents in the form of a rich chocolate ganache and it’s magic! I went for it and am so glad I did. I’m obsessed with all things light, airy, and creamy like this Easy No-Bake Lemon Cream Pie or this Easy Raspberry Mousse.
This easy chocolate cream pie is packed with rich chocolate and smooth cream flavors. It’s so easy to make with only 5 ingredients. You can have it for yourself in under 30 minutes. This double chocolate cream pie is a perfect anytime dessert to share at a family gathering, Easter, Mother’s Day and so much more.
IF YOU LIKE THIS EASY DESSERT, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE OTHER RECIPES:
- Easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars
- 4-Ingredient Lemon Cream Pie
- Easy Raspberry Mousse
- Classic Eclairs
- Quick 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS:
Did you know this creamy chocolate cream pie only takes 5 ingredients to make? The ingredients are so simple and you may already have them on hand. I like this pie because it can be a pantry special (a recipe where the ingredients are ones that I typically have on hand). To make this delicious double chocolate cream pie you will need these 5 ingredients or items:
- heavy whipping cream
- chocolate (semi-sweet or milk, whichever you prefer)
- cocoa powder
- powdered sugar
- graham cracker crust (homemade or store-bought)
5-ingredients! It’s as simple as that. I love this recipe because it’s light, creamy and full of chocolatey goodness. It’s so easy to make and can be a pantry special.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Chocolate ganache is easy to make and only takes 2 ingredients–chocolate and cream. Chocolate ganache is an easy way to add chocolate decadents to many desserts like these Lemon Eclairs or this Raspberry Filled Chocolate Mousse Cake.
The hardness or firm texture of chocolate ganache can be made very soft or very firm. This will depend on what you intend to use it for and how soft you want it when it sets.
If making a simple homemade chocolate truffle you would add less cream to the mixture so when the chocolate ganache set, it would hold its shape but still be soft and give that melt-in-your-mouth feeling when eaten. If making a drizzle for ice cream you may add more cream to give the ganache a thinner more runny texture once it cooled, like a chocolate sauce.
SOFT BUT NOT OOZING FOR THIS PIE!
For this pie we’re going for something that will be very soft but not runny at about 65°F and fully set but soft at 40°F. This pie will be served chilled (refrigerated).
There are multiple methods to make chocolate ganache including a water bath, scalding cream then pouring it over room temperature chocolate and letting stand, and microwaving to heat. I typically go with microwaving because it uses less dishes and is quick.
To make chocolate ganache in the microwave. Place your chocolate pieces or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Add cream. Microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time stirring in between. When the chocolate and cream are hot to the touch, stop heating and stir. It can take up to a few minutes to get the cream to fully incorporate into the chocolate. It will go from chunky and light to dark and smooth. When ready there should be no more streaks of cream.
Once the cream is fully incorporated and the chocolate ganache has a rich, smooth chocolate look, pour it into the bottom of the graham cracker crust.
Pop the crust and ganache in the freezer for 10-20 minutes while you whip up the chocolate mousse. The colder temperature will help the ganache set quicker and speed up total time it takes to make this delicious double chocolate cream pie.
DO I HAVE TO USE HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM FOR THIS CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE?
Yes. I highly recommend using HEAVY whipping cream in this recipe. Heavy whipping cream has a higher fat content which allows for a stiffer, more stable whip. It helps this pie maintain its shape after being cut rather than oozing everywhere.
PRO TIP: When making whipped cream, whip the cream in a cold (chilled) bowl. To chill the bowl, pop it in the fridge or freezer 20-30 minutes before you plan to whip the cream. This helps the cream stay cold during the whipping process which helps the cream whip easier, quicker and to its full potential.
LOOKING FOR A GREAT SUMMER TREAT?
If you are looking for a delicious, refreshing, frozen treat to beat the heat, try this double chocolate cream pie FROZEN! It’s like a chocolate ice cream pie and it’s fantastic!
If you prefer to stick with traditional frozen treats, these popsicles and frozen treats are also easy, refreshing and perfect for summer!
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Popsicles
- Berry Banana Otter Pops
- Fresh Cherry Limeade Popsicles
- Hydration Pops
- Green Smoothie Otter Pops
HOW MUCH DOES A DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE COST TO MAKE? PRICE CHECK ($):
Easy Double Chocolate Cream Pie is easy to make and only requires 5 simple ingredients. Four of which are pantry stable and can be stored until you’re ready to make this recipe. This chocolate pie is cheap to make too. BONUS! That’s always a plus in my book. Check out my price check below.
Prices for supplies may vary depending on location and store you purchase groceries from. I try to shop bulk food stores, use coupons, watch ads and shop sales (like case lot), buy supplies in bulk to save money in the long run and use homegrown produce and herbs when available.
Here’s my ingredient list and cost for this recipe:
- Graham cracker crust pie shell – $1.39 (this pie would also be awesome made with a chocolate Oreo crust. Triple chocolate, baby)!
- Chocolate chips – $1.49
- Cocoa powder – $0.33
- Powdered sugar – $0.15
- Heavy whipping cream (Winco and Walmart are the cheapest places I’ve found cream) – $1.84
This easy chocolate cream pie makes 8 servings. At $3.81 a pie that breaks down to less than 50¢ a slice. At that price, this pie is inexpensive, easy chocolate treat you won’t want to miss.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHOCOLATE DESSERT?
Here’s the full printable recipe. I hope you love this pie as much as we did! Enjoy!
- 9 inch graham cracker crust, store-bought or homemade
- 6 oz chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet whichever you prefer
- 1/2 cup cream
Chocolate Mousse Layer:
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1/4-1/3 cup cocoa powder, dutch preferred sifted, use 1/3 cup for dark chocolate flavor
- 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar use a 1/4 cup for dark chocolate flavor
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract optional
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and 1/2 cup cream. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 15-30 seconds and stir until the melted chocolate is completely mixed in with the cream. This may take up to a minute or two of stirring to combine completely.
- Pour ganache into bottom of graham cracker crust.
- Place in fridge or freezer to chill while you whip the chocolate mousse.
Chocolate Whipped Cream Mousse:
- In a chilled mixing bowl, begin whipping cream. Whip until frothy and slightly thicken.
- Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder (sifted). Carefully mix until soft peaks form.
- Add almond extract if desired.
- Whip until stiff peaks form.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Once the ganache has become more firm, carefully add mousse to the top. Smooth. If desired add dollops of whipped cream and cookies, chocolate shavings to the top as a garnish.