Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart

This Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart is egg-free and no-bake! Just stock up on heavy cream and chocolate and you’ll be ready to go. Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake | Chocolate cookie crust, whipped chocolate mousse topped with chocolate shards

Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart

I had tagged this no-bake chocolate tart in an old Fine Cooking magazine. Most mousses I’ve made contain raw eggs which give the resulting dessert an uber silky texture. This mousse was just chocolate and cream and I was just a bit dubious of this simplistic recipe. I shouldn’t have worried. My family gobbled it up!

Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake | Chocolate cookie crust, whipped chocolate mousse topped with chocolate shards

Chocolate Shards

Instead of my usual chocolate curls, I jazzed up this chocolate mousse cake with chocolate shards. Boy, was this a lot easier! Since this was my first attempt making and using them, I haven’t perfected the skill of scattering them artfully. But they did kick this dessert up a notch or two. Basically, you melt 4 ounces of chocolate, spread it out over a sheet of waxed paper, top with another sheet of wax paper, roll, and chill. When you unroll, the shards are formed. Simple as that. I hope to get a video made to share the technique with you all.

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Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart
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A no-bake chocolate mousse tart adapted from Fine Cooking.
Recipe type: Dessert, Tart
Serves: 10-12 servings
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted; more for the pan
  • 8 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, ground into crumbs (I use Nabisco Famous Wafers)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3¼ cups heavy cream, divided
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Butter a 9-inch spring-form pan. Set aside.
  2. Mix together butter, crumbs and sugar. Spread the crumbs over the bottom of the pan and press evenly to form the crust. Refrigerate.
  3. Combine the chocolate, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, and the salt in a large bowl. In a microwave safe measuring cup, heat ¾ cup of cream to almost boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate, let sit for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to cool.
  4. Beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Whisk the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then fold in a large dollop of whipped cream into the chocolate to lighten the mixture. Fold the lightened chocolate mixture into the whipped cream with a rubber spatula until no streaks are left.
  5. Scrape the mousse into the pan, gently spreading it to the edges. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  6. Before serving, beat the remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl to medium-stiff peaks. Run a knife around the pie to loosen it from the pan and then remove the side of the pan. Slide a spatula under the crust to loosen it from the pan, then use a large spatula to transfer the pie to a serving plate. Mound or pipe the whipped cream over the mousse and top with chocolate curls, shards, or shavings. To serve, use a hot, dry knife (dip into very hot water, then wipe dry).
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Shards
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An easy way to add a special touch to your chocolate desserts. Only ONE ingredient!
Recipe type: Dessert, garnish
Serves: Enough for one large dessert
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  1. Gently melt the chocolate in the microwave, stopping and stirring at 20 second intervals.
  2. Place a 16-inch sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface. With a small off-set spatula, spread the melted chocolate evenly over the waxed paper, leaving the edges free of chocolate. Top with a second sheet of waxed paper and very gently smooth the top.
  3. Roll from short side to short side and carefully place the roll on a baking sheet. Chill for 2 hours.
  4. To make shards, hold onto the short end of the roll and unroll with your other hand. The chocolate should break into pieces. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper and carefully (as so not to melt chocolate) move shards to the top of the dessert or to a container. Keep cool if not using immediately.
Total time does not include 2 hour chilling time.


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  1. So chocolatey and tempting…that’s a pure delight, Liz.

  2. This looks so decadent! I love the chocolate shards – they’re perfect for this dreamy tart 🙂

  3. Look really delicious Lizzy !!
    Be warm dear !

  4. This mousse reminds me of some simple mousses my Dear Mom used to make by simply flavouring whipped cream. Sometimes it was as basic as adding a little fruit syrup to our carbonator and presto, a simple whipped dessert. Of course, it never had the jazzy chocolate shards! Your dessert looks beautiful and I would argue that you have indeed mastered the shard distribution over the top, it looks fantastic, it’s no wonder your family gobbled it up.

  5. OMG how much cream? No wonder it lookks to die for lol. And got to try those chocolate shards!

  6. This is gorgeous! And I love that it’s made without eggs – there has been a shortage of pasteurized eggs around us, so I have been trying to think of egg free desserts and dinners.

  7. Very pretty! Bet it didn’t last long:@)

  8. I love the chocolate shard topping, such a stunning tart!

  9. YUM!
    I need to try your method for the chocolate shards; because around here in the desert the shavings always melt before I can get them to the dessert.
    …now I’m off to buy that half-gallon of whipping cream @ Costco!

  10. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    this look sensational liz!

  11. I have a chocolate mousse cake on my list of things to make – but now I want to make your recipe! Your chocolate curls are gorgeous Liz – and I bet the cake is delicious!

  12. Love a light and fluffy mousse at this time of year!

  13. This looks divine, chocolate is my weakness.

  14. Kristen Chidsey says:

    I am a huge fan of chocolate mousse–I need to try this! And I will be definetly making shards and not curls–LOL!!!

  15. Delicious looking tart, love the shard technique. I can see why this was a big hit.

  16. Easy huh?! That looks like it was insanely difficult to make, but then I read the instructions and it sounds easy peasy!

  17. I’ve been having some serious chocolate cravings lately (which is not my normal) and I’m always on the hunt for easy recipes that impress! Your tart looks beautiful and with those ingredients it’s definitely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  18. What sweet decadence!

  19. Just beautiful as always, Liz. Have a lovely day! 🙂

  20. Another winner of a tart Liz! Looks so good 😀

  21. Love how do-able this elegant chocolate wonder looks. Definitely need to try the shard trick =)

  22. Earlier today I was searching for no-bake desserts. Perfect timing and I think I hit the jackpot!

  23. If I wanted to take this to a Potluck at work, would I be able to with the whipped cream on top or would I have to add it before serving?

    • Hi, Elizabeth, The powdered sugar does a pretty good job stabilizing the whipped cream. You can definitely add it ahead of time (like the night before)—but closer to serving time is always better.

  24. This tart is PERFECTION. I love love love it


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