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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 create this easy, decadent chocolate dessert recipe.

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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, resulting in an uber silky texture to the mousse. 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!

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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. Here is the recipe.

Watch this video to learn how to make chocolate shards to place on top of the easy chocolate mousse tart:

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Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart

Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart

A no-bake chocolate mousse tart adapted from Fine Cooking.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 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
  • 3 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 494Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g


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32 comments on “Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart”

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

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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. Looks amazing and beautiful too. I have a hard time finding those chocolate wafer cookies, can I use crusted oreos instead with cremes removed?

    • Cindy,
      Yes, that would definitely work! I have used recipes in the past where they even kept in the creme filling, but most likely less butter was used! If I can find a recipe, I’ll add it here later 🙂

      • Didn’t find an exact recipe, just comments that you’d need less butter. Good luck!
        P.S. The wafers are usually by the ice cream toppings if you haven’t looked there!

  25. I love no bake recipes. It was so easy and quick to make, and so yummy!

  26. I have made this multiple times now because it was so easy and it never lasts more than the day in our house! Thank you

  27. This is so yummy and such a show stopper of a dessert!

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