Decadent, rich, from-scratch homemade chocolate cream pie recipe topped with easy, homemade real whipped cream and garnished with chocolate shavings.
Ditch the boxed pudding mix! Homemade, from-scratch chocolate cream pie is so much better than the shortcut version. Of course, homemade chocolate cream pie takes longer to make. It’s worth every minute, I promise.
I made this pie for an Instagram food tour featuring recipes made with chocolate chips. I’m in the process of creating videos for a forthcoming YouTube channel dedicated to making pie from scratch. This foodie tour is an opportunity to do both with one pie.
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How to Make Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie
For this recipe, I start with a traditional pie crust.
To bake a crust for a cream pie, poke holes in the bottom of the unbaked crust with a fork, then place a smaller pie pan in the center of it to help it hold its shape while baking. Then bake it for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
How to Make Whipped Cream
Chocolate cream pie is amazing with a real whipped cream topping. Toss that non-dairy whipped topping. That isn’t even real food.
Instead, pour a pint of whipping cream into a large mixing bowl. Add ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Start the mixer on the lowest setting and begin beating the whipping cream. As the cream thickens, gradually increase the speed of the mixer. Continue mixing until the whipped cream is thick and holds it’s shaping when spooned out.
Use a spatula to spread the whipped cream all over the top of the pie. You can also put it into a cake decorating bag with a large decorative tip and pipe pretty swirls of whipped cream onto each slice of pie.
How to Make Chocolate Shavings for Garnish
Chocolate shavings make a chocolate pie so pretty! They give a hint as to the flavor of the pie when you take it to family gatherings and potlucks.
First, melt together in a small bowl in the microwave about 2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of butter. Stir the mixture well. Then spread it thinly in the bottom of a dinner plate. Place the plate in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
When the chocolate spread is hardened, use a small serving spatula to scrape it off the plate. This will make the thin shavings that look so pretty on top of a chocolate pie.
Enjoy this incredible pie! I promise you’ll never go back to the boxed pudding and non-dairy whipped topping version after giving this one a try.