Mini Chocolate Cream Pies

These decadent chocolate cream pies are full of rich flavor. The chocolate mousse filling has only three ingredients: coconut milk, chocolate, and vanilla.

It’s satisfyingly dark and creamy when you need a hit of chocolate, topped off with mounds of whipped plant-based cream.

I made these as part of the pastry week showstopper for season 1 of the Great British Bakeoff vegan challenge. The task was to make 6 kinds of pastry – 3 kinds of sweet tarts and 3 kinds of savory canapes.

The sweet tarts were butter tarts, custard tarts with sliced plums and a peach glaze, and these chocolate cream pie tarts. The canapes were stuffed mushrooms in rough puff pastry, miso roasted pepper hummus twirls, and lentil sausage rolls.

So much fun (when there wasn’t a puppy constantly barking and wanting to eat everything), and delicious to boot!

Great British Bakeoff Vegan: Season 1, Episode 5, Showstopper



  • ½ cup vegan butter, chilled
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp ice-cold water


  • 1 can coconut milk (not “light” coconut milk)
  • 1 ½ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 carton vegan whipping cream (Silk has a nice product here)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


Make the crust: in a small bowl, beat the vegan butter and icing sugar together into a fluffy cream, then add in the flour. Mix it together into a ball of dough, adding 1 tbsp of water at a time only if needed. Wrap the dough up in cling wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or overnight (or if you’re tight on time, you can put it in the freezer for 20 minutes).

After it’s chilled, remove from the fridge and press it evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ round tin or six 4″ tart tins. Poke gently across the bottom with a fork. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes until nicely browned (or blind bake 20 minutes then bake 10-15 minutes), then set aside to cool.

Make the mousse: in a medium pot over medium heat, mix the coconut milk and chocolate together. Stir frequently for 10 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth, silky, and slightly thickened.

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and let it sit for 5 minutes, then pour into the baked tart shells.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, if you can stand to wait that long.

Decorate: whip the cream and sugar together until fairly thick, then spoon it into a piping bag and make a pattern on top of your chilled tarts. Enjoy!

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

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