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A Microwave Chocolate Pie Recipe You Can Make in a Hurry

A Microwave Chocolate Pie or tart is just what the doctor ordered for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or just because it’s been one of those days. Using the microwave makes a quick filling with no chance of scorching.

The smooth and chocolatey cream filling is tucked into a graham cracker crust and garnished with whipped cream. Quick to make– disappears even faster.

Whole Chocolate Cream Pie (cream filling made in a microwave) on a serving plate


Back in the 1960s, my mom decided to celebrate her birthday at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant and Motor Inn. Since there were none in my rural community, she invited her best friend, along with one of my best friends and me, to join her in traveling 50+ miles to the closest location.

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You see, Mom concocted this crazy idea to try all 28 flavors of the ice cream they advertised on their road sign–in one sitting. Yep, she wanted ice cream as our dinner entree.

When my mom explained her idea, the waitress gave her a skeptical look. It was only the beginning of our laugh-fest.

28 Flavors at the Same Time?

I can only imagine what the cooks in the kitchen thought when they got the order. Seriously?? All 28 flavors–at the same time? How shall we plate it? What should we charge? (They couldn’t answer that question in the beginning.)

The waitress brought us two plates of brightly colored scoops of ice cream arranged in a pyramid shape. As other diners noticed our “dinner,” we got tickled and could barely control our giggles. I’m sure they wondered what we were drinking.

When we could catch our breath from all the hilarity, we’d point to the various ice cream balls and speculate on the variety and taste of each. But it wasn’t long before the icy pyramid began to soften.

We had to get serious and eat fast. As it melted, it looked much like an old-fashioned ribbon candle after it has been lit a few hours with various colors running together in a sort of avalanche formation.

Likewise, our appetites seemed to melt and run away as we started turning green about halfway through.

My mom began waving a white flag about the time the coffee and pistachio flavors threatened to contaminate everything else. She was done. She hates anything coffee-flavored. Ironically, coffee ice cream is now my favorite.

picture of the blog author with her mother
Circa 1960

Thanks for creating such a fun memory for us Mom…and Happy Mother’s Day.


Speaking of Mother’s Day and memories, many people have traditional family recipes for a chocolate cream pie. I was mucking around in my sister’s recipe box and found this recipe as passed down from her mother-in-law years ago.

a slice of a chocolate cream tart

I tweaked it a bit by adapting the filling for cooking in a microwave.  I used a standard graham cracker crust recipe out of my old Betty Crocker cookbook. My sister usually tops her pie with meringue, but I prefer whipped cream with chocolate.

We all like this pie because it’s sweet, but not too much. Velvety smooth, but not too rich. Chocolatey, but not overpowering. Furthermore, all the ingredients are most likely already in the pantry.

Wouldn’t this be a tasty way to tie a pretty bow on your Mother’s Day celebration?


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Chocolate Cream Pie (Made in a Microwave)

Microwave Chocolate Pie Recipe

Yield: 8 sevings
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Chocolate cream pie with a filling made in the microwave, then nestled into a graham cracker pie crust.


  • 2 cups milk (skim, 2%, whole or any combination)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa I prefer Dutch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (Mexican vanilla if you have it)


  • 20 squares (5.5 ounces or 1-1/2 cups) graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  1. Place the first 7 ingredients in a blender (or food processor) in the order given and pulse until completely mixed with no lumps.
  2. Pour into a 2-quart Pyrex batter bowl and microwave on HIGH for 6-7 minutes, whisking after two minutes and thereafter, every 30-45 seconds until thickened.
  3. Whisk in butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the cream through a strainer or sieve for the smoothest texture imaginable. When the cream has cooled down some but is still warm, pour into 8 or 9-inch baked pie crust or graham cracker crust. Cover top with plastic wrap pressing it to the surface of the filling to prevent a skin from forming. Chill several hours.
  5. Top with sweetened whipped cream.

Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Use a blender, food processor, or a plastic bag and rolling pin to crush graham crackers. Combine crumbs with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Press into a pie plate or tart pan.
  2. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until light brown.

Sweetened Whip Cream

  1. Whip cream until soft peaks begin to form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spoon over the top
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

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Kristen Sellers

Wednesday 25th of January 2012

Ok!!! I cannot even look at the cake beacuse I just want this China!!!!!! Do you by chance know what it is called, who makes it, or where I can get it?!??! I am absolutely in love!!!!!

sarah beals

Friday 3rd of June 2011

This is a gorgeous website! So glad I found you! Going to try your yogurt pie crust recipe!


Saturday 4th of June 2011

Welcome Sarah. If you try the pie crust, I hope you like it.


Sunday 8th of May 2011

Looks wonderful! Will have to remember next Christmas as my guys love the chocolate pie for the holidays!

Susan W

Saturday 7th of May 2011

Love this story! The old drawing of HJ is just what I remember. When we traveled to China to adopt our daughter, I rolled my eyes when I was told we were going to stay in a Howard Johnsons in China! Imagine my surprise when we get there and find the most fabulous hotel. 5-Star! Not like USA HoJo's at all.


Saturday 7th of May 2011

What a wonderful post. Loved the story and the recipe. I will have to make this soon. It looks so easy and my family will wonder who made this. Tee Hee. I know where you get your love for ice cream now! I should have known. Anytime I have been at your moms home she serves us ice cream. By the way, I know who Kent looks like now. Great picture of you and your mom. Happy Mother's day.