French Silk Pie

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In this homemade French Silk Pie recipe, a flaky pie crust is filled with a chocolate cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream. It’s rich and creamy and better than your favorite restaurant.

front view of a slice of French silk pie on a plate


This Homemade French Silk Pie is made completely from scratch and is even more delicious than the famous version from Village Inn (or Baker’s Square for my Midwest-dwelling friends)!! Yes, you heard me right! It’s even better! (Just like this Oreo Pie)!

What makes it better than it’s store-bought counterpart? Well, this homemade version is just as silky and smooth, but it packs a richer, deeper chocolate flavor and is not overly sweet. Plus it is made with real-food ingredients (no packaged puddings or cool whip like this peanut butter pie – yum!).

The inspiration for this recipe comes from my husband’s mom. I took her recipe that she created many years ago and tweaked it over the last decade to dial it in to be, what I consider, the perfect french silk pie! 

french silk pie topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

French Silk Pie: Ingredients and Substitutions

Since people often wonder what French silk pie is made of, let’s chat about the ingredients in this recipe! Remember there are no packages puddings or mixes which is why it is so delicious!

overhead view of the labeled ingredients in this French silk pie recipe
  • Pie Crust: If you make the pie crust I recommend not making any substituions, except that you can swap shortening for butter, and follow this all-butter pie crust recipe. Or use Oreo Pie Crust, or store-bought crust for convenience.
  • Salted Butter. unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate. You can use any form (chips, chocolate bars, melting discs, etc.) or any percentage of chocolate in this recipe and it will taste amazing. Milk chocolate yields a sweeter pie, while dark or unsweetened chocolate results in a less sweet pie.
  • Whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream, whipping cream,  or heavy cream each work well in this recipe. I discuss the difference in this post: how to make whipped cream
French Silk Pie on a plate with a bite taken out of it

How to Make French Silk Pie

We’ll walk through this recipe, and don’t forget to watch the video. Over the years I have found that it’s easiest to make this recipe in the following series of steps: 

  1. Make and bake the crust, then let it cool.
  2. Whip whipping cream for the filling – store in the refrigerator for later. 
  3. Make sweetened whipped cream topping – then store in the refrigerator. 
  4. Make chocolate silk filling. 
  5. Assemble & Chill

Make the Pie Crust

The first step in this recipe is to bake and cool the pie crust. Please note, the crust has to chill for at least 1 hour, so plan accordingly. I usually make it the day before and let it chill overnight.

Begin by combining the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade.

how to make French silk pie crust - combining dry ingredients in a food processor
how to make French silk pie crust - combining dry ingredients in a food processor

Then, add the shortening and cold water and process until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, begins to stick together, and holds together when pinched.

how to make French silk pie crust - adding shortening and water
how to make French silk pie crust - final crumb mixture

Next, remove the dough from the food processor (it will be crumbly) and form it into a thick disc.

Then, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to one day (overnight).

how to make French silk pie crust - rolling into a ball
how to make French silk pie crust - shaping into a disc & wrapping in plastic wrap

After the dough has chilled, preheat oven and roll out the dough on a well-floured surface or pastry cloth.

Then, place it into a deep, 9-inch, round pie plate and pinch the edges to form a crust and gently prick the dough with a fork.

how to make French silk pie crust - rolling out dough
how to make French silk pie crust - shaping dough into pie plate

Then, place a piece of parchment paper on top of the crust, and put pie weights on top of the parchment paper.

Bake the pie crust for 10-12 minutes or until it just begins to brown. If any bubbles form, gently deflate them by pricking with a fork or sharp knife. Set aside to cool.

how to make French silk pie crust - pie weights in dough before baking
french silk pie crust afte rbaking

Whip the Cream

Next, you will need to whip the cream in two separate batches. First, whip ¾ cup of the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then set it aside in the refrigerator. This is to be used in the chocolate silk filling. 

whipping cream in a bowl before being whipped
whipping cream in a bowl after being whipped

Next, make the whipping cream for the topping. I have a full post and video on how to make homemade whipped cream (<- click here), with all my tips and tricks for you! But you’ll want to make it and then set it aside in the refrigerator for later. 

whipped topping ingredients in a bowl before whipping
whipped topping ingredients in a bowl after whipping

Make French Silk Pie Filling

While the pie crust is cooling and the whipped cream is chilling in the refrigerator, make the chocolate silk pie filling. 

Begin by melting the chocolate in the microwave or on a double boiler on the stovetop. Then set aside to cool slightly.

chocolate pieces in a bowl before melting
chocolate pieces in a bowl after melting

Then, cream the butter, vanilla and sugars together until the mixture is smooth and sugar is dissolved. 

how to make french silk pie filling - ingredients in a bowl before beating
how to make french silk pie filling - ingredients in a bowl after beating

Next, add the melted (and slightly cooled) chocolate and beat again.

how to make french silk pie filling - adding chocolate
how to make french silk pie filling - after beating in chocolate

Then, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating for 1 minue after each addition. 

how to make french silk pie filling - beating in eggs
how to make french silk pie filling - beating in eggs

After all the eggs have been beaten into the filling, gently fold in the plain whipped whipping cream. with a spatula until the mixture is smooth.

how to make french silk pie filling - adding whipped cream
how to make french silk pie filling - after folding in whipped cream

Assemble the French Silk Pie

Next, evenly spread the chocolate filling into the baked and cooled pie crust.

assembling french silk pie - spreading chocolate into pie crust

Use a piping bag to pipe the whipped cream onto the top of the chocolate silk filling, or just spread it on with a spatula or knife. To pipe the rose design I use a Wilton 1M tip and a large coupler. 

assembling french silk pie - spreading whipped cream on top of chocolate

If desired, add chocolate shavings, chocolate curls, etc. to the top of the whipped cream. 

Chill & Serve

Once the French silk pie is assembled, chill it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight. I usually make this chocolate silk pie the day before and let it chill overnight in the refrigerator. 

Serve the pie chilled.

French Silk Pie Recipe in a pie dish topped with chocolate shavings

Freeze

  1. Place assembled pie in the freezer, or put individual pie slices on a baking sheet in the freezer.
  2. Freeze for 2 hours, or until the whipped cream is frozen solid. 
  3. Tightly wrap with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 2 months. 

Thaw

Transfer the frozen French Silk Pie to the refrigerator at least 24 hours before you would like to serve it. Serve chilled.

french silk pie in a pie dish with a piece cut out of it

French Silk Pie Recipes

How long can you keep a French silk pie?

French silk pie keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for 2 months. 

Is French Silk Pie safe to eat? 

Some people raise concerns about eating French silk pie, because traditional recipes (like this one) contain raw eggs. Raw eggs are safe to eat if they are pasteurized, which means that they are heated slightly to kill food-borne diseases and pathogens. 
Full disclosure, I usually just buy excellent quality eggs to use in this French silk pie recipe, because the risk of eggs being contaminated is pretty low. However, note that there is a risk involved in eating raw eggs (just like eating anything really), so you have to choose what is best for you. 

How do you pasteurize eggs at home: 

Pasteurized eggs can be hard to find, but don’t worry because pasteurizing eggs at home is super easy! Check out this tutorial on how to pasteurize eggs to find out how! 

French Silk Pie on a plate with a bite taken out of it

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French Silk Pie Recipe (Chocolate Silk PIe)

Laura
In this Homemade French Silk Pie recipe, a flaky pie crust is filled with a chocolate cream filling and topped with homemade whipped cream! This chocolate silk pie recipe is made from scratch and tastes even better than Baker's Square or Village Inn!
5 from 35 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 384
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Chilling time8 hours

Ingredients 
 

Crust:

Chocolate Silk Pie Filling

Whipped topping

Instructions 

Make the Crust:

  • Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and pulse to combine.
  • Add the shortening and cold water and process until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, begins to stick together, and holds together when pinched.
  • Remove the dough from processor (it will be crumbly) and form it into a round, flat disc.
  • Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to one day (overnight).
  • After the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Roll out dough on a well-floured surface or pastry cloth.
  • Place it into a deep, 9-inch, round pie plate and pinch the edges to form a crust. Then, gently prick the dough with a fork all over.
  • Set a piece of parchment paper on top of the crust, then add the pie weights. 

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until it just begins to brown. If any bubbles form, gently deflate them by pricking with a fork or sharp knife.
  • Set aside to cool.

Make the Whipped Topping

  • Put 1 ¼ cups of whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachement (or use a large bowl and handheld mixer).
  • Beat, starting on low speed and increasing to high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.
  • Transfer to another bowl, or to a large piping bag, and set aside in the refrigerator.

Make the French Silk Pie Filling

  • Whip ¾ cup whipping cream (for the filling) in a standing mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment on high until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachement, or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream the butter sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla together 3 minutes – until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add the melted chocolate and beat for 1 minute, pausing and scraping down the sides once halfway through.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating on medium speed for 1 minute after each addition.
  • Gently fold in the ¾ cup of whipped cream by hand.

Assemble

  • Evenly spread the chocolate filling into the baked and cooled pie crust.
  • Top with whipped topping in one of two ways: 1) Simply spread the whipped topping over the pie with a spatula or 2) Pipe the whipped topping on top with a decorator’s tip to make a pretty design.
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Pie Crust: If you make the pie crust I recommend not making any substituions, except that you can swap shortening for butter, and follow this all-butter pie crust recipe. Or use Oreo Pie Crust, or store-bought crust for convenience.
  • Salted Butter. unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate. You can use any form (chips, chocolate bars, melting discs, etc.) or any percentage of chocolate in this recipe and it will taste amazing. Milk chocolate yields a sweeter pie, while dark or unsweetened chocolate results in a less sweet pie.
  • Whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream, whipping cream,  or heavy cream each work well in this recipe. I discuss the difference in this post: how to make whipped cream
Freeze
  1. Place assembled pie in the freezer, or put individual pie slices on a baking sheet in the freezer.
  2. Freeze for 2 hours, or until the whipped cream is frozen solid. 
  3. Tightly wrap with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 2 months. 
Thaw
Transfer the frozen French Silk Pie to the refrigerator at least 24 hours before you would like to serve it. Serve chilled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 751IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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33 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this and it was absolutely fantastic! My husband is a chocolate pie lover and he said this is the best chocolate pie has has ever had! I made a few modifications: I increased the chocolate to 7 oz semisweet chocolate and increased the sugar to 1 -1/4 cup powdered sugar in the filling for a richer feel. I reduced the powdered sugar in the topping to 6 Tbsp. I let the pie set overnight and only topped it with whipped cream about an hour before we ate. Immediately after beating the filling together, it tasted a little grainy and “melty.” But after setting in the fridge overnight, the texture was smooth and perfect!!

  2. In the ingredient list for the whipped topping it says 1 1/4 cups of whipping cream but in the instructions it says 1 1/2 cups?

  3. 5 stars
    This is my favorite pie in the universe. It was my first attempt at making it and your recipe was so easy to follow. It turned out beautifully and was so deliciously light and airy. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! This is the first time I have made a French Silk Pie and I would not make any changes. Everybody loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    Family loved it! Was told this was the first time they had homemade that matched restaurant quality, but was actually even better. Thanks for the great recipe, making it again today!

  6. 5 stars
    I really like this recipe but I have one question in my mind and the question is that, what would you suggest if I use vanilla ice cream as topping & filling instead of the whipped cream and in how much quantity should I use the ice cream?

  7. can this be made using sugar free pudding with the whipped cream added to the filling and the rest of the recipe the same? My husband is diabetic

  8. You are speaking my family’s love language right here. I’m hoping to make this this week Laura; I love that you did real whipped cream and all of it from scratch!!!