A soft, velvety, no-bake chocolate cherry tart filled with fresh cherries and made with a chocolate graham cracker crust. The perfect summer dessert!
THIS. THIS is what has been getting me through the past few days of *insert shudder*….TEETHING. Uuuuugh. Seriously, I don’t want to be that Mom who complains about how hard it is raising little humans, because I truly, truly love my job as a Mother and I love my kids to the moon and back. BUT – and I really mean BUT – a teething toddler is enough to make anyone want to deposit their child somewhere safe and run far, far, FAR away.
Wally is a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE!!! I want to reach inside that tiny little mouth and pull alllllll the teeth down. Good grief.
So yah – I have been needing to console myself every night this week with this creamy, chocolately, velvety no-bake chocolate cherry tart. Poor me. 😉
What is a chocolate cherry tart?
YOU GUYS!!! This might be my favourite recipe EVER. I am over the moon about it. I have been experimenting with several no-bake desserts this summer and have suffered more than a few failures, but this one – THIS ONE is a winner!! Let me break it down for you:
- a graham cracker crust made WITH melted chocolate
- a ridiculously easy filling with only 5 ingredients that you probably already have in your house
- sweet, chopped cherries throughout the tart
- a mousse-like structure that tastes good frozen (think ice cream cake) or straight from the fridge
- need I go on?
I’ve been all about the stone fruits these past few weeks *cough* saskatoon cherry galette *cough* but you could make this tart with just about any fruit. I imagine raspberries and strawberries would go so well with the chocolate flavours!!
The tart comes together really easily, but you’ll need to make sure you account for the required freezer time.
How do you make the chocolate graham cracker crust?
The crust is your standard graham cracker crust, but with the addition of melted chocolate….sooo…I guess not really standard at all!! I use a rolling pin to crush the crackers, and after mixing everything together, I use the back of a measuring spoon to pat the crust down really well in the tart pan. Freeze the crust for about 1 hour.
How do you make the frozen filling?
When the crust is just about frozen, create your filling by melting the chopped chocolate with coconut oil, whisking in the maple syrup and cocoa powder, then folding in whipped cream – when I say whipped – I mean WHIPPED.
Gently fold in the chopped cherries, then pour the filling onto the crust, carefully smoothing it out with a rubber spatula. Freeze the tart for at least 2 hours.
Do you have to keep this chocolate cherry tart frozen?
If you’d like the dessert to have a softer, mousse-like texture, remove the tart from the freezer and place in the fridge about 1 hour before serving; otherwise, you can serve it frozen, like an ice cream cake. Personally, I prefer the soft texture!
Drizzle melted chocolate over the tart before serving to make it really pop!
Ok, just talking about all this chocolate is making me feel like I can survive another day of a screamy child. That, and my glass of wine.
Try a few of these other cool and creamy treats for the summer:Print
No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Tart
- Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
- Yield: 6–8 servings 1x
A fluffy, velvety, no-bake chocolate tart filled with fresh cherries and made with a chocolate graham cracker crust. The perfect summer dessert!
- 10 graham crackers, crushed finely
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 1/2 oz chopped dark chocolate, melted
- 2 oz chopped dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup whipping cream (measure 1 cup before whipping)
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
- 1 oz dark chocolate, for drizzling (optional)
- Using a large Ziploc bag and a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers until fine. Combine the melted chocolate and melted butter together in a large mixing bowl, then add the crushed crackers. Stir until all of the cracker crumbs are moistened, then empty the mixture into a 9″ tart pan and press down until firmly packed. Place the crust in the freezer for 1 hour prior to filling.
- Prepare the filling by melting the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave, heating in 30 second intervals and stirring in between, until thoroughly melted. Whisk in the maple syrup and cocoa powder until combined. Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks begin to form, then fold the whipping cream into the chocolate mixture until combined. Gently fold in the chopped cherries, then empty the mixture onto the frozen crust, smoothing it out with a rubber spatula. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Serve from frozen, or place in the fridge for 1 hour prior to serving. Drizzle with chocolate for added effect.
Leftovers keep in the fridge, in a tightly sealed container for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Category: desserts
- Method: freezer
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: summer dessert // chocolate cherry tart // cherry tart recipe // black cherry tart
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Gorgeous!!! Such a pretty summer dessert! I would be all over that if it was sitting in front of me and I wouldn’t stop!!
Aaah thank you Kim!! It is really good, and REALLY hard to only eat one piece at a time!!
Chocolate and cherries and no bake? I’m in! This looks amazing, Katherine! Like I could tolerate a teething toddler amazing :). I hope sweet Wally is feeling better soon! Have a great weekend, my dear
Haha it definitely helps. Do you want to come babysit? I’ll make you this tart 😉 Thank you sweet friend!! Cheers!
I understand your pain! My kids may be teenagers but the teething stage left me traumatized. Lol. I hope things get better soon and I can see how this tart would soothe you — it looks amazing!
Haha I think I will have ptsd from this experience as well!! Thank you Marcie! This tart definitely makes it all better 😉
Sorry about the teething troubles…And this tart, Katherine! No bake! And it looks both beautiful and delicious.
Thanks Marissa! It’s all worth it once they give you a big toothy smile 🙂 So nice of you to say!!
A graham cracker crust made with melted chocolate?!!!! That’s genius Katherine!! This tart looks amazing 🙂 xoxo
Thank you Kelly!! I was pretty pumped when the crust worked out!! It’s delicious! Have a great week!!
Hang in there! The teething phase will be over. You know what I hated more than teething? Potty training!! Having raised my own two and was a daycare provider to many, I’m glad those days are behind me! 🙂 This tart is divine!! The photos are gorgeous! And I love that it’s no-bake!
Aaah thank you Thao!! Haha we potty trained my oldest son earlier this year and it was definitely not a fun experience. Daycare providers are amazing people – I bet you’re way stronger for all of that!! Thank you for the compliments my friend 🙂 Have a great week!
That tart looks amazing!! It’s the summer dessert of my dreams!! Cherries, chocolate and no bake :D! Perfection!! I am glad, teething Wally is troubling you so much 😀 See, it has made you come up with such amazing ideas like this tart!!
It’s definitely a great summer dessert!! No-bake is ideal in this hot weather we’re still having! Aah, I complain but he’s still a wonderful little chap. Plus, you’re right, it has inspired me!! Thank you Deepika!!
I think this tart could get me through anything! Pinned!
Aah thanks Patrick!! I agree, it’s a problem solver!! 🙂
How the heck did I miss this Katherine! OMG! It looks delish! I love no-bake summer desserts!
Thanks Mary Ann!! I’m glad you found it!! 🙂 It is super delicious!!
I have never had to deal with a teething human, just teething puppies, and well, they suck too! Lol. Hopefully Wally isn’t eating your clothes, shoes, the walls and floors… trying to look at the bright side of a teething human vs. a teething puppy?? I donno, teething seems like a bad joke if you ask me! I say eat this cherry tart on repeat, girlfriend! This is so gorgeous! And I can’t believe it’s no bake! Just perfection, my dear! Good luck with Wally!! I’ll be sending all the sanity vibes your way! <3
OMG haha teething puppies doesn’t sound like a great time either! Last time I checked Wally wasn’t getting into the hall closet just yet 😉 Thank you for the sanity vibes – I’m needing them big time!! Have a great week friend!
Fell in love with this at first sight on Insta. This reminds me of black forest cake, but much better being no-bake and oh-so-pretty!!!
Aah so nice of you to say!! I can so see the resemblance to black forest…which I love!!! Thank you Maria!! XO
Favorite recipe ever? I’m in! Looks fabulous!
I’m not even lying! If I wasn’t concerned with calories I’d be making it weekly. Thanks Annie!!
“…enough to make anyone want to deposit their child somewhere safe and run far, far, FAR away”. Honestly, I couldn’t thoroughly read the remaining post cause this phrase just cracked me up. That’s hilarious, Katherine! (Well, I know it’s easy to laugh at your matter cause I don’t have any toddlers. Still…) But I can assure this tart ain’t hilarious at all. It’s gorgeous! The combo of chocolate, cherries, and maple is just luxurious. Pass me a huge slice, please.
Haha, well I’m glad that someone saw some humor in my troubles, Ben!! I’m happy to say he’s happy as a clam now. This tart is completely delicious. Thank you so much! Huge slice, coming up!
ack. i’m glad i don’t remember teething because that sounds PAINFUL, and hoping that he’s done soon too for your sake! this tart sounds delicious in any case, especially since chocolate and cherry is such a foolproof combo (:
I know, I do have to feel bad for them!! New teeth coming through the gums just can’t feel good. Thanks Heather!! I just love cherries and chocolate together too!!
This cake looks like a great way to chillax, that’s for sure (oh, and wine 😉 )! I just know I should have picked up those cherries at Costco the other day! This looks insanely good and I can understand why you love it so much. I mean chocolate and cherries and graham crust. UMMMMM- YES!!!! Pinning!
Definitely the wine. Always wine 😉 Ooh hopefully Costco will still have the cherries when you go next!! YES – chocolate and cherries were meant to be. Thanks for the pin!! XO
OH I loooooove anything with chocolate and this no bake cherry chocolate tart looks absolutely heavenly and decadent.
I am definitely saving this gorgeous recipe.😃
I love everything with chocolate too 🙂 It is super decadent and yet it tastes nice and light! I hope you get a chance to try it!! 🙂
I fell in love with this when I saw it on Instagram! How beautiful! I love that its no bake and its so rich and those cherries!! Take care.
Aaah so happy to hear that!! Thanks Stacey! No bake is the best in summer isn’t it? Have a great weekend!
Love that there is chocolate in the graham crust too… Sounds like you really needed chocolate my dear!! I hope teething crisis ends soon and hang on to this deliciousness!
Thank you!! ALL the chocolate, am I right!? Thank you! I think we’re near the end….
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I love that this chocolate cherry tart requires no baking at all! It’s such a stunning dessert my friend. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I love that there is no baking required too! Thanks Christie!