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Black Bottom Chocolate Cream Pie is the best of both worlds. Chocolate and vanilla lovers need not battle it out, this dessert is for the entire crowd.

It’s pie season! And that usually brings out all the pie opinions from Thanksgiving guests. In my opinion a cream pie has always got to be in the mix. Now whether that’s a chocolate, vanilla, coconut, banana or butterscotch is always up for debate.  I just decided to put two together and make the ultimate cream pie!

Black Bottom Cream Pie

My standard chocolate cream pie is a take on my mom’s classic. It’s a milk chocolate version that melts in your mouth. For this combo experiment I wanted to really punch up the chocolate though. I made the chocolate custard a little extra chocolaty with bittersweet chocolate, so it still comes through strong and delicious next to the vanilla.

Why have just one when you can have two? Black Bottom Chocolate Cream Pie is a two-fer!

I wasn’t shy when it came to this pie. It’s loaded with eggs and cream and everything nice. Don’t think it’s too much trouble either. It’s hardly a bit more work than just making one filling. The custards come together in a flash.

Piled high with clouds of real whipped cream, this pie is the perfect ending to Thanksgiving! Use your favorite crust or my Perfect Pie Crust recipe.


5 from 2 votes
Black Bottom Cream Pie is the perfect combo of vanilla and chocolate
Black Bottom Cream Pie
Work Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs
Rich chocolate and silky vanilla custard create a to-die-for pie.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black Bottom Cream Pie, Thanksgiving
Calories: 4776 kcal
  • 1 single crust of Perfect Piecrust prebaked in a 9-inch pie plate
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • cups half-and-half
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp confectioners' sugar
  • Chocolate curls for garnish optional
  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together ½ cup sugar, cocoa, ¼ cup cornstarch and 1¾ cups half-and-half. Place over medium-high heat and stir until sugar is just dissolved, about 2 min. Whisk in 4 egg yolks; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and just boils, about 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and 1 tsp vanilla. Place pan in a bowl of ice and water and stir occasionally until custard cools.
  2. Remove from ice bath, dry pan bottom and transfer custard to prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap, gently pressing wrap onto surface of custard; refrigerate.
  3. In another heavy saucepan, stir together ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup cornstarch and 1¾ cups half-and-half. Place over medium-high heat and stir 2 min. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in 4 egg yolks. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and just boils, about 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp vanilla and butter. Cool custard as above over an ice bath, then spoon on top of chocolate filling and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 3 hrs.
  4. Whip cream and confectioners' sugar until firm peaks form and spread onto chilled pie. Garnish with chocolate curls or shavings if desired.
Recipe Notes

That extra punch of chocolate holds up well against the vanilla to bring a just-right flavor!

Nutrition Facts
Black Bottom Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4776 Calories from Fat 2925
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 325g 500%
Saturated Fat 177g 885%
Cholesterol 2317mg 772%
Sodium 1243mg 52%
Potassium 2214mg 63%
Total Carbohydrates 405g 135%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 197g
Protein 71g 142%
Vitamin A 196.1%
Vitamin C 11.4%
Calcium 135.7%
Iron 83.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Recipe by: Tara Bench
Food Stylist: Sara Neumeier
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal November 2009
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