Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 2nd June 2011

With the warm weather finally here all I can think about is summer entertaining and this simple Italian Dessert, Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt is the perfect ending to a summer barbecue. Not only is it light and creamy but also cold and refreshing.  It’s also the perfect canvas in which to highlight seasonal berries.  And most importantly – What’s the last thing you want to do on a scorching hot summer’s day? – Turn on the oven and bake!

A photo of Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt (Yogurt Mousse Cakes with Strawberries) dessert garnished with a swirl of Sweetened Whipped Cream, fresh strawberries and a chocolate heart.

I’ve prepared the Torta allo Yogurt with strawberries today but the strawberries can easily be substituted with raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.  In fact, any summer fruit will do.

A photo of an Italian Dessert, Yogurt Mousse Cake with Strawberries and garnished with strawberries, sweetened whipped cream and a chocolate heart.

I was excited to see the pool company at the house this morning, the pool is officially opened and the season for entertaining has begun.  The sun is shining, the weather is warm and I couldn’t be happier.

A photo of fresh strawberries displayed on a dark wooden board.

It’s time to dust of the ice cream maker and start experimenting once again with flavour combinations. One of my favourite summer treats is Italian Ice and I am looking forward to making my own boozy ices to enjoy poolside.

A photo of an Italian Cake, Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt, in mini form, garnished with fresh strawberries and a chocolate heart displayed on a white cake stand.

I’ve never been a huge yogurt fan but I do enjoy using it in desserts.  I wanted an extra creamy mousse so I decided to experiment with Greek Yogurt this time.  I’m very happy I did because the texture was smooth and velvety.

A photo of a Italian Dessert, dolce allo yogurt served on a red dessert dish.

I like recipes like this one for Torta allo Yogurt because it’s so versatile.  The Greek yogurt can be substituted with vanilla yogurt, or if you prefer you could also substitute with strawberry yogurt or another fruit flavoured yogurt.  I would then match the fruit I’m layering it with to the yogurt I was using. I would also omit the sugar because the fruit flavoured yogurts are sweet enough.

A photo of cold Yoghurt Cake, garnished with freshly whipped cream, strawberries and a chocolate heart.

Another wonderful option is to add a strawberry puree to the yogurt, not only will it give a boost in strawberry flavour but the filling would have a beautiful pink colour to it, a striking contrast to the dark chocolate wafer crumb base.

And of course the possibilities for the crumb base are endless.  I chose to combine almonds with chocolate wafers in this dessert.  Toasted almonds and strawberries together – yum! – Excellent combination.

A photo of yogurt cakes, garnished with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate hearts.

I love cheesecakes!  But this Torta is a wonderful alternative.  Soft velvety yogurt mousse with a hint of vanilla, the perfect balance between tangy and sweet and the strawberries bring a wonderful freshness to the dessert.

A photo of mini Italian Cakes with yogurt mousse, fresh strawberries and chocolate hearts.

I am so happy summer is almost here and I am also looking forward to hosting my first summer get together.  Are you?

A photo of an Italian Dessert, Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt, in mini form.

A photo of Chocolate Hearts used to garnish Mini Yogurt Mousse Cakes with Strawberries.

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Comments (76)

76 Responses to “Torta di Fragole e Crema Soffice di Yogurt-Yogurt Mousse Cake with Strawberries”

  1. Paula at Dishing The Divine Says:

    this is a stunning dessert! I’m in San Francisco and have never heard of gold gelatin sheets. What are they?

  2. Grace Says:

    Paula the gelatine sheets apparently have different grades, the one I purchased is the gold sheet by Dr. Oetker, only ones that are available here that I’ve been able to find unless of course I buy the powdered.

  3. Three-Cookies Says:

    Very beautiful!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Grace- another stunning dessert! I’d be thrilled if this was served to me. Everything you make looks so professional.

  5. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lauren, I love desserts like these, looks like you’ve spent a lot of time fussing but in actual fact takes very little time.

  6. Big Boys Oven Says:

    this is truly fabulous simple and delicious!

  7. Jeanne Says:

    This is gorgeous! I bet it is a dreamy texture with the Greek yogurt. Can I please attend one of your parties? ;)

  8. Grace Says:

    You are so right Jeanne, I’ve just started using the Greek yogurt and I love it.

  9. Jeanette Says:

    Grace, these Yogurt Mousse Cakes are stunning! I love the chocolate hearts on top, and your use of Greek yogurt in this recipe. Greek yogurt is such a versatile ingredient – rich in texture yet light in calories.

  10. Grace Says:

    I’ve just started using it Jeanette, I didn’t realize it was light in calories – double bonus!

  11. Tina@flourtrader Says:

    This is nothing but stunning, a perfect dessert for guests this summer. I love the fact that it can be used for different fruits and that this is made with a mix of yogurt and heavy cream. Thanks for posting!

  12. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs Says:

    Oh my goodness these are like works of art. I would be very happy if this was my dessert. I wish I could buzz these more than once.

  13. Grace Says:

    You are so sweet Felice, thank you!

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  15. Carolyn Says:

    Wow, insanely gorgeous as usual. Greek yougurt is one of my faves and it sounds like there are lots of fun options for this beautiful dessert.

  16. marla Says:

    Love this pretty dessert – especially with that chocolate heart….

  17. jenna Says:

    :) every time i come to your blog i’m left speechless…your photos and recipes are astonishing! love ’em!

  18. Grace Says:

    Thank you Jenna

  19. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

    These are so beautiful, Grace. Love the chocolate hearts!

  20. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    Wow, these look so fancy! I can’t believe how easy the instructions are to follow. I’ve got to try my hand at something like this!

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  22. The Farmers Wife Says:

    Wow… Those are amazingly beautiful! You did a fantastic job!

  23. Judy Says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous dessert. Congratulations on the Top 9!

  24. Purabi Naha Says:

    Amazing, Gracie! It is apparent that you are an expert in cake-making and presentation! I am inspired. Looking forward to sharing a lot of recipes with you. Congrats on being eatured.

  25. Sandra Says:

    So elegant Gracie and congratulations on Top 9.

  26. Charlie Says:

    Hello Grace!
    Beautiful looking in every way!

    I want to make this.

    Could you tell me how many servings?

    Thank you

  27. Grace Says:

    Thank you Charlie, if you use the 3-inch molds you’ll get six individual desserts, if you wanted you could also use a 8 inch or 9 inch springform pan to serve more guests.

  28. Charlie Says:

    Thank you Gracie!

  29. Grace Says:

    Most welcome Charlie

  30. Marly Says:

    I’ve loved so many of your posts, but they just keep getting better and better. Amazing job. This recipe looks so elegant…and you make it seem so do-able!

  31. Dana Salvo Says:

    As much of a fan I am of cookies, I’m SO Happy to see such a gorgeous dish on Top 9 today! Well done & well deserved!

  32. Grace Says:

    Thank you Dana

  33. Kate@Diethood Says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous! And delicious!

  34. Lisa Says:

    I have admired your blog for quite some time now, and once again..I’m blown away! These gorgeous yogurt mousse cakes are 5 star, as are your photos! Congrats on Top 9 and thanks for the sweet comment on my guest post over at More Than a Mountfull :)

  35. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lisa, your entremets was absolutely beautiful, I would do anything to enjoy a slice!

  36. Katie Says:

    Grace your desserts are beautiful and I can’t wait to try this one now that summertime has hit.

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  38. Eftychia Says:

    Delcious recipe, very well presented! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Mama's Gotta Bake Says:

    Stunning dessert! Very professional execution, and photos! Bet it tasted great.

  40. Bourbonnatrix Says:

    how pretty is this! wow! congrats!

  41. Barefeet In The Kitchen Says:

    This is stunning! I’m in awe.

  42. SMITH BITES Says:

    bravo, bravo Grace!! absolutely fabulous!!!

  43. Julia Says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely fantastic! Your photos are amazing, and I’m in love with every one of your recipes. I can’t wait to make this one, it’s on the top of my list! Happy Summer!

  44. apaler1 Says:

    These are really beautiful and look so delicious. thanks!

  45. nipponnin Says:

    Oh,,,my! Absolutely beautiful! By the way, who eating all those cakes?

  46. Grace Says:

    I share, share, share – family, friends & neighbours.

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