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. Three-Cookies Says:

    Very beautiful!

  3. 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.

  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. Big Boys Oven Says:

    this is truly fabulous simple and delicious!

  6. Jeanne Says:

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

  7. Grace Says:

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

  8. 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.

  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. 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!

  11. 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.

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  13. Grace Says:

    You are so sweet Felice, thank you!

  14. Grace Says:

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

  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. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

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

  19. 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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  21. Grace Says:

    Thank you Jenna

  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. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. Grace Says:

    Thank you Dana

  32. Grace Says:

    Most welcome Charlie

  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. Katie Says:

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

  36. melita Says:


  37. Grace Says:

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

  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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    Look’s Beautiful!!

  51. Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) Says:

    This looks awesome! :)

  52. Suzanne Says:

    These are so lovely!

    Can you tell me where you got the white square plates with the tipped up corners? ( I love them but can’t seem to find them anywhere.

    Thanks :)

  53. Grace Says:

    Suzanne I found those at Home Sense, in fact I was there the other day and they still have them (think it may be a collection they stock all the time), surprising because I bought them quite a long time ago and usually they get things in and if you’re not quick to scoop them up they are gone. The name of the collection is Sam & Squito by Xiahe Co, strengthed bone china, approximately 20-cm square (7 3/4-inch) square. Hope this helps.

  54. Matt Kuchar Says:

    Thanks alot – I think I just got a cavity

  55. Grace Says:

    A cavity? These are not too sweet, refreshing and delicious

  56. Suzanne Says:

    Thanks for the reply about the dishes, I don’t live in Canada but I did manage to hunt down something similar once I had a point of reference :)

  57. Grace Says:

    I’m glad you found something close Suzanne.

  58. laura b Says:

    Any idea if these will freeze for later use?

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  61. Laura in Cucina Says:

    Bellissime foto e spiegazioni!!! fantastiche!!
    saluti da Bologna -Italy ciao laura

  62. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Ciao Laura – Grazia!

  63. vianice Ng Says:

    Hi grace, your mousse cake looks amazing! Can I know how to make the chocolate heart? It looks so lovely!

  64. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Absolutely Vianice, these are pretty easy, melt chocolate in heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Transfer the melted chocolate to squeeze bottle. Line rimmed baking sheet with silicone mat or baking paper. Pipe the hearts free hand and then transfer baking sheet to refrigerator and chill until set. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. All the best!

  65. vianice Ng Says:

    Thanks for your reply. For sure I will bake it soon and let you know the result. Have a nice day!

  66. Hannah Says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I’m an absolute fan of mini/individual dessert!! Can you freeze these? I have a dinner party coming up & know I won’t have time to make these on the day or even the day before. Would be awesome if I could make these the weekend before & freeze for my dinner party on Thursday night.

  67. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Hannah, I wouldn’t recommend freezing these because of the fresh strawberries, the texture of the berries will be altered for sure, very similar to defrosting frozen berries and the defrosted berries may also alter the texture of the mousse (add moisture). These are fairly quick to put together probably less than 30 minutes not counting crust chilling time. You could always prepare the collars and crumb in advance adding melted butter just prior to pressing crumb into the moulds.

  68. Hannah Says:

    Hello Grace…thx for your reply. I made these last night (not for my dinner party) but because I really wanted to try them anyway…they’re beautiful!! So light & awesome looking. I don’t think I put enough gelatine in because they’re still very wobbly & fragile….I kind of had to guess the quantity because my scales aren’t real accurate with smaller quantities & the gelatine sheets here in Australia must be a bit different because our sheets weigh approx 5g each. Thx so much for the recipe. I’ll be watching out for any other individual mousse recipes…I’m gonna try the Neopolitan ones next!

  69. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Hannah, gelatine in general is very difficult to deal with because sheets vary in strength too (and converting to powder is even worse). I wish I could find a way to make it easy for all. I use the Dr. Oetker gelatine sheets because to be frank it’s the only sheets I’ve ever been able to find here in my city. The strength is extra gold. Our packages include 6 sheets for a total weight of 10 g therefore each sheet weighs about 1.67 g. The 6 sheets sets about 500 ml of liquid (2 cups) firmly. Does your gelatine package state how many cups of liquid it sets? I wonder if we can come up with a calculation with this in mind? By the way, I’m hoping to have a new mousse cake recipe up tomorrow. We’ll need to figure out the gelatine quantities so you don’t run into any trouble if you try them.

  70. Emily D, Says:

    Thankyou so much for posting this amazing recipe! I was easy to follow and I used it for my school assessment and it turned out really well! Thankyou, and also, it tastes amazing!

  71. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Congratulations Emily, so very happy for you! And thank you so much, gave me an extra spring in my step today.

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  73. JC Says:

    Hi Grace this dessert looks lush! I was just wondering how long it takes for the mousse to set? Thanks.

  74. Julianne Says:

    Where can I find the mould rings? Are they expensive?

  75. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Julianne, I bought them at The Ultimate Baker 6 ring moulds for $20.

  76. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi JC, about 4 to 6 hours (maybe less).

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