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Boston cream pie step-by-step “tutorial”

March 30th, 2010 · 14 Comments · baking, dessert, Uncategorized

Do you guys know what a Boston cream pie is? I’m not sure if it’s a regional “Boston” thing or if this is a popular dessert all over the country. All I know is that the only kind I’ve had prior to making it this past weekend was in a donut form from Dunkin Donuts (and it happens to be my favorite donut of theirs). The “pie” is really a yellow cake with custard, topped with a chocolate glaze.

I don’t bake often but I especially rarely make cakes. In fact, before this weekend I’ve only made a cake once and that was nearly a year ago. This weekend as you know, we were celebrating my father in law’s birthday, and also had friends over for dinner. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make something more special since it would have the highest chance of being eaten by more people than just me. 😆 To make a long story short, I was told that my FIL’s favorite dessert is Boston cream pie, so I searched online for a highly rated recipe (can be found here) and got to work. It was so easy! Here is how it went down.


All the ingredients:

Mix and beat all of them…

Cake batter:

Pour batter into a greased cake pan (I always use a canola spray with flour)

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes

Done! :)



Custard ingredients:

Mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt, then stir in milk gradually…

It will eventually thicken…

Add 1/2 of milk mixture into the egg yolks

Return egg yolk mixture to the saucepan, add vanilla and cool the custard (I transferred it into a glass bowl for faster cooling).


Cut the cake in half

Spread the custard over the bottom half

Top with the other cake half

Done! 😀


Glaze ingredients:

Melt butter + unsweetened chocolate

Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and vanilla

Cover cake with glaze

Smile! :mrgreen:

Really DONE! How easy was that?

It was pretty delicious. My favorite part, of course, was the chocolate glaze. Have you ever had Boston cream pie?

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    I love Boston Creme pie….yours looks SO good!

  • #2 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I’m pretty sure the Boston Cream Pie is something that the whole country loves and isn’t regional because I’m from the Midwest and we like to hit that stuff!

    Yours looks amazing. I’ve never made one before but it actually doesn’t look all that hard now!

  • #3 - Lauren

    [Hanging my head in sham] I am a Bostonian (well, a transplant) who has never had Boston Cream Pie. Yours looks fantastic!

  • #4 - Lauren

    * shame, not sham ;).

  • #5 - Eve @ nutritionbyeve

    I’ve never had boston cream pie but that looks so good!! I love how you wear aprons in the kitchen, I think I need to get one :)

  • #6 - Cara

    How cute are you! Your cake looks wonderful too!

  • #7 - Kelly

    I love Boston Cream Pie but I don’t think I’ve ever had it homemade before. I will definitely be using your recipe in the future, when I get the baking itch. The chocolate icing takes your photos from interesting to food porn. :)

  • #8 - MelissaNibbles

    I’m a Bostonian and I hate Boston Cream Pie. I’m a disgrace to my city!

    FYI: It was created by a chef at the Parker House Hotel back in the day. That’s where it gets it’s name!

  • #9 - Run Sarah

    You are too cute and the pie looks delish – I don’t think I’ve ever tried one before, but you make it look easy!

  • #10 - Shannon

    wow, that really does look amazing!! great job :) i love the photos of you cooking in the apron, too 😉 i used to LOVE boston creme dougnuts… way back in the day.

  • #11 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I have never had Boston cream pie…just the Yoplait yogurt version of it 😉 Your pictures are gorgeous…that apron is adorable!

  • #12 - Liz

    Looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had a real Boston Cream Pie – just the donuts and a Yoplait yogurt – but it definitely looks like something I want to try. Those are Ryan’s favorite donuts too so maybe I’ll make it for him as a special treat :)

  • #13 - Kelly

    Gorgeous! That turned out beautifully Elina.

  • #14 - Bridget

    Looks delicious!! I haven’t had Boston cream pie in ages!!! This is also going on my list :) I do have to say the best I’ve ever had was at the Omni Parker house…the birthplace of the Boston Cream pie. Brian and I stayed there on our one year (dating) anniversary :)