Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

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Boston Cream Pie is a traditional dessert that is known to be firstly created at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856.  Despite its name it is actually a cake, a two-layer yellow cake filled with a thick layer of pastry cream and topped with a layer of chocolate. It is a classic combination that everybody enjoy.

This cake is really easy to prepare, doesn’t need any sort of decoration except for spreading the chocolate in such a way to spill down the sides. It sets quickly after assembling and is ready to serve in less than 20 minutes.


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  • Makes about 8 servings
  • Sponge Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 ts p (2g) salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp (6g) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • Pastry Cream
  • 1 1/2 cup (360 ml) milk
  • 1/4 tsp (2g) salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp (8g) flour
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp (15g) unsalted butter
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 3.5 oz (100g) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60g) cream
  1. Prepare the pastry cream. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar and salt until slightly pale.
  2. Incorporate the cornstarch and flour with ¼ cup (60ml)milk . Pour the rest of 1 ¼ cup (300ml) milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour about a third of the hot milk over the egg yolks mixture. Pour the whole mixture into the saucepan over the milk. Bring to a boil while stirring and thickens. Keep enough over heat to cook all the cornstarch. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the cream into a clean bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes then incorporate the butter while stirring. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the pastry cream to prevent forming a skin on the surface. Let it cool at room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Prepare the sponge cake. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease with butter and line with parchment paper a 8 inch (20cm) round cake pan.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside until ready to use.
  6. In a large mixing bowl add butter and sugar and mix to combine. Incorporate eggs one at a time and add vanilla extract.
  7. Gradually add flour mixture while alternating with milk.
  8. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Let pan cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely.
  12. Assemble the cake. Divide cake in two and place one layer onto a serving plate. Spread evenly with pastry cream leaving about 1/2 inch (1cm) border.
  13. Place the other layer of cake on top.
  14. Prepare the chocolate ganache. Place cream into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute then stir until smooth.
  15. Using an offset spatula spread the ganache over the top and edges of the cake.
  16. Let it set for 15 minutes then serve.
  17. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving ( 163g) - Calories:439, Fat:20.9g, Saturated Fat:12.3g, Carbohydrates:58.3g, Sugar:35.0g, Fiber:1.4g, Protein:7.5g, Cholesterol:140mg, Calories from Fat 189, Sodium 293mg, Potassium 231mg, Vitamin A 11%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 14%, Iron 11%, Nutrition Grade D+, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On October 31, 2016 at 06:48 pm, Kayle said...
ohhhh this boston cream pie looks amazinggg! Especially that gorgeous ganache
On December 04, 2016 at 02:13 am, heba ahmed said...
i tried this one and it was very delicious :) thank you so much
On September 17, 2017 at 12:50 am, Jessica said...
If I were to bake this in a 9-inch pan would the baking time still be the same or around 5 minutes less? Thanks

Hi Jessica. 

If you use a 9-inch pan than the baking time may  be 5 minutes less.

On August 06, 2018 at 03:39 am, Kia said...
my pastry cream turned out jelly like after refrigerating . it wasn't smooth any more. i measured all my ingredients accurately. how do i avoid this? any tip?
On April 24, 2019 at 11:16 am, Cindy said...
Where can I get this music, I love it!
On July 30, 2020 at 04:17 pm, Az?n said...
Hi I love it I baked this cake twise, but when I put it in the fridge, it was a little firm and empty when served. I can ask if there was a problem in baking it or not.

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