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Week 21: Boston Cream Pie (Massachusetts)

For years I've always wondered why wasn't Boston cream pie called Boston cream cake? After all, it does look just like a layered cake!

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Well, it seems that people used to bake this cake in pie tins.

A Boston cream pie is essentially two layers of cake with a custard filling. Then it's topped with chocolate.

Here are some more fun facts about the Boston cream pie.

  1. The Boston cream pie is a Massachusetts state dessert.

  2. The Boston cream doughnut is their national doughnut.

  3. National Boston Cream Pie Day is on October 23rd, so I'll definitely be making this recipe again on that day!


|Level:👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 2 hours|Serves: 8|




  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

Custard Filling:

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 2 cups chocolate

  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, and line two 8" cake pans with butter and parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix all your cake ingredients. Pour into your prepared pan, and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

  2. Simmer your milk in a pot. In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs, sugar, and cornstarch. Slowly add your milk stirring vigorously so that the eggs don't scramble. Then pour the custard mixture back into the pot and cook until the custard is thick. Whisk in vanilla extract and butter. Cover with a plate and chill the custard in a bowl for 30 minutes.

  3. Melt your chocolate and heavy whipping cream in a bowl at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.

  4. To assemble, layer your two cakes with the custard. Pour the chocolate over your cake and serve!


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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