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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