Sunday, October 23, 2022

Grab a fork and knife, because October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day! If you’ve never heard of Boston cream pie before, it’s a yellow butter cake, filled with custard or cream and topped with chocolate glaze. (Yum!) These are fantastic! Try this Outrageous Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes recipe listed below.


Now, we know what you’re thinking: Why is it called a pie, when it’s actually a cake? Well, when the Boston cream pie was first invented, cakes and pies were baked with the same kinds of pans, and even the words were used interchangeably. As a result, the Boston cream pie keeps its old-fashioned name, in addition to its delicious flavor. It was first invented in 1856, by an Armenian-French chef named Sanzian. At the time, chocolate frosting was a fairly new idea, so the delicious dessert took the world by storm. And to this day, it remains a popular menu selection.

Five Food Finds about Boston Cream Pie:

• A Boston cream pie is a cake that is filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.

• Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.

• Boston cream pie was created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856.

• The Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts, declared as such in 1996.

• A Boston cream doughnut is a name for a Berliner filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with icing made from chocolate.

Outrageous Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

YIELD:  14 cupcakes


18 1⁄2 ounces butter recipe cake mix
1 (3 ounce) box French vanilla instant pudding
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
CHOCOLATE GANACHE 1 cup heavy cream 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Prepare yellow cupcakes as directed on box.

2. In the meantime, prepare the vanilla custard filling by combining the instant pudding mix the half and half in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer using the whip attachment, combine cream, vanilla and powdered sugar and whip at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the pudding mixture to the whipped cream until it is fully incorporated and smooth. Place filling into a pastry bag fitted with a #21 (or standard star) tip.

3. When the cupcakes have cooled, place the tip of the pastry bag inside each cupcake and pipe in filling, being careful not to overfill.

4. When all the cupcakes have been filled, prepare your ganache.

5. Combine the heavy cream and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; cover and let stand for 8 minutes. (If the chocolate has not completely melted, return the saucepan to low heat and stir constantly until melted.) Stir in the vanilla extract very gently until smooth. Cool the glaze until tepid so that a spoonful drizzled back into the pan mounds slightly. (You can refrigerate the glaze to speed up this process, stirring every few minutes to ensure even cooling.).

6. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the ganache. Place glazed cupcakes on a cooling rack to dry. Be sure to place wax paper or cookie sheet under rack as the ganache will drip.


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