Boston Cream Pie Boston Cream Pie

Author: Canadian Living

 There's a cake masquerading under this pie's name. Pie tins were commonly used as cake pans by New England colonists in the late 1800s, and the name stuck. Make sure you preheat your oven for this cake – if it's not up to temperature, the cake won't rise. 

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: January 2011


Chocolate Glaze:
Pastry Cream:


Pastry Cream: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch. In saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk half into egg mixture. Whisk back into pan; bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking, until bubbling and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and vanilla. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. Stir in rum; set aside in refrigerator.

Meanwhile, grease two 9-inch (1.5 L) round metal cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. In saucepan, melt butter with milk over low heat; stir in vanilla. Keep warm.

Separate 3 of the eggs; place whites in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat whites at medium-high speed until foamy; gradually beat in half of the sugar until soft peaks form, about 1-1/2 minutes. Transfer to large bowl.

Add yolks, remaining eggs and remaining sugar to mixer bowl. Beat at medium-high speed until pale yellow and batter falls in ribbons when beater is lifted, about 6 minutes. Fold into egg whites.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; sift half over egg mixture and fold in. Repeat with remaining flour mixture. Pour butter mixture down side of bowl; gently fold into flour mixture until no trace of butter remains. Scrape into prepared pans.

Bake in bottom third of 350°F (180°C) oven until cake springs back when lightly touched in centre and side pulls away from pan, about 20 minutes.

Immediately run knife around pans to loosen; invert cakes onto plates. Peel off paper. Invert cakes onto racks; let cool completely.

Place 1 cake layer on plate; spoon pastry cream over top, spreading evenly. Top with remaining cake layer, bottom up.

Chocolate Glaze: In small saucepan, bring cream to boil. Pour over chocolate in heatproof bowl and whisk until smooth; whisk in corn syrup. Pour over cake, spreading to edge and allowing some to drip down side. Sprinkle with almonds. Chill until glaze is set, about 1 hour.

Nutritional facts Per each of 12 servings: about

  • Sodium 92 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 333.0
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Potassium 164 mg
  • Cholesterol 205 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 39 g


  • Iron 10.0
  • Folate 21.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Vitamin A 16.0
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