Boston Cream Pie

For everyone who entered the giveaway, thank you! I read every single comment and love hearing your feedback. I had a lot of comments from you saying that you were new cooks just starting out in the kitchen. This Boston Cream Pie is the perfect dessert for you because it’s a semi-homemade dessert that looks impressive but really is a cinch. Usually I think from scratch recipes taste way better than the semi-homemade option but this is one of those that you really cannot tell the difference. Creamy custard mix is sandwiched between fluffy cake layers and topped with a decadent chocolate sauce.

This dessert comes from my friend Bridian who shares the same love for food and baking that I do. When I first moved to Florida I had just my oldest son and had never used a babysitter besides my family. I was super anxious when my husband had a work function and  I needed a sitter. Bridian came to my rescue. She was 14 years old at the time but was used to tending and cooking for her family of eight. I called her probably five times to check on him in the two hours we were gone but of course, he was fine.

Seven years later, Bridian’s off experiencing college life. We’ve recently been bonded by some of the same life experiences. She has quite the story. I love reading about her college life and all night baking escapades here. She’s one of those people that just has a way with words and I can’t stop reading. Thanks Bridian for this recipe.

Boston Cream Pie - easy and impressive. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

  Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.
 custard
You can make this as easy or as hard as you want. You could use Cool Whip but since we’re already using a boxed cake mix I thought why not use homemade whipped cream. It might seem like a lot of filling and you may feel entitled to eat it all but trust me, you’re going to want all that filling in there. Gently fold it in and spread over the bottom cake layer then place the top layer on top and press down slightly.
glaze
Pour the warm chocolate glaze over the top and slightly spread it to the edges and let it drip. Hurry, because it cools quickly. I’m a chocolate girl so I might make 1.5x the chocolate next time just to make sure I have enough.
Boston Cream Pie - easy and impressive. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

Boston Cream Pie

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 1 yellow cake mix (and ingredients called for on the package)
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream
  • Chocolate Glaze: (If you want a thicker layer you could double this)
  • 1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven and prepare cake mix according to package directions. Line two 9-inch round pans with parchment paper or spray thoroughly with cooking spray. The only way you can mess up this cake is if your cake sticks to the pans so make sure that doesn't happen. Bake cake according to package directions; until golden brown and center passes the toothpick test. Once done, let cakes cool and invert on a wire rack to cool further.
  2. Beat 1 cup of milk and pudding with a whisk or mixer for 2 minutes. Gently fold in whipped cream. Let stand 5 minutes. Stack cake layers on serving plate, spreading pudding mixture between layers.
  3. For the glaze: Microwave chocolate and butter on high for one minute in a small microwave safe bowl. Stir until chocolate is melted. Add powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk; mix well until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake immediately letting drip down the sides. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Notes

from my friend Bridian

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  1. A wonderful pie and more amazing photos! It seems incredibly delicious!

  2. This is seriously my dream!

  3. Oh my. I need this cake.

  4. Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for this recipe! My husband has been wanting a Bost Cream Pie so bad! I just couldn’t find an easy recipe, THANKS A TON!!! Looks delish!

  5. Mmmm… I make this often. But instead of the cake mix, I am lazy and use a thawed frozen pound cake and nuke canned chocolate frosting. May hafta make it tonight :)

  6. LOVE Boston Cream Pie!! This looks perfect!!

  7. Yeah baby! Looks like a wonderful treat!

  8. Christy, you should put your recipes on Pinterest! I’m sure they would be a huge hit!

  9. Love your blog. I made an adaptation inspired by this recipe. Individual pies made with store bought sponge cake shells(2/pie, one for top, one for bottom), homemade vanilla pudding mixed with home whipped cream and the choco glaze. Love it! Thanks!

  10. i do this cake too but make my own pudding..its so good and so easy to make..and way to fatting..anyway eat a pieace for me.

  11. Deeelish

  12. WOW! This is SO beautiful, and when I saw this this morning, it jerked me back to 1963 in a hurry! Boston Cream Pie was one of the FIRST things my then new hubby said he’d really like. Not knowing what he meant, I looked it up in a book and remember saying “THAT’S NOT EVEN A PIE!!!!” After that, and to surprise him, I remember buying it in some kind of ‘box mix’ package(?). I WILL BE MAKING THIS FOR HIM– our anniversary is March 9, so this would be super fantastic wonderfully great for that special day of ours–something to take us back 49 years. THANKS. I love your blog– pictures and writings, all of it (BEAUTIFUL you and your BEAUTIFUL falmily)! My ‘baby steps’ blog is at http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/ My recipes could probably be summarized as “Simple Simon” (LOL!). Through the years, I was shown/taught how to make some ‘unusual’ and tasty treats in R.S. and I appreciate learning opportunities– always. Keep up the fantastic work!!!! Doris

  13. This cake, not pie looks amazing, amazing! What I like to, is that I don’t think it would be high in calories! Bonus plus, I have to make this!!

  14. I had another idea for dessert for my Oscar party but you have me rethinking it with this dessert!

  15. I must try this one! looks goooood!!
    Lior

  16. That looks so delicious!

  17. Easy, quick, and everyone loves it! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  18. This looks delicious,especially since Boston Cream Pie is my favorite,all-time dessert. I can’t wait to make this. Yummy!!!

  19. I made this over the summer and it is now a family favorite. Making it for Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  20. I am confused about the pudding part of the recipei. Are you supposed to buy pre-made pudding and then add a cup of milk to it, or do you use the pudding MIX and only add 1 cup of milk?

  21. I have almost this exact same recipe except I use graham crackers instead of the yellow cake. You line a 9 x 13 pan with the crackers, then half the pudding/whip cream mixture, then another layer of crackers then the rest of the pudding misture. Then one more layer of crackers and cover the whole thing with the melted chocolate. You have to let it sit overnight to set. It’s delicious! One of our family favorites.

  22. This is excellent. I used instant French vanilla pudding and decreased
    The milk by a 1/4 th of a cup. And cool whip by 1/4th of a cup, this
    Made the filling more firm. Next time I am going to try making it
    With French vanilla cake mix. I did double chocolate glaze.

  23. I made this last night for dessert. Boston cream pie is one of my husband’s favorites. It was a huge hit with our NYE crowd, and went over especially well with my husband. Definitely my favorite boston cream pie recipe ever. LOVED it. The filling – amazing. The chocolate on top – heavenly. Soooo yummy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  24. I have made this forever, it’s great, but why do they call,it a pie when actually it’s a CAKE, go figure.

  25. Made and served this for Christmas Eve afternoon early dinner dessert. What a hit!, with my son and daughter-in-law and their adult children and my sister and brother-in-law and my husband.Thank you, for the shortcuts.!

  26. If I wanted to make the layers of cake from scratch do you have a recipe that you can recommend? Thank you and I can’t wait to try this!

  27. WOW.This recipe is wonderful! I made a practice cake with a different recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday. It was terrible. ) : I searched for another recipe, and stumbled upon this. I just finished the pudding filling and it is AMAZING. I am soo keeping this website to myself! Thanks, for the blog ( ;

  28. I made this tonight, and not only was it my first time making homemade whipped cream, but it turned out perfect to boot! The only trouble I had was finding out last minute I didn’t have two cake pans, heh. I still received nothing but rave reviews,and it was definitely worth all the effort and worrying. Thank you for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe. It’s definitely a keeper!

  29. I was in a bind for what to do with my yellow cake mix this weekend when your recipe caught my eye. So glad it did! I didn’t have instant pudding so I made my own, which was a tad runny but still amazing. Come take a peek at the outcome! http://rubyellenphotography.com/tasty-tuesday-boston-cream-pie-cake/

  30. Want these in “minis”? After mixing the cake mix, bake in cupcake papers in a cupcake pan. After done baking and cooled, cut cupcakes in half and remove the top, put in the “filling”, replace the top, drizzle the “ganache” over the tops. (my “ganache” was made with 4 squares of “Bakers” semi-sweet baking squares (4 oz) and about 1 1/2 cups “cool whip”, microwaved and stirred till completely melted and blended.)

    Made these for a “bake Sale” and they were they first to sell out. And they are Yummy, too. Hand held and delicious.

  31. Melissa Snider says:

    Help! how many pieces = a square of the bar for the glaze? I have made the cake and am ready to proceed for my husband’s birthday dinner tonight!

  32. This recipe is great, and a real time-saver. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you could make a home-made version, featuring a simple scratch -made yellow (or sponge) cake, scratch-made pastry cream for the pudding, and the whipped cream and chocolate icing from the recipe above. I know, scratch does mean a little more work, but the flavor makes up for that. Either way, Boston Cream Pie rocks! Anyone looking for scratch recipes can find good ones via Pinterest, or Google or Bing. ;-)

  33. Hi.I am from UK and here we don’t have a yellow or chocolate cake mixes.Could you,please,tell me what’s is the cake like after you’ve baked-is it like a sponge or more solid statue?
    Receipies look really great-will,try some when I find out what the cake mixes are like.
    Thanks a lots.
    Margaret.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      It’s not as spongey as say an angel food cake but it’s not as dense as pound cake.

    • Hi Margaret,
      You can get these cake mixes in Asda, made by Betty Crocker. I’m sure other supermarkets will have them. If not, try Amazon. Good luck….
      Regards
      Carol

  34. Thanks for the recipe. One question, do you have to refrigerate this if you make this one day before the event? Thanks!