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Boston Cream Pie

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This classic dessert, Boston Cream Pie,  is in fact a cake layered with custard and topped with chocolate glaze, so don’t let the name fool you! 

Ingredients for the cream filling:

  • ½ cup whipping cream.
  • ½ cup of milk.
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  • 3 egg yolks.
  • 3 tbsp. castor sugar.
  • 1½ tbsp. corn starch.
  • 30g unsalted butter.

Ganache glaze:

  • ½ cup whipping cream.
  • 120g milk chocolate.
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil.
  • 1 tbsp. corn syrup.
Boston Cream Pie


  1. Sift the sugar, cake flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of your mixer.
  2. Add the butter cubes and using the paddle attachment, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a crumb texture.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla essence.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and beat on a low speed till everything comes together, then beat on a high speed until the batter is pale and thick roughly 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 20cm cake pan and pop it into a preheated oven.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, before turning it out onto a cooling rack and allowing it to cool completely.
  8. To make the cream filling, heat the cream and the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  9. Add the vanilla essence and mix, until the mixture just starts to simmer.
  10. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk, sugar, and corn starch.
  11. While whisking, slowly pour over the hot milk mixture and whisk till well combined.
  12. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and return to the stove.
  13. Whisk constantly until the mixture becomes thick and glossy.
  14. Place the butter in a dish with a sieve balanced over it.
  15. Immediately pour the cream mixture through a sieve and using the back of a spoon, push the mixture through the sieve.
  16. Stir until the butter has melted.
  17. Allow to mixture to cool slightly, then place a piece of cling wrap on the surface of the mixture, this prevents skin from forming.

To assembly the cake:

  1. Cut the cake into two layers, and place one layer down on your cake stand.
  2. Add the cream filling and evenly spread it over the center.
  3. Place the second layer on top of the cream mixture.
  4. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and using an offset spatula spread the ganache over the top.
  5. Pop into the fridge to chill till the ganache has set.

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