Boston cream pie

Boston Cream Pie

April 13, 2015Danita

Boston cream pie

Boston Cream Pie is my absolute favorite “pie”….probably because it’s not really a pie, it’s cake!  And I prefer Cake over Pie.

Why do they call it “pie”?  I have no idea.  I’m sure Google has all the background and information you would every want to know about the history of Boston Cream Pie.  I considered looking it up but honestly, it won’t change the way I feel about it, nor will it change the fact that I finished off the last piece a few days ago….and now I want more.  I’m not the only one either, my parents (who are visiting) just came down looking in the fridge and asking about it.  

Fortunately, it’s an easy “semi-homemade” recipe using a box cake mix, instant pudding, Cool Whip and chocolate ganache.  The thing that takes the longest….waiting for the cake to cool before putting it all together.  Maybe I’ll whip up another one tomorrow!  

Here’s the Recipe:

1 box yellow cake mix and ingredients listed for baking (usually eggs, water and oil or butter)

1 box vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz)

1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)- thawed

Chocolate Ganache 

Boston cream pie

Prepare cake mix according to directions and allow to cool completely on wire racks

Boston cream pie

While cake is cooling, mix up vanilla pudding according to package directions

Allow to sit a few minutes to thicken

Boston cream pie

Add Cool Whip to pudding

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Whisk gently until well combined

Refrigerate until ready to use

Boston cream pie

It’s best to level your layers before adding the filling.  Do this using a cake leveler or serrated knife.  Cut the domed top off each layer so you have a more level surface to work with

When cake is completely cool, place one layer on cake plate and top with pudding mixture

Boston cream pie

Place second layer on top being careful not to press down too hard or filling will ooze out the sides

Boston cream pie

In top of double boiler, prepare Chocolate Ganache

Pour over top layer

It’s Ok if it drips over the sides

Refrigerate until ready to serve

Boston cream pie

How about you?  Pie or Cake?

Boston Cream Pie
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 box yellow cake mix and ingredients listed for baking (usually eggs, water and oil or butter)
  2. 1 box vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz)
  3. 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)- thawed
  4. Chocolate Ganache
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake mix according to directions and allow to cool completely on wire racks
  2. While cake is cooling, mix up vanilla pudding according to package directions
  3. Allow to sit a few minutes to thicken
  4. Add Cool Whip to pudding
  5. Whisk gently until well combined
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use
  7. It’s best to level your layers before adding the filling. Do this using a cake leveler or serrated knife. Cut the domed top off each layer so you have a more level surface to work with
  8. When cake is completely cool, place one layer on cake plate and top with pudding mixture
  9. Place second layer on top being careful not to press down too hard or filling will ooze out the sides
  10. In top of double boiler, prepare Chocolate Ganache
  11. Pour over top layer
  12. It’s Ok if it drips over the sides
  13. Refrigerate until ready to serve
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8 Comments

  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    April 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I love all desserts and an equal opportunity dessert eater. I’m trying to think of the Boston Cream Pie we used to have at the pie place growing up. I thought it was in a pie crust. I can’t remember though. Who am I kidding? I always had banana cream pie when we went. Using a cake base looks heavenly though. Thanks for hosting Small Victories Sunday Linkup with us. Pinning to our linkup board.

  • A Budget-Friendly Life

    April 10, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    What a great recipe! I know my family would love this!

  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    April 9, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    I think I gain 5 pounds every time I check out one of your posts! Last time it was the Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and now this…it all looks so amazing! Pinning!

    1. Danita

      April 10, 2016 at 9:39 AM

      LOL, Lisa! Love having you stop by. Have a blessed week!

  • Pam Greer

    April 26, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Looks declicious!

  • Mae (the wife @ My Wife’s Muffin)

    April 16, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Great recipe! I know a few people who would love a Boston Cream pie for their birthday cake 🙂

  • Alison’s Wonderland Recipes

    April 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    I loooove Boston Cream Pie. Why choose between pie and cake when you can have this? 🙂

    1. Danita

      April 13, 2015 at 3:35 PM

      Great point Alison!

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