Boston Cream Pie Cake

It was my boyfriend Travis’ birthday yesterday. Birthday’s are a great reason to make cake and I usually take advantage of that!! He requested a couple of different cakes…carrot cake, chocolate cake…but then he kept talking about cream filled doughnuts. That was when I started thinking about a cream filled cake and decided on this one. In case you are wondering why it’s called pie when it’s a cake there is a Wiki for that!! 🙂

Look at how the filling is oozing out of the side!!

Sliced and ready to serve:

Boston Cream Pie

From The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook pg 104

  • 1/2 (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring extract


  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended. Stir in flavorings.
  • Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes (my cake cooked exactly 20 minutes) or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks
  • Spread Cream Filling between cake layers. Spread Chocolate Glaze over top of cake, letting excess drip down sides. Chill at least 1 hour (We ate it after an hour but I would recommend 2 hours to be sure the cream filling is completely chilled). Store in refrigerator.

Cream Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine first 3 three ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Add milk and egg yolks; stir with a wire whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool (I put the cream in a bowl and refrigerated it while the cake finished cooking and cooled).

Chocolate Glaze

  • For the glaze I didn’t use the recipe from the cookbook. When I do make the recipe again I will try the recipe from the book. Instead I melted 1 cup chocolate chips with 1/2 cup light cream and poured it over the cake. It hardened nicely in the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Boston Cream Pie Cake

  1. Elissa! Yet another strange coincidence on the list of sister connections. I didn’t bake Paul a cake, but when I went with his parents to the grocery store on Sunday night to pick one out for him, that’s the exact one that I chose! They were debating other options and I was like, “This one looks good. I bet he’d like this.” (And he did!)

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