Classic Boston Cream Pie

Details

Time
7 hours
Skill Level
Expert
Yields
1 cake

A decadent homemade cake, with a rich, creamy filling, covered in a dark cocoa glaze of chocolate. How can you possibly go wrong? This is the perfectly easy Boston cream pie recipe that will have your friends, family and guests clamoring for more.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
21 minutes
Bake Time
33 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours 10 minutes
Chill Time
3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup

    shortening

  • 1 cup

    sugar

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 1-1/4 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 tsps

    baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp

    salt

  • 3/4 cup

    milk

  • Rich Filling

  • 1/3 cup

    sugar

  • 2 Tbsps

    corn starch

  • 1-1/2 cups

    milk

  • 2

    egg yolks, slightly beaten

  • 1 Tbsps

    butter or margarine

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • Dark Cocoa Glaze

  • 3 Tbsps

    water

  • 2 Tbsps

    butter or margarine

  • 3 Tbsps
  • 1 cup

    powdered sugar

  • 1/2 tsp

    vanilla extract

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven
oven
9-inch round baking pan
9-inch round baking pan
mixing bowl
mixing bowl
wire rack
wire rack
refrigerator
refrigerator
saucepan
saucepan
stovetop
stovetop
whisk
whisk
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour one 9-inch round baking pan.

2

Beat shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to shortening mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes our clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

4

Prepare Rich Filling. Using long serrated knife, cut cake horizontally into two even layers. Place 1 layer on serving plate, cut side up; spread filling over layer. Top with remaining layer, cut side down. Prepare Dark Cocoa Glaze. Pour glaze over top of cake, allowing glaze to drizzle down sides. Refrigerate several hours or until cold. Cover; refrigerate leftover dessert. 

Rich Filling:

Stir together sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan; gradually add milk and egg yolks, stirring until blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold.

Dark Cocoa Glaze:

Heat water and butter in small saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to boil; remove from heat. Immediately stir in cocoa. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating with whisk until smooth; cool slightly.

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