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Boston Cream Pie

This easy Boston Cream Pie recipe is semi-homemade dessert with a cream filling covered in a chocolate ganache but tastes like you spent all day making it. This is the best recipe out there. Is it a pie or is it a cake? It’s both. You can even make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes instead of a cake.


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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.

The middle kind of reminds me of this Banana Pudding. Equally as decadent.

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. 

She’s one of those people that just has a way with words and I can’t stop reading. Thanks Bridian for this recipe.

  Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.

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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.

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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.

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4.87 from 22 votes

Yield: 8 servings

This easy Boston Cream Pie recipe is semi-homemade with a cream filling but tastes like you spent all day making it. This is the best recipe out there.

For the cake:

  • 1
    yellow cake mix
    (and ingredients called for on the package)


  • 1
    cold milk
  • 1
    3.4 ounce
    package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2
    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
  • 3/4
    powdered sugar
  • 2

  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 mix 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.

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