boston cream pie surprise inside cake™

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on April 15, 2014

When I realized what day today was I immediately started baking.

Baking for me is therapeutic.  It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

I can still remember the moment I heard of the Boston bombings.  Like everyone else, it was shock.  Horror.  Dismay.

I grieved for the three precious lives lost and felt such sorrow for the 264 others who were injured and suffered other life-altering wounds.

I sat in disbelief as it became apparent…  Someone did this on purpose.

But over the course of the next few days and weeks something else became apparent.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™


Through tragedy, the people of Boston (and ultimately all of America) were united.

These people; the victims, the survivors, and every single person who stepped into the role of hero not by choice, but by circumstance.

These people are united in compassion and strength and love.

Recipe is only for traditional Boston Cream Pie cake, not the Surprise-Inside cake.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™


I simply made a traditional Boston Cream Pie, but made a couple little changes.

There are three layers representing the three lives lost.

There is a heart.

A sweet, small little heart, but that represents the unity and love that the people of Boston share.

I am so humbled by these people who have endured terrorism and hate, yet have chosen to come out of it with solidarity, allegiance and friendship.

You are most definitely #bostonstrong.  You are an inspiration.

If you want to see how I made the heart in the cake, here is a video showing you how to add a surprise into a cake.

5 from 1 vote
Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™
Boston Cream Pie Layer Cake
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Baking for me is therapeutic. It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boston Cream Pie Layer Cake
Servings: 14 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Yellow Cake
  • 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1/8 c vegetable oil
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
Pudding Filling
  • 1 box 3.4 ounce vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 4 oz chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
Yellow Cake
  1. Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  4. Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  5. Pour batter into three 8-inch round baking pans lined with parchment. Bake at 350.
Vanilla Pudding
  1. Combine milk, instant pudding mix, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat mixture with a hand mixer for 2 minutes, or until it thickens. Place mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Glaze
  1. Heat cream to a boil and pour into a medium-size heatproof bowl filled with the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup. Gently stir until smooth and chocolate is melted. Let cool to thicken slightly.

To Assemble Cake
  1. Place one layer of cooled yellow cake on cake stand.
  2. Cover in half of vanilla pudding mixture.
  3. Place another layer of cooled yellow cake on top.
  4. Cover in remaining vanilla pudding.
  5. Place last layer of cooled yellow cake on top.
  6. Drizzle chocolate glaze over entire cake and let it spill over sides.

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  • Kristen says:

    Love this and the sentiment behind it!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Kristen!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Aww such a nice tribute cake!! Love it 🙂

    • Amanda says:


  • sue/the view from great island says:

    I love this post! It’s a beautiful cake and tribute to a great city.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Sue!

  • Amanda Paa says:

    how kind and compassionate you are…. always. i love this. being in the kitchen is so relaxing for me as well. it has helped me during many stressful days. i’m so glad god has shown me a way to find comfort. xo

    • Amanda says:

      Love that we have that in common Amanda! Well, and our awesome name. 😉 Be blessed today sweet friend! (Even in the SNOW!!)

  • Becca from ItsYummi! says:

    Oh my gosh, Amanda… what a beautiful post, and another gorgeous cake, too!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you sweet Becca!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood says:

    This was beautiful Amanda. A fitting tribute for Boston.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Courtney!

  • julianne says:

    thank you for this beautiful post.
    a bostonian. <3

    • Amanda says:

      Thank YOU.

  • LeeAnn says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. Amazing!

  • Emily says:

    Amanda I was humbled by your true caring for others as demonstrated by this meaningful cake. It actually moved me to tears when I read about the 3 layers representing the lives lost that day. What a horrible and shocking day that was but you have managed to capture the strength of Boston’s people and I am sure they appreciate it! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Jan R says:

    Would love to have her cookbook and YOURS…PLEASE!

  • Shelly says:

    Such a loving way to present your creation, my favorite cake is Boston Cream Pie, now I love it more!!

  • Charlene says:

    What a beautiful tribute. Love the heart.

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    Wow what a beautiful cake! And a little surprise too, so cool!

  • Susan Eaton says:

    Great sentiment towards the marathon. I made Boston Crème Cake for E’s 8th birthday last year and realizing I was making it for all of Boston for Boston Strong. I love the heart in it.

  • Nat says:

    How long do you bake the cakes for?

  • Janet Marin says:

    love your cooking rules, neat

  • Sharon Cripe says:

    Left out Amt of milk for pudding

  • Marla says:

    PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER? How much milk goes in to the pudding, AND how long is the cake supposed to be baked? These two things are pretty much “have-to-know”. Thank you in advance.

  • Lynda Braden says:

    Tried it ..Soo good

  • Valentina says:

    You didn’t spesifyed for how long it’s baked? And how much milk do you need in pudding ? Please let me know Thank you

  • Debra Love says:

    Do you bake and sell these?