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.

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™
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Boston Cream Pie Layer Cake

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Baking for me is therapeutic. It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts.


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

  • Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  • Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  • Pour batter into three 8-inch round baking pans lined with parchment. Bake at 350.

Vanilla Pudding

  • 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

  • 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

  • Place one layer of cooled yellow cake on cake stand.
  • Cover in half of vanilla pudding mixture.
  • Place another layer of cooled yellow cake on top.
  • Cover in remaining vanilla pudding.
  • Place last layer of cooled yellow cake on top.
  • Drizzle chocolate glaze over entire cake and let it spill over sides.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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