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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is two layers of sponge cake with pastry cream in between and a chocolate glaze poured over the top.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Chill3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 48 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boston Cream Pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 687kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


Pastry Cream

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick or 57g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into four pieces
  • teaspoons vanilla

Sponge Cake

  • ½ cup (50g) cake flour
  • ¼ cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature and divided
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar, divided

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup (238g) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (85g) light corn syrup
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Pastry Cream

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the half and half, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and salt. Heat until the mixture starts to simmer, whisking occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  • While the half and half is simmering, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until combined. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar for about 15 seconds, or the sugar has begun to dissolve. Whisk in the cornstarch and mix until the mixture is light yellow. It will be thick.
  • Slowly pour the simmering half and half into the egg yolk mixture, whisking to combine. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, scraping the sides of the bowl.
  • Over medium heat, bring the mixture back to a simmer, whisking constantly. After about 30 seconds, the mixture should thicken and be glossy.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Using a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl, strain the cream. Immediately after straining, cover the surface of the pastry cream with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, up to 2 days.

Sponge Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray, or prepare with GOOP, and line bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together both kinds of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the milk and butter. Heat until butter has melted (20-30 seconds). Cover to keep warm.
  • Separate three eggs. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the three egg whites only. To the egg yolks, add the other two whole eggs and set aside.
  • At low speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Increase the speed to medium and gradually add half of the sugar. Beat until soft peaks form. (Soft peaks will briefly stand on their own before falling back in the mixture.) Transfer the beaten egg whites to a large bowl.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, add the egg yolks and whole egg mixture. Beat this mixture at medium-high speed with the remaining sugar until the eggs are thick, about 5 minutes. Add these eggs to the beaten egg white mixture.
  • Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, gently folding about 12 times with a rubber spatula, or until mostly combined.
  • In one side of the batter, make a well. Pour the milk and melted butter mixture into the batter and continue to gently fold until there is no trace of flour remaining.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when touched. (Check a few minutes early for doneness.)
  • When done, remove the cakes from the oven and immediately loosen the cakes from the pans with an offset spatula. Invert each cake onto a large plate or serving platter. Remove parchment paper and flip each cake over again onto a wire rack. Let the cakes cool to room temperature before continuing with the recipe.


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add heavy cream and corn syrup. Bring to a simmer.
  • Once at a full simmer, remove from heat and add the chocolate pieces. Cover and let stand for 8 minutes, or until the chocolate has melted.
  • Gently stir in the vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Allow glaze to cool to lukewarm. (If put in the refrigerator to cool, stir every few minutes.)


  • While the glaze is cooling, place one of the cooled sponge cakes onto a cardboard round or a cake stand. Spread the pastry filling evenly over the cake to the edges.
  • Place the second cake on top. Pour the glaze onto the middle of the cake and let it flow down the sides of the cake.
  • Let the cake sit for about an hour, or until the glaze has set. The cake is best served the same day.


Calories: 687kcal