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Mini Boston Cream Pies

I am not really sure why a Boston cream pie is referred to as a “pie” coz clearly, it’s a CAKE!

More specifically, it’s a DELICIOUS vanilla cake with a creamy filling and covered in chocolate ganache! 

There is NO pie crust at all.

Yet, it’s called a pie!

How MISLEADING… Sheesh! :S

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Regardless of the reason behind its unusual name, one cannot DENY the fact that it tastes DIVINE!

If I was given a choice between a Boston cream pie and a chocolate cake, I would actually be CONFUSED and that doesn’t happen much, especially when it comes to chocolate… lol 😛

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Instead of making a big Boston cream pie, I decided to make mini Boston cream pies.

They are CUTER and I could serve them individually in colorful little plates… heheh.

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I also tossed some chocolate SPRINKLES on each place.

It added a subtle CRUNCH in each bite and I liked that.

I know what you are thinking…

Sprinkles are meant to go on TOP of cakes!

But you see… hubby DOESN’T like sprinkles (*gasp gasp gasp*).

So , I sprinkled them around the cake and he was easily able to throw them out while I gave him DIRTY looks…lol 😉

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By the way, I have a major OBSESSION with colorful plates!!!!!

They are so PRETTY and the bright colors cheer me up and make me happy…lol

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To make these mini boston cream pies, you will need the following ingredients:

Vanilla cupcakes

1 cup fat free milk
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 jumbo egg or 2 small eggs
1/3 cup light olive oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour

Vanilla pudding

2 cups fat free milk
4 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar (or if you want it sweeter, you can use 1/3 cup sugar)
1tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp clear vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract

– Custard or pastry cream is generally used as a filling in this cake but I like to use vanilla pudding.
– Making a Boston cream pie cake is usually time-consuming  because it has so many components but it’s totally worth it at the end! 😀

Here are the steps for making the vanilla cupcakes:

Step 1:
In a deep bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.

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Step 2:
Now, add the wet ingredients and mix…

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…Until everything is well-blended.

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Step 3:
Pour this batter into cupcake liners. Fill about halfway.

If you pour this batter into a pitcher or a jug, it’s easier to pour batter into cupcakes. Less spilling and less mess!

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Step 4:
Bake these cupcakes at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick come out clean.

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And you are done.

Not only does this recipe make excellent cupcakes but it also makes excellent cakes.

If you use this recipe to make a cake, then you will have to bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick come out clean.

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Here are the steps for making the vanilla pudding:

Step 1:
Place a saucepan on medium heat.
Add milk and allow it to heat it until you start to see steam.

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Step 2:
When that happens, mix cornstarch in some water (just enough water that the cornstarch dissolves).
Then, pour this cornstarch liquid into the milk.
Keep stirring with a spoon or else you will get lumps and no one likes lumpy pudding :S

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Step 3:
You will notice that your pudding has gotten thicker.
Keep stirring until you are satisfied with the consistency.
Then, add vanilla and almond extracts and mix.

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Step 4:
Remove from heat.
Add butter and mix.

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And that’s it!

You know your pudding is done when it starts sticking to your spoon.

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Here are the steps for assembling the mini boston cream pies:

Step 1:
Once your cupcakes have cooled down, cut them in half using a sharp knife.
Pour a spoonful of vanilla pudding on each cupcake slice.

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Step 2:
Then, place the other half of the cupcake on top of the pudding.

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Step 3:
Pour some ganache over each cupcake set.
I don’t have actual measurements  for making ganache.
All I do is melt some chocolate and mix some heavy cream until I am satisfied with the consistency.

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And your boston cream pies are finally done!


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Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this recipe, you may also like some of these other chocolate recipes:

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

vegan chocolate cupcakes

Vegan chocolate pudding

vegan chocolate pudding

Crazy wacky depression chocolate cake

crazy wacky depression chocolate cake
Until next time, tata my lovelies 🙂


  1. Shirley

    August 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    These are adorable!! I really like that you made them into minis, and I would never have thought to use a cupcake tin. Yum.

  2. Inayet Rizvi

    August 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Yum Yum——— looks delicious !!!

  3. Suzie

    August 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Those look so good! They would be great party food 🙂

  4. yummychunklet

    August 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What delicious little cakes!

  5. Natalie

    August 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks DELICIOUS and I am off to enjoy it all. Yum!

  6. jenbeans

    August 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    My favourite donut, now in pie form. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Mich@ Piece of Cake

    August 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    These look so adorable and delicious! I could pop a few into my mouth now. I like the ingredients, they are a healthy selection. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Cakelaw

    August 22, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I have always wanted to make Boston cream pie – and these minis look delish!

  9. lisaiscooking

    August 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Boston cream pie is on the short list of most favorite desserts in my house. I love this version of minis! These would not last long around here.

  10. Zoe

    August 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Your Boston cream pie look very pretty! This will be in my to-bake list now.

  11. Hannah

    August 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Boston cream pies are some of the most delicious misnomers around! These really do look luscious- Individual versions are definitely the way to go, because then you won’t have to share. 😉

  12. Deandra

    August 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Oh, mini version, such a great idea! I love the fact that we don’t have to share that. It’s too bad that ur husband do not like sprinkle coz I bet with little crunch of chocolate it’d more divine

  13. Vicki Bensinger

    August 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love Boston Cream pies but have never made them. I love the mini version and how easy your recipe is. I will definitely try these soon thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Cass @foodmyfriend

    August 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I saw these on your facebook and fell in love! So beautiful 🙂

  15. Jenny Johnson

    August 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve never seen minis before and I need to have one asap!! Kudos to you. You come up with such wonderful gems. 🙂

  16. Tania @ A Perfect Pantry

    August 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    They look so gorgeous… and delicious. I want one now:)

  17. CCU

    August 23, 2012 at 3:31 am

    What perfect afdorable mini cream pies my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. Kate

    August 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

    So beautiful and delicious. I love the details and the ganache. Great recipe!

  19. Asmita

    August 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Decadent! Would love to try this!

  20. Joanne

    August 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    These are adorable! The perfect personal sized Boston cream pie.

  21. Manju

    August 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to try out a boston cream pie, but they looked so big and heavy 🙂 I love ur mini version…Mini-Desserts rule 🙂


  22. RavieNomNoms

    August 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

    My Daddy LOVES Boston Cream "pie" always has. Now that I think about it Patrick loves it too. Yours looks so great. I love that they are mini…yes please!

  23. MaryMoh

    August 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Mmmm….looks really tempting!

  24. Viviane Bauquet Farre

    August 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful and pragmatic. Treats like these are perfect for serving at casual dinner parties or barbecues. Very traditional, but miniature!

  25. emmycooks

    August 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Everything on your site looks scrumptious!

  26. Stacie @ Snaps and Bits

    August 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Oh my word. Three words. AWESOME FOOD PORN!

  27. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    August 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    You know, I’ve often wondered why it’s called pie too! And individual ones are a great idea-portion control! 😀

  28. roz

    August 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Boston Cream Pie is one of my family’s absolute, all-time favorites! And now in mini-form, these are perfect!!!!! So clever!

  29. Liz

    August 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    What cute mini Boston cream pies! And the sprinkles and bright plates make such a darling presentation. Now pass that fork to me, please 🙂

  30. Balvinder

    August 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    These mini pies look so cute. Like your idea of filling the cup cakes with vanilla pudding rather than frosting.

  31. Ames

    August 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    These are so cute! My kind of dessert :D.

  32. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    August 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Boston cream pie is one of my very favorite cakes. I always had to comment when my mother made it that it didn’t look like pie.

    I love these individual ones.

  33. Sandra- The Foodie Affair

    August 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I love everything mini and these are just so crazy adorable! Boston cream pie is my hubby’s favorite. I think I’ll surprise him with these little beauties. He thanks you in advance 🙂

  34. Tandy

    August 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Clearly when something this small looks this delicious it has to be non fattening 🙂

  35. Adora

    August 24, 2012 at 2:30 am

    This is my son’s favourite cake/pie. He asked me to make one on his birthday but the cake didn’t turn out right so I used plain sponge instead. I must try your recipe. It is a good idea to make them into cupcakes so they are ready portioned.

  36. Norma Chang

    August 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Love your idea of making mini Boston creme pies and the chocolate sprinkles on the plate gave it an elegant finish.

  37. Deb

    August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I adore individual desserts! What wondrous little temptations, the Boston Cream pies are enticing!

  38. Nava Krishnan

    August 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I am loving the mini version. These are oozing with the full chocolaty flavors and the end results looks so heavenly.

  39. I Wilkerson

    August 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I think that mini-desserts are the BEST!

  40. Jenn and Seth

    August 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    oh my gosh these look so good! i definitely need to make these sometime, they look so super delicious!

  41. Louise

    August 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Simply adorable, Abeer. Oh how I wish I could enjoy just one right now!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    P.S Funny about Boston Cream Pie almost as funny as Coffee Cake which doesn’t usually have coffee in it! Here’s a link from <a href="">What's Cooking America</a> that might answer your question about why pie, not cake:)

  42. Louise

    August 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Sorry Abeer I think that link got messed up somehow, so sorry. I understand if you want to delete it.

  43. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    August 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

    These are just too adorable for words! I love individual portions like this!
    🙂 Mandy

  44. Libby

    August 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Bostonians are just so weird, aren’t they!

    I like the chocolate sprinkles on the plate!

  45. Barb Bamber | just a smidgen

    August 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

    How sweet and adorable these little cakes are!! I, too, wonder why they’re called pies? By any name.. they’d taste fabulous!!

  46. Parsley Sage

    August 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I have color plate envy! I absolutely think a yellow plate helps make these little cuties taste even better! And frankly, we can call these boston cream firetrucks and I’ll eat ’em!

  47. Becky

    August 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I love mini desserts and this one is no exceptions. I never thought of making them with cupcakes. Will have to try these.

  48. Dara

    August 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love Boston cream pie and I love miniature desserts. Great post.

  49. kyleen

    August 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    These mini Boston cream pie cake things looks so delicious! I can’t believe they’re so easy to make; they look so elegant and time-consuming.

  50. Eftychia

    August 26, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Yummy!! Mini bites, huge taste!!

  51. Ambreen

    August 26, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Oh dear, they look adorable & so delicious! Wish I could grab one right now 🙂

  52. kitchenriffs

    August 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I haven’t had a Boston Cream Pie in ages! And they’re so cute! Cool post – thanks.

  53. Ginza/thoma

    August 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hahaha you actually gave your hubb with the sprinkles around!!! God you so cute!

    These are like….insane. Boy, would love to bite once just once..making sure I gulp it in one bite hehehe!

    Gonna tweet and flag this!!

  54. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    August 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    They look scrumptious! With or without sprinkles!

  55. Marina

    August 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Forget the bite, I am already in love with it! 🙂

  56. Tiffany

    August 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    LOVE this! A nod to my home state :D!!! And anything mini just means that you can eat two, no? 😀

  57. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I remember the first time I heard about Boston Cream Pie I was looking for an actual pie, silly me hehehe
    I love love love the creme patissere and could eat it all day long! Your cakes look so pretty! love the mini version

  58. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    August 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Great idea on putting batter in a pitcher (I’d put in my glass measuring cup!). When I pour with ladle, it’s all over the place… Simple tip yet saves a lot of messy pan. 🙂 I love these mini pies (or cakes hehee) covered in chocolate ganache! Looks very pretty!

  59. Nance

    August 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Is there a way to get update on new posts?

  60. Abeer

    August 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Nance,
    As soon as i do a new posting, I post a message and pictures on facebook as well as twitter. You can also use the rss button and have access to all my new postings.
    Oh… All these buttons are on the very top, right hand corner of this blog 🙂

  61. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    September 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

    SUPER cute!!!! I’ve recently fallen in love with boston cream "pies" so these are totally making me crave them right now!

  62. Henna

    September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These are so adorable abeer!

  63. Ginza/Thoma

    September 9, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I’m making these for my husband’s b’day. Will tell you how much I loved them!

  64. JulieD

    September 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    These are beautiful and so cute!!! You can never have too many sprinkles and they don’t have to be on top…as long as they are there! 🙂

  65. Kimberly

    December 11, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I used rice milk due to my milk allergy. I made cupcakes for a party and was asked for the recipe, great stuff!

  66. Tamanna

    August 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wow…i thought you have to deep fry the dough but i am glad to see the baked version. Thank you Abeer for sharing my favorite donut recipe!! 🙂 your plates are really cutee and i love the vibrancy!

  67. Betsy @ Desserts Required

    October 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    These are so creative. Love the recipe, too!

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