Mini boston cream pies

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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

Notes:
– 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.

Tip:
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!

Enjoy!

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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 🙂

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75 Comments

  • Shirley August 21, 2012 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.

  • [email protected] August 21, 2012 12:07 pm

    This beats any Boston cream pie donut lol. I love your ‘pies’

  • Inayet Rizvi August 21, 2012 1:17 pm

    Yum Yum——— looks delicious !!!

  • Suzie August 21, 2012 1:44 pm

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

  • yummychunklet August 21, 2012 2:01 pm

    What delicious little cakes!

  • Natalie August 21, 2012 6:33 pm

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

  • jenbeans August 21, 2012 6:44 pm

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

  • [email protected] August 21, 2012 7:08 pm

    This is so awesome!! I love that they are individual portions. So cute and also so practical for portion control. 🙂

  • Mich@ Piece of Cake August 21, 2012 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!

  • Cakelaw August 22, 2012 6:09 am

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

  • lisaiscooking August 22, 2012 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.

  • Zoe August 22, 2012 3:52 pm

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

  • Hannah August 22, 2012 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. 😉

  • Deandra August 22, 2012 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

  • Vicki Bensinger August 22, 2012 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.

  • [email protected]’s Recipes August 22, 2012 10:53 pm

    I always love things mini, petite…these look fantastic.

  • Cass @foodmyfriend August 22, 2012 11:02 pm

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

  • Jenny Johnson August 22, 2012 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. 🙂

  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry August 23, 2012 12:06 am

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

  • CCU August 23, 2012 3:31 am

    What perfect afdorable mini cream pies my friend 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Kate August 23, 2012 7:20 am

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

  • Asmita August 23, 2012 8:05 am

    Decadent! Would love to try this!

  • Joanne August 23, 2012 10:15 am

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

  • Manju August 23, 2012 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 🙂

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

  • RavieNomNoms August 23, 2012 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!

  • MaryMoh August 23, 2012 11:25 am

    Mmmm….looks really tempting!

  • Viviane Bauquet Farre August 23, 2012 1:14 pm

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

  • emmycooks August 23, 2012 2:55 pm

    Everything on your site looks scrumptious!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits August 23, 2012 3:33 pm

    Oh my word. Three words. AWESOME FOOD PORN!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 23, 2012 5:07 pm

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

  • roz August 23, 2012 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!
    Thanks!
    Roz

  • Liz August 23, 2012 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 🙂

  • Balvinder August 23, 2012 7:24 pm

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

  • Ames August 23, 2012 9:02 pm

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

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 23, 2012 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.

  • Sandra- The Foodie Affair August 23, 2012 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 🙂

  • Tandy August 24, 2012 12:15 am

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

  • Adora August 24, 2012 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.

  • Norma Chang August 24, 2012 5:33 am

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

  • Deb August 24, 2012 9:23 am

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

  • Nava Krishnan August 24, 2012 12:27 pm

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

  • marsipaanipossu August 24, 2012 1:07 pm

    Looks delicious!! 🙂

  • I Wilkerson August 24, 2012 4:50 pm

    I think that mini-desserts are the BEST!

  • Jenn and Seth August 24, 2012 10:05 pm

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

  • Louise August 24, 2012 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="http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Cakes/BostonCreamPie.htm">What's Cooking America</a> that might answer your question about why pie, not cake:)

  • Louise August 24, 2012 10:52 pm

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

  • Mandy – The Complete Cook Book August 25, 2012 6:07 am

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

  • [email protected] should I eat for breakfast today August 25, 2012 7:31 am

    Doesn’t matter how they call it, it must be tasted, hahaha. Looks amazing. And I like your pictures as well, nice capture of the process.

  • Libby August 25, 2012 8:19 am

    Bostonians are just so weird, aren’t they!

    I like the chocolate sprinkles on the plate!

  • Barb Bamber | just a smidgen August 25, 2012 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!!

  • Parsley Sage August 25, 2012 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!

  • Becky August 25, 2012 6:48 pm

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

  • Dara August 25, 2012 7:28 pm

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

  • kyleen August 25, 2012 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.

  • Eftychia August 26, 2012 4:04 am

    Yummy!! Mini bites, huge taste!!

  • Ambreen August 26, 2012 6:06 am

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

  • kitchenriffs August 26, 2012 10:18 am

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

  • Ginza/thoma August 26, 2012 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!!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 26, 2012 4:31 pm

    They look scrumptious! With or without sprinkles!

  • [email protected] August 26, 2012 11:20 pm

    Oh Abeer…these are just beautiful! I’m a Bostonian at heart, though I’m not sure what makes these Boston cream pies…but I have always loved them. And those sprinkles….we used to call them jimmies! Shame on your hubs for getting rid of them…they are almost the best part! : )

  • Marina August 27, 2012 3:07 pm

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

  • Tiffany August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

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

  • Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking August 28, 2012 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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook August 28, 2012 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!

  • Nance August 30, 2012 10:52 am

    Is there a way to get update on new posts?
    Thanks.
    Nance

  • Abeer August 30, 2012 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 🙂

  • [email protected] in disguise September 4, 2012 11:01 pm

    Oh if I didn’t have to go out I would be in the kitchen making these right now!
    Love the mini version Abeer

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 6, 2012 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!

  • Henna September 6, 2012 5:49 pm

    These are so adorable abeer!

  • Ginza/Thoma September 9, 2012 2:09 am

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

  • JulieD September 9, 2012 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! 🙂

  • Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden October 16, 2012 7:31 am

    These are great!

  • Kimberly December 11, 2012 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!

  • Tamanna August 19, 2013 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!

  • Betsy @ Desserts Required October 1, 2013 8:08 pm

    These are so creative. Love the recipe, too!

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