Today I made a Massachusetts famous dessert, Boston cream pie with American Heritage Chocolate Glaze. Did you know that on December 12, 1996 the Boston cream pie was proclaimed the official State Dessert of Massachusetts beating out other candidates including the toll house cookie and Indian pudding?
Boston cream pie (really a cake – not a pie!) is two layers of sponge cake filled with thick vanilla custard and topped with a chocolate glaze. The dessert was first served at the Parker House Hotel located in Historic Downtown Boston. The Parker House Hotel (now the Omni Parker House Hotel) has been severing Boston cream pies since their opening in 1856. French chef Sanzian, who was hired for the opening of the hotel, is credited with creating Boston cream pie. This cake was originally served at the hotel with the names Chocolate Cream Pie or Parker House Chocolate Cream Pie.
I like to simplify things as much as possible so I’ll be using a yellow cake mix, vanilla instant pudding & pie filling mix with a chocolate glaze made from American Heritage Chocolate drink to create our Boston cream pie.
1 Yellow Cake Mix (prepare as instructed)
1 Instant Vanilla Pudding and Pie Mix (5.1oz)
½ cup American Heritage Chocolate Drink
2 ½ cups half and half cream
½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup confectionary sugar
3 tablespoon butter
Prepare the yellow cake mix as directed. Bake using two 9” pans. Start the vanilla pudding, whisking in 2 ½ cups of half and half to give the pudding a thicker consistency, then refrigerate pudding to set-up
While the cake is cooling prepare the Chocolate Glaze.
American Heritage Chocolate Glaze
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
¾ cup powdered sugar
Bring the heavy cream and butter to a simmer, add powdered sugar and stir quickly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate mixing until it is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Let glaze stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
To assemble your cake place one of the 9” cakes layers upside down on a plate, flat side is up, add a thick layer of the pudding mix and top with the other 9” cake layer. Generously spread the American Heritage Glaze on the top of the cake and refrigerate at least ½ hour before serving.
In just over an hour you’ll have a delectable dessert based on a historic Massachusetts recipe. Enjoy!