Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Even though it is way past New Year and resolutions,I think I am sticking to one even now.Well,not exactly a resolution,but one of my food-goals this year was to cook something which I never thought I'd cook/bake fearing it wouldn't come out well,either because of the ingredients used or the method of cooking.Baking Croissants from scratch was never-ever in the list even,but thanks to WKtB,that was successfully accomplished.

Using Egg yolks or making a custard with yolks was one in the list.I am a Vegetarian and eat eggs only in baked goods,so yes you can call me an Egg-etarian.But if the cake smells eggy I'd not eat one bite,same reason why I do not like Caramel Custard.But then,I thought if it smells eggy,I wouldn't eat it but I'll try making it anyway.
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Crème pâtissière/Pastry cream from scratch to fill cupcakes sounded a great idea to me.Top it with chocolate and for sure it becomes an irresistible treat,right.That's Boston Cream pie Cupcakes for you.

A Boston Cream Pie is a cake filled with Custard and topped with melted chocolate.Although it is called a pie,it is actually cake and not pie.Created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel in 1856,this pudding and cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze (such as ganache) and sometimes powdered sugar or a cherry.[source]

I followed the pastry cream recipe from Joy of Baking,but went with my own trusted recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes[which btw are very similar]and used a Chocolate ganache glaze instead of melted chocolate.I'd be lying if I said the pastry cream did not smell eggy,of course a faint eggy smell is there but when sandwiched in between buttery cupcakes and topped with chocolate ganache,it masked its smell quite well.
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Recipe source - Joy of Baking


Vanilla Cupcakes - 12
Crème pâtissière/Pastry cream
Chocolate Ganache or Melted Chocolate

For the Cupcakes


Flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt – ½ tsp
Butter – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 ¼ cup
Milk - 1 cup
Vanilla Essence / extract - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2


Preheat the oven to 190C. Line or grease the muffin pans.
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes-step2 
Sift flour,baking powder and salt 3 times. Keep aside.
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Cream butter and sugar well.Add vanilla and eggs and beat well.
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On low speed, beat in flour mix and milk alternatively in 3 lots.
Fill each muffin pan to ¾ th depth, and bake for 20-25 minutes till done.
Remove from muffin pan immediately and cool on racks.
Makes 18 cupcakes.
Creme Patissiere
For the Pastry Cream


Egg Yolks - 2 large(35 gms)
Sugar - 3 tbsp(40 gms)
Cornflour/Cornstarch - 2 tbsp(20 gms)
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Milk - 1 cup(240 ml)
Butter,softened - 1/2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp


Creme Patissiere-step1 
In a medium sized heat-proof bowl,whisk the egg yolks with the sugar.
Creme Patissiere-step2 
Add the cornflour and salt and mix until you have a smooth paste.
Creme Patissiere-step3 
Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk just to boiling (the milk starts to foam up.) I added a Vanilla bean in the milk and removed it before pouring into the yolks,for added flavor.
Creme Patissiere-step4 
Remove from heat and slowly pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling (pour through strainer if necessary). 
Creme Patissiere-step5 
Pour the egg mixture back into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, keep whisking the mixture for another 30 - 60 seconds or until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the butter and vanilla extract.I strained the custard just to make it smooth.
Creme Patissiere-step6 
Pour into a clean bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until firm. The pastry cream can be stored for up to 3 days. Whisk or stir before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

Chocolate Ganache or Melted Chocolate
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Assembling the Cupcakes

Remove the paper liner from the cooled cupcakes.
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Slice it in half and smear 1/2 a tsp of pastry cream on the bottom half.Keep the top half of the cupcake on top.Arrange all the cupcakes prepared this way on a wire rack.
Pour melted chocolate or chocolate ganache on top and let it sit for 5 minutes.Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes so that the glaze sets on top.


  1. Wowww... These look too good and tempting.. thanks for sharing dear :)

  2. Prefect one divya, I am a non vegetarian and i really cannot accept the smell of eggs in the cake it makes me feel ewww. that's the same reason why i keep telling myself not to make the custard. hats of to u and it looks so nice :)

  3. The cupcakes luk so perfect!!...loved your description...same is the case with me!! I too don't like eggy smell....that's y i refrain myself from trying custard/ creme patissiere....will take motibvation from you...:)

  4. these cupcakes looks so perfect and yummy.

  5. Sounds really new to me and yummy it looks :)

  6. I make these too. Like you I do not like the smell of eggs. So what I do is make a thick custard using custard powder and add a dash more of vanilla by adding the pod to the milk. Tastes delicious minus the egginess!


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