Boston Cream Cake Recipe

Dan from Platter Talk
by Dan from Platter Talk
8 servings
1 hr 10 min

- If you're looking for a super-simple and super-delicious dessert recipe this Boston Cream Cake is your ticket to a chocolate dreamy bliss.

A loaf cake with chocolate frosting
What is this?

Like many of you reading this, we are a busy family of two working parents and a handful of kids who love to eat. Kitchen shortcuts are a treasure to us and although there just don't seem to be enough of them, once in a while we stumble across one.

A cross-section of a Boston cream cake

Yes, this Boston Cream Cake Recipe uses a few short cuts but we are not apologizing. In much the same way, there were no apologies from our kids when they cleaned up every last crumb of this beauty. Some shortcuts are definitely worth it.

A cake drizzled with chocolate frosting
How to make it

Boston Cream Cake Recipe
Boston Cream Cake Recipe
Boston Cream Cake Recipe
  • Make a pound cake mix from a box, using a loaf pan.
  • Slice the cake in half, lengthwise, and spread a thick layer of vanilla pudding on top of bottom piece.
  • Place top of cake on layer of pudding.
Boston Cream Cake Recipe
Boston Cream Cake Recipe
  • Make a ganache using heavy cream and chocolate chips.
  • Pour ganache over the cake.
  • Grab a fork and a cold glass of milk.
A cake filled with cream

Generally, when it comes to food, I'm pretty much a purist at heart and especially when it comes to baking. We make plenty of cakes from scratch but every once in a while, we might just take an easy and delicious shortcut. Have a taste of this Boston Cream Cake Recipe and I think you will understand perfectly.

A close up of a cake
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A cake cut in half
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 10 min
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  • ▢ 1 pound cake box or store-bough
  • ▢ 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • ▢ 2 cups milk
  • ▢ 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • ▢ 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Prepare pound cake as directed. If frozen, defrost and thaw.
Make pudding in a large bowl using milk and pudding mix, as directed on box.
Use serrated knife to slice pound cake in half lengthwise. Then spread a thick layer of vanilla pudding on top (you may have some leftover.) Place top of cake on top of pudding.
Make ganache by heating heavy cream in sauce pan until it just begins to bubble. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth and well-blended, about 3 minutes.
Pour ganache over cake and then place cake in fridge to allow it to harden.  Slice and serve.
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  • Carolyn Mcgovern Carolyn Mcgovern on Feb 11, 2023

    Sorry, but that recipe is not going to replace a real Boston cream pie (cake) like the ones I crossed the railroad tracks to get as a kid. Looks messy and pudding and cake from a box. No, no , no!

  • M M on Feb 11, 2023

    Sounds delish and easy! Thanks for sharing.