Boston Cream Pie is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate. Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.
Created by French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, this pudding and cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze and sometimes powdered sugar or a cherry.
A Boston cream doughnut which you can find at any Dunkin Donuts is a local name for a Berliner filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with icing made from chocolate.
The Boston cream pie was declared the official dessert of Massachusetts in 1996.
Try one out either at any Dunkin Donuts or head to Parker House Hotel (Park Street) to see what makes it a favorite dessert among Bostonians!