Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Boston Cream Pie made into a cupcake form with a from scratch vanilla pudding filling and homemade ganache!Helllooo from the quaint, white steeple church-ed, rolling hills, of New Hampshire!  I’m here in my hometown with my mom helping her recover from a surgery.  All has been going very well ’cause, well, it’s my mom and she’s kind of a strongest woman I know.  So while I’m here, I’m cooking anything she or her other half wants.  When I posed the question of what a favorite dessert was, one of the (many) answers: Boston Cream Pie.  Something I’ve never made before!  Done.  But since I didn’t want to make a whole cake, the answer: cupcakes.  The answer is always, cupcakes.Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes with From Scratch vanilla pudding!A defining feature of Boston Cream Pie, the custard pudding filling. Most recipes for homemade Boston Cream Pie filling call for a vanilla pudding mix, but this recipe has a nice thick creamy vanilla pudding esq filling that’s from scratch, of course!Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes with a From Scratch Vanilla pudding filling!Mmm.  Totally delicious enough to eat by the spoonful on its own (speaking from experience). Boston Cream Pie: made in cupcakes and from scratch!Next, the cake.Boston Cream Pie: made into cupcakes and from scratch!Butter and sugar creamed, dry ingredients mixed in, and buttermilk blended in, super easy. Boston Cream Pie made into adorable from scratch cupcakes!Into cupcake tins…Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from Scratch!…and baked for about 18 minutes.Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from ScratchWith the adorable cupcakes the pudding all set for the center, all I needed was a delicious chocolaty ganache. What’s a ganache? Basically just chocolate and a fat.  In this case, heavy cream and lots of butter.  Low fat, of course 😉 Boston Cream Pie- in a from scratch cupcake! Then it’s just slicng the cupcake in half, adding a dollop of the vanilla pudding in the center, then topping it with the chocolate ganache.Boston Cream Pie baked into adorable cupcakes with from scratch vanilla pudding and ganacheSuccess! Boston Cream Pie baked into adorable little cupcakes and made From Scratch.  Be sure to grab a napkin with these guys, they’re ooey gooey messy delicious!

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Yields 18
From Scratch Boston Cream Pie baked into adorable little Cupcakes!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
For the Cake
  1. 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1½ cups flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. ⅔ cup buttermilk
For the filling
  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 3 cups milk
  3. ½ cup sugar
  4. ⅓ cup cornstarch
  5. ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Ganache
  1. 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  2. 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  3. 6 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
For the cake
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar then add the vanilla and beat again.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix until just combined. Then add the buttermilk and mix again. Finally, add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Line a lightly muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill each liner ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and let cool completely.
For the Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks well and then gradually stir in milk until well blended.
  2. In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt then gradually add in milk mixture, stirring well to prevent lumps.
  3. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a low boil (about 20 minutes).
  4. Allow to boil, still stirring constantly for 1 minute. Then immediately remove from heat.
  5. Set pot in a large bowl of ice water, still stirring.
  6. When mixture has cooled a bit, stir in vanilla.
  7. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on filling to prevent a skin from forming and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
To make the Ganache
  1. Heat cream and butter in a small saucepan until the butter melts and the cream starts to boil, stirring often.
  2. Place chocolate in a food processor and process until it’s finely chopped, or chop with a large knife.
  3. Gradually add the hot cream into food processor and process until the mixture is smooth. If you don't have a food processor, add the chopped chocolate to the saucepan and mix until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
To assemble the cupcakes
  1. When the cupcakes are cooled completely, remove from liners and slice in half with a very sharp knife.
  2. Add a dollop of pudding to the center of the bottom half of the cupcake and gently place top half on.
  3. With a small spoon, spoon ganache on top of cupcake.
  4. Allow 30 minutes to an hour for the ganache to set.
Adapted from The Gracious Wife
Adapted from The Gracious Wife
Served From Scratch
Boston Cream Pie baked into adorable individual cupcakes with a From Scratch filling and ganache

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