Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 4th February 2011

I love Donuts!  And I love pastries!  And I am a self-professed Chocoholic. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my favourite all-time donut is a Boston Cream Donut.  Ah! Sweet and light, cream-filled pillows, glazed with lush chocolate – What’s not to love?

A photo of a Heart-Shaped Boston Cream Donut on a small, white cake stand.

In case you missed it, Dunkin’ Donuts released a new campaign in February called, “Chocolate Lover’s Month“.  As part of this campaign they introduced their new line of cocoa yeast donuts.  The folks at Dunkin’ Donuts have been busy because they also introduced a Cupid’s Choice Heart-Shaped Donut to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

A photo of Boston Cream Doughnuts on a wooden board.

Can you believe it’s the first shaped donut they’ve ever made?  The donut is filled with cream, dipped in strawberry icing and topped with red, white and pink heart-shaped sprinkles.

A photo of Boston Cream Donuts decorated for Valentine's Day with heart-shaped sprinkles.

Once I saw the campaign I knew immediately I was going to replicate the donut at home.  Or die trying! Heart-shaped (a must for Valentine’s Day) yes, but being the traditionalist I am, I decided to go with the tried, tested and true Boston Cream Donut. Move over Strawberry Icing, Chocolate Glaze is here to stay!

A photo of a stack of Boston Cream Donuts.

For my first attempt at homemade donuts, I made the traditional Chocolate-Glazed Doughnut and I was quite happy with the results.  Since then I heard so many good things about Alton Brown’s Yeast Doughnut Recipe that I wanted to try it too.

A photo of Boston Cream Doughnuts, heart-shaped and coated with red, white and pink sprinkles.

Of course the recipe was fabulous, easy, and the donuts rose beautifully.  They’re light and airy, everything you’d want in a yeast donut.  In keeping with the light and airy theme, I chose to lighten the pastry cream by folding in freshly prepared whipped cream.

A photo of Boston Cream Doughnuts served with coffee.

And then, my favourite part of the donut-making process, transforming the plain cream-filled donut into a showpiece; dipping each one in a bath of mouth-watering chocolate. And for a final tease – in celebration of Valentine’s Day – I dusted them with red, white and pink heart-shaped sprinkles.

A photo of homemade Boston Cream Doughnuts, heart-shaped and covered in red, white and pink sprinkles.

Let the loving begin!

If you love Boston Cream Donuts you may want to try Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes, heart-shaped cupcakes would be another great way to say, “I love you” for Valentine’s Day.

A photo of a homemade Boston Cream Donut, heart-shaped and dusted with red, white and pink sprinkles.

A photo of Heart-Shaped Boston Cream Donuts with red, white and pink sprinkles on a paper lined wooden board.

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Comments (63)

63 Responses to “Boston Cream Donuts”

  1. briarrose Says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve always loved donuts and these are just irresistible. Love the heart shapes.

  2. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox Says:

    Oh Gracie! These look absolutely heavenly. Such gorgeous little filled treats. Perfect from all those stunning angles!

  3. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels Says:

    Wow wow and wow! Those are the most beautiful donuts I’ve ever seen. I can’t say enough how talented you are Grace.
    Bostom Cream Donuts are my favorite too. I’m going to have to make these, they look soooo good.

  4. Chef Dennis Says:


    those donut are beautiful!!! Can you deliver a few dozen please!!
    Your images are amazing, I predict a top 9 here!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Evan Thomas Says:

    This is hard to read and not drool over the keyboard. Boston Cream donuts used to be my signature flavor. Never even thought about how to go about making them at home. The filling is the best part in my opinion :-)

  6. Christina Says:

    These look DIVINE! Yum!

  7. Miss @Miss in the Kitchen Says:

    You had me at doughnut! But Boston Cream Doughnuts, now we are talking heaven!

  8. Grace Says:

    I love the filling too but I am addicted to pastry cream, I could eat a whole bowl. Can you believe my son asked me to make him some of the doughnuts without filling, I was stunned.

  9. Grace Says:

    Thanks Dennis, I thought these might be popular because I don’t think I have ever met anyone (except my son) who doesn’t enjoy indulging in Boston Cream.

  10. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lindsey that means the world coming from you. Hope you are doing well, have been thinking about you all week.

  11. Barida Says:

    how well i understand you, i love doughnuts and chocolate myself, and these look luscious! I think my boyfriend would beg me to do them if he’d see them! regards :)

  12. Jen H Says:

    LOVE these!! They are my favorite doughnut and they look so perfect, I may have to try to make them for Valentine’s morning!

  13. Mr. & Mrs. P Says:

    YUM! These are sooooooo cute!

  14. Hester aka The Chef Doc Says:

    Mmm mmm mmm! These are so luxurious and beautiful! Awesome job on making them :-)

  15. Feast on the Cheap Says:

    How adorable, I love these!

  16. Toby Says:

    Sad to say, I ran a Dunkin Donuts for nearly a year… Normally, can’t look at a donut now… unless it’s a Boston Cream. And, these little Boston Beauties are perfect!

  17. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    Such pretty donuts! I saw that DD commercial last night and it made me want donuts! :) I’d better make my own!

  18. Grace Says:

    Thanks Toby!

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  20. Mel! Says:

    wow!! so good! love it!!!

  21. Sara Says:

    I promised myself I am not going to make anything heart-shaped for Valentine’s day but these are just so so so cute. And I bet they tasted amazing!

  22. Amy Says:

    These are so beautiful! I want to grab them out of the photo and devour them, awesome job on these!

  23. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    These are the prettiest donuts!

  24. Lizzy Says:

    I’ve never made donuts before, but your post has certainly enticed me…gorgeous!!!

  25. laura Says:

    will you be my valentine? hehe. just saved these to my online cookbook. great photos!

  26. srithasan Says:

    This Boston Cream Donuts is lovely to make Love & nice to Eat.

  27. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having Says:

    Boston Cream is my favourite too, although I prefer Tim’s to Dunkin Donuts. I have a feeling I’d like yours even better. They are just too cute!

  28. Grace Says:

    I love Timmies Boston Cream, in fact, I indulge a little to often.

  29. Shelby Says:

    These look awesome and I love the photos!

  30. Katrina Says:

    These look stunning! I have never made doughnuts. Maybe I should try?!

  31. Maya Says:

    These donuts stole my heart, or maybe I should just steal them right back? I love your rendition of Boston Creams, it’s a perfect recipe to give to my little Valentines (and I’ve got a few).

  32. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:

    I want one now with my coffee. So cute!

  33. Paula Says:

    I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

    Have a great time,

  34. Marly Says:

    These are too beautiful, Grace. I don’t know how you could eat them. But, then again, if they taste as good as they look, I bet they weren’t too difficult to eat. Love these photos!

  35. Taste Tests Says:

    Those look adorable AND yummy! Just in time for Valentine’s Day…

  36. Jenn@eatcakefordinner Says:

    Your donuts look absolutely perfect. Can I ask you if you took your pictures using a light box? They look amazing and I could sure use come tips if you wouldn’t mind sharing?

  37. Grace Says:

    Hi Jenn, yes I use a light box for the pics, especially through the winter season. If you want to email with any questions I would be happy to share what I’ve learned so far. (grace at gracessweetlife dot com)

  38. Grace Says:

    A little too easy to eat Marly, these truly are one of my favourite treats.

  39. Grace Says:

    Thanks Paula, you too!

  40. Megan Says:

    These are beautiful and a wonderful Valentine treat!

  41. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits Says:

    These are gorgeous! So fun for Valentines Day, beautiful job with them (and I’m sure they are delicious too!)

  42. Tiffany Says:

    Being from Massachusetts, I LOVE my Boston Cream and my Dunkin Donuts! LOL! These donuts look amazing Grace!

  43. Sara Says:

    We usually shove Boston Creams in our faces in about two bites. Okay maybe three. These are too precious to stuff in your face. And way to make doughnuts at home!

  44. Erin @ Making Memories Says:

    Oh my heavens! These would be dangerous in my house because I would eat them all! They look absolutely, amazingly delicious!!!!

  45. Sandra Says:

    These are so dainty and cute. There’s no way I could only eat one, and that little stand is gorgeous. I also left an award for you on my blog. Check it out!

  46. Eileen Says:

    Dunkin Donuts watch out!!! Oh my gosh these look perfect! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I made cake donuts for the Daring B’s challenge and I really want to try making yeast donuts. These look like the ones!

  47. Dina Says:

    oh yum! i love doughnuts and these are so cute!

  48. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Ciao Grace-I’ve been wanting to see these lovely donuts-oh my word! Just gorgeous:)Amazing photos. You outdid yourself with these pretties.Hope you’re having a lovely week xx

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  52. Mandy Says:

    These look amazing! I was just wondering approximately how many donuts does this recipe make?

  53. Grace Says:

    Oops! Sorry Mandy – makes approximately 20 to 25 donuts. Hope you enjoy, we loved these.

  54. Mira Says:

    Hi Grace, this looks amazing. I d like to try the oven version but you have not mentioned how long it should stay in the oven.

  55. Grace Says:

    Mira I’m a little confused, I’m not sure what you mean about the oven version, are you talking about the cupcakes? If so if you click on the phrase “Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes” it will take you right through to the recipe. If it doesn’t appear on your end please let me know and I will email you the link.

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  57. Ashanthi Says:

    Hi Grace, after reading your recipe I am going to attempt it next week. However, in Sri Lanka we do have shortening or lard. What would be the best substitute for the shortening? Thanks

  58. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Happy 2013 Ashanthi! I would substitute with the same amount of unsalted butter, let me know how it goes.

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