Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 25th March 2011

The sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!  And I finally made these Mini Boston Cream Pies that I’ve been eyeing for months at Design Sponge.   A Brooklyn Pastry Chef, Penny Stankiewicz, submitted this magnificent dessert recipe.

A photo of three Mini Boston Cream Pie desserts served on white dessert plates.

I love to entertain and I am always on the look out for extra special desserts to serve my guests.  When I spotted this one I knew I wanted to add it to my collection.  Why?  Because I enjoy all of the individual elements of the dessert especially the dreamy pastry cream and the decadent chocolate glaze.

A photo of four Boston Cream desserts.

But I think it is important to do a test run on the recipe ahead of time.  No point in stressing the day of a dinner party wondering if your dessert is going to come together or if it’s going to deliver in flavour.

A photo of two Mini Boston Cream Pies desserts shown along side 2 coffee cups with saucers and glass cream filled jug and sugar bowl.

Plus doing a trial run gives you the chance to get the feel for a recipe and also gives you the opportunity to make changes, for example, adding a garnish or reducing the amount of sugar. And most importantly tasting the dessert will help you to choose the perfect complement, perhaps a dessert wine or a specialty coffee.

A photo of four mini Boston Cream cakes displayed on a white cake stand.

Remember, dessert is the last thing your guests will enjoy, the pièce de résistance. You want the dessert to leave a lasting impression, one they’ll be gushing about the next day at the water cooler.   I guarantee you even if you burn the filet and your vegetables were mushy, all will be forgotten when you serve an extraordinary dessert.

A photo of four Mini Boston Cream Pie cakes served on white dessert dishes with a black background.

And these Mini Boston Cream Pies are the epitome of a “real show stopper dessert”.  The light Vanilla Sponge, velvety custard capped with a luscious chocolate ganache will have your guests praying for another invite.  Thank you Penny!

A photo of a Mini Boston Cream Pie on a white dessert dish.

Months ago I shared a more casual version of this dessert, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.  Who knew it was going to be one of my more popular posts.  I realized quickly that I should never have lined those cupcakes with paper liners. Looking back I realize how far I have come in my “Sweet Journey” and also how much I have learned in a very short time.

A photo of Boston Cream pies served in mini form on white dessert dishes shown with a glass creamer and glass sugar bowl.

And I must also share yet another take on this popular dessert, Boston Cream Pie Donuts.

What’s baking in your kitchen this weekend?

A photo of three Boston Cream desserts displayed in a row on white dessert dishes with a black background.

A photo of a bar of Dark Chocolate, one of the ingredients in the recipe for Chocolate Glaze.

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Comments (55)

55 Responses to “Mini Boston Cream Pies”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Another beautiful dessert! What kind of baking tins do you use? Your individual desserts always turn out so nice!

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lauren. For these cakes I used 3 X 3 round baking tins – I purchased from a Canadian supplier but they are available here (they are the smallest ones pictured in the photo) and in fact, I have ordered from this company in the past and the customer service and speed of delivery was wonderful and it was crossing the border too.

  3. lauren Says:

    Holly cow!!!! I am at a complete loss of words. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! Like you said these would be perfect for impressing guests at a dinner party.

  4. Fran {The Flavorful Fork} Says:

    These definitely do have the wow factor and would make a great dessert to impress your guests!

  5. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits Says:

    So pretty! These would definitely impress any dinner guests!

  6. Amanda Says:

    These are beautiful Grace! Very impressive! I just made Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes, great minds think alike :)

  7. Grace Says:

    I noticed that Amanda, I was thinking the same thing. It’s happened to me twice this week.

  8. Elyse @The Cultural Dish Says:

    You have officially won me over with these! YUM!!!

  9. fooddreamer Says:

    Perfect, as always, Grace. I am so bad about doing any sort of trial run, I never like to do the same recipe twice. But you’re right, these are show-stoppers!

  10. Fresh and Foodie Says:

    These are beautiful! You take the most wonderful photos. I’ve been looking for a good pastry cream recipe — looking forward to trying yours. Thanks.

  11. Firefly Says:

    I love Boston Cream Pie. Your mini pies look amazing :)

  12. Lizzy Says:

    WOW! Beautiful!!! I’ve made the cupcakes, but yours certainly top mine :)

  13. Monika Says:

    These look absolutely lovely! I agree with you on the test run. Not fun to serve something you’re not happy with or think can be improved!

  14. Katty's Kitchen Says:

    I love Boston cream pie and these are especially gorgeous! Mmmmm! Hope you hit #1 today–just buzzed you. :)

  15. Krissyp Says:

    This is a keeper! I want to jump through the screen and eat one. I love all of the individual elements to this cake to but your version looks better than anything I have ever seen. The photography is out of this world too. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Jeannie Says:

    Wow! What a lovely sight!

  17. Helen Says:

    Growing up my mom loved to make that dessert but from a box. I way prefer fresh homemade dessert. This is gorgeous the way you did it.

  18. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour Says:

    These Boston cream pies look so heavenly and decadent! The minis are adorable!

  19. Gina @Addicted Baker Says:

    You made them look perfect. How do you get them so perfect with little crumbs? Oh how I am jealous! Check out my blog if you get the chance.

  20. Grace Says:

    Thank you Gina. Whenever I make sponge cakes I tend to to make a simple syrup, not only does it help to keep the cake moist, add flavour but it also contains the crumbs which helps with presentation. Usually simple syrup is one part sugar to one part water. Place in a small-sized saucepan, bring to a boil and dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat. Let cool. At this point you can also add a liqueur for added flavour, rum, grand marnier or frangelico. I then cut the cakes, using a pastry brush, I brush away the crumbs and then I brush on the simple syrup. Let the cake rest for a bit before filling.

  21. Karin Baumgardner Says:

    Hi Grace! You mentioned a Canadian supplier for your pans for this lovely creation. I am in Canada and would love to know who that is! Seems I am forever finding great stuff on the ‘net that is either ONLY available in the U.S. or it costs a fortune for us to get it sent up here to the GWN! I have thelittle Molten’n More pans from Chigago Mettalic, but am wondering if the batter would run thru the removable bottoms? Thanks for your wonderful blog & delightful photos!!! Kuchenbaaker

  22. Grace Says:

    Hi Karin I know all too well your dilemma. My Canadian supplier is Golda’s Kitchen (goldaskitchen dot com). I have ordered from this US supplier (cooksdream dot com/) and they send by the USPS and it is cheaper than UPS. Their prices are reasonable and in some cases works out cheaper than buying here in Canada because we have the benefit of the dollar almost at par. Their customer service is great too and the delivery was pretty quick considering it had to pass customs. Golda’s has a huge selection of baking items from pastry tips to Le Creuset. They are located in and around Toronto. You have to watch the prices because at times their items can be double the cost from the US supplier. I’ve taken the drive to Toronto a few times and loaded up on supplies. By the way I have the same pan, the Chicago metallic and I have made cheesecakes in them without issue, you may want to try that first because I think they would work. The batter is not runny. I would line the bottom and sides with non stick baking paper, fill and bake immediately. Let me know how you make out Karin. Here’s my direct email grace at gracessweetlife dot com if you ever want a list of the other suppliers I’ve purchased from for other cooking and baking needs.

  23. Karen Says:

    I’ll say these are a show stopper!!! Gorgeous! Boston cream pies are a favorite around here…these would be perfect!

  24. briyancharles Says:

    i love this dessert it must be very yummmmmmmy….

  25. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    These are super cute! I love the individual portions you made, just perfect for a dinner party! I hpoe your friends really enjoyed them!

  26. Threemealsaday Says:

    Simple yet elegant. Nice job. Did you use a cake pan or was it a cake ring? This would go great with a Navan Liquor finish.

  27. Grace Says:

    I used individual small cake pans. And you are right would work beautifully with a Navan finish and also a Navan simple syrup. I didn’t add liqueur because the kids are not crazy about it but would definitely add when serving for a dinner party. A delicious adult twist.

  28. Caelyn Says:

    I love the touch of class that these have going. The pictures are gorgeous.

  29. Chi Pritchard@Charleston Wedding Photographers Says:

    One of my favorites that I can’t see to find here in Charleston. At least that taste as well as I remember when I lived in New York!!!

  30. Carolyn Jung Says:

    These are so much cuter than just making one big ol’ one, then cutting it into slices. Wish I could just dig a fork into one right now. ;)

  31. Joy Says:

    Those are adorable. I love it.

  32. cakebrain Says:

    I love anything mini! What a cute dessert! I like the idea of having a whole boston cream pie to myself.

  33. Eric B Says:

    Sinfully yummylicious!

  34. Baking is my Zen Says:

    Love mini desserts. Beautiful photography too!


  35. May Moore Says:

    Love the look of the individual cakes. I run a Tourist Home, and love to have special deserts for my guests to try. Will definitely try this one and hope it turns out as nice as yours. Great photograghy too I might add. Thanks for Sharing!

  36. HeatherSBMurphy Says:

    Absolutely Lovely.

  37. fashion Says:

    awesome photo!

  38. sophistimom Says:

    I love Boston Cream Pie. These are perfect—you don’t need to share!

  39. Sana madebylove Says:

    Your cake look great!! I use to made this cake for long times ago and I love it a lots ;)

  40. Cheeslets Says:

    WOW, I love creampies!
    nice work!

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