Every city is known for a food. New York has pizza and cheesecake. Chicago has hot dogs. Atlanta has BBQ.
Boston has a bunch of specialty foods, but I always think of Boston cream pie: A thick vanilla custard layered between light cakes and covered with chocolate ganache. Yes, please!
If you like the flavors but are in the mood for something a bit more casual (and portable) try out my Mini Boston Cream Pies
. All of the same ingredients, but layered in individual cups.
Obviously, you’ll need some cake for this recipe. You could make it from a box or pick up a cake from a bakery, as any light white cake will do the trick. If you want to bake your own though, check out the recipe
where I give directions for a quick and simple cake.
You start by blending some butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse sand and then adding all the wet ingredients. You don’t want to over-mix the batter.
Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan and pour in your batter!
This cake will need to bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F. It should be nicely browned on top.
Let this cake cool and then you can crumble it up for your cups!
On to the filling, which is my favorite layer in the cups. I took a little shortcut for this version and used some Yoplait Boston Cream Pie yogurt for the filling.
Whisk together the eggs, yogurt, and sugar in a mixing bowl and then stir together the milk and cornstarch over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Once the milk mixture is thick and steaming, whisk it into the egg mixture.
Stir in the vanilla at the very end, and the filling is done. This filling will be best if you let it chill for a few hours to thicken before using it in the cups.
When you’re ready to make the cups, just crumble some cake into each cup.
Then add a spoonful of cream and chocolate ganache.
Repeat the layer again (cake, cream, chocolate). Chill these guys if you are making them in advance.
One of these cups is about the equivalent of a small piece of pie. You get all the flavors in a nice portable little cup.
These would be great for any kind of party and theyr’e pretty easy to make. Give them a shot if you’re a cream pie fan!Nick thinks cake in a cup is always a good idea! Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.