Boston Cream Cupcakes – The Baking ChocolaTess

Boston Cream Cupcakes are so much fun!  You’ll absolutely love these fluffy vanilla cupcakes filled with a luscious vanilla pastry cream filling,  topped with a rich, decadent chocolate ganache frosting!

Perfect for all your parties and holiday events, because everyone loves Boston Cream pie inspired desserts for sure!   Like these Heavenly Boston Cream Puffs and this Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake!

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Choose Homemade or Shortcut Boston Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Here we have a homemade and a shortcut Boston cream pie cupcake recipe (s) available, so you can mix and match any of the main components of  pastry cream, ganache and cake!

I personally love both versions, but the easy version is much more simpler if you want to save time.

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What is Boston Cream Pie?

Ironically, it’s not a pie at all. The original Boston Cream Pie is a two-layer golden sponge cake filled with a rich pastry cream topped with a rich chocolate ganache icing and it tastes amazing!

Boston Cream Pie dates back to 1856 and was first created and served at the grand opening of Boston’s Parker House, now widely known as Omni Parker House, in downtown Boston.  It is distinguished as Massachusetts’ official state dessert!

Why We Love These Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes filled with creamy vanilla pastry pudding with chocolate ganache?  What’s not to like?

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Ingredients You Need for Easy Boston Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Shortcut Cake Mix Cupcakes (24 cupcakes)

Easy Shortcut Pastry Cream Filling 

Easy Shortcut Chocolate Frosting

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Ingredients You Need for Homemade Boston Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Homemade Cupcake Recipe (makes 14 cupcakes)

  • eggs, room temperature
  • granulated sugar 
  • whole milk 
  • unsalted butter 
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • vanilla extract

Homemade Vanilla Pastry Cream Filling

  • egg yolks, room temperature
  • granulated sugar
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla extract
  • whole milk 
  • unsalted butter 

Homemade Chocolate Ganache 

(For Thinner Ganache on top of cupcakes, cut recipe ingredients in half)

  • heavy cream
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar
  • light corn syrup – Makes the frosting glossy

How to Make Easy Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes Recipe

Shortcut Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place paper cupcake liners into the cupcake baking tin and set aside.
  2. Using mixer, on medium speed, mix together the cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites until completely incorporated.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, add batter into the cupcake liners, filling them half full. 
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the cupcakes are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

Shortcut Pudding Cream Filling

  1. Using a mixer and a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream and the instant pudding mix. 
  2. Beat on medium-low speed until the pudding starts to thicken. 
  3. Cover with cling wrap and allow the pudding to chill in the refrigerator until you fill the cupcakes.

Easy Canned Chocolate Frosting

  1. Open container of chocolate frosting and remove foil lid. Microwave uncovered on High 30 seconds to soften frosting; stir until smooth.
  2. Spoon onto top of each cupcake. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. Store covered in refrigerator. If desired, remove from paper baking cups to serve.  Can also not microwave and frost or pipe frosting onto cupcakes as well. 

How to Make Homemade Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes Recipe

For the Homemade Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place paper cupcake liners into the cupcake baking tins and set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, then whisk together and set aside.
  3. Using mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed until pale, thick, and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beater should leave a trail in eggs when lifted.
  4. In a glass measuring cup, combine milk and butter. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals until butter is melted and milk is steaming and not boiling over.  
  5. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, beating just until combined. Stir vanilla into hot milk mixture. Slowly pour hot milk mixture into egg mixture beating until fully combined. Batter will look like thick pancake batter with bubbles on top. Make sure the batter is fully combined on the bottom and sides before adding to cupcake liners.

Homemade Pastry Cream

  1. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan, heat then place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Immediately turn off the heat and set. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light and thickened. Sift in the cornstarch and whisk vigorously until no lumps remain. 
  3. Whisk in ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture until incorporated, and then whisk in the remaining hot milk mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture through a strainer and place mixture back into the saucepan.
  5. Remain cooking over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slowly boiling. Continue whisking for an additional minute or two after thickened and boiling.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. 
  6. Let cool slightly ,then cover with cling wrap and allow the pudding to chill in the refrigerator until filling the cupcakes.

Homemade Ganache

  1. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, whipping cream and corn syrup uncovered on High for 30 to 90 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. 
  2. Cover the ganache with cling wrap and allow the ganache to cool for about 1 to 1½ hours.
  3. Once the ganache has cooled, use a mixer and whip the ganache for 1 minute until fluffy. (If the ganache is a bit stiff, you can add ½ – 1 tablespoon of heavy cream)

How to Fill and Assemble the Cupcakes

Once The Cupcakes Are Baked And Cooled

  1. Leave the cupcakes in their liners and use a sharp knife or a large decorator icing tip to carefully core out only the center of the cupcake about the size of a quarter.  (Eat the cake holes! You don’t need them.)
  2. Be careful not to cut too deep and cut the liner. Time to add the pudding filling.

Cupcake Assembly and Frosting

Adding The Pudding

  1. Use a large ziplock bag and cut a corner tip or use a decorator’s bag with no tip.  
  2. Fill bag with cream use light even pressure to fill the cupcakes until they are filled. 

Frosting the Cupcakes

  1. Spoon or pipe the whipped chocolate ganache mixture on top of each cupcake. Once chocolate is set, you can serve.  Store cupcakes in refrigerator until ready to serve. 

How Long Can I Store Boston Cream Cupcakes?

  • Like the full-sized cake, these cupcakes must be refrigerated once they’re baked and assembled.  Store your cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. Keeping your cupcakes in a closed container keeps them moist and prevents them from drying out and also prevents from contamination.
  • At serving time, the cupcakes can remain at room temperature for up to two hours.

Boston Cream CupcakesServe these boston cream pie cupcakes anytime you want individual sized treats for any occasion or party event! Kids as well as adults will love these mini versions! They taste dreamy and are definitely unforgettable!

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Boston Cream Cupcakes

Easy Boston Cream Cupcakes

Kim Lange

Boston Cream Cupcakes tastes just like Boston Cream Pie, but we made them into cupcakes! This easy-to-make recipe has 2 options, one with shortcuts, so you can enjoy the same delicious flavors without all the fuss, if you wish!