Lighter Boston Cream Pie Recipe
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 1-1/4 cups cold fat-free milk
- 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
- 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs; mix well. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk until blended.
- 2. Coat two 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add batter. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- 3. For filling, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Place one cake layer on a serving plate; top with filling and remaining cake layer.
- 4. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spread over top of cake, allowing some glaze to drape down the sides. Yield: 12 servings.
1 slice: 275 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein
Reviews for Lighter Boston Cream Pie
"cake is way to dense. It had no flavor."
"I made this last night and I was nervous it wouldn't turn out after reading these reviews but it was great! Yes, the cake is a little heavier you may expect but it works well as a combination. I used all-purpose flour and 1% milk - I think this is a fantastic, impressive dessert and I will definitely make it agin."
"Each layer is supposed to be only about an inch high. It is a Boston Cream PIE, not CAKE. Watch you baking time closely to avoid dryness, all ovens do not cook the same"
"cake was dry and flatter than the picture showed. the concept is great, but the cake is what failed it. Pretty bad for me when I'm happy to give half away"
"One little problem I see is that the sugar and butter should be creamed very well and not left crumbly. It would give a smoother texture and help the batter to rise more. Otherwise, the recipe looks fine."
"The cake is a little heavier than a higher fat version but very tasty. I used new baking powder and the cake was not flat. It IS thinner than the picture, I think we need to use 8" pans instead of 9" pans and it will be perfect. It was a good, moist cake and I would make it again."
"I followed the recipe and although my baking powder was fresh the cakes did not rise. They were also quite dry. I do think the cake improved after sitting for a day. When I make this again, I think I will alter the cake recipe a bit, possibly bake it in 8 inch rounds. Thank you for sharing the recipe. It went well with our traditional corn beef and cabbage meal."
"Has anyone done a lower sugar glaze. With a diabetic in the family I have avoided powdered sugar glazes."
"Baking POWDER cause it's the only one used"
"The people who were having trouble with the cake rising may have had old baking powder. To see if your baking soda is good do this: Mix 1 teaspoon baking powder with 1/3 cup hot water. If it bubbles vigorously, it is still good. This trick helped me not use my old baking powder (I hate to waste anything) Good luck!In this post it says "BAKING POWBER" in one place adn "BAKING SODA" in another. Which one do we use?"
"kdc - yes, you could use a cake mix. In some areas, you can find the Boston Cream Pie(cake) mix on the shelf with other cake mixes."
"I wonder if this would taste ok using a cake mix for the cake....just wondering since so many seem to have had problems with the cake."
"The people who were having trouble with the cake rising may have had old baking powder. To see if your baking soda is good do this: Mix 1 teaspoon baking powder with 1/3 cup hot water. If it bubbles vigorously, it is still good. This trick helped me not use my old baking powder (I hate to waste anything) Good luck!"
"My cake turned out so skinny and heavy I had to throw it away."
"This boston cream pie was awesome! I made it for my husband's birthday and the whole family loved it. It was so easy to prepare, I couldn't believe that I had made a cake from scratch and it was so easy!"
"I found the cake to be dry and the icing was too seet for me."
"I had no problems, mine was very tasty, although I cooked it too long and will adjust that."
"Sorry for the double post."
"I had the same problem. It didn't seem to rise. I wonder if something was missing like baking soda. It took mine almost 30 minutes to bake and it was very pale. I threw it in the trash. Don't think I will try it again.Mamaspam"
"I made this recipe tonight for an event tomorrow. I followed the recipe to the letter including using cake flour. Each layer was about 1 inch high when baked. Thinking I did something wrong, I made it again. The second time each layer was a little higher but certainly not the way it looked in the magazine. The texture is coarse and the cake very dry. I did not substitute any of the ingredients. I am very disappointed in it and probably will not be able to use tomorrow."
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.