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Boston Cream Pie with Chocolate Glaze

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min.


12 servings

Yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding mix help create this classic dessert in no time. A rich chocolate glaze provides a fast finishing touch. —Edwina Olson, Enid, Oklahoma


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water


  1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 28-33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a thick glaze; set aside.
  5. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with pudding. Top with the second cake layer. Spoon chocolate glaze over the top, allowing it to drip down sides of cake. Refrigerate until serving.
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  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 397 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 409mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • JoanieK53
      May 12, 2019

      Very good and really easy if you make filling and cake ahead and refrigerate, then day of serving just make the glaze. I don't make the glaze as the recipe states. I use 3 T. of cocoa instead of the chocolate.

    • love2cooktoo
      Feb 19, 2015

      Yummy dessert that can be made a day or 2 ahead! For easy, delicious cream filling, prepare pudding mix with 3/4 cup half & half and 3/4 cup milk. I use this filling for cream puffs and trifles too!

    • NanZim
      Oct 6, 2013

      Quick, easy, and tasty too.

    • mkaskela
      Aug 29, 2013

      No comment left

    • frainy
      Nov 15, 2012

      made this for boyfriends bday. he has to be gluten free. always nervous tryin new. used gf cake mix. came out wonderful! easy recipe to convert! can't wait to make for family function.

    • sadovi
      Dec 29, 2011

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    • nancylibke
      Jul 19, 2011

      Swedeheart-- I'd love to have your F.F. recipe for Bav. Cream! 'Bet it's fantastic in this and other recipes.

    • samanthabond
      Apr 14, 2011

      Made this tonight for my husband's birthday and we LOVED it. Very good.

    • Swedeheart
      Apr 5, 2011

      Really good, but for the custard layer I prefer Bavarian Cream (The Fannie Farmer Cookbook). Let me know if anyone wants the recipe. It is my staple recipe for cream puffs, cream pie filling and cake filling.

    • ANN23GER
      Nov 4, 2010

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