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Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake


  • For the Pound Cake:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup milk
  • For the Pastry Cream Filling:
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 4 large egg yolks
    • ¼ cup cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Chocolate Ganache:
    • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the pastry cream filling, heat the milk in a saucepan until it reaches a simmer.
  9. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch until smooth and pale.
  10. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  11. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  12. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator until cold.
  13. Once the pound cake and pastry cream are completely cooled, slice the cake horizontally into two layers.
  14. Spread the chilled pastry cream over the bottom layer of the cake, then place the second layer on top.
  15. To make the chocolate ganache, place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  16. In a small saucepan, heat the cream until it just begins to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 1-2 minutes.
  17. Add the butter to the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth and glossy.
  18. Pour the chocolate ganache over the assembled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  19. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes to set the ganache before slicing and serving.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • 9×5-inch loaf pan
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Wire rack

How to Store Leftovers

Any leftover Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 3 days. Simply allow the cake to come to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

Food and Drink Pairings

Pair slices of Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake with a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk for a truly indulgent experience. For a special occasion, serve it alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh berries for a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the cake.


Can I use store-bought pound cake instead of making it from scratch?

While store-bought pound cake can be convenient, nothing beats the taste and texture of homemade. However, if you’re short on time, feel free to use a store-bought pound cake for this recipe.

Can I make the pastry cream in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the pastry cream up to 2 days in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Be sure to give it a good stir before spreading it onto the cake layers.

Can I freeze Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake?

Yes, you can freeze Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake for up to 1 month. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.


Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake is a true showstopper dessert that’s guaranteed to impress. With its layers of moist pound cake, creamy pastry cream filling, and decadent chocolate ganache, it’s a celebration of flavors and textures. Whether you’re treating yourself or sharing it with loved ones, this indulgent dessert is sure to be a hit. Don’t forget to share the recipe with your friends and subscribe to our blog for more delicious creations!