Grandma's Shortcut Boston Cream Pie Recipe Is Legendary by Donna John

Grandma's Shortcut Boston Cream Pie Recipe Is Legendary

Boston cream pie was a staple at my grandma and grandpa’s house. Why? Because my grandma could make this cake recipe fairly quickly to feed whoever came over on Sundays – and it tasted like she worked for hours on it. Boston cream pie is one of my favorites because it brings back great childhood memories, and it is simplicity at its finest. Cake. Vanilla pudding. Chocolate. Done.

All you need to make this moist Boston cream pie recipe is a box of yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, milk, non-dairy whipped topping, vanilla extract, unsweetened baker's chocolate, butter and powdered sugar. The cooled cake is cut in half lengthwise, filled with vanilla pudding and then drizzled with melted chocolate. 

Serve the cake for dessert with a hot cup of coffee of glass of milk. At my grandma's house on Sundays, this cake would last maybe 10 minutes before being devoured. Good times! 

Fun fact: Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts, and it was declared in December of 1996. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 15 ounces (1 box) yellow cake mix, baked per packages directions for a round cake and cut in half



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Recipe Notes

  • If you prefer, you could frost the cake with chocolate icing.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container in the fridge.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Whisk the pudding mix and milk together until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip and vanilla.
  2. Place one half of the cake on serving platter. Spread on the pudding filling. Top with the other half of the cake.
  3. Put the butter and chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute until melted. Add the sugar and milk. Stir to form a glaze. Spread over the cake. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 434

Total Fat: 15.9g

Saturated Fat: 7.4g

Cholesterol: 6mg

Sodium: 453mg

Total Carbohydrate: 67.3g

Dietary Fiber: 1.3g

Total Sugars: 43.3g

Protein: 4g

Vitamin D: 1mcg

Calcium: 109mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 103mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Yes, please. Thank you! 🙏
Meredith Schneider
Donna John, Boston Cream Pie is my sons favorite! I make it for his Birthday :-)
Elisa Schmitz
This one is on my quarantine baking list, Donna John and Meredith Schneider ! YUM!
Buaaaa que antojo me dio solo con verlo !!
Donna John
Translation: What a craving gave me just to see it! :-)
Donna John
One of my all-time favorite desserts. Reminds me of my grandma so much. She could whip one of these up in no time flat for us when we visited.
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