Topic: Boston

7. Boston Cream Pie

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boston cream pie

All photos/art by Rayne Beaudoin

Omni Parker House
60 School St.
Boston, MA

In addition to its famous Boston scrod and Parker House rolls, this hotel’s kitchen is said to have invented this custard-filled, chocolate-glazed sponge cake (see the recipe, right). Sometimes nothing but the original (in these elegant surroundings) will do. Massachusetts’ legislators agreed, making Boston cream pie the state dessert in 1996.


  • If the Parker House people say their kitchen invented Chocolate Cream Pie, it’s likely to be so. When I was growing up, however, there was a very good bakery where they sprinkled powdered sugar on top of their Boston Cream Pies. If a chocolate frosting were put on cakes made with the same recipe, they were called Chocolate Cream Pies. According to my folks, the filling was a boiled custard, almost like a pudding and without the hint of lemon in some of these pie fillings now. I don’t think either style was made with sponge cake. I was wondering if anyone else has seen both styles of this pie


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