Monday, May 14, 2012

boston cream cupcakes

I hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend! Mine was filled with handmade cards and school crafts, breakfast in bed, {plastic} jewelry, and a vase-filled flowers from our yard.

School is almost out and that means time can get pretty tight. But there's still ways to have pretty homemade desserts handy for last minute get togethers and dinner parties.

One recipe I tend to go to again and again is this Boston Cream Cupcake recipe. It's not only easy to make, but all the components can be prepared ahead of time. Just assemble before serving.
Recipe from marthastewart
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for tins
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for tins
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour standard muffin tins. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Warm milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar with a mixer on high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in dry ingredients.
  3. Bring milk and butter to a boil. With mixer on low speed, add milk mixture to batter, and beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each halfway. Bake cupcakes until light gold, about 15 minutes. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Let cool.

Vanilla Cream Filling
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Whisk yolks until smooth. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour 1/3 of milk mixture into yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pass vanilla cream through a fine sieve into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on surface.* Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Chocolate Glaze
2/3 cup heavy cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon light corn syrup**

Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add chocolate and corn syrup. Let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool, stirring often. Use immediately or store in refrigerator.

Using a serrated knife, slice cupcakes in half. Spread generously with the vanilla cream filling. Replace the top and drizzle with chocolate.

Baker's Notes:
*This prevents a skin from forming.
** This adds a nice shine to the glaze.


  1. My hubby would love these! He loves Boston cream pie and Boston cream doughnuts!!

  2. Well I love Boston Cream Pie so I can't imagine why these wouldn't be wonderful! Love that you can make the stuff ahead of time.

  3. Yum! I've been wanting to make these for a while. Yours look fantastic!

  4. These look heavenly! And I love all things cupcake. I'm pinning it. =)

  5. My 13 yo has been wanting to bake these for quite some time. Her go to Martha Stewart cupcakes are the one bowl chocolate and the buttermilk.

  6. What a fabulous recipe!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I HAD to pin it!

  7. Hello Laura,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    You are a great chef, I would love to eat all those nice things you make. I myself don't like to cook and bake very much...but I love to eat.... ;)
    Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  8. It looks wonderful!
    I've never made Boston cream pie, and I'd love to

  9. Wow this sounds amazing! I'm definitely pinning it. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. Yummy! I've made Boston Cream Pie, but I like the cupcakes idea better because individual desserts look so appealing! Great directions! I'm your newest follower of your beautiful blog!
    Be blessed! Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

  11. Oh my these looks fabulous!!! I love boston cream pie so I know I would love these.

  12. Hi! I'm so glad you found me so I could find you! I LOVE stumbling upon great baking recipes! These look delicious! I'm definitely trying out! Happily following via GFC!
    xo Jessie

  13. Laura,
    Oh my, these look yummy!! I'm saving your recipe to try sometime soon.
    I'm now your newest follower. :0)

  14. You said the magic words - Boston Cream. Looks yummy. I'll be making these soon.

  15. I love Boston Creme!! This looks like a doughnut but I bet it's even 100 times better because it's not fried. I am not a fan of fried things. I'm going to try this one for sure. Stopping by from the creative hop. Hope you could stop by and follow me back. Thanks

  16. These look fabulous! Boston Cream Pie (also know as "BCP" at our house) is an absolute family favorite. I will be making these! Thanks for posting.

  17. I'll have to make these for my brother since he loves Boston Creme cake and pies. I'm sure he'd love your version too...they do look really delicious. Thanks for sharing with me at Your Cozy Home Party!

  18. Saw these on Melissa's blog Loving this Crazy Life and they look so good, I had to come over and check it out! I'm pinning these so I don't forget about these little yummies. :) Sharon

  19. These look fabulous! I love boston cream pie and a cupcake is all the better! I would love for you to link up at Fabulous Friday's! We pin, facebook, tweet and pick a feature!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  20. Laura,
    These cupcakes look scrumptious! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great weekend.


  21. Girl you need to write your own cookbook. Wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  22. You know, I have never had a Boston Creme Pie? These inspire me to try the mini version. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  23. These look absolutely fantastic!! I'm featuring you tonight over at my blog. Thanks for linking up!!

  24. These look absolutely sinful! We'd love for you to share over at for our Tasty Tuesday linky! ~Holley

  25. This look sinfully delicious! My kids all love boston cream donuts so I'll have to give these a go! Your blog is great and I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Have an amazing day!

  26. It's in my Favorites!! Sounds wonderful! Will definitely make this! I'm your newest follower; I invite you to visit me too. ~Zuni


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