🗓️ October 23
Are you a fan of creamy custard and decadent chocolate? Do you dream of biting into a rich, buttery cake that oozes with sweetness? Then do we have a holiday for you! It’s time to celebrate Boston Cream Pie Day, the perfect excuse to indulge in the deliciousness that is this classic dessert.
How it began
The origin of Boston Cream Pie Day is shrouded in mystery, like the secret recipe for Coca-Cola or why people still watch reality TV. Some say it was created by a group of renegade bakers who wanted to spread joy and sugar across the land. Others believe it was invented by a time traveler from the future who saw the need for more cake-related holidays. Whatever the reason, we should all be grateful for this delicious day.
Mark your calendars, because Boston Cream Pie Day is celebrated every year on October 23rd.
This date was chosen because it falls in the middle of fall, a season known for its cozy vibes and hearty desserts.
Plus, it gives you plenty of time to plan your celebration and stock up on ingredients!
The cake is a pie?
Despite its name, it’s not actually a pie. It’s a cake. And despite its name again, it didn’t originate in Boston.
The cake consists of two layers of fluffy sponge cake filled with thick creamy vanilla custard and topped with a chocolate ganache. It’s like a heavenly sandwich of cream and chocolate, with a fluffy cake to hold it all together.
The history of Boston cream pie is as layered as its cake itself. It was created in a time when cakes and pies were interchangeable, making things a little confusing for dessert enthusiasts.
Boston cream pie was created by an Armenian-French chef named M. Sanzian at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1856.
Back then, chocolate frosting was not as widely used as it is now. Using this much chocolate in a dessert was considered amazingly decadent.
You don’t have to be in Boston to make this cream pie!
Now, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try making your own Boston cream pie at home. It’s not the easiest dessert to make, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
Start with a fluffy sponge cake and fill it with homemade vanilla custard.
Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully, or you might end up with a cake that’s more like a hockey puck. And trust me, no one wants to eat a hockey puck.
Then, cover the top with a layer of smooth chocolate ganache. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.
What makes Boston cream pie different from other cakes is its unique combination of textures and flavors. The sponge cake is light and airy, the custard is creamy and rich, and the chocolate glaze is smooth and velvety. And while many cakes rely on frosting for flavor, Boston cream pie uses such a rich, custardy filling that takes it to the next level.
It’s like a party in your mouth, and every taste bud is invited!
How to celebrate
To prepare for Boston Cream Pie Day, you’ll want to stock up on ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, milk, chocolate, and cream.
You’ll also need a good baking pan, a whisk, and a lot of patience. Baking can be a fickle mistress, so be prepared for some trial and error.
For fun experiments, try adding different flavors to your custard, like vanilla, almond, or even matcha. Or, if you’re feeling extra wild, substitute the chocolate glaze for something fruity, like raspberry or passionfruit.
Just be sure to have a napkin handy, because things could get messy.
To celebrate Boston Cream Pie Day, you can host a cake-themed party with your friends and family. Have a bake-off competition, where everyone brings their own version of Boston cream pie and the winner gets bragging rights. Or, have a cake decorating contest, where you try to make the most beautiful or outrageous cake possible.
Just be sure to have a designated driver if you get too heavy to walk or don’t fit behind the wheel anymore.
And speaking of dangers, it’s important to note that Boston cream pie is not for the faint of heart. With its rich, creamy filling and decadent chocolate topping, it can be a bit overwhelming. So if you’re planning on indulging, be sure to have a glass of milk on hand to help cut the sweetness. Also, be sure to wear an apron to protect your clothes from stray frosting. Don’t stick your fingers in the mixer, or you might end up with a very painful manicure. And for the love of all that is holy, do not attempt to eat an entire Boston cream pie in one sitting. You will regret it!
Boston Cream Pie Day is a holiday that we should all celebrate with joy and enthusiasm. The combination of chocolate and cream is simply divine, and what better way to honor it than with a day dedicated to this delicious dessert? Whether you prefer the traditional sponge cake or the Taiwanese chiffon cake version, there’s no denying the delectable goodness of Boston cream pie. So, on October 23, gather your loved ones, prepare your own Boston cream pie, and indulge in the sweet decadence of this iconic dessert. Just be sure to follow the safety tips, or else you might end up with a custard-covered kitchen! And , when in doubt, just add more chocolate.
Happy Boston Cream Pie Day!