Boston Cream Pie Trifle for #SundaySupper #DessertsInJars Inspirations

Boston Cream Pie in a jar

This week the Sunday Supper team is showing off their creativity with an Inspired by Desserts In Jars event. If you haven’t heard of Shaina Olmanson before you are in for a treat.
Shaina recognized the versatility, beauty and easy transportation option of using canning jars. She created and showcased her cakes, pies, puddings and even frozen desserts in her easy to follow book.
When Isabel offered us a copy to get our creative juices flowing, I said,”Yes please!” The first thing that came to mind was a blueberry shortcake, but blueberries prices are a little high right now and we recently covered summer berries. Remember my Raspberry Mousse in Chocolate Cups ?
So while I waited for my book to arrive, I headed off the the flea market. I always find cool plates and cups there. Canning jars seemed to be in high demand this summer but I was lucky to find 3 little beauties. Perfect.
Now what to make, what to make.
I love the look of layers in a dessert so I opted for one of my favorite layered cakes. Boston Cream Pie.
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake consisting of layers of yellow cake, cream filling and chocolate topping. I looked up why it is called “pie” and some sources say it was originally baked in pie pans and served as wedges. Now it is going to be served in a jar!

Boston Cream Pie Trifle



  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup soft shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp.vanilla
  • 1 egg

Grease and flour a 8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch square pan.
Sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
Cream in the shortening.
Add 1/2 the milk and beat on medium speed about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the milk, vanilla and eggs and beat another 2 minutes or until batter is smooth and silky.
Bake at 350 until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool a bit in the pan before removing.



  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and cream together in a double boiler. Boil for about a minute. Remove from heat, let slightly cool.
Add a little of the cream mixture to the egg yolks to temper them before adding back to the filling.
Whisk in the rest of the eggs and vanilla. Return double boiler to the heat and boil until thickened. This filling will be thicker than pudding.



  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

Make this ganache right before you’re ready to put the dessert together. Bring the cream to a boil in a double boiler and cook until thickened. Pour over chocolate chips and whisk until smooth.

Here comes the fun part!

Cut the cake into 1-inch pieces. Layer cake pieces, filling, more cake, and top with the ganache and and you are ready to go!
boston cream pie cake
boston cream pie filling
boston cream pie finished

Want to get in on the fun?

I’m also giving away a copy of Desserts in Jars to one lucky reader! All you need to do is join us during chat via twitter and come back here and enter the drawing through the Rafflecopter below! Once you enter, there are additional chances to win!

Wait there’s more!

Our friends at Harvard Common Press are giving away a ticket to the Food and Wine Conference and a 2 night stay during the conference at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek! Everyone that joins the chat will be entered to win!

You also have the option to purchase a copy of Desserts In Jars from Amazon HERE !

Here are more great ideas for Desserts In Jars from the Sunday Supper team.

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44 Responses to Boston Cream Pie Trifle for #SundaySupper #DessertsInJars Inspirations

  1. Liz says:

    Cindy, I think I prefer your jar recipe to the original! Totally irresistible!!!

  2. Renee says:

    I haven’t had Boston Cream Pie in ages and I think it’s time to remedy that.
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  6. Boston Cream Pie, man I haven’t had that in years! I love your recipe! What a great dessert!!
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  10. And now I want Boston Cream Pie in a jar!
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  11. My wife’s favorite dessert! I can’t wait to serve her this twist!
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  13. These little treats look so sweet. One of my Dad’s favorite desserts is Boston Cream Pie. I will have to make these for him the next time he visits.
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  14. I love your boston cream pie Cindy. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway too.
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  17. I love this! but how long did you bake them for so I have a gauge? totally want to try these!
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    • I baked the cake in a 8×8-inch pan for 40 minutes. The filling was about 10 minutes on the stovetop. Ganache above 10 minutes stovetop. Cut the cake in squares and layered it all. :)

  18. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    I make a mean Boston Cream Pie, but I’m LOVING this version. All of the flavor, and so, so, cute!

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  21. Yowsers! This would be dangerous to have in the house.
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  22. Cindy, Boston Cream Pie is one of my all time favourite desserts so I’m thrilled you’re making it this week. Desserts in jars are just so gosh-darn cute. I wish I could reach into my screen right now and grab a jar of this for breakfast.
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  23. Katie says:

    I love Boston Cream Pie! Your version in a jar looks suuuper awesome!

  24. Susan says:

    I love that you made it a trifle. Now you get a little bit of everything in each bite.
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  25. Those jars are perfect for this dessert, and your Bost Cream Pie Trifle looks delicious!

  26. How very, very clever, Cindy. Boston Cream Pie is always fun to eat. And from a pretty canning jar as a trifle makes it even more fun =)

  27. These are some of the prettiest canning jars I’ve seen! Apparently, I need to check out some flea markets :) Your Boston Cream Pie looks irresistible!
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  29. This is everything my dad and I love!
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