Why is it called… Boston Cream PIE!?

My coworker returned from lunch today with a whole Boston Cream Pie.  I’m sure my eyes popped out of their sockets at the sight! Being my judgement of character has been proven (or at least semi-proven, OK, maybe just challenged??) wrong this past week, I didn’t want to assume that the cake was brought in with the intent to share. We all know what it means to ass-u-me… So I asked and this was the jest of the conversation –

Me: Is that for us??
Coworker: Do you really think I’d bring something in like this and not share it?
Me: Well, I don’t know. Evidentially I haven’t been a good judge of character lately. Not that I’m saying you’re like the others.. (Oh hell Allison, open mouth, insert size 10 shoe!!)
Coworker: Of course it’s to share. I just wanted to put a smile on your face. 🙂

All together now, AWWWWWWWWWWWW! 🙂

After we got the important stuff like sharing, out-of-the-way, my next question was, “why do they call it a Boston Cream Pie when it’s really a cake!?” I’m sure my coworker sometimes feels like he’s working with a child with all my silly questions. LOL!! He humored me however and googled it and this is what he found –

…in New England the colonists used to bake cakes in pie tins as most people only had pie pans not cake pans. The first reference to Boston Cream Pie was when a New York newspaper in 1855 ran a recipe for a ‘pudding pie cake’.

If you can believe everything you see online, Boston Cream Pie got its name by being a  pudding pie cake baked in a pie tin! I’m satisfied with that answer. Anyone have a better one? Not that I need one. Just curious. 😉

Boston Cream Pie! The picture isn't the best, taken with my iPhone, but damn.. that slice of CAKE was delicious!! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Why is it called… Boston Cream PIE!?

    • Truth be known.. in addition to finding out the history of the Boston Cream Pie, my coworker also found a recipe for Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes that he quickly forwarded along saying, “I know this will benefit me..” LOL!!

  1. My daughter want’s a low fat, low calorie Boston Cream Pie for her birthday/graduation cake. I’m looking for one that’s quick and easy to make. I hope you can help by giving me lots of low calorie, low fat and quick recipes.
    Thank you!

    • Based on an article found online, “in New England the colonists used to bake cakes in pie tins as most people only had pie pans not cake pans. The first reference to Boston Cream Pie was when a New York newspaper in 1855 ran a recipe for a ‘pudding pie cake’.” 🙂

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