Easy Boston Cream Cake

"**This glaze is the best!! If you are looking for a frosting that is the closest thing to fudge this side of heaven, this is it!"
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Ready In:
1hr 55mins




  • Prepare batter for cake layer as directed on box and bake as directed using (2) 8 round baking pans. Remove one layer from pan and cool.
  • Beat pudding mix, cold milk, powdered sugar and cocoa until blended and thickened.
  • Spread pudding between layers.
  • Spread with Chocolate Glaze. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Chocolate Glaze: Blend melted butter and cocoa.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Stir in water, 1 tablespoons at a time, until glaze is desired consistency.
  • Beat until smooth and use immediately.

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  1. Abby C
    Directions were extremly hard to follow... I ruined the night because I added the puding mix with the cake mix... need to work on the instructions...
  2. Ambassadress of Goo
    My teenage daughter was in tears about 5 minutes after she began preparing this recipe. The directions are highly unclear; making the assumption that all cooks already know how to assemble a Boston Cream Cake. My 15 year old daughter began by adding all the first 5 ingredients together in a mixing bowl (an understandable mistake when you read the directions). What a mess! The batter was so thick the mixer was smoking! We saved this fiasco, finally, by adding 3 eggs, 1/3 c. oil and 1/4 cup water to the batter--then baked the glop for about an hour in a bundt pan. The result? A pretty decent light-chocolate pound cake (which, I might add in NO WAY resembles a Boston Cream Pie)! We did, however, use the glaze above to frost the cake. I've recorded my own listing of ingredients & instructions for my daughter's & my newest creation: "MISTAKE CAKE." (Look for it in 'Zaar?) All's well that ends well, however, and I'll get back w/ a proper rating after we try this one again -- first having to dissect, clarify & re-write the instructions as I THINK they are meant. Looking at step 1, for instance, directions say: "Prepare batter for cake layer and bake as directed using (2) 8 round baking pans. Remove one layer from pan and cool." Why is there no mention in this entire recipe of the OTHER layer? Are we to leave that one in the pan it was baked? Throw it away? Use as a frisbee? Although my 15 year old daughter is not a seasoned cook, is it too much to ask for crystal-clear directions for ALL of us?
  3. Patti in Indy
    I made the pudding first - and refrigerated before using. And make the glaze right before ready to use. It is much better if you wait to prepare. Presentation was lovely, and taste was wonderful
  4. MySweetTooth
    I really enjoyed this one, however next time I'll make the cake from scratch. The frosting is absolutely divine!!
  5. Mark H.
    The cake was rich and moist, and the icing is like eating fudge. If you like layer cakes, and chocolate, I recommend this recipe.


  1. Lennie
    Wow. This recipe really frustrated me. To be sure, we enjoyed the end result, but it wasn't fun getting there. I did recognize that the cake mix needed to be merely baked as per the box instructions, but I can certainly see how that could be missed, given the haphazard instructions. I followed the recipe with regards to the filling and, after blending it well with a whisk until I felt it had thickened, I proceeded. What a mess. It needs to be much thicker than that, and I think some time on the counter or even in the fridge would help immensely. My filling ran all over the place, with me trying to spoon it all back onto the bottom cake layer. I let it sit for several minutes and was able to spoon a lot back onto the cake but, unfortunately, a lot was still wasted. I do recommend the glaze. I used butter instead of margarine, and needed only 3 tbsp of hot tap water to achieve the consistency I wanted. After chilling in the fridge for several hours, I was able to serve my family a decent, tasty dessert--but I would do many things differently should I make this recipe again.



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