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A Boston cream pie is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate. Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.  Created by French chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel, opened in 1855,  this pudding/cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze (such as ganache) and sometimes powdered sugar or a cherry.

The Boston cream pie is the official dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, declared as such in 1996.

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review by . April 29, 2010
It's the official dessert of the State of Massachusetts!
Just the other day I mentioned to a colleague at work that I had a hankering for some good old fashioned Boston Creme Pie.  This was a dessert that I enjoyed frequently as a child but I had not had it in ages.  When I was growing up Betty Crocker used to offer a Boston Creme Pie Mix but much to my surprise I discovered this item was discontinued some time ago.  I don't blame you at all if you are just a bit confused by the photos because in reality Boston Creme …
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