Each year our children get their choice of dessert for their birthday.
A Chocolate Bundt Cake for One
This past November, Jason (our son-in-law) became the first one to indulge in our Chocolate Bundt Cake with Caramel and Chocolate Sauces for his birthday celebration. Melinda loves to surprise people so she hid the treasure deep in the trunk of their car as they traveled to Florida for a friend’s wedding. They shared with friends who gathered from all over the country and we were awakened at 2 a.m. with a text message – thanks for the “Awesome Gift”. We smiled and went back to sleep.
A Boston Cream Pie for Another
A year ago Melinda, our oldest daughter who lives in Myrtle Beach decided she wanted a Boston Cream Pie. This really isn’t a pie at all but a different sort of cake. Bill thought it would be tricky driving 3 ½ hours to Myrtle Beach with it so he decided to bring it to her in parts. Then part of the celebration was her putting it together herself. This is such a fun thing parents can do it with their kids we decided to share it with you.
This is an old New England Recipe that uses powdered sugar on top. We use our own chocolate fudge sauce on top (sorry it’s still a secret) which you can pick up from us, dust with cocoa enriched powdered sugar, or make a quick chocolate glaze (we’ll give you that one..but don’t go sharing it hehe!)
Boston Cream Pie Recipe
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 2 ½ sifted cake flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Cream Filling
- Confectioner’s sugar or Chocolate Glaze
Making a Boston Cream Pie
- Stir butter just to soften
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and add to butter
- Add ¾ cup milk and the vanilla.
- Mix until dry ingredients are dampened.
- Beat for 2 minutes at low speed.
- Add eggs and remaining milk.
- Beat for 1 minute longer.
- Pour into 2 -9 inch layer cake pans
- Bake in preheated oven at 375 degree F for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Turn out on cake racks, cool, and put together with Cream Filling
- Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar or top with chocolate glaze.
Cream Filling Recipe
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups milk
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Making Cream Filling
- In a heavy saucepan mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
- Add ½ cup milk, and stir until smooth.
- Add remaining milk, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened.
- Stir mixture into egg yolks.
- Pour back into saucepan, and cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly.
- Cool, and add vanilla.
If you want to keep it easy and be done, top with some confectioners sugar (or confectioner sugar mixed with cocoa powder!)
A chocolate fudge sauce is also a great way to enjoy it but the time making a fudge sauce may be more hassle at this point. If you don’t have any of ours a last ditch quick and easy idea is to make a fast chocolate glaze for it.
Quick Chocolate Glaze Recipe
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 8oz semi-sweet (50-55%) chocolate chips or broken chocolate
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
Making Chocolate Glaze
- Cut the butter into chunks and let come to room temp.
- Put chocolate into medium sized bowl
- Heat whipping cream in small sauce pan to near boiling (but not boiling)
- Pour hot cream over chocolate and stir until smooth.
- Stir in butter completely.
- Pour over cake.
There are lots of old family variants of these recipes, do you have one to share?