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Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes are moist chocolate cupcakes filled with an easy homemade pastry cream and topped a quick chocolate ganache.

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This chocolate Boston cream pie cupcake recipe swaps out the usual vanilla cake for moist chocolate cake. The chocolate cupcakes are filled with homemade pastry cream and topped with an easy chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes near bowl of raspberries

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Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes are moist chocolate cupcakes filled with an easy homemade pastry cream and topped a quick chocolate ganache.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 325 kcal
Author i heart eating

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • 2 cups (454 g) milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks from large eggs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (42 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (61 g) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) milk
  • 1/3 cup (74 g) warm water

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) heavy cream

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry cream, whisk milk and 1/4 cup sugar together in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking regularly.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and egg.
  4. Whisk the remaining sugar and cornstarch into the eggs.

  5. Once the milk comes to a boil, slowly stream it into the egg mixture while whisking constantly so that you do not cook the eggs.
  6. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, and slowly bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  7. Once the mixture comes to a boil, continue to cook until it thickens.
  8. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  9. Pour into a heat-proof container, and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
  10. Refrigerate until chilled before using.
  11. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325 F. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.

  12. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until well-combined. Set aside.
  13. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugars, oil, and vanilla together until well-combined.
  14. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  15. Add the buttermilk and whisk until just incorporated. The batter will be thin.
  16. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins, filling each tin half full.
  17. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  18. Remove from pan and let cool to room temperature on a wire cooling rack.
  19. To make the ganache, add the chocolate to a heat-proof bowl.

  20. Heat the cream until it simmers.
  21. Pour the cream over the chocolate, and cover.
  22. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes without stirring.
  23. Uncover, and whisk until smooth and well-combined.
  24. To put it all together, cut top off of cupcake (the domed muffin top).
  25. Using a small (1 tablespoon) cookie scoop, scoop out a piece of cake. Discard, eat, or otherwise use the cake.
  26. Using the cookie scoop, scoop out a scoop of pastry cream, and place it in the hollowed out portion of the cupcake.
  27. Replace top of the cupcake, gently pressing the top onto the cream.
  28. Top cupcake with some chocolate ganache.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts are estimates. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Bethany
    February 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    These cupcakes look delicious!!

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 3, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Albert
    February 2, 2018 at 8:10 am

    These cupcakes look so delicious! and that homemade pastry cream in the middle…wow…superb recipe

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Thanks!!

  • Reply
    cakespy
    February 2, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Oh my. Heaven is a place on earth!! These look wonderful.

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Thank you so much!

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