Boston Cream Cake

This Boston Cream cake is my son Augusto’s favorite cake. Every September we leaf together through all my recipes and my cooking books in search of the perfect birthday cake. Every year we come back to this custardy and chocolaty three layer wander. The soft sponge cake layers are sandwiched and kept in place with a smooth and silky vanilla custard and then topped with an intense and bittersweet chocolate ganache, the kind that drips gracefully down the sides. The cake looks impressive and it might look hard to make but it’s actually very simple — if you get organized and follow the directions step by step. I make the sponge layers and the custard they day before the birthday; then I assemble the cake on a pretty stand and make the ganache an hour or two before I need  to serve it. My son helps measuring and he is in charge of bowl and spoons licking, he is efficient and quick.

 

Boston Cream Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16/18 people 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25/35 minutes 2 hours minimum
Servings Prep Time
16/18 people 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25/35 minutes 2 hours minimum
Boston Cream Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16/18 people 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25/35 minutes 2 hours minimum
Servings Prep Time
16/18 people 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25/35 minutes 2 hours minimum
Ingredients
Sponge Cake
  • 3 sticks butter unsalted room temperature and cut in to pieces
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups self rising flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk lukewarm
Vanilla Custard
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs yolks
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate in small pieces about 6 ounces
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Instructions
Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and line three 9 inches cake pans with parchment paper. Put all the ingredients except the milk in a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a blade. Beat until you get a smooth batter and then slowly add the milk a little bit at the time. You can be a purist and beat cream the butter and sugar first and then add the eggs one at time, the vanilla and then the flour, corn flour and baking powder one spoon at the time then the milk; but honestly, for this kind of sponge, it doesn't make much of difference.
  2. Pour the batter in the prepared cake pans and level with a knife. Bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown, the cakes come away from the pans sides and the sponge is springy to the touch.
  3. Leave the cakes to cool in the pans on a rack for 10 minutes, then gently turn them and leave them on the racks to cool completely. Once they have cooled I wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge until ready to plate.
Vanilla Custard
  1. Combine the corn starch and 1/4 cup of the milk in a non reactive medium bowl. Whisk in the eggs yolks Set aside.
  2. In a stainless steel medium saucepan combine the remaining 3/4 cups milk and the sugar, the vanilla extract and bring to a boil then simmer unit the sugar is all dissolved.
  3. Ladle one third of the sweet milk on to the egg mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk the egg mixture in to the remaining hot milk in the pan. Whisking constantly bring to a boil then reduce the heat and boil very gently for a minute until thick and smooth.
  4. Transfer the custard in a metal bowl, cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin to form. Refrigerate to chill and keep cold until ready to use. If the custard curdle, don't panic, you can strain it through a thin mech strainer or blend it.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small heavy pan saucepan, combine the cream and the corn syrup. Bring to a simmer over low heat and stir to blend. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate, let is stand for a minute or two then whisk well until smooth and shiny.
Recipe Notes

You can freeze the sponge cakes up to 3 months.

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