A Celebration: My One Year Blogiversary, Plus A Recipe: Mile High Boston Cream Pie

by kitchenarian on May 1, 2011

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We’re gonna celebrate your party with you…

Kool and The Gang (1980)
Lyrics from the song, Celebration

I am celebrating this weekend. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my blog. I can’t believe an entire year has passed since I wrote my first post and with great trepidation pushed the “publish” button.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but this journey has been amazing as I have navigated new waters and learned so very much about writing, photography, and cooking, but mostly I have learned a lot about myself in the process. I have learned that sometimes I need to take 221 pictures of cookies to get the picture I really want – thank goodness for digital cameras. I have learned that I can make eclairs – yeah! I have also learned that I can think of things to write about day after day and week after week, and the really exciting part is that there are people all over the world that want to read it. I have learned that writing a blog is about dedication and perseverance; I have also learned to get by on a little less sleep. And I think, one of the most important things I have learned is that you can make great friends and feel like part of a community without ever leaving your house. Thank you for reading my little blog and for your kind words of encouragement and support.

Now, let’s talk about the recipe – Boston Cream Pie. Is it a pie or is it a cake? Technically it’s a cake: a sponge cake surrounding a layer of vanilla custard, and topped with chocolate glaze allowed to drip down the sides. But since it has been called a pie since 1856 when it was said to have been served at the opening of the The Parker House Hotel in Boston, I don’t think anyone is going to change the name.

I don’t have this dessert very often, in fact, I haven’t had it in years, but I seem to think about it a lot. The best part of this dessert is the filling. It’s the same pastry cream that you find in an eclair. I have always known that I would make boston cream pie for The Kitchenarian, but I also knew I would need to make one change; I would need to add another layer to the cake in order get more filling.

Ingredients:

Cake Layers:
(Recipe adapted from delish.com)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ½ cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½  teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk

Cake directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of 2 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter and flour the pan. Beat the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and yolks, one at a time, and then add the vanilla. Stir the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together using a whisk. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat the flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture, adding it in thirds and alternating with the milk. Beat until the batter is smooth. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake on the center shelf of the oven until the cake tests clean when a skewer is inserted into the center, about 30 – 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Vanilla Cream Filling:
(Recipe from Dorie Greenspan)
2 cups whole milk
6 large egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch, sifted
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter

Vanilla cream filling directions:  Heat milk in saucepan and bring just to boiling. Place egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in another heavy saucepan and whisk until smooth and golden in color. Drizzle in ¼ cup of milk to temper the egg mixture. With temperature on medium high, add the remaining milk in a steady stream until well blended. Continue to whisk until mixture comes to a boil and continue to whisk for 1 to 2 more minutes. Take off the stove and whisk in the vanilla. Let set for 5 minutes. Whisk butter into crème until completely disbursed and smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so the plastic wrap covers the entire surface. Place in the refrigerator for 60 minutes or until cool.

Chocolate Glaze:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Chocolate glaze directions: Place all three ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk until completely melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

To assemble, split the cake layers using a long serrated knife. Divide the vanilla cream filling into thirds and spread between each layer and place the top layer over the cream filling. Pour the chocolate glaze slowly over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Sous Chef May 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I love everything about this post! 🙂 High five, mom!

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Happy When Not Hungry May 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Happy Anniversary!! These pie looks absolutely divine. Beautiful job!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What a way to celebrate!! Happy 1 year!! Beautiful pics 🙂

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Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips May 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Beautiful cake and congratulations!! That’s so exciting!

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Maja May 2, 2011 at 5:48 am

Oh my ! I am drooling at your photos ! What a fantastic cake !

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Carolyn May 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

Happy Blogiversary! That is one fantastic looking BC Pie. Perfect for celebrating.

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UVAMOM2 May 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

This looks amazing! May have to make this when I return to Boston this week to help with my new grandbaby!! Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and have made many of your recipes. Keep up the good work.

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susan May 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

happy blog-aversary! what an amazing accomplishment. and this cake is something i would love to have right about now with my morning tea!

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Elle (Bromography) May 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Your BC pie looks absolutely scrumptious! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!! What an amazing cake! Congrats on one year in the blogging world, hope you have many many more to come 🙂

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Adora's Box May 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Happy blogiversary! Many, many more blogging years to come. How apt that you should make such a lovely classic cake .

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Susan May 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm

That ‘pie’ looks worth every freakin’ calorie! Just think, you’ll work those calories off burning brain energy while thinking up your next year’s posts. Me, I’m investing in a treadmill for my office… this blogging is fattening business!

Congratulations on your first year! Hope there’s many more!

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briarrose May 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Happy Blogoversary! What a beautiful way to celebrate.

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Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures May 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Happy anniversary! What a great way to celebrate. I love that you made a mile high Boston cream pie – the only better than dessert is more dessert!

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Kate@Diethood.com May 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!! xoxo
And that is one very delicious way to celebrate!!

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yummychunklet May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Happy Blogaversary! This is an amazing looking cake to celebrate with!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

Congrats on one year of blogging! Wow this cake looks incredible. I would gladly eat the whole cake for you. 🙂

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Laurie@Food is Love May 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

Love it!!! Awesome Post! Congratulations on Number 100!!

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Tiffany May 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! … And I love the cake (Admittedly, I’m from MA, so I’m a bit biased) … And I love the Kool and the Gang reference! Oh, how good was 80s music? 😀

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Kita May 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

congrats on your one year anniversary! It is really awesome to see how much running a blog gives you insight on yourself and how many connections you can make. This Boston Cream Pie looks like the perfect way to celebrate. I just discovered it may be one of my favorites!

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Valerie May 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

It looks fantastic! But it sounds hard to make… i like your pictures.

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Kathy May 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Happy one year Anniversary!! Beautiful Boston Cream Pie…my favorite!

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