Mini Boston Cream Pies

Mini Boston Cream Pie
I’m trying to squeeze in as many Valentine’s Day themed desserts as I can. I made these super cute Mini Boston Cream Pies for the Forever Nigella #2 “Seduced by Chocolate”! I didn’t have any fairy lights around but I did make these wearing a satiny black nightgown from M&S. I’ll have to ask Sarah if that counts as a good Nigella impression.

I really wanted to call these Whoopie Boston Cream Pies, but they’re just not. The Victoria Sponge is clearly only a cake. I think the way they turned out was perfect though. Cute and dainty for Valentine’s Day. A whoopie pie wouldn’t be as romantic.

Mini Boston Cream Pie

Nigella suggests a full sized heart shaped Victoria Sponge topped with strawberries but I think anything mini is automatically 10x cuter so I made the cake in my heart shaped whoopie pie pan. I also put the strawberries in the middle with the custard as I think it looks nice with the custard oozing out the sides and the red in the middle.
Mini Boston Cream Pie
I curled my first ribbon! How Martha Stewart of me (ribbon £1 at Paperchase).

Whats more Valentine’s Day than dark chocolate and strawberries? These little cakes would make a great present for your sweetheart!

Mini Boston Cream Pie

Making the chocolate glaze
Mini Boston Cream Pie
Adding a little oomph to store bought custard
The recipe I used is from How to be a Domestic Goddess. I made a few changes:
  • I used a heart shaped whoopie pie pan and cooked the cakes for 10 minutes at 180 C
  • I substituted a single soy cream for the double cream in the chocolate glaze (it wouldn’t be very nice to poison my sweetheart would it!)
  • I didn’t make the custard as homemade with soy products isn’t as thick as the store bought. I did stir in some vanilla bean paste to it so it had lovely little black flecks
  • I made sure to use a good quality chocolate for the glaze. I used a 60% chocolate so it was very rich and nicely balanced with the sweetness of the cake and tartness of the strawberries
Mini Boston Cream Pie

Don’t be afraid of the “100% Plant Goodness”. It tastes like normal custard
Mini Boston Cream Pie
This pan has so many uses

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  1. Oh wow, those look fantastic. What a nice idea to make them into minis. I hope you'll come back and join me this week for Sweets for a Saturday #3.

  2. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Oh fantastic! I love how you've made these Valentine's themed too! Always wanted to try the Boston Cream Pie recipe!

    Thanks for joining in with Forever Nigella.

  3. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Anything with custard in gets my vote (and the heart-shaped tins are now on my wish list).