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The Ubiquitous Boston Cream Pie

Created at the Omni Parker House more than 150 years ago, the Boston cream pie (which is actually a cake) now pops up all around town, and not just in cake form.

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Created at the Omni Parker House more than 150 years ago, the Boston cream pie (which is actually a cake) now pops up all around town, and not just in cake form. Here's a look at the history of the dessert and how it's made.

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1. Lyndell's Bakery

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720 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-1793
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Boston cream pie comes in personal and full sizes, each consisting of two layers of sponge cake with a layer of custard in between and topped with melted chocolate. Also available: Boston cream pie doughnuts (pictured). [Photo: Facebook]

2. Union Square Donuts

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20 Bow Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257
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Union Square Donuts has a Boston cream pie doughnut in the regular rotation. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. Puritan & Co.

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1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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There's a Boston cream pie doughnut available on the Sunday brunch menu. [Photo: Provided]

4. Bova's Bakery

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134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-5601
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Need to fill a late-night Boston cream pie craving? Good news: Bova's open 24 hours a day, every day. Their Boston cream pie is made with yellow cake, vanilla and chocolate cream, and chocolate ganache. [Photo: Yelp/Bela S.]

5. Mike's Pastry

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300 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3050
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A layer of white cake topped with pastry cream and followed by another layer of cake, topped with chocolate fudge. Available whole or by the slice. [Photo: Yelp/Nicole S.]

6. Modern Pastry Shop

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263 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-3783
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Modern offers Boston cream pie cupcakes — vanilla cake filled with vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate ganache frosting — as well as full cakes (by pre-order only). [Photo: Facebook]

7. Veggie Galaxy

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450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-1513
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Made in Veggie Galaxy's vegan bakery, this Boston cream pie is free of dairy and eggs. Yellow cake, vanilla bean pastry cream, Taza chocolate ganache. [Photo: Official Site]

8. The Tap Trailhouse

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19 Union St
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 367-0033
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Boston cream pie — "but in a jar." [Photo: Provided]

9. Durgin-Park

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340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 227-2038
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Of course there's a classic Boston cream pie available at this ultra-old Faneuil Hall standby. [Photo: Yelp/Greg E. (shot at the newer Logan Airport location)]

10. Omni Parker House

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60 School St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-8600
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This is the original. Rolled in toasted walnuts and topped with chocolate fondant, the Boston cream pie was first created right here in 1856 by the hotel's first chef, Sanzian. Available in full size as well as miniatures (pictured here). [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

11. Finale Desserterie & Bakery

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1 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3184
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When you sit down and order the plated version, it comes with mini whoopie pies, a vanilla gelato sandwich with cherry almond florentines, apricot sauce, and fresh fruit. [Photo: Official Site]

12. Legal Sea Foods - Park Square

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26 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-4444
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Available at all locations, the Legal Boston cream pie includes chocolate sauce, rum caramel sauce, and toffee almond crunch. [Photo: Provided]

13. Flour Bakery + Cafe

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12 Farnsworth St, Fl 1
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-4333
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Coffee-soaked sponge cake, layered with vanilla cream and topped with chocolate ganache. [Photo: Official Site]

14. Sweet Cupcakes

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225 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-2253
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A regular on the menu, the Boston cream pie cupcake is made from sweet chiffon cake, pastry cream, and chocolate ganache, topped with a frosting "cherry." [Photo: Facebook]

15. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

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138 Saint James Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-7222
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Boston cream pie "our way," they say. Toasted almond pound cake, vanilla pastry cream, and bittersweet chocolate ganache, served in a jar. [Photo: Facebook]

16. Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod

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3 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-0117
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Pastry chef Kate Holowchik's tropical play on a Boston cream pie, available for a limited time, consists of yellow cake layered with yellow cake-infused panna cotta, toasted coconut ice cream, chocolate ganache and sauce, pina colada pastry cream, and coconut crumble. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

17. Sweet Tooth

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371 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-2555
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Available in cupcake form (pictured — assorted cupcakes). The vanilla cupcake is filled with a light pastry cream and covered in chocolate ganache. [Photo: Yelp/Kim N.]

18. Greenhills Irish Bakery

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780 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 825-8187
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This traditional Irish bakery calls Boston cream pie by its original name, chocolate cream pie. Available in a 10-inch "family size."

1. Lyndell's Bakery

720 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Boston cream pie comes in personal and full sizes, each consisting of two layers of sponge cake with a layer of custard in between and topped with melted chocolate. Also available: Boston cream pie doughnuts (pictured). [Photo: Facebook]
720 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Union Square Donuts

20 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Union Square Donuts has a Boston cream pie doughnut in the regular rotation. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
20 Bow Street
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Puritan & Co.

1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
There's a Boston cream pie doughnut available on the Sunday brunch menu. [Photo: Provided]
1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Bova's Bakery

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
Need to fill a late-night Boston cream pie craving? Good news: Bova's open 24 hours a day, every day. Their Boston cream pie is made with yellow cake, vanilla and chocolate cream, and chocolate ganache. [Photo: Yelp/Bela S.]
134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

5. Mike's Pastry

300 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
A layer of white cake topped with pastry cream and followed by another layer of cake, topped with chocolate fudge. Available whole or by the slice. [Photo: Yelp/Nicole S.]
300 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

6. Modern Pastry Shop

263 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
Modern offers Boston cream pie cupcakes — vanilla cake filled with vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate ganache frosting — as well as full cakes (by pre-order only). [Photo: Facebook]
263 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

7. Veggie Galaxy

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Made in Veggie Galaxy's vegan bakery, this Boston cream pie is free of dairy and eggs. Yellow cake, vanilla bean pastry cream, Taza chocolate ganache. [Photo: Official Site]
450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. The Tap Trailhouse

19 Union St, Boston, MA 02129
Boston cream pie — "but in a jar." [Photo: Provided]
19 Union St
Boston, MA 02129

9. Durgin-Park

340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109
Of course there's a classic Boston cream pie available at this ultra-old Faneuil Hall standby. [Photo: Yelp/Greg E. (shot at the newer Logan Airport location)]
340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Boston, MA 02109

10. Omni Parker House

60 School St, Boston, MA 02108
This is the original. Rolled in toasted walnuts and topped with chocolate fondant, the Boston cream pie was first created right here in 1856 by the hotel's first chef, Sanzian. Available in full size as well as miniatures (pictured here). [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
60 School St
Boston, MA 02108

11. Finale Desserterie & Bakery

1 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
When you sit down and order the plated version, it comes with mini whoopie pies, a vanilla gelato sandwich with cherry almond florentines, apricot sauce, and fresh fruit. [Photo: Official Site]
1 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

12. Legal Sea Foods - Park Square

26 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Available at all locations, the Legal Boston cream pie includes chocolate sauce, rum caramel sauce, and toffee almond crunch. [Photo: Provided]
26 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

13. Flour Bakery + Cafe

12 Farnsworth St, Fl 1, Boston, MA 02210
Coffee-soaked sponge cake, layered with vanilla cream and topped with chocolate ganache. [Photo: Official Site]
12 Farnsworth St, Fl 1
Boston, MA 02210

14. Sweet Cupcakes

225 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
A regular on the menu, the Boston cream pie cupcake is made from sweet chiffon cake, pastry cream, and chocolate ganache, topped with a frosting "cherry." [Photo: Facebook]
225 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

15. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Boston cream pie "our way," they say. Toasted almond pound cake, vanilla pastry cream, and bittersweet chocolate ganache, served in a jar. [Photo: Facebook]
138 Saint James Ave
Boston, MA 02116

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16. Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod

3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116
Pastry chef Kate Holowchik's tropical play on a Boston cream pie, available for a limited time, consists of yellow cake layered with yellow cake-infused panna cotta, toasted coconut ice cream, chocolate ganache and sauce, pina colada pastry cream, and coconut crumble. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
3 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116

17. Sweet Tooth

371 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Available in cupcake form (pictured — assorted cupcakes). The vanilla cupcake is filled with a light pastry cream and covered in chocolate ganache. [Photo: Yelp/Kim N.]
371 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

18. Greenhills Irish Bakery

780 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02124
This traditional Irish bakery calls Boston cream pie by its original name, chocolate cream pie. Available in a 10-inch "family size."
780 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02124

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