A fluffy vanilla sheet cake filled with velvety pastry cream and topped with a shiny chocolate ganache. This Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake will be a sure hit!
My father loved all things sweet. He would regularly get a dozen doughnuts and eat about half of them on his own. Whenever I was allowed to go with him, I could pick out my own doughnut. Each time, without fail, I would choose the Boston Cream Pie doughnut.
I loved the velvety creme patisserie, the fluffy doughnut, and that smooth chocolate ganache. I didn't even realize that a Boston Cream Pie was anything other than a doughnut. In fact, even in most of my adulthood. I didn't know that Boston Cream Pie was actually.... a cake.
I won't embarrass myself by saying when exactly I discovered that, but let's just say my daughter was already talking by then.
Ever since making my cannoli poke cake, I've been on a bit of a poke cake binge. I mean, why are they so good? And a Boston Cream Pie poke cake just seemed to perfect to not try making. Cake with hidden pockets of pastry cream and smothered in ganache... man alive! I could eat this for days and be so happy.
When adding the pastry cream into the holes, I recommend putting it in a piping bag and filling the holes this way. This ensures that the holes are fully filled and once the cream has settled, you aren't left with little dips and craters showing on top of your ganache.
After filling the holes, I do a thin layer of the pastry cream all over the top of the cake before adding the ganache. The pastry cream is just too good to not use as much of it as you can. Just before its a thin layer because you don't want swirls of pastry cream and ganache mixing together on top of your Boston cream pie poke cake. It should be an even layer of glossy ganache on top and that's it.
Craving More Poke Cakes?
You're in luck I have a couple more for you! Try this banana pudding poke cake at your next get together! This cannoli poke cake is to die for!
I made this Boston cream pie poke cake as a contributor to Food Fanatic
Maggie G says
The cake rose beautifully but sank completely after being removed from the oven. I finished the recipe anyway but the result was disappointing with the cake being heavy and dense.
When making the ganache, after the buttermilk steaks and before adding the chocolate do you remove the pan from the burner?
For the ganache, you heat the heavy cream until it is hot and steaming, then remove it from the heat and add the chocolate. If you add the chocolate while the heat is still on, that is okay, as long as you take it off the heat right after!